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Know Before You Go: SeaWorld San Diego

Amazing undersea attractions, thrilling rides, and interactive animal shows

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From swooshing and swooping rides to interactive animal experiences and world-class attractions, SeaWorld San Diego truly makes a big, big splash. See—and learn about—the amazing undersea worlds of animals from around the globe, including penguins, turtles, walruses, beluga whales, and sea lions. Behind the scenes, SeaWorld is also home to marine animals that were injured or orphaned on Southern California beaches, and are being nursed or rehabilitated before they can be returned to the wild.  

Located just off San Diego’s Mission Bay, the park offers a variety of ways to learn about and celebrate marine life. Dive into a deep-sea adventure in the Ocean Explorer area to explore children's rides and unique aquariums. See (and touch) harmless rays and sharks, or just be inspired by the killer whales at Orca Encounter, featuring the orcas breaching, spouting, and generally acting naturally in the water, against the backdrop of an infinity screen showing a documentary-style presentation with interesting facts about the majestic mammals. Or, take one of the park’s exclusive tours and you can get up-close encounters with resident dolphins, sea lions, penguins, or gentle beluga whales, also known as the “canaries of the sea.”

Climb aboard a host of rides, too, including the teacup-style Abby’s SeaStar Spin, the flume ride Journey to Atlantis, or Manta, a high-tech, double-launch coaster that has you twisting and diving like a ray.

Special events are another reason to plan your visit to SeaWorld San Diego, from the Lunar New Year Celebration (January or February depending on the year) to SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular on weekends in September and October. When the holiday season gets into full swing, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration (typically mid-November to around New Year’s) includes a Santa’s Christmas Village, Rudolph’s Christmastown, and holiday-themed shows.

SeaWorld San Diego is currently closed, but has plans to reopen in 2020. 

Click here for schedule and hours of operation

SeaWorld San Diego Address
500 Sea World Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 619.222.4732

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