SeaWorld San Diego
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 59%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 57%Adventure Travelers
- 52%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (274)
- SeaWorld San DiegoAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Feb 14, 2014
The grounds are immaculate! Very nice staff and ample space to explore. It can get crowded in the summer-time but stay for the fireworks show if that's your thing! Also, opt for the beers on tap, VERY GOOD!
- SeaWorld San DiegoFeb 14, 2014
Sea World is a phenomenal educational experience! You can learn so many interesting facts about all sea living animals and mammals. You get to touch some of them, see them up close and in a nature inspired, replicated environment. This is perfect for couples with or without children. Sit close to get the full experience when watching the animal shows
- SeaWorld San DiegoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsSep 23, 2013
You will love checking out Shamu and the dolphin show! If you get a chance to book an appointment to swim with the dolphins I promise you will never forget it!!!
- SeaWorld San DiegoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Feb 14, 2014
Sea World has been open for 45 years and is still going very strong, being San Diego's #1 tourist destination with over 100 million visitors since it opened.
The park has a mixture of super slick stadium shows, theater presentations, life-like sanctuary exhibits, hands on interactions, and fun amusement park rides.
The big draw is Shamu, the 8,000 pound star of 'Free Willie" a Killer Whale, and his family. They are presented in a super slick production to large capacity only audiences in the Shamu Stadium, at 10, 4 and 7. These productions are like Free Willie meets Jacques Cousteau with Cirque Du Soleil's "O" in the Crystal Cathedral. Very scripted, high production value multi-media spectacles with moving large screens, live singers, and impeccable timing and execution. They make Six Flags Vallejo look like Punch and Judy.
We saw the 4pm show, entitled "Believe", which is sort of like A Purposeful Life meets Dancing with Whales. The 7pm show, dubbed Shamu's Holiday Night, doesn't have Shamu at all, but smaller understudies. It had spectacular behaviors but dangerous human stunts mixed in with the Drama and God and Country of Jim and Tammy Baker with the help of the Lawrence Welk singers and dancers.
With visitors from around the world of all religions, Shamu's Holiday Night was more a celebration of Christianity, with songs like" Joy to the World (Our Lord has Come)" rather than less hymnal Holiday tunes like Let it Blow (Snow) or Shamu, the White Spotted Orca (Rudolph the Red Nose...you get what I mean). Nobody sang "Draedle Draedle Draedle, I made it out of clay" which could have been "Shamu Shamu Shamu, spinning all the day" as the Orca's did their spin behaviors.
The Dolphins and Pilot Whales put on a good temporary show at Shamu Stadium, as their new Story driven production "Blue Horizon" opens up May, 2010.
Monterey Bay Aquarium has better aquarium oriented exhibits. The penguin exhibit is meh, the Buluga and Walrus exhibit is great (but cold!), the Flamingo exhibit is more colorful than Wild Animal Park, and the Shark Encounter has a lot of sharks, but not super interesting.
Sea World is a great experience for young and old, and once again, the parking is free! (No tram like the big eared guy's place, and I don't mean the White House).
But I would like to see better eating places (not all were opened, and half were carts selling popcorn, pretzels and Churros), better crowd flow after Shamu (5,000 people out of two exits isn't ideal), better shops organization, and heated eating areas for the wintertime.
They do finger print every person at entry, and salute all armed forces, active, retired or foreign, before every Shamu show. It's great to support our service people (my dad served 25 years) but didn't Sea World/Anheuser Busch sell out to a foreign company? Maybe that's why they acknowledge foreign military service?
There once was a girl from Anheuser
Who went out to dine with the Kaiser
He opened her Hamms
And got into her Schlitz
And now she's sadder, Budweiser
- SeaWorld San DiegoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersBackpackersFeb 14, 2014
Really would like to have had more educational experience while here. Didn't learn anything at the Shamu show other that they like to get the first 20 rows of people wet. It's great for kids who just want to see the animals and have a good time.
- SeaWorld San DiegoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 1Feb 14, 2014
It's SeaWorld! it's the best theme park for kids and grownups. I think SeaWorld has the perfect combination of things to see and things to do, for any age. We have been here several times with our son (now just over three) and he enjoyed all the shows, the animal exhibits and the kids area, we can easily spend 2-3 days here without any problems at all!
Make sure you check the show times and plan to be at the venue at least 15-20 minutes before each show starts so you can get a reasonable seating location.
Don't miss any of the shows, they are all great! Yes, even the "pets rule" show, our son went nuts over the little guys running around on stage and loved the fact he could go pet them all after the show!
In short, go to SeaWorld, it's a must!
- SeaWorld San DiegoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1Sep 13, 2013
This place was much better in my memory when I came as a kid. Now all the shows feel really short and unimpressive. The exhibits are still of excellent quality and it's a great place to bring the kids.
- SeaWorld San DiegoSep 13, 2013
Sea World is quite the popular family travel stop, and perfect if you have kids. When coming during Christmas holiday season, they have themed shows as well as a snow play area (as does Legoland). No good food around here, but quite a few good solid shows. Definitely not fun sitting in the splash zone during cold weather, but during the summer everyone fights to be in those spots. Gotta love the $5 family "dryers" where you go in and they blow hot air all over you once you get drenched. The Beluga whale section was quite a treat, and sadly the dolphin feeding was closed.
- SeaWorld San DiegoAmbassadorMember ofStudentsBackpackersSep 13, 2013
It's hard to review Sea World if you've lived in San Diego your whole life and been here several times in your lifetime - meaning, I've lived through probably 5 Shamus and twice that many park changes...and three times the price inflation. But all that aside, Sea World is still enjoyable, especially for newcomers. The best part is that there's something for everyone -- teenagers can take their sulking faces over to the Atlantis ride and get soaked all day long if they want, while adults will love the variety of animal exhibits, and kids will adore the ever-famous Shamu show. My favorites: the Arctic exhibit, complete with a helicopter ride simulation through the frozen tundra that I remember riding as a kid. The only thing I don't like, and the reason I gave it four stars, is the new dolphin show - they've made a HUGE fuss about it and hyped it up to be the most amazing display Sea World has ever offered...but it's more gymnasts and acrobats than dolphins. Pretty disappointing when you're actually expecting the dolphins you came to see.
Tips: bring your own food, either for the whole day or to at least cover 90% of your meals. As with any amusement park, food is overpriced. Don't forget the sunscreen - with so much water everywhere, you get sunburned more quickly than normal. And finally, get there early, and see the big shows (Shamu, the sea otters, etc.) first. The lines will get LONG quickly, especially on the weekends.
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