Sea World San Diego

Sea World is a combination marine mammal park, sea life aquarium, and animal theme park in San Diego, California.

Sea World began in 1964 and developed into a marine zoo along Mission Bay in San Diego. When the park opened, it had sea lions, dolphins and two sea water aquariums. Several companies have owned the park since its beginnings.

The attractions of Sea World San Diego include the following. Journey to Atlanta is both a flume and roller coaster. Bayside Sky ride is a six-minute gondola ride over Mission Bay. Sea World Sky Tower is an 320 foot observation Tower with a ride that allows riders a view of both Sea World and San Diego. Lights, Camera, Imagination 4 – D is a film for children based on the Sesame Street characters. Rocky Point Preserve is an exhibit of bottlenose dolphin swimming in a pool so that visitors can pet the dolphins. Wild Arctic is a ride that is a simulation of a helicopter ride through the Arctic. Manta is a new roller coaster with a 2,800 foot ride.

San Diego’s Sea World has animal exhibits. These include five species of dolphins, 300 penguins in the Penguin Encounter, walruses at the wild Arctic, Beluga Whales, and three polar bears.

The admission cost for Sea World San Diego is $73 for adults and $65 for children with free admission for children two and under.

The hours for the park and shows change occasionally, so check with the park before visiting. The current park hours are 10 AM to 7:30 PM. Most shows last from 20 to 25 minutes so arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the start of the show to assure good seating.

Parking fees are as follows: $14 for cars, $19 for RVs and campers, $10 for motorcycles, and $19 for preferred parking when that is available.

Sea World has choices of restaurants including Breakfast and Dine with Shamus, Shipwreck Reef, Mama Stella’s Pizza Kitchen and Pineapple Pete’s Island Eats.

Some of the hotels near Sea World are Andaz San Diego, The Dana on Mission Bay, Holiday Inn Express San Diego, and Heritage Inn Sea World, among many others.