With more than 130 million visitors since its opening in 1964, SeaWorld is San Diego’s leading tourist attraction and one of ... More
SeaWorld San Diego
With more than 130 million visitors since its opening in 1964, SeaWorld is San Diego’s leading tourist attraction and one of the most popular marine-life parks in the world. The founding principles of education, entertainment, research and conservation make SeaWorld an ideal place to learn about, enjoy and gain an appreciation for some of the ocean’s most fascinating animals. Spread across 189 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld San Diego is known for spectacular animal shows, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides, beautiful landscaping, dining facilities and education programs for all ages. And of course, Shamu!
The beautiful San Diego weather, countless entertainment possibilities, and free beer? What more could you ask for? I went to Sea World with my boyfriend at the time, and we played like kids all day long. (except for the beer drinking part, but I'll get to that later) Sea World boasts various aquariums (featuring salt and freshwater animals), "encounter" style attractions (where you get to see the animals up close, through glass), and of course, their famous trained animal shows. When you enter the park, they hand you a schedule. It's best to take a moment and pick out the shows you want to catch--don't worry, there's enough time to do it all! There are also opportunities to feed sea lions fresh fish (careful, your hands will get stinky! but there's a place to wash off) and pet slimy creatures in the tidepool. If I had kids, I would definitely take them here. I enjoyed all the attractions, but I think my favorite was the Wild Arctic. You take a Star Tours type ride, simulating a helicopter ride over snow-capped mountains. Then you get off the ride and you get to see polar bears and walruses up close and personal, with only a glass wall separating you from them. The sheer size of these animals is truly amazing. If you have an hour or so to spare, be sure and check out the Budweiser Beer School. Near the entrance to the park, there is a kiosk serving free samples of the many varieties of Amheiser-Busch beers. There is also a person with a sign-up sheet for Budweiser beer school. Sign up in the morning, for a class later that day. Trust me, it's incredibly entertaining. And when you're done, they give you a beer school diploma and keychain. Then, nice and toasty from the 3 or 4 beers they've fed you; head over to the sunset showing of the Shamu show, where you'll get soaking wet and dance the funky chicken.
This was excellent! Child friendly, entertaining and outdoors with or without water. The shows are great and teach you a lot without realizing it. There is plenty of hands on and plenty of staff to answer questions. I lived in San Diego a while and this was one of my favorite places to go. Highly recommend it!!!
One of the *coolest* things here was the area where you could walk right up & pet the dolphins! Be prepared to get wet; they find great humor in splashing people!
The best restaurant in the place (decent food for the money; something other than hot dogs & churrros) was the one that looks like a shipwrecked boat. You can't miss it! It's right across from the log flume ride (which was fun, by the way!). Live bird entertainers perform here while you eat! Be sure to time visits to this restaurant properly - the *last* thing you want to do is to go there right when Shamu's show lets out & the entire crowd decides to eat at once! (Also *very* difficult to get around this area of the park when the show ends!)