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SeaWorld San Diego

500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

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4.5 out of 5
285 member's reviews
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  • SeaWorld San Diego
    Ziv Tarsi
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    5 Feb 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!

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    Tiffany Melone "@GogobotSD"
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    5 Oct 16, 2013
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  • SeaWorld San DiegoAmbassadorPro 2014
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    4 Feb 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!

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  • SeaWorld San DiegoPro 2014
    Wanugee
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    4 Feb 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

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  • SeaWorld San Diego
    Kip Stolberg
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    4 Feb 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.

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  • SeaWorld San DiegoPro 2014
    Schel
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    4 Aug 31, 2013

    Yeah I bet you don't know that they have free beer here! Well at least that is one of my favorite parts about Sea World, let alone, Shamu, the Penguins, and a million other sea creatures. The shows definitely add to the levity and bring a bit of fun to things.

    Literally every major type of sea creature can be found here from dolphins, killer whales, penguins, fish of all types, sharks, otters, sea lions, etc. Almost all of them participate in various shows showing off all kinds of humor and a great relaxed way to spend a day. The shows each have a theme to them which allows for a lot more enjoyment. However, My favorite show is at the end of the day, one of the main theaters (WWII set) does a spoof on all the other shows from throughout the day. This is by far the best show and provides a bit of levity to the day. Allowing things to end with a great big smile.

    The Anheuser Busch premium brands tasting facility has a bunch of specialty beers that are on tap at no charge here. This makes for a great way to spend lunch as they have lunch ordering location in the same building. Their are usually about 15-30 different adult beverages available for sampling. Most of the beverages are on tap, however a few are bottled and available that way as well. The bartenders will pour for you, unfortunately the samples come in 4 oz servings :(

    There is an AYCE bbq booth near the tasting facility. However I found that it is not the best quality for the cost. Granted I havent eaten it recently.

    Sea World has a special offer for So Cal residents and that is buy a day and get the year for free. This is a great offer, especially if you are from San Diego and have kids.

    Enjoy the people watching, know that parking cost is minimal (compared to other similar types of places), and that fun / frivolity are readily had at this wonderful facility. Heck even most of the bathrooms are fairly clean with family restrooms available, making it easy for parents with multiple children or who are the opposite sex to easily take care of their childrens sanitary needs.

    I am looking forward to taking my daughter here again soon.

    Pro Tip - AAA and Military discounts are available!

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  • SeaWorld San Diego
    Andy Kush
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    4 Sep 23, 2013

    Don't miss the baby shamu show!

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  • SeaWorld San DiegoPro 2014
    Jennifer H
    5 Mar 21, 2014

    This is a MUST bring your kids place! Let your kids learn about the sea creatures and let them see how they are and what they are. I thank my parents for bringing me here when I was a kid. It was a great experience to experience it again as an adult. Of course it's different expericend as an adult since I can ride anything I want, but when I was a kid, I just remember Shamu and the dolphins. As an adult, I remember everything as if I was a kid again.

    The park is big. You CAN cram everything together, like watch the shows, go on the rides and etc that is if you are a GREAT planner, however, I would suggest to do it in two days so that you can have the time to breathe.

    Parking is around $15, and if you want closer parking that's about $20. Try to bring extra clothes if you are planning to get wet. Bring cash for those dry cleaning machines!
    Have fun!

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  • SeaWorld San Diego
    Colleen Perone
    5 Feb 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

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  • SeaWorld San Diego
    Alice H
    5 Aug 21, 2013

    This attraction is literally minutes from Mission Beach! In addition to attractions with whales, dolphins, sea otters and even dogs and cats, there are also rides and all kinds of exhibits. A childrens' area with rides is also very popular. Also a playground area for kids with all kids of things to climb and explore. Excellent restaurants inside as well.

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SeaWorld San Diego lets visitors get up close and personal with amazing sea creatures like sharks, penguins and turtles. There are a number of daily shows that showcase a wide variety of mammals, including sea lions. After hanging out with the animals for a while, you can experience a thrilling adventure on any of the 10 amusement rides available. Reservations are required to visit Dine With Shamu, a restaurant that allows you to eat poolside and get up close and personal with the famed whale. Note: A number of organizations have raised questions raised about whether the way SeaWorld captures, houses and treats its animals is ethical. Interested travelers may want to educate themselves on the debate before making a decision to visit the parks.
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