SeaWorld San Diego500 Sea World Dr., San Diego
Explore the magic of the world’s oceans and learn about the importance of protecting marine environments at SeaWorld San Diego, just north of downtown San Diego. There’s always something going on at the nearly 200-acre theme park, including interactive exhibits, zooming rides, live animal interactions, and other special events. SeaWorld hopes to inspire visitors to better understand the planet’s watery worlds. The park presents different ocean zones, each one featuring recreated habitats populated by some of the creatures found there. See a Beluga whale up close, and have similar close-up experiences with walruses, sloths, dolphins, sea lions and more. Penguin Encounter is home to the entertaining seabirds. At Explorer’s Reef, see (and touch) harmless rays that live in coastal waters, then climb aboard Manta, a high-tech coaster that lets you twist, turn, and dive like a ray. Or take on Emperor, the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in the state.