SeaWorld of Ohio ranked right up there with Cedar Point as a destination for Michiganders looking for family fun. The popular theme and marine zoological park located in Aurora, Ohio welcomed guests for 30 years offering an amazing adventure with the slogan "The ocean is closer than your think", and then it stopped.

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The park took almost 3 years and $5.5 million to build giving visitors experiences such as attractions like Shamu, Dolphin Cove, the Pearl Diving Pool,  and the Shark Encounter to enjoy from 1970 to 2000. SeaWorld closed and the space became the property of Six Flags Ohio. Cedar Fair purchased the land a few years later, and part of the former SeaWorld space was used for the Wildwater Kingdom water park. That too eventually closed in 2017.

After the closing, it appeared that nature was set on taking back what was once its own. Although part of the property was purchased by the developer with the intention to transform a part of the area into a multi-use area called the Geauga Lake District. The area will offer apartments, condos, single-family homes, and retail businesses.

Over the years nostalgia has driven many "explorers" to the closed park. What was left of the once vacation hotspot was heartbreaking to see. Areas that once housed seals and penguins were virtually unrecognizable, and walkways were unpassable due to the overgrown foliage. The marine park that welcomed more than 1.1 million people in its first season is now just a memory.

Take a look at what was SeaWorld in Ohio below.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you ever enter this property. By doing so you risk prosecution for trespassing on private property and the chance of bodily harm or injury.

Inside the Abandoned Sea World of Ohio Park

The park took almost 3 years and $5.5 million to build giving visitors experiences such as attractions like Shamu, Dolphin Cove, the Pearl Diving Pool, and the Shark Encounter to enjoy from 1970 to 2000. What was left behind was reclaimed by nature and tough to see for those that loved spending time there. Take a look at the sad nostalgia in decay.

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