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SeaWorld® San Diego, located in trendy Mission Beach, has been pleasing crowds ever since it opened in 1964 and is a must for anyone traveling with children. Kids and adults alike flock to the many exhibits offering opportunities to interact with marine animals. Touch, feed and give training signals to the performing bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Point. With prearranged permission, you can even don a wetsuit and jump into the water with the majestic beluga whales.
A day at SeaWorld is filled with photo opportunities and experiences you’ll never forget. Wander slowly through the eerie Shark Encounter® glass tunnel, marvel at the graceful bat rays at the Manta® exhibit, and then relax to the antics of sea lions and otters performing comedy skits. The park’s headline attraction is One Ocean®, a 25-minute live show featuring orcas that perform awe-inspiring tricks in and out of the water.
Rides and shows at SeaWorld range from adrenalin pumping to relaxing. The Manta roller coaster serves up spine-tingling drops, at 42 miles (69 kilometers) per hour. Wild Arctic®, on the other hand, is a trek through frozen landscapes from the comfort of your theater seat. The show simulates a helicopter ride, paying visits to both land and water-based animals. Gentler still is the Bayside Skyride, which carries you on a gondola across Mission Beach. SkyTower lifts you 322 feet (98 meters) above the ground for a view of SeaWorld and across San Diego. Be prepared to get wet on the Shipwreck Rapids®; you’ll pass right beneath a waterfall.
Young children will enjoy a visit to Sesame Street® Bay of Play, two acres (one hectare) of child-friendly rides and other fun. Walking, talking characters such as Elmo, Bert and Ernie make special appearances at designated times throughout the day and will happily pose for photos.
It’s easy to spend an entire day and evening at SeaWorld, including a nightly fireworks show during the summer. There are several restaurants at the park where you can get everything from pizza or a muffin on-the-go to a relaxed seafood dinner. Advance reservations are recommended if you want to eat at the popular Dine with Shamu®, a café overlooking the whales’ training pool. The park’s operating days and hours change throughout the year, with extended hours during holidays and summer.
There's no place anywhere on the planet exactly like SeaWorld. To help you make the most of your time here, we've put together a list of the best activities:
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Located in the heart of San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mission Bay Park, Mission Bay and Belmont Park. SeaWorld and Mission Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in San Diego, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Bay Park and Mission Bay. SeaWorld and Belmont Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this spa resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mission Bay, Belmont Park, and SeaWorld. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Central Mission Beach resort is within a 10-minute walk of Mission Bay, Belmont Park and Mission Beach. SeaWorld and Pacific Beach Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Point Loma, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mission Bay, Old Town San Diego State Park and SeaWorld. Hotel Circle and Belmont Park are also within 3 miles (5 km). San Diego-Old Town Transit Center is 28 minutes by foot.
Located in Point Loma, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mission Bay, Old Town San Diego State Park and SeaWorld. Belmont Park and Hotel Circle are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Point Loma, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Town San Diego State Park, Mission Bay and Hotel Circle. SeaWorld and Marine Corps Recruit Depot are also within 3 miles (5 km). San Diego-Old Town Transit Center is 23 minutes by foot and Old Town Transit Center Station is 27 minutes.
Located in Point Loma, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Old Town Trolley Tours and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from SeaWorld. Marine Corps Recruit Depot and San Diego Convention Center are also within 6 mi (10 km). Old Town Transit Center Station is 14 minutes by foot and San Diego-Old Town Transit Center is 11 minutes.