Fodor's Expert Review SeaWorld San Diego

Mission Bay Zoo/Aquarium

Spread over 189 tropically landscaped bayfront acres, SeaWorld is one of the world’s largest marine-life amusement parks. The majority of its exhibits are walk-through marine environments like Shark Encounter, where guests walk through a 57-foot acrylic tube and come face-to-face with a variety of sharks that call the 280,000-gallon habitat home. Turtle Reef offers an incredible up-close encounter with the green sea turtle, while the moving sidewalk at Penguin Encounter whisks you through a colony of nearly 300 penguins. The park also wows with its adventure rides like the Electric Eel, a shocking multi-launch coaster that sends riders twisting forward and backwards 150 feet in the air at speeds reaching 60 mph, and the comparatively milder Journey to Atlantis, a water coaster with a heart-stopping 60-foot plunge. Younger children will enjoy the rides, climbing structures, and splash pads at the Sesame Street Bay of Play.

SeaWorld is most famous for its large-arena entertainments,... READ MORE

Spread over 189 tropically landscaped bayfront acres, SeaWorld is one of the world’s largest marine-life amusement parks. The majority of its exhibits are walk-through marine environments like Shark Encounter, where guests walk through a 57-foot acrylic tube and come face-to-face with a variety of sharks that call the 280,000-gallon habitat home. Turtle Reef offers an incredible up-close encounter with the green sea turtle, while the moving sidewalk at Penguin Encounter whisks you through a colony of nearly 300 penguins. The park also wows with its adventure rides like the Electric Eel, a shocking multi-launch coaster that sends riders twisting forward and backwards 150 feet in the air at speeds reaching 60 mph, and the comparatively milder Journey to Atlantis, a water coaster with a heart-stopping 60-foot plunge. Younger children will enjoy the rides, climbing structures, and splash pads at the Sesame Street Bay of Play.

SeaWorld is most famous for its large-arena entertainments, but this is an area in transition. The park's latest orca experience features a nature-inspired backdrop and demonstrates orca behaviors in the wild, part of SeaWorld's efforts to refocus its orca program toward education and conservation. Other live-entertainment shows feature dolphins, sea otters, and even household pets. Several upgraded animal encounters are available including the Dolphin Interaction Program, which gives guests the chance to interact with SeaWorld's bottlenose dolphins in the water. The hour-long program (20 minutes in the water), during which visitors can feed, touch, and give behavior signals, costs $215.

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Quick Facts

500 SeaWorld Dr.
San Diego, California  92109, USA

800-257–4268

www.seaworldparks.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $92 ages 3 and older; advanced purchase discounts available online; parking $22

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