SeaWorld San Diego

From thrill-rides to animal encounters, SeaWorld San Diego is a top San Diego vacation destination. Be sure to bring the kids for educational opportunities!
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Enjoy California’s Famous Animal Theme Park Destination at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego, a leading attraction in the beautiful Mission Bay, is a must-see for anyone who plans to visit Southern California. This marine theme park offers a mix between spine-tingling rides and up-close encounters with sea life.

This incredible park spans over 200 acres and is chock-full of rides, interactive exhibits, shows, and mouth-watering food options. Anyone who visits should plan six to eight hours of their day touring this fantastic attraction.

The SeaWorld Park in San Diego is best known as home to the famous killer whale, Shamu. The Park is known for other amazing animal encounters too! Swim with a dolphin, or meet a gentle giant of the Arctic Sea, the beautiful beluga whale!

Whether you come to pet a sea lion, feed a dolphin, or to simply enjoy the rides, you can't go wrong when you choose SeaWorld San Diego. This park is a perfect attraction that provides a family-friendly atmosphere for you to enjoy an adventure-packed trip.

Switch between visiting the majestic creatures of the underwater world and enjoy adrenaline-pumping rides! No matter your preference, SeaWorld San Diego is the place for you.

Cost of Admission and Inclusive Activities at SeaWorld San Diego

All the aquariums, shows, rides, and animal exhibits are included in your ticket price. However, Skytower and Bayside Skyride are available at an additional cost.

Other Park activities not included in your ticket purchase to this attraction:

  • Dining
  • Animal Tours and Interactions
  • Skip the line passes
  • Merchandise
  • Upgrades

Regular Cost of Admission and Bundle Options

You have several ticket options for this attraction:

  • Single Day Ticket, Ages 3+: $93.99
  • Single Day Ticket + Eat Free All Day, Ages 3+: $133.98
  • Single Day Ticket + Sea Lion and Seal Experience, Ages 3+: $101.99
  • Both Active Duty Military and Veteran families are welcome with complimentary admission.

SeaWorld San Diego offers visitors free Sunny Day tickets. On the off chance that it rains when you visit, the Park will provide you with a complimentary visit for some fun in the sun.

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Passes start at $89 for children and $99 for adults!

The Best Hotels Near SeaWorld San Diego

If you’re looking to make the most out of your stay, consider spending a few nights in one of the best hotels near SeaWorld San Diego!

Located in the Mission Bay neighborhood, a few of our favorites include The Dana on Mission Bay, a great choice for families or the Paradise Point Resort & Spa for those looking to stay right on the beach!

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Animals to See at SeaWorld San Diego

See Gigantic Killer Whales Up Close

View majestic Killer Whales through the underwater viewing area, right outside of Orca Encounters. This one-of-a-kind experience allows you to view the whales as they play and swim through the water.

Do you want something more? Take a 45-minute Orca Encounter Tour! Discuss unique facts about killer whales and their care routines.

Enjoy the Dolphins and Sea Otters

Head on over to Dolphin's point where you can visit the famous bottlenose dolphins. Observe their fun, mischievous natures within the open water exhibit as they play, swim, and show off for you.

Dolphin Point also features a Sea Otter exhibit where you can watch these furry little sea creatures play and dive for shrimp!

Beautiful Beluga Whales and Massive Walruses

SeaWorld San Diego also has an Arctic animal exhibit! Meet the magnificent beluga whales, enormous walruses, and mischievous harbor seals!

Immerse yourself in an interactive experiment! Make your way along Wild Arctic's ice wall, and crawl through a frozen den.

Friendly Sea Lions

Don't forget about the sea lions. Sea Lion Point is right in the middle of all the other animal exhibits. You cannot miss it!

Take a special behind the scenes look at the life of a sea lion inside of SeaWorld. Enjoy observing their fun personalities as they interact with you face to face.

SeaWorld's Hand in Conservation Initiatives

SeaWorld is an organization that is credited by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). To achieve this certification, they are required to donate large sums of their funds to conservation works.

To help SeaWorld, you can purchase a ticket to the Aquatica Water Park. Aquatica is operated by SeaWorld and is located next to the park. Each ticket purchase to Aquatica is donated into the fund to give to world-wide conservation initiatives.

Shows and Presentations at SeaWorld San Diego

Join in on Dolphin Days

During Dolphin Day, you can learn about each Dolphin individually. These bottlenose dolphins are known for their high jumps, playful personalities, and their intelligence.

Watch high-flying bottlenose dolphins break the surface of the water as they perform tricks for the audience.

Sea Lions Live!

Clyde, Seamore and their otter buddy, OP, star in their variety TV show! You can see otter renditions of today's most popular shows. Some of their shows include Survival: Mission bay, Dancing with the Pinnipeds, and Super Seamore!

Events Adults Can Enjoy

SeaWorld features several other shows that are more adult-oriented. Want an adult-centered vacation? Visit SeaWorld in May to enjoy the Seven Seas Food Festival!

Live Polynesian fire dancing ignites the Polynesian Flavors Stage during the Festival! It's a nightly occurrence, so you're sure to catch it.

At the Seven Seas Food Festival, you can also purchase a taste sampler card. Let your taste buds take a trip around the world.

Kid-Friendly Rides and Attractions

Sesame Street® Bay of Play

Sesame Street® Bay of Play is an area that is designed with your little ones in mind so the whole family can enjoy these rides!

Ride in circles on Elmo's flying fish, and you swim through an imaginary ocean, on a fish that looks just like Elmo. Or, if you have older children, take a ride on the medium-thrill ride, Riptide Rescue.

Tidal Twister

Take a thrilling ride on Tidal Twister, and you are strapped in and thrown into twists, curves, and corkscrews.

If you have any members of your family who enjoy an adrenaline-packed experience, Tidal Twister is perfect for them! Must be 48" or taller to ride.

Family Adventure Tour

Starting at just $85 for adults, and $65 for children, you can take your family on a tour that allows you to get up close and personal with many different animals.

For nearly 2 hours, you will get to explore the Park before it even opens. Take a tour of the explorer's reef as you interact with the sharks and cleaner fish, and end the tour playing with dolphins!

This is a tour that anyone can enjoy.

Local Tips
Seasonal Shows
Many of SeaWorld's shows are seasonal and may change based on the time of year.

Rides and Other Must-Do Activities at SeaWorld San Diego

Bayside Skyride

Take a leisurely ride through the sky, on Bayside Skyride. Enjoy this round-trip ride that provides you with beautiful views as you soar above the Park and the scenic, Mission Bay.

Sit back and relax as this gondola glides you from one side of the Park to the other and back.

Each ride is just $6 extra per person for anyone over the age of 3.

Journey to Atlantis®

Journey to Atlantis® is a roller coaster and a water ride packed into one! Cool off on this beautiful ride that takes you up above the park. Get a panoramic view of the Park before plunging more than ten stories into the water below.

Be prepared for water to engulf your entire body. This ride does not go underwater, although it will seem like you did!

Skytower

For just an additional $6, you can take a trip to the top of the Skytower. Here is where you can see spectacular views of Mission Bay and the gorgeous Pacific Ocean.

Visit Turtle Reef

With all the excitement, you may be tempted to skip the turtles, but don't! See loggerhead, hawksbill, and green sea turtles. Some are more than 50 years old.

Watch as they swim among schools of tropical fish through their open watered tank. Watch as the endangered and rescued sea turtles glide through their 126,000-gallon tank.

Turtle Reef is filtered using a natural filter, like that of a wetland ecosystem. This helps to conserve water, keep the turtles healthy, and reduce the energy cost. This biofiltration system is the first of its kind in a zoological setting.

See the Sharks Underwater

Enter an amazing underwater viewing tunnel and watch as sharks of all shapes, colors, and sizes pass by you.

Walk through an underwater tunnel to view the beauty of nature's predators, sharks. Watch all sharks of all sizes, shapes, colors, and kinds swim past you in a safe, danger-free observation tunnel.

These prehistoric predators existed more than 100 million years before dinosaurs ever roamed the earth!

Amazing Eats Throughout the Park

Whether you are hungry enough to dive into an all, you can eat pizza buffet, or you want to enjoy some delicious burgers: SeaWorld has it all.

You can upgrade your ticket to include free dining. That way, you can eat what you want, when you want while you tour this fantastic theme park.

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What attractions are included with a Go Pass?

Attractions that you can visit with a Go San Diego Pass include:

The San Diego Zoo, Birch Aquarium, SeaWorld, Safari Park, LEGOLAND, Harbor Cruise, USS Midway Museum, the NAT Museum, Whaley House, PETCO Park Tour, iFLY San Diego and many, many more!

Directions and Parking for SeaWorld San Diego

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From any exit, continue onto Sea World Drive. From there, you will fork onto Ocean GateWay, or turn right onto South Shore Road. Parking is available on both streets; you can't miss it.

There are plenty of spots available. The fees associated with parking are as follows:

  • Car or Motorcycle: $25
  • Up-Close Parking: $28
  • VIP: $35
  • RVs/Campers: $30

Tips for an Enjoyable Visit to SeaWorld San Diego

Disabled Accessibility
Disabled Accessibility
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Smoking
No Smoking
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
RVs Allowed
RVs Allowed
Stroller Accessible
Stroller Accessible
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Download the SeaWorld App for an Interactive Map

SeaWorld Park offers access to an interactive map. In case you get lost, or you can't find a sea animal, simply open the app, and find your location.

No Food or Flavored Beverages in the Park

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to bring in your food, or flavored drink. You are, however, allowed to bring your water.

There is a picnic area right outside of the gates for your convenience.

Research Height Requirements in Advance

The worst part of SeaWorld? Getting to a ride to find out one of your children does not meet the height requirement.

With the SeaWorld App, you can research the height requirements before your trip.

SeaWorld Autism Services

Suppose you have an individual in your party who cannot wait in a long line due to a disability, no problem! SeaWorld Special Access gives guests the ability to remain in a virtual queue.

You can enjoy another attraction while you wait for the others to open. Once it's your turn, you can make your way over, so you don't miss your turn.

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