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White Family History - Sea-Arama Marineworld

Vanessa White

Silent | 1970s

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  •  Noah’s Ark Show: Sea lion tricks 
  •  Penguins sliding out of the Ark 
  •  British Saddleback Pig 
  •  Seagulls at the end of the show 
  •  Water-skiing performances 
  •  White family entering animal enclosures, featuring brown bears 
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This 1970s home movie captures a few of the events typically showcased at Sea-Arama Marineworld, a now-closed amusement park in Galveston. During their trip to Sea-Arama, the White family watches the Noah’s Ark Show, a spoof of the classic biblical story that includes displays by sea lions, penguins, pigs, and seagulls. On the same water stage, performers conduct several different water-skiing acts—ranging from a patriotic, parodying “S.M.A.S.H” group to a comedic clown duo—are featured in succession. Finally, the family visits the animal enclosures located on the opposite side of the park, which include brown bears, otters, big cats, and various reptile shows.
Opening in 1965, Sea-Arama Marineworld in Galveston was one of the first ocean theme parks in the nation. It spanned across 25 acres, including a four-acre ski lake and a 200,000-gallon aquarium. The park offered a variety of attractions, from shows with dolphins and Mamuk, the killer whale, to alligator wrestling and snake charming to a water-ski performance. 
By the late 1980s, Sea-Arama needed major renovations. After Sea World opened in 1988, the park found it difficult to compete and unwilling to invest in the dying park’s revitalization. Sea-Arama closed on January 14, 1990. The ruins of the park remained until 2006, when it was finally torn down.