SeaWorld, San Diego

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500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego, CA 92109 (619) 226-3901

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    Fun-Filled Family Day!

    by Usctwin Updated Jun 23, 2015

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    I hadn't been to Sea World in probably 20 years so was looking forward to going with my husband and 21 month old son who is obsessed with all things ocean and water. We purchased our tickets online the day before and because we did were able to save $30 off the ticket price per person (we paid $59 per person instead of $89). There always seems to be some sort of ticket coupon so I highly encourage you to "shop around" online before getting to Sea World. We also decided to purchase advanced parking in the VIP lot for $21 instead of $16 which allowed us to park right in front of the entrance. This made for easy in and out access.

    We arrived to the park around 11am (they open at 9am) and it wasn't too crowded yet. We stopped at a number of the upclose exhibits to touch the sealife on our way to the dolphins. You can get close enough to the dolphins that you can touch them and our little one had so much fun looking the clear glass and yelling to the dolphins every time they came over splashed. We also stopped by to feed the sea lions ($5 for a box of fish) and our son loved the barking noise they were making and tried to emulate it while we there. I love that at all of the exhibits there is an educator on site who gives you information about the animals and is available for questions.

    We saw two shows - the shamu whale show and the dolphin show. The Shamu show I thought was a bit of a let down, but the dolphin show was tons of fun.

    The beluga whale exhibit is awesome. They also have polar bears and walruses here, although the walruses were closed for renovation when we were there. But you can get really close to the belugas and polar bears.

    Food is quite expensive at the park. We had brought food for our child, but had to purchase meals for ourselves. One lunch (which isn't a lot of food) was about $15 and that didn't include a drink. Bring snacks and your own water to help save on costs while there.

    We left around 3pm because our son needed a nap, but we definitely could have spent more time here. It was such a fun family day!

    Dolphin Show Feeding the Sea Lions Dolphin Encounter Beluga Whale Polar Bear Exhibit

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  • SeaWorld - Best to Watch - Complete experience

    by abhip2907 Written Apr 21, 2015

    San Diego SeaWorld is a good place for a full day hangout with your family and kids. You have so many things to starting from Shamu the Killer Whale Show , Pets Show, Whale Watch, Ride to Atlantis, Penguin Watch, Encounter with Sharks. They also have dolphin show however that is not good as Shamu Whale show which is the best I would say.

    Here is the clip of Shamu the killer Whale Show:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPUj7jxQxC4

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    Seaworld

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 28, 2015

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    There are three Seaworld locations throughout the US, of the two I would have to say that the one here in San Diego is the nicest

    Up until recently I thought Seaworld was a great place to visit for young and old, but after being informed about the captive Orcas, how they are treated and the small spaces they live in, I have decided that I will not patronize them ever again.

    To find out more about SeaWorld and their treatment of the animals check out the movie "Blackfish"

    Admission:
    $57 for guests age 10+.
    $47 for guests ages 3 through 9.
    Free for guests 2 years old and younger.

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    Even better than the zoo!

    by Jefie Updated Nov 3, 2013

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    When I first brought up the idea of going to SeWorld, Sylvain wasn't entirely sure he'd want to spend a whole day at an aquarium but given how much we'd enjoyed the zoo, we decided to spend the last day of our trip to San Diego at SeaWorld. It ended up being a fabulous way to end the trip! I'll be the first to admit that admission fees ($79) are a little high, but it did feel like we got our money's worth, even more so than at the zoo. Between the animals, the shows, and the rides, the day went by incredibly fast and we were there from the moment the park opened at 10:00 am and left just a few minutes before it closed at 5:00 pm. We managed to watch three of the shows and they were a lot of fun - the one with the sea lions was my favourite! I also very much enjoyed how easy it was to see the animals and how close they were compared with those at the zoo. We rode the thrilling Manta rollercoaster, went on the Journey to Atlantis flume ride and saved the shipwreck rapids for last since I had a feeling we might get a little wet on that one - I was wrong: we got completely drenched! So much for avoiding the splash zones in all the shows ;o) Oh well, at least we managed to dry a little during the aerial tram ride. So if you do decide to go to SeaWorld, make sure to spend the entire day there or else you'll just miss out on all the fun!

    At the One of Seaworld's polar bears A beluga coming over to say hello Don't ride it unless you don't mind getting wet! Shamu, SeaWorld's most famous resident
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    Our Sea World Tip

    by alayna28 Written Aug 9, 2011

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    San Diego is a great place to visit and Sea World is a day full of fun. Sea World is very casual. Our tip was awesome, my boyfriend and I loved seeing all the animals. We took the train down to San Diego, so we used Prime Time Shuttle to drop and pick us up. That was a great decision, http://primetimeshuttle.com was on-time and reliable. Another plus to Sea World, would be that you can drink beer their. They sell alcohol in several places and their very chill about it too.

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  • Sea World, San Diego

    by aeclar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you've never been to any of the many Bush Gardens / Sea World parks around the US, you have to visit Sea World, San Diego.

    The park is a great place to take you family on a weekend or even miss the crowds and going during the week. There aren't many rides to speak of but the shows are great. The 3 shows I highly recommend are the Shamu Adventure, the Dolphin Discovery, and the Fools with Tools. The last show, the Fools with Tools show is definately a must see. This show features two sea lions, Clyde and Seamore, as they put on a TV home-repair show and pretty much everything goes haywire. The whole stadium is transformed into a TV studio and they make the audience part of the show. With their slapstick style of comedy, this show is great for the kids.

    During the summertime the park is open til late and a fireworks display, which can be seen from almost any where in the park, delights everyone.

    The price of admission is up there, $45 for adults and $35 for kids, but if you're planning to stay in San Diego for more than a day it might be wise to take advantage of the Sea World Fun Card. There is a lot to see in the park and with kids you it would be easy for you to not be able to see everything in one day. With the Fun Card, for the price of one admission you can get re-admission to the park for the whole year. If you'll be in San Diego for a week you could come back to Sea World the next day and finish your tour off the park, and have ample time to see everything else that San Diego has to offer.

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    Sea World

    by maemae11 Written Jun 19, 2010

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    Not fun when it's cold, but still a good place to go. If you've never been to Sea World then you're missing out. If you have been to SW in another state you may not be missing much. Not much more exciting than the one in San Antonio.

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    Highlight of our trip

    by AcornMan Written Jun 12, 2009

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    Seaworld was the highlight of our trip because our kids love sea animals - particularly dolphins - so much. We had only one day because tickets are so expensive, so we arrived shortly before it opened and stayed for nearly 13 hours straight. But we saw the whole thing (some of it more than once) and had a fantastic time.

    If you can afford it, I highly recommend the dolphin encounter program, which allows you to put on a wet suit and get in the water with some of the dolphins. We had a lot of fun doing it. If that's not up your alley or if it's too expensive, there's a shorter program that allows you to feed dolphins, pet them, and interact with them without getting in the water. We did both so the kids could have as much exposure to the dolphins as possible. Also, make sure you see the Shamu and dolphin shows not only during the day, but also at night because they're different.

    One warning though: Everything in Seaworld is very expensive. Food, drinks, souvenirs, and anything else you can imagine comes at a high price. But I thought it was worth all the money we spent because we have some great photos, and I know our kids will never forget the experience they had.

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    Sea World - San Diego

    by razorbacker Written Jun 3, 2009

    This is a wonderful place. You can often get a value pass that includes several Southern california attractions, such as Sea World and Universal Studios. If you live within a reasonable driving distance (as WE do) the season passes are also a bargain...especially if you have someone (like my WIFE!) who dreams of becoming one of the Shamu riders when she grows up!

    We've been waiting for ya! Whale-rider ambitions weighing heavily. Zach, Rex, Vanessa, Charity, and Trista Dolphins make happy hearts. What Brenda dreams of doing.
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    Getting wet with Shamu at SeaWorld! F-U-N!

    by jumpingnorman Written Mar 15, 2009

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    I have personally enjoyed SeaWorld for the past 20 years – and my favourite has always been the Shamu Show. I enjoy going up the bleachers, sometimes daring to be close to the water tank so that Shamu can get me WET! If you decide on the latter, they do sell little plastic parkas or raincoats to protect your clothes… otherwise, I hope you have an extra shirt!
    The first thing I do when I enter the park is to get a brochure and see the times for the shows so that you can see the most out of your stay. There are polar bears to be seen, A Journey to Atlantis roller coaster, and even Sesame Street has recently joined in on the Sea World fun (Lights, Camera, Imagination show for a spectacular 4-D show)!
    The single park admission fee already includes all shows, exhibits and rides except for the Skyride and Skytower. You also have to pay for parking your car (from $12 for cars to $17 for RV’s and campers). For the $65 adult (more than 10 years old) admission fee, you might find coupons on-line, in magazines, San Diego pamphlets and even soda cans sometimes. Sometimes, if you work for big companies, they have coupons ready for you (hospital Human Resources offices).

    But now matter how you get to SeaWorld, you’ll always have fun!

    Newborn daughter oblivious to seal show, SeaWorld
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    SeaWorld

    by AVG2319 Updated Nov 11, 2008

    Visiting off season you may find the rides closed, but the lines for the shows are much shorter and you don't have to fight your way through the crowds. If you want to see all the attractions go during peak time. If you want to see the animals and shows it is more enjoyable off season. Seaworld is an incredible place. The Shamu show brings the most crowds and is "the show" to see. If you want to get wet sit in the Soak Zone-the first 16 rows. We sat in row 14 and didn't get wet at all, but the people below us were soaked. If it were warmer when we went I would have sat closer to the front, just be careful of any camera equipment because you will not just be wet, but as the sign states SOAKED. The shows are incredible to watch, you can really see that these amazing animals have a close relationship with their trainers. The Dolphin show is another great show to watch. We sat in the soak zone for this show as well, since we didn't get wet at the Killer Whale show we figured no big deal, but we were wrong we were drenched during the dolphin show. Off season they will take photos of you with the dolphins on select shows. While SeaWorld is famous for the killer whales, they are also home to Beluga Whales, dolphins, penguins, polar bears, flamingos, puffins,seals, sharks and the Clydesdale horses. Seaworld is an awesome family attraction and a wonderful way to spend the day. It is a great place to visit even without kids.

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    Sea World! Shamu!

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 30, 2008

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    A Theme Park but more of the water activity than Disneyland. SeaWorld is a theme park that has everything from shark encounters and orca shows to an aerial tram on the bay and a gently rotating sky tower that lifts you high above the ground. It's full of things that will fascinate and thrill kids, including feeding Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, riding roller coasters, and seeing penguins up close. SeaWorld's main attraction is its Orcas, several of which are housed in 7-million-gallon habitats that are each known as Shamu Stadium (Shamu original died in 1990's). Shamu was the name of the first Orca brought to SeaWorld San Diego in the 1960s. 'Shamu' is now used as a stage name for adult Orcas in performances at SeaWorld parks. The Orcas all have real names. SeaWorld parks also feature a variety of thrill rides, including roller coasters and lazy river rides.

    Adults at Kid's Price
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    Ages 10+ $61
    Ages 3-9 $51

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    One phenomenal adventure park — One phenomenal day


    Ages 10+ $61
    Ages 3-9 $51

    shamu soaked welcome!
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    Sea World San Diego

    by caseyso Written Aug 10, 2008

    Sea World San Diego is a theme park plus aquarium. It has different roller coaster rides that can be enjoyed by both the young and the not-so-young. The aquarium shows to the people the different sea creatures from sharks to penguins to stingrays to walruses to other different fishes.

    A whole day is worth to be spent on the Sea World San Diego because of the many things to be enjoyed. On of its main attractions is Shamu, the Whale. Shamu is the star whale of San Diego. He is trained to perform to the audience, doing flips, jumps, and getting out of the water. One of the main things people look forward to is Shamu's splash. He splashes water to the audience to the point that those seated in the first few rows get soaked! Better bring extra clothes with you when you visit Sea World. ha! ha! ha!

    The Atlantis - one of the rides Shamu the Whale
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    A lot of great shows

    by SailorRoar Written Apr 2, 2008

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    Ok, I can understand that you can learn a dolphin or a killer whale a few tricks, but that you can create a spectacular coreographed show and make "fish" dance syncronized with each other and music at the same time is just unbelivable. Ohh... they also do comedy! You just have to see it for yourself... Don't miss it!

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    Fishing not allowed!

    by Escadora7 Written Nov 5, 2007

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    Sea World is fun! It's great to go and to turn off the outside world and to just enjoy. Besides watching a bunch of fish, there are tons of things to do: shows, feedings, rides, shops, food, games, haunted house,... The best - well one can't say - everybody likes something different. The big attraction of course is Shamu and the killer whales. That show is quite spectacular. My personal favoite was "Pets rule", a show featuring regular household animals (dogs, cats, birds, pigs). Oh, and the penguins are just "cool".

    For our next visit we plan to participate in one of the interactive programs ("Dolphin Interactive Program", "Trainer for a day", "Wild Arctic Encounter" etc.). Yeah, a little pricey at about $ 150.-- per person, but it might be worth it.

    A word for the wise: You WILL get wet if you sit in the front during the shows. You WILL get wet on the big water-ride. And you WILL pay big bucks for a bottle of water, a pretzel, a post-card, or anything else you buy there. And if you bring children, you WILL buy something!

    Feed me! Here fishy! Pets rule! Penguins Performers!
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