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SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

There's no place in the world like SeaWorld San Diego. Spread across 190 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld San Diego is one of the most popular marine parks in the world. A trip to SeaWorld San Diego provides an amazing vacation adventure for the whole family.

SeaWorld creates fun and meaningful experiences through unforgettable live shows, up-close animal encounters, exhibits and exciting and interactive educational attractions for all ages and thrilling attractions. Your adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the marine park. Touch and feed dolphins, get up-close to a penguin, count the teeth on a shark, come face-to-face with polar bears at Wild Arctic and don't miss SeaWorld's star, Shamu, as he amazes crowds daily in the One Ocean killer whale show. Glide, speed and dive like a ray on Manta or brave the daring drop on the Journey to Atlantis water coaster. The attractions at SeaWorld San Diego are endless.


500 Sea World Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 222-4SEA

Operating since March 1964
Annual Visits: 4,000,000
Opening Hours:
Open 365 Days
Opening and closing times vary by season: Current SeaWorld park hours

With more than 100 million visitors since its opening on March 21, 1964, SeaWorld is San Diego's No. 1 tourist attraction and one of the most popular marine parks in the world. The founding principles of education, entertainment, research and conservation make SeaWorld San Diego an ideal place to learn about, enjoy and gain an appreciation for some of the ocean's most fascinating creatures.

Featured Attractions at SeaWorld San Diego
Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer SeaWorld San Diego

Go on an expedition of wonder across the seven seas on this extraordinary new attraction at SeaWorld San Diego. Explore multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies, designed to engage you in an experience centered on exploration and adventure.

Ride Submarine Quest and become an adventurer on a global expedition of scientific exploration as you see Ocean Explorer's remarkable undersea animals like giant octopuses and dozens of moray eels, as well as Japanese spider crabs and spiny king crabs. The three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along the way.

The Ocean Explorer area also features five family-friendly rides, including a wave swing ride where guests fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly.



Swoop over sea and sky on SeaWorld San Diego's roller coaster, Manta. This ride will not only inspire you with amazing underwater animal habitats featuring bat rays and other amazing marine life, but also take you on an exhilarating ride on a coaster shaped like a giant manta ray!. Experience simulated underwater flight as Manta glides, flies and dives through more than a dozen twists and turns. With a maximum speed of 43 mph, and a 54-foot drop Riders will feel as if they are a ray, taking flight from sky to sea. Over the half-mile course, Manta will pull up to 4 G's and dives so close at times that the Manta's wings skim the waves.

Location: Just north of Rocky Point Preserve
Rider Height Restriction: 48 inches

SeaWorld San Diego Attractions

SeaWorld San Diego Rides
  • Manta
    Journey to Atlantis
    Shipwreck Rapids
    Riptide Rescue
    Wild Arctic Ride
    Bayside Skyride
    Ocean Explorer
    Electric Eel
    Oscar's Rocking Eel
    Elmo's Flying Fish
    Abby's Sea Star Spin
SeaWorld San Diego Exhibits
  • Turtle Reef
    Shark Encounter
    Dolphin Point
    Penguin Encounter
    Sesame Street Bay of Play
    Explorer's Reef
    Coco Loco Arcade
    Aquarium de la Mer
    Aquaria Touch Pool
    Freshwater Aquarium
    Pacific Point
    Wild Arctic
    Aquaria: World of Fishes
SeaWorld San Diego Shows
  • Killer Whale Presentation
    Dolphin Days
    Sea Lions LIVE
    Pets Rule!
    Sea Lions Tonite
    Cirque de la Mer
    Orca Encounter
    All Day Orca Play
Premier Experiences
  • Dolphin Interaction Program
    Dolphin Encounter
    Sea Lions Up-Close Tour
    Beluga Interaction Program
    Penguins Up-Close Tour
    Dine With Shamu

Turtle Reef at SeaWorld San Diego

Get an up-close look at more than 60 threatened or endangered sea turtles at SeaWorlds marine-life park, Turtle Reef. Create memories to last a lifetime as you dive into the world of sea turtles in a way you never thought possible at the Turtle Reef attraction.

The focal point of Turtle Reef is the nearly 300,000-gallon aquarium featuring adult Hawksbill and green sea turtles, some more than 50 years old as well as younger green sea turtles that hatched at SeaWorld in 2009. In addition, Turtle Reef features thousands of tropical fish, and a new ride that takes passengers on an exciting rescue mission of their own.

As you make your way through Turtle Reef, you will take a journey through the life cycle of sea turtles, learn about where they live, how they nest, what they eat and what threats they face in the wild.

Turtle Reef SeaWorld San Diego
Beluga Encounter Tour

This once in a lifetime experience gives you an opportunity to touch and interact with Beluga whales. Learn the habits and lifestyles of these enchanting and mysterious animals.

SeaWorld San Diego
500 SeaWorld Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

SeaWorld is located off Interstate 5 in San Diego. Exit SeaWorld Drive and follow signs to the park.

Official Website: SeaWorld®

Guests with Disabilities
SeaWorld provides special parking, restrooms, telephones and access to shows, attractions and meal facilities for guests with disabilities. Select shows and attractions have assistive-listening devices. On the first Saturday of each month, SeaWorld provides ASL interpreters at select shows, presentations and exhibits. For more information about services for guests with disabilities, visit and click on Park Information, General Information, then Special Needs & Accessibility Guide. Access brochures are available at SeaWorld Guest Relations. For TDD call (619) 226-3907.

Hours of operation
Opening and closing times vary by season. Hours are extended during holiday periods, such as Spring into Night (select dates March 15–May 18) and Summer Nights (select dates May 24–Sept. 1). For current hours, call (800) 25-SHAMU (press 1), or visit

How to get to SeaWorld San Diego

Getting There

Driving Directions

SeaWorld San Diego is located off the (Interstate 5) I-5 on SeaWorld Drive on Mission Bay, 10 minutes north of downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport and Amtrak’s downtown station.

From I-5: exit SeaWorld Drive, follow signs to park entrance. From I-8 west: take West Mission Bay Drive exit onto Ingraham Street and follow signs.

Getting to SeaWorld San Diego by bus

The Metropolitan Transit System offers daily bus service from the Old Town Transit Center to SeaWorld via routes 8 & 9. The bus service is approximately a 15 minute ride and four miles away. The Old Town Transit Center offers connections to Amtrak, Coaster and other bus service. For more information visit

Amtrak California How to get to SeaWorld San Diego via Amtrak

Take the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego – Old Town Station. From there, take San Diego Transit Bus 9 (Pacific Beach via SeaWorld/Ingraham Street) to Ingraham Street and Perez Cove Way, then walk 0.5 miles to SeaWorld.

From the San Diego station: Take the San Diego Trolley (Blue Line) to Amtrak California's San Diego – Old Town station. Then take San Diego Transit Bus 9 (Pacific Beach via SeaWorld/Ingraham Street) to Ingraham Street and Perez Cove Way, then walk 0.5 miles to SeaWorld.


SeaWorld San Diego Tips

Theme park admission for a family can easily run into the hundreds of dollars, so look for discounts. Sometimes coupons appear on milk cartons and soda cans; check Web sites for printable coupons, discount days-deals for senior citizens or two-for-ones. Also contact the nearest Convention and Visitors Bureau for coupons. In addition here are some more SeaWorld San Diego Tips

If you plan to see a show at SeaWorld, check show times and be at the theater about 15 minutes early to get good seats.
To catch the best animal experience, find out the designated feeding times and make sure to get there at feeding time.
Bring a poncho and waterproof your cellphone if you plan to sit in the Soak Zone so you can keep dry and still enjoy the fun.
SeaWorld's Fun Card - Pay for a day, play all year, is the park's best value for Southern California residents.
SeaWorld Orlando offer discounts for guests with disabilities, senior citizens, military personel and AAA members.
To save on parking fee at SeaWorld San Diego and help the environment at the same time, consider taking the Mass Transit to the park.

The Metropolitan Transit System offers daily bus service from the Old Town Transit Center which is only four miles away from SeaWorld via routes 8 & 9. Bus service is approximately a 15 minute ride. The Old Town Transit Center offers connections to Amtrak, Coaster and other bus service. For more information visit

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