SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, CA

500 Sea World Dr.San Diego, CA 92109
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Overview

An aquatic animal theme park ideal for all ages and group sizes, SeaWorld® San Diego features exciting live shows, rides, and exhibits that celebrate the marine life of many species. Guests can feel the rush with Manta®—a high-speed double-launch roller coaster; view real-life sharks up close at Shark Encounter; come face-to-face with playful bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Point; and much more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Lockers and strollers available for a fee.
  • Parking fees apply.
  • Open during inclement weather, some attractions will close.
  • No outside food or drinks are permitted.
  • Bring a camera.
  • Make time for animal feedings and shows.
  • Eat lunch during show performances to beat the crowd.

Description

from SeaWorld San Diego
At SeaWorld® San Diego, you’ll connect with the sea and go on exhilarating rides and amazing adventures. Get up-close and personal with dolphins, penguins, sharks, and more. Plus, step beneath the waves and go hands-on at Explorer’s Reef™ - an all-new larger-than-life coral realm where you can touch a shark, a crab, or thousands of tiny cleaner fish that will nibble playfully at your fingers. It’s an exploratory adventure you’ll just have to sea to believe.

Get an up-close and personal look at the incredible variety of marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. Enjoy close-up views of our gregarious penguins as they eat, waddle and play. Surround yourself with, touch and feed gliding rays in a one-of-a-kind grotto. Experience the amazing world of the sea turtle in Turtle Reef. Walk next to fascinating sharks and get to know lots of other amazing animals, too.

Come to SeaWorld and enjoy some of the most thrilling rides in San Diego inspired by the force and power of the sea. Soar, dive and twist like a ray on Manta®, the all-new roller coaster that only SeaWorld® could create. Take a spin on Shipwreck Rapids®, and take a plunge down Journey to Atlantis®. For young adventurers, be sure to join Elmo and his friends at the Sesame Street® Bay of Play® featuring the best in family-friendly rides.

Come and enjoy fabulous, family-friendly, live entertainment at SeaWorld® San Diego. Don’t miss Pets Rule! ® where dogs dance, cats cavort and birds flock. From the hilarious antics of Clyde and Seamore in Sea Lions Live to the ultimate interactive show Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation which will inspire you to MOVE IT MOVE IT, join us and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Halloween Spooktacular Weekends: Sept 22nd - Oct 28th
Get in the spooky spirit and catch popular live shows like Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash and the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, join delightful Halloween dance parties and let the little ones trick-or-treat throughout the park in a safe, family-friendly environment. Oh, and be on the lookout for singing pumpkins in the park. Trick-or-Treat hours run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on select weekends and included with your park admission.

Parking Fee:
General parking: $20
VIP Parking: $35
RV's, Campers: $40

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

200 Reviews
Elenita Aquino
Azusa, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Frustrated"
November, 2018 NEW
With almost main attractions closed, it’s not worth visiting Seaworld esp i have visitor from abroad.
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Vikash Agrawal
williamsville, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing seaworld"
November, 2018 NEW
Amazing experience. My 3 year old enjoy the dolphin and sea lion shows.. Lots of activity for both kids and adult.
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Mary Louise Javier
Harbor City, CA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Kids loved it!"
November, 2018 NEW
We went on a trick or treat weekend and the kids totally enjoyed! There’s so much to see and because of the Halloween activities, we weren’t able to check all the attractions. We’re definitely coming back!
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Mark Binkley
Manteca, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"A GREAT day!"
November, 2018 NEW
We had a great day at Sea World. We thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Sad to see some attractions closed. The shows were great, the habitats were so nice for the animals. The food prices were very reasonable. Loved it.
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Gretchen Morgan
Kingston, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ok park, fantastic shows"
October, 2018 NEW
We had just been at Legoland for 3 days and wanted to also explore SeaWorld. The park itself was okay... unlike the happiness we experienced at Legoland, the ride attendants weren't exactly friendly faces but the kiddos had a great time none the less. The Orca show was beautiful..in a word Majestic... Truly gave the respect to these amazing Creatures. the dolphin show was also a blast - fun! And my kiddos love the seal show!
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Tip: Shows are a must if you go to SeaWorld!

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Claire M.
Long Beach , CA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great family time"
October, 2018 NEW
Kids loved it but we’re more excited about the rides , boyfriend was happy to have beer while walking around . We all loved the part where you could feed the manterays .
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Nooshin Lua Rouhani
Oro valley, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Loved SeaWorld - online ticket was an easy option"
October, 2018 NEW
Bought our tickets online, had it scanned at the gate and we were in... Such a simple process... Gave us more time to spend at the park. The rides were wonderful! Getting wet was a must.. so its important to have a change of clothes, especially for little ones. The shows were pretty short, not what we expected... out of all exhibits the arctic was the best... def. worth the experience!
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Reserve San Diego Customer
Mishawaka, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"OK, but not great. Online ticket won't save you time"
October, 2018
The world famous SeaWorld is just OK in my opinion. It feels more like Disneyland than a huge aquarium. I bought the ticket online but wasn't able to scan the bar code at the kiosk when I arrived, so I have to spend an extra HOUR queuing up at the regular ticket counter to get my actual ticket. Definitely not a pleasant experience. I watched all the performances such as the Killer Whale, dolphins, sea lions, etc. I didn't realize that the Killer Whales are actually very unhappy to live in such a small pond, and their top fins became lopsided because of this, before I read an article about one of them killing a trainer several years ago. Now I'm starting to debate whether I should contribute $$ to seaworlds and aquariums anymore, to let them keep breeding these large creatures in a "cage".
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Z8849OMjosephl
"Now what it used to be"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
The park are not the greatest. The day we went it was 10 to 6. First we got there early to make the best of the day. They started to let people in at about 9:30 but you could not go far from the gate and there was nothing open to get food/drinks or souvenirs. Half of the little ponds were not in use or under refurbishment. When walking around hall the restaurants were closed or were only open from about 11 to 5. You would think that the park would want these places open to make as much money as possible while people are in the park. Even at the end of the day the food carts closed early. On a good note the shows were great and informative. What rides were open were fun.
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Emma F
"Slightly disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
Quite a few of the attractions were closed so I didn’t feel as thought we got our money’s worth. The food in the safe was actually pretty good. I was quite shocked to be honest.
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DayTripper28MN
Minnesota
"It's lost it's magic"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
SeaWorld has shifted its priorities from a sea experienced filled with fun show's to an amusement park. The show's were fun to watch, but that was about all they could do. They had some kiddie rides, and but a lot of the park was designed for those that would pay more to get special encounters with the sealife. The marine tanks were filled with algae making it hard to see anything clear. Overall disappointed.
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mmfred
New Providence, New Jersey
"Fun time"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
We loved our visit here even though it seemed a bit sleepy. It was random Thursday and there were no crowds. No lines and unfortunately many sites were closed. They had a new baby dolphin so. I dolphin show. Did catch baby Jumping with its mom. Lecture was kind of dull as we couldn’t see anything. New whale show is more educational and informative. But kind of dull. New focus is on-how much sea world does to support environment. Which I am in full support of. Different tone than in previous years. All good stuff. Went off all day dining meal. Definitely a must. Easy to get money worth.
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poojak979
Bearsted, United Kingdom
"Fun filled day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
We visited SeaWorld in October as a family and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff was overall good and the shows were great. We saw dolphins show both morning and evening, killer whales and sea lion show. Good value for money. Food was average but you can bring your own picnic.
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Frequently Asked Questions about SeaWorld San Diego

What are the food and beverage policies at SeaWorld San Diego?
Hard and soft coolers, glass containers, food such as sandwiches, meals, snacks, etc., and flavored drinks may not be taken into the park. Water bottles may be taken into the park. For your convenience, picnic areas are available outside the park adjacent to the entrance/exit plaza. If leaving the park to enjoy your food, please have your hand stamped for re-admittance. Guests with medical diets or baby formula should speak with a park representative for assistance before entering the park.

Are strollers and/or wheelchairs available to rent at SeaWorld?
Wheelchair access is provided at all shows and attractions. For safety reasons all strollers must be parked outside of most exhibits and attractions. SeaWorld is not responsible for strollers or their contents left unattended in the park. Guest must be 18 years or older to rent strollers and wheelchairs for a fee.

What is SeaWorld’s pet policy?
Pets are not allowed at the park. However, service animals are welcome at SeaWorld. Service animals are limited to dogs and miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Service animals must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.

Does the park offer kennel services?
Yes. SeaWorld provides a pet facility for a nominal fee, on a first-come, first-serve basis. SeaWorld is not responsible for the pet. Kennels are approximately 4ft by 8ft and are outside under some coverage. You must bring your own bowls and food. The pet owner may use the water available onsite and may visit their pet throughout the day, as they desire.

Are lockers available?
All Day Lockers are located adjacent to the Reservation Center and available for a nominal fee.

How much is parking?
Parking fees are as follows:

  • $20 for cars
  • $40 for RVs and campers
  • $20 for Motorcycles
  • $25 for Up-Close Parking (when available)
  • $35 for VIP Parking

What is SeaWorld’s smoking policy?
For the convenience of guests who wish to smoke, SeaWorld provides Designated Smoking Areas (this includes Electronic Cigarettes). Please refer to the park map for directions to these areas.

What is the policy for inclement weather?
SeaWorld remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected. Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.

Does SeaWorld have ATMs within the park?
Yes. Welch ATMs are located throughout the park.