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Just like its counterpart in Orlando, Fla., SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterparkin San Antonio combines the waterpark atmosphere with live animal experiences.

Opened in May, Aquatica Texas-style is the single largest capital project in the park’s history. It is home to more than 500 animals.

The park’s signature ride, “Stingray Falls,” takes guests in four-seat rafts down twists and turns to an underwater grotto, featuring an up-close look at the ’rays and tropical fish.

Guests also can experience “Stingray Encounter,” which includes feeding and wading in the water with the creatures that are part of the attraction.

Additionally, the park features 42,000 square feet of white, sandy beaches; “Walkabout Waters,” a three-story, interactive, aquatic play structure; and 10 slides.

“Walhalla Wave,” which operators say is the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, takes a clover tube with up to four riders on a 720-degree loop into a 50-degree drop before sailing up a three-story zero gravity wall — giving riders a moment of weightlessness.

SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio are operated by the Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, which is a portfolio company of the Blackstone Group.