Animal interaction,entertaining rides and informative exhibits are all on offer at this familyfavorite destination.
SeaWorld® San Diego,located in trendy Mission Beach , has beenpleasing crowds ever since it opened in 1964 and is a must for anyone travelingwith children. Kids and adults alike flock to the many exhibits offeringopportunities to interact with marine animals. Touch, feed and give trainingsignals to the performing bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Point. Withprearranged permission, you can even don a wetsuit and jump into the water withthe majestic beluga whales.
A day at SeaWorld isfilled with photo opportunities and experiences you’ll never forget. Wanderslowly through the eerie Shark Encounter® glass tunnel, marvel at the gracefulbat rays at the Manta® exhibit, and then relax to the antics of sea lions andotters performing comedy skits. The park’s headline attraction is One Ocean®, a25-minute live show featuring orcas that perform awe-inspiring tricks in andout of the water.
Rides and shows atSeaWorld range from adrenalin pumping to relaxing. The Manta roller coasterserves up spine-tingling drops, at 42 miles (69 kilometers) per hour. WildArctic®, on the other hand, is a trek through frozen landscapes from thecomfort of your theater seat. The show simulates a helicopter ride, payingvisits to both land and water-based animals. Gentler still is the BaysideSkyride, which carries you on a gondola across Mission Beach. SkyTower liftsyou 322 feet (98 meters) above the ground for a view of SeaWorld and across SanDiego. Be prepared to get wet on the Shipwreck Rapids®; you’ll pass rightbeneath a waterfall.
Young children willenjoy a visit to Sesame Street® Bay of Play, two acres (one hectare) ofchild-friendly rides and other fun. Walking, talking characters such as Elmo,Bert and Ernie make special appearances at designated times throughout the dayand will happily pose for photos.
It’seasy to spend an entire day and evening at SeaWorld, including a nightlyfireworks show during the summer. There are several restaurants at the parkwhere you can get everything from pizza or a muffin on-the-go to a relaxedseafood dinner. Advance reservations are recommended if you want to eat at thepopular Dine with Shamu®, a café overlooking the whales’ training pool. Thepark’s operating days and hours change throughout the year, with extended hoursduring holidays and summer.