One of the most special memories I have is the day I held for 600 lb. dolphin on my lap. Through the Dolphin Interaction Program at Sea World San Diego, I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of touching a dolphin.
Upon our arrival we were met by a Sea World employee who gave us a half-hour lecture all about dolphins. She then took us to the holding tanks where dolphins spend their time when they are not in the public eye. We were given wetsuits and booties and separated into groups of three. First we visited the veterinarian, we learned how blood is drawn from their flukes, we learned about their diet and how old dolphins can live. Next, we went to a training pool and learned hand signals and how they work.
Our final stop we were able to enter the water (which was about 66°) and wade in up to our chest. The guide told us why we were not allowed to swim with the dolphins; two reasons: number one Dolphins like to play tag, they can swim up to 22 mph. if they "tag" you, you really won't want to play anymore. and number two Dolphins like to hang out on the bottom of the pool and naturally they want you to hang with them, so they hold you down with them. They can hold their breaths for 12 minutes.
The cost for this program is $150 per person
Well worth the cost believe me!
Call early to make reservations as this program sells out quickly.
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!
Ok, I don't care what age you are, but Sea World has load to offer for all ages to enjoy. Animals shows, exhibits, and some actual hands on with some dolphins and sting rays. My son loved the huge play yard they had. So go and ejoy! I loved Busch Garden....yeah it was not for the beer, but because of the famed Clydedales are at. I even got lucky enough to touch the nuzzle of one. Plus, Busch Garden salutes our Men and Woman of all Armed Forces. The Clydesdales even visited Edwards once.
Oh, wear comfortable shoes!
Have been to this park many times, though last time was about 6 years ago. Many happy memories with my girls when they were little. So much to do here; really is amazing, entertaining & educational. Stay till it closes; enjoy the nightly fireworks & other shows. Take lots of pictures, wear sunscreen. You can find coupons to save money on your tickets or use AAA membership to save. The price is very high, so don't go unless you have $250 for a family of four ( see excellent website for details). I still love remembering the quality & fun of the place! I hope you enjoy it, too.
A great thing we liked about this park was that if you go for the whole day/evening, it is a long time, but you can get your hand stamped, leave and then return later. We did this about 6pm, went back to our hotel, had a dip in the pool, had some dinner and then went back to the park for the evening, watching the fireworks was great.
Feed the Dolphins! You can buy a small disposable container of fresh fish pieces to throw to friendly, tame dolphins in an enclosed, attractive large pool. You can watch other people do this, whether you buy fish or not. Watch out for sea gulls! they'll swoop down fast & steal your fish!
Sea World has many, many fish & sea mammals on display, attractively. Its like a zoo & circus in one place.
Love penguins? Great place to see all types of them & cool off yourself, too.
There is also a Manatee Rescue, set in a river-like setting like they would inhabit in the wild. I love manatees (see my Homosassa page)
There are also Walruses and beluga whales. In fact there is so much to see that we probably missed some of it.
With shows and feeding times are starting at different times, its a bit like a race getting round to see everything you want to see, whilst trying to miss nothing.
Try and get there as early as possible, check out the times of the shows, feeding times etc of the things you want to see and then you can maybe plan it a bit better than we did
Plan your visits on weekdays, when fewer guests are in the park. (Saturdays and Sundays in July and August are the busiest days of the year).
Arrive early…or late. The park opens at 9 a.m. all summer and stays open until 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. Or, arrive later in the afternoon and catch all the nighttime shows and fireworks.
Restaurants are busiest just after nearby shows end and between noon and 3 p.m.
Use the Skytower as a reference point for finding your way around. It’s also a great place to meet up in case your group gets separated.
Ride lines are shortest in the morning and the late evening.
If you are going to sit in "soak zone" go early in the day to dry off before the ocean breeze sets in or bring a large trash bag to put over yourself.
Large hard or soft coolers, glass containers, food, drinks and picnic lunches may not be taken into the park.
$57 for guests age 10+.
$47 for guests ages 3 through 9.
Free for guests 2 years old and younger.
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.
Who cannot resist dolphins??? They are so adorable, and besides seeing them in their own show you can also feed them. You buy your food in Sea World, trouble is there are so many people buying the food and feeding them that I am afraid it is cupboard love when they come to you for their food, the minute its gone they are off to the next person :-)
At Sea World you can see a film of the rescue, rehabilitation and release which took 14 months of J.J. an orphaned Californian grey whale. It is a very moving story and I am sure captures the heart of all who see it. Me included
Don't miss the sea lions, otters, and even a walrus give home improvement a whole new meaning at Fools With Tools show. It is usually best to plan which shows you want to see first, then look at the other attractions in between.
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!
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 .
Entry into Sea World is almost $50 for an adult, their are concessions for children between 3 and 9. However there are so many options of payment, its best to check their web site first. You can even get a discount on some prices by buying your ticket on line, or perhaps having a ticket for Universal Studios along with the Sea World ticket. These kind of tickets can save you money.