SeaWorld San Diego | SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, and marine mammal park offering hands-on exhibits, up-close animal interactions, awe-inspiring shows and thrilling rides.
In addition to entertaining, SeaWorld also encourages guests to learn about marine ecology and what we can do to help the ocean and it’s inhabitants.
SeaWorld also has an Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program, since the late 1960’s, that rescues hundreds of injured or stranded animals each year until they can be released back into the wild.
If you have mixed feelings about SeaWorld I encourage you to visit SeaWorld Cares and respect that everyone is entitled to have their own opinions.
HOURS & ADMISSION
Open year round including holidays
Click here for SeaWorld San Diego hours
Show schedules are posted online within 1 or 2 weeks prior to the chosen date
Adults | $55 (weekdays) $69 (any day)
2 years & younger | Free
Front of the Line passes are also available here
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
500 Sea World Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Cars & Motorcycles | $17
RVs & Campers | $40
Up Close | $22 (first 6 rows near entrance)
SeaWorld can also be accessed by the Metropolitan Transit System from the Old Town Transit Center, via routes 8 & 9
WHAT WE DID
We were let inside the park about 15 minutes prior to park opening and got to hang out in the Explorer’s Reef area. At the official park opening time, the national anthem was played before we released to explore the rest of the park.
Explorer’s Reef | Featuring 4 different touch pools, this area gives you the opportunity to interact with a variety of fish including white-spotted bamboo sharks and more than 4,000 cleaner fish.
Dolphin Point | Dolphin Point offers an open water interactive dolphin presentation allowing guests to touch, feed, and help give dolphins training signals. The area also offers an underwater look at these beautiful creatures as well as a Sea Otter exhibit close by.
The dolphins were so playful and friendly. One of them stopped to give Jaxon a kiss!
Dolphin Days | A 20-minute, high-energy show showcasing dolphins, pilot whales and their trainers.
The show was cute but I wish we would have sat closer so the kids could have had a better view.
Killer Whale Presentation | This temporary presentation gives guests the opportunity to see up-close demonstrations and learn educational information about killer whales. The bleacher seating is very limited so arrive at least 20 minutes early to grab seats.
Although I deeply miss the original show and wish Jaxon could have experienced it, I’m looking forward to the new killer whale exhibit Orca Encounter coming Summer 2017!
Manta | A high-speed, double-launch roller coaster that will have you soaring, diving, and twisting like a manta ray. This coaster is fast!
After the boys rode Manta a couple times we headed to the Bat Ray grotto where you can touch and feed these incredible animals.
Aquarium de la Mer | Check out exotic creatures with bright colors and unusual markings including cuttlefish, octopi, and stonefish the most venomous fish in the world.
I had to make a special stop here as octopi are my all time favorite ocean creatures!
Aquaria: World of Fishes | This exhibit features saltwater and freshwater ecosystems including leopard sharks, alligator gar, exotic reef fish and a large school of Piranhas.
Turtle Reef | Get an up-close look at sea turtles then play an interactive video game as you experience their journey from the sea back to the beach.
You can also get a look at huge turtles outside near the Shipwreck Rapids ride!
Shark Encounter | Check out a variety of rare and prehistoric sharks above water then journey through an amazing underwater viewing tunnel.
One of my families favorite exhibits!
Penguin Encounter | Enjoy almost 300 playful penguins including Emperor penguins, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni penguins as you ride down a moving walkway.
This is also a great area to escape the summer heat as the penguin exhibit is chilled!
Wild Artic | Explore an icy wonderland and encounter arctic animals including beluga whales, polar bears, and walruses.
Pacific Point | Get up-close and learn the difference between seals and sea lions at Pacific Point.
It is a lot of fun to feed the sea lions here! They “yell” at you for fish but watch for the birds who will snatch them right out of your hands.
WHERE WE ATE
Shipwreck Reef Cafe | This self-serve cafe offers food with a castaway flair including baby back ribs, salmon, tacos, burgers, salads, seasonal fruit and an assortment of desserts. Although definitely expensive (over $80 for 3 adult meals and 1 child meal) the portions were good sized and the food was tasty.
Only outdoor seating is available so watch out for the hungry birds!
We also had to grab some dip ‘n’ dots and a Shamu ice cream bar for our monster!
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Bayside Skyride | Take a 6-minute relaxing ride in a gliding gondola across the scenic Mission Bay.
Cirque de la Mer | View an underwater themed acrobatic show including colorful costumes and special effects.
Journey To Atlantis | This thrilling ride combines a flume log with a roller coaster with special effects and a 60-foot plunge.
Pets Rule! | A 20-minute, high-energy comedy show featuring dogs, cats, birds, potbellied pigs and their trainers.
Riptide Rescue | Go on a turtle rescue mission when you climb aboard the spinning yellow rafts.
Sea Lions: Live | A 20-minute live show featuring the sea lion comedy team Clyde and Seamore.
Sesame Street Bay of Play | Designed for younger children, this area offers an over the top playground, a water area, and mild rides including Abby’s Sea Star Spin, Oscar’s Rocking Eel, and Elmo’s Flying Fish
Shipwreck Rapids | Ride a tube style raft through a white water river and try not to get soaked!
Skytower | Rise high above SeaWorld on a 265-foot tower and enjoy the beauty of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and San Diego’s cityscape.
Wild Artic Ride | This motion simulator takes guests of a thrilling jet-helicopter ride over icy landscapes of the Artic Circle.
Private VIP tours, Behind-The-Scene tours, and animal interaction programs are also available for additional fees, click here for more information.
TIPS FOR VISITING SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO
Buy tickets online to save money and skip the ticket office line
Make sure to wear comfy shoes and bring sunblock, sunglasses, and a change of clothes (for the little ones)
Download the official SeaWorld Discovery Guide app for current wait times, show times, GPS, a car finder feature
No outside food, drinks or large coolers are permitted with the exception of water bottles
If you wish to eat off property picnic areas are available outside the park entrance (get a hand stamp for same day re-entry)
Make sure to check any upcoming attraction closures before planning your visit
The shows are almost always full so make sure to arrive early to grab a good seat (avoid colored splash zones if you do not want to get wet)
Strollers, wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs can be rented online or at the Stroller Building located near the park entrance
A pet day care facility is available for $10 per day on a first come, first serve basis
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HAVE YOU VISITED SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO? IF SO, WHAT DID YOU ENJOY?