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 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 performance 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!

2018 Events (Select Dates)
Lunar New Year - Feb 10 - Feb 25
Join in our family-fun event celebrating the Lunar New Year with Pan-Asian entertainment and food. The exciting sights, sounds and aromas of Asia will come alive at this premier cultural celebration.

Seven Seas Craft Beer and Food Festival - March 17 - April 15
Sip and sample your way around the world of international street food traditions, craft beers and wines, and enjoy live musical performances along the way.

Sesame Street Parade - May 5 - July 1
The Neighborhood Street Party Parade is marching Sesame Street excitement throughout SeaWorld. This colorful, musical, and show stopping parade is fun enough to get the whole family dancing.

Electric Ocean - June 16 - Sept 2
Enjoy 8 amazing experiences, including 2 shows inspired by playful sea creatures, an electrifying dance club with a world-class DJ, and your favorite SeaWorld attractions like never before.

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

59 Reviews
Cheryl Durnford
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic Day but would not endorse the all-day dining for children"
September, 2017
Had a fantastic day at SW with my 8 yr old granddaughter. We were both very happy with how close you could get to the dolphins/penguins etc and all of the shows that we went to were absolutely great. She had a great time on the rides as well. They had a wonderful park. My only disappointment was the all-day dining that I purchased for her (I didn't get a pass for myself). I thought it would be good as kids are constantly wanting to eat and so purchased the pass on my way into the park. I would suggest to anyone considering this pass for a kid to go to a few of the restaurants and check out what they have to offer. We hit three restaurants during the day - the first offered pasta or chicken fingers (already sitting dished out on the counter) the pasta was cold and barely edible - she ate the watermelon and applesauce and had water for a drink. Second try had mac/cheese or chicken fingers - this was worse than first restaurant - fruit was not appetizing looking (watermelon or strawberries seemed to be the two choices everywhere) the last restaurant of the day, she ordered chicken fingers and she did enjoy those. Had I have had any idea of the extremely limited choices for kids, I would have skipped the dining pass and instead used that $20.00 to buy her a lunch of her choice. A number of snacks were purchased throughout the park as the restaurants were a miss. Just my two cents on the dining. Perhaps if you have boys or big eaters that would actually go into these restaurants once per hour, I don't honestly think they are worth it.
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Tip: Plan out shows you def don't want to miss and keep checking your time. We were there from open till close and managed to miss the pet show! The show with the Sea Lions should NOT be missed - if only to watch "Biff" - this guy was hilarious!

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Shara Christman
chino valley, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Sea world"
August, 2016
I saved 30 dollars a ticket through here which saved are group 300, it was fast and easy! Defiantly recommend for others!
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Cynthia M.
Las Vegas, NV
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Love sea world"
August, 2016
Love coming here. Just me and my 3 ye old. She had a blast !! Rocked her butt off. Can't wait to go again. Worth every penny and moment spent with my daughter
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Tip: Walk a lot and planning on getting wet

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Brittany Gallegos
Denver, CO
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun time for all"
August, 2016
Our first family vacation with both kids and it was AMAZING!!! We started our trip at Sea World with Breakfast with Shamu (Highly recommended) followed by all the shows. Purchasing tickets was so easy and sent right to my email will definitely buy from reserve again.
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Tip: Bring water and lots of sun screen. Definitely check out the nibbler tank

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Chris Dalton
Panguitch, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent trip"
August, 2016
Had the most amazing time at Sea World. I was able to spend some quality time with my 2 granddaughters, grandson, son, daughter, daughter in law and friends. We used the Reserve America website to purchase our tickets in to the park. Very easy to use. Sea World was amazing, fun and clean. Thank you for a great day!!
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Tip: Take sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes

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Lisa Gonzalez
Riverside, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Perfect Summer Trip"
August, 2016
A great summer trip for a family! Offers things to do for all age ranges. Food was great. Overall less expensive than other theme parks. Beautiful area with lots of other fun stuff to see and do as well.
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Tip: The pet show was a lot of fun and the Arctic encounter was the kids favorite

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Robert walker
hillsboro, OR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Vacation"
August, 2016
we had a great time. seaworld was an awesome experience.
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Ronaldo Hojas
Cerritos, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"SeaWorld San Diego"
August, 2016
It was an awesome, fun filled experience that worth coming back for more.
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Tip: Bring an extra clothes and towel.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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princesslyka
Prescott Valley, Arizona
"More than I could have asked for!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2018 NEW
An absolute must! Whether it is the dolphin show, feeding the sea lions (are they loud or what?), watching the pinguins swimming or the orcas slide on the stage - it is mind boggling. We saw the "behind the scenes" with the orcas and enjoyed it more than what a show would have been, we learned so much! Make sure you arrive early - it takes at least the whole day. Wear comfortable shoes, take a change of clothes if you plan to sit close to the dolphins (you'll get wet). Plenty food concessions with a wide variety of choices. We took the day pass with restaurant - well worth it, as well as the upgraded parking to be in the first 6 rows.
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mplant120
San Diego, California
"Educational and Entertaining.... so much More!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2018 NEW
I am from San Diego so know of all the bad publicity that comes with SeaWorld but they are so much more than this. I go at least twice a year with my sister coming in from Arizona a good 6+ times to visit (her teenagers love the place). We were just there over the holidays, my first with them and it was great. Their holiday experience was so much fun with even real Reindeer (they come from a rescue place in Los Angeles) with a trainer to answer so many questions. If you aren't there during the holidays you won't be able to see their Nativity show... it was just a WOW nothing I've seen before and went twice, even my husband loved it and that says alot. If you miss it don't be worried. Their new Orca Encounter is just as exciting as before and really gives you the educational background of Orcas. Everywhere you go the people are friendly, the rides are fun and again there are staff on hand to answer questions on the Beluga Whales, Orcas, dolphins, Turtles... you name it. So you can take this as far as you want to be educational to learn about the animals as well as what SeaWorld does for them (I've seen first hand living near the ocean with how they help with the Seals) or just have fun with the shows and rides. I've seen bad reviews on the food, but I've never had a horrible meal -- I've done Dine with Shamu which is just great, had no idea as to what expect and didn't want to leave, most of the times go to Shipwreck where the food is good and big portions. I do love this place and cannot wait for the new roller coaster!
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debram714
"Love Sea World!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2018 NEW
My husband and I buy season tickets every year for ourselves and our grandchildren ages 3 and 5. We all absolutely love it. Our grandchildren especially love when they can touch the sea life and usually spend an hour just there. The park is beautiful and they have added more rides. They constantly have special themes going on. The Christmas theme was enchanting. We also appreciate that Sea World is always rescuing sea life and taking care of them.
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TJennings54
San Diego, California
"We Love Seaworld"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2018 NEW
Everytime we go to Seaworld it is a fun day. Our family has been going to San Diego Seaworld since the park first opened in 1964. We have watched it grow and change over the years and we have never been disappointed. I have been at local beaches when there has been a sea life rescue, I must say there staff of professionals have expressed such great concern for the wild life they have been there to help. I really feel that Seaworld is a great asset to have in our beatiful community. Last week we got to see your new whale show, what a must see! We all learned so much about whales in there natural habitat. Thank you Seaworld staff, we are always grateful!
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Sharon B
"Nice Day Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2018 NEW
It's been many years and I was impressed! The staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The exhibits were clean and the animals seemed well taken care of. As a former Zoo employee, I can tell when animals are lacking in care, and SeaWorld does a great job.
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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.