SeaWorld, San Diego

4 out of 5 stars 83 Reviews

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

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    by grantravel Updated Sep 9, 2007

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    Having been to Sea World in our hometown of Gold Coast (Australia) many times, I was curious to see how different it would be. I would have to say that we enjoyed it a lot more. Mainly because of all the different sea animals exhibits there were…killer whales, manatees, walruses, white beluga whales, polar bears. We found the shows to be very good also. I have read some negative reviews about the Shamu show, but I really enjoyed it. Probably because I had never seen a Killer Whale before, they are just magnificent! The highlight of the day would have to have been the buffet lunch we had on Shamu's poolside patio. Awesome food, and while you eat you watch them feed the killer whales only metres away from your table. We had to pay extra for this but it is well worth it. All in all we found Sea World to be a great day out and a very easy park to get around in one day.

    If you also intend on visiting theme parks in LA as we did, you should definitely buy the Southern California City Pass. It entitles you to a 3-Day Disneyland ticket, and 1-day tickets to Universal Studios, SeaWorld and a choice of SD Zoo or SD Zoo's Wild Animal Park. You can purchase this from any of the parks. It's a great saving!

    Shamu Dolphins White Whale Up close dining with the whales Me and Shamu!
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    Shaaamuuuuu

    by Peggy-Puggy Updated Aug 18, 2007

    Avois going on weekends, too many visitors!!! Food is far to expensive and awful!
    Musts:
    Shamu show (be there at least 30 minutes before the show starts and if you don't want to get soaked avoid the 15 first rows)
    Seamore, sea lion show
    Dolphin show

    Don't forget the sunscreen!!!!!
    Adult single day: 57$

    Shamu Touch and cuddle the starfish The sea lion show Flamingos Supervising the dolphins
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    2007 Update

    by ArizonaExpert Written Jul 15, 2007

    Okay...I have need going to Sea World since the 70s, but hadn't been there for about 5 years. We went on a Wednesday in July (great idea to go M-W) and got there as the gates opened at 9am (another great idea).

    I bought a discount code on e-bay (search sea world discounts) for 99 cents and ended up saving 20% on all my tickets!!! ( I saved over $50 bucks) I even got two day tickets with the discount price. I highly recommend this to everyone because deep Sea World discounts are not readily available on-line.

    The park was wide open all morning. I rode Atlantis (okay...not that thrilling) and all the other rides without waiting at all. We then started to see all the shows.

    The kids liked the Sea Lion show best, followed by the Pets, then Shamu, Cirque and the dolphins. Shamu was like a feel-good, get with nature "show". It wasn't even really a show. He splashed everyone and that was about it. Too much video wall and not enough show.

    We almost closed the park (11 was too late for us) and be warned...it gets chilly at night! If you plan to stay, bring layers or a jacket.

    We all enjoyed the day but a warning...we passed by Saturday and saw miles of cars at 1pm still trying to get in. I would never go on a weekend in the summer! The wait times for rides had to be over an hour.....

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    Sea World

    by venteeocho Written May 31, 2007

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    If you're going to San Diego and have a day to spare, Sea World is a good destination. Plan ahead (15-20 minutes) for the shows earlier in the day. The sea lion show and the dolphin show are very entertaining. We didn't think the Shamu show "Believe" was all that special - it was really overdramatic which took away from the cool things the whales did. For all of the shows (and especially Shamu), sit on an aisle by an exit so you don't get caught up in the crowds leaving the show.

    For those of legal age (and possibly without kids), make a reservation at the Brewmaster's Club for "food pairing" event - i.e. free samples of Bud & Michelob beers with cheese and fruit. It's free, but the reservations we're tough to get into later in the day.

    Since you're going to go, research discount offers to get in cheaper. We found a good discount by being a member of Southwest's frequent flyer club.

    We spent longer than expected at Sea World but had a great time

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    Incredible animals

    by wwliu Written Apr 10, 2007

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    There various animal show like Shamu show, Dolphin show and pets show. Those animals are incredible. You never see animals can complete such a lot unbelievable actions. They are friendly with people. God give us such smart creations.

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    A Fun Day at SeaWorld!

    by orcoastgirl Written Feb 10, 2007

    We spent a Monday here the first week of December and really had a great time. We were able to take in 4 shows in one day and visited the exhibits crowd-free. This is a spectacular place to spend time while in the San Diego area. We were very impressed with the quality of the exhibits and the cleanliness of the park. The Believe show was very well done, we saw the show a few days after the trainer had been injured by one of the killer whales, so the show was done from the land with the trainers not getting in the water at all.

    The sky ride that goes over Mission Bay was fun and relaxing, there is a small additional fee that is not included with your admission price for the ride, it lasts about 6 minutes. The Journey to Atlantis was really fun, it is kind of Splash Mountain drop kind of ride with some roller coaster turns, also. We rode this one twice. You do get very wet, we put our things in a locker and lost two baseball caps on this ride.

    The food in the park is also good, we had lunch at the BBQ place and found the quality of the food to be much better than Disneyland. There are several exhibits that are so well-done, it's best to just take your time and plan on spending a full day here. Since it was winter, the park closed at 6:00 when we were there, but felt that we saw/did everything we wanted to do in this amount of time since there were no crowds.

    There are also several gifts shops that are really fun, we brought back souvenirs to all of our family members back home. I highly recommend a visit to this San Diego attraction when in the area.

    The Believe Show at SeaWorld End of Believe Show at SeaWorld Dolphin at the Dolphin Encountery The Dolphin Stadium The Clyde & Seymour Show/Risky Rescue
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    Seaworld - a classic

    by tvdandy Written Jan 7, 2007

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    OK, it's the ultimate tourist location. But this place is FUN!!! I was blown away from the performances and I am absolutly hooked on Shamu's show. Fantastic. The trainers are incredible and lively to say the least, they all seem like they love what they do, even though they do it day after day after day. The exhibits and everything else is great. You even see those famous Budwieser Cliddale Horses. Very cool. Word of warning, be careful with your camera equipment during Shamu's show, if you are caught in the splash zone, there goes that expensive digital camera :)

    The Legend - Shamu dolphins are whacky fun there goes those Cliddales There are some crazy stage areas here wee!
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    Highly Recommended

    by Chip_Master Written Oct 31, 2006

    A great park with great rides and shows. If you go during the heat of summer bring your swimtrunks as there is a great waterpark for the kids. For those looking for the ultimate expensive excursion you can sign up for a Dolphin encounter or a meal with Shamu. Sorry we passed on these and did them for a bit cheaper across the border.

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    Sea World - Pet me please

    by SLLiew Written Oct 23, 2006

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    Nice surprise to find a petting pool for baby whales and dolphiins.

    Those teeth looks nasty but these supposedly intelligent mammals seemed to enjoy to be pet. Anyway, no reason to take unnecessary risk but it is a great way to come so close to another mammal that seemed to be happy to greet us.

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    San Diego Seaworld - See the splash

    by SLLiew Written Aug 28, 2006

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    Welcome to San Diego Seaworld, for me, the number one tourist destination.

    Beware if you choose to sit in the front row seats as you may be want to get wet for the incredible show of killer whales, dolphins, seals, etc.

    There is a petting pool too. Great family entertainment and for everyone who loves sea animals. Greenpeace may think otherwise of this circus. Positively, there is research been done that will help better protect our sea friends in the while and this is a great place for children and adults to learn to appreciate and protect our sea heritage more.

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    by RAINBOWWINGS Written Apr 7, 2006

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    If youve been to San Diego than you must have been to Sea World....if you havent then you MUST!! A really great day out for all the family and not just the kids. Ive visited many seaworld attractions throughout the world but none quite as good as San Diegos. Apart from the amazing aquarium, the actual dolphin and Orca show shouldnt be missed. Take the trip up the revolving tower that starts of at ground level and very slowly rises to over 250ft giving you a 360 degree view of Sand Diego and on a good day up to 100 miles away. Or take the Skyride little bucket cars on a cablecar ride that soars you up and out over Mission Bay...breathtaking. Touch and stroke the manta rays on the Reef of view from the underground passages, the giant manatees that have been rescued and rehabilitated in their enormous freshwater home. So many things to do and see here you may need more than one visit .

    Dolphin and Orca show area

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    A whole lot of water!

    by hotlipz Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    I know not everyone agrees with keeping these wonderful creatures for performance and away from their natural environment but I truly believe these awesome looking mammals are happy. For example, if you move away from the display area and look at the holding pool for the Orca's all you see are free swimming, happy, very healthy looking killer whales!

    There is also a lot of conservation and research going on here and if you do the extended tour that takes you behind the scenes you will see just how much the Seaworld staff (aka anheuser busch who make Budweisser beer) care about the marine world. I was very impressed.

    Seaworld, San Diego is also the only place outside of Florida that is allowed to house the persecuted manatee or sea cow.

    Coming from a very horsey background, I also loved the Anheuser Busch stables where the draught horses are kept that pull the beer hitches (is that what they are called in America?) These wonderful horses are Clydesdales, a native of Scotland and they keep especially good examples of the breed. There was an especially nice mare called Annie with a tiny foal, I dont know why but I have no photo but check out the website for more information. I didnt realise this but AB have the largest herd of Clydesdales in the world and that's no mean feat when most of the British (and even European) breeds of Draught horses are fighting for survival thanks in part to John Deere and Massey Ferguson!

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    Sea World

    by acemj Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    This is one of those places that we would always have to visit when someone from out of town was staying with us. It's pretty cool and great for kids, but I wouldn't call it a must see because there are other Sea Worlds out there. However, for $125 you can swim with the dolphins. That would be pretty unforgettable, right?

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    Dolphins dolphins dolphins!

    by raraavis Written Oct 27, 2005

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    I generally stay away from amusement parks. But I loved Sea World because the animals won me over. The dolphin show is a must see. They are too damn cute.

    A word about weather. Southern California day and night temperature differ dramatically. Don't go on a wet ride in the evening because you'll be cold and wet.

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    by Blatherwick Written Sep 1, 2005

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    SeaWorld's main attraction is the killer whale, several of which are housed in a 7-million-gallon habitat that that is known as Shamu Stadium. Shamu was the name of the first killer whale ever to be brought to SeaWorld San Diego in the 1960s. 'Shamu' is now used as a stage name for adult killer whales in performances at SeaWorld parks. Catch one of the many shows and if you want to get wet sit in the splash zone.

    Another big attraction is the dolphin pool where you can buy fish to feed them. There is also a more intimate dolphin encounter program as well. The Shark Encounter features a 57-foot, walk-through acrylic tube running the length of the sharks' habitat. I always wonder what would happen if the tube cracked. There are penguins, rides, kids parks. The place is good fun.

    SeaWorld has made many contributions to wildlife conservation. SeaWorld scientists, zoologists, trainers and rescue teams participate in research and wildlife preservation. Recently, SeaWorld teams have helped saved beached whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions and helped raise the awareness of endangered manatees.

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