SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, CA

500 Sea World Dr.San Diego, CA 92109
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SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, California

Overview

An aquatic animal theme park ideal for all ages and group sizes, SeaWorld® San Diego features exciting live shows, rides, and exhibits that celebrate the marine life of many species. Guests can feel the rush with Manta®—a high-speed double-launch roller coaster; view real-life sharks up close at Shark Encounter; come face-to-face with playful bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Point; and much more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Lockers and strollers available for a fee.
  • Parking fees apply.
  • Open during inclement weather, some attractions will close.
  • No outside food or drinks are permitted.
  • Bring a camera.
  • Make time for animal feedings and shows.
  • Eat lunch during show performances to beat the crowd.

Description

from SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego ’s new dueling roller coaster, Tidal Twister, made its debut in May 2019. A first of its kind adventure, this unique ride is an exhilarating experience that demonstrates the power of the ocean. Accelerating to 30 mph, riders will twist and bank as if riding the tide along a tight figure-8 track that includes a dynamic zero-G roll at the center section. Two trains, holding 16 passengers each, load at opposite ends of the figure-8 track and cross in the center with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. A height requirement of only 48" makes this a perfect ride for younger guests and family members.

At SeaWorld® San Diego, you’ll connect with the sea and go on exhilarating rides and amazing adventures. Get up-close and personal with dolphins, penguins, sharks, and more. Plus, step beneath the waves and go hands-on at Explorer’s Reef™ - an all-new larger-than-life coral realm where you can touch a shark, a crab, or thousands of tiny cleaner fish that will nibble playfully at your fingers. It’s an exploratory adventure you’ll just have to see to believe.

Get an up-close and personal look at the incredible variety of marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. Enjoy close-up views of our gregarious penguins as they eat, waddle and play. Surround yourself with, touch and feed gliding rays in a one-of-a-kind grotto. Experience the amazing world of the sea turtle in Turtle Reef. Walk next to fascinating sharks and get to know lots of other amazing animals, too.

Come to SeaWorld and enjoy some of the most thrilling rides in San Diego inspired by the force and power of the sea. Soar, dive and twist like a ray on Manta®, the all-new roller coaster that only SeaWorld® could create. Take a spin on Shipwreck Rapids®, and take a plunge down Journey to Atlantis®. For young adventurers, be sure to join Elmo and his friends at the Sesame Street® Bay of Play® featuring the best in family-friendly rides.

Come and enjoy fabulous, family-friendly, live entertainment at SeaWorld® San Diego. Don’t miss Sea Lions Live! ® Our wacky California Sea Lion comedy duo, Clyde & Seamore star alongside their Asian Small-Clawed Otter buddy, OP, in their very own TV variety show. From the hilarious antics of Clyde and Seamore in Sea Lions Live to the ultimate high-flying Bottlenose Dolphins and the amazing team that cares for them in Dolphin Days, join us and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Parking Fee:
General parking: $22
VIP Parking: $35
RV's, Campers: $40

San Diego Customer Reviews

274 Reviews
Rhonda L.
Granville, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"What a nice day"
July 2019 NEW
Ordered ticket for SeaWorld on Tripster. Loved the convenience & the price. Just scan at gate with phone. SeaWorld was fun, between rides, shows, educational displays and shopping, there is something for everyone. I would highly recommend for some family fun.
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Tip: You can bring in water and snacks, but no coolers. Food is pricey,as expected.

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Dianne Silva
South Boston, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Seaworld"
July 2019 NEW
It was easy to order from on line. I'm not the best at computers but this was easy for me. The price was right. With a party of 5 that could of been crazy expensive. And enjoyed the whole day ty
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Tip: Easy to book and good deals

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juana Ramirez
Lynwood, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun day"
July 2019 NEW
We had a amazing time at SeaWorld my Baby girl ???? had the time of her life she really enjoy the dancers and all the food that we had
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Tip: Take extra clothes cuz you will get wet

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Erik Padilla
Idaho Falls, ID
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family vacation"
July 2019 NEW
Great tickets prices and discounts on hotels close to seaworld
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Tip: we didnt know you could take your own food and snacks in. It helps when ya have 4 kids that are always wanting something to eat and drink

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Jared Moore
Lake Elsinore, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best family trip ever"
July 2019 NEW
My family and I had the best time at SeaWorld. Everyone was really friendly and there was not big long wait time in all the lines.
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Tip: She get the food discount it's $40 for the wristband need to eat pretty much anywhere every hour on the hour. It saved our family a bunch of money

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John Bateson
Colfax, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Playing with the Sea Life"
July 2019 NEW
As a family of 9 we enjoyed all Sea World had to offer! Our tickets included the AllDay Meals plan, which paid off after the 1st purchase of lunch. Being a Wednesday, line wait for rides was tolerable. Beautiful weather to enjoy the animal shows...learned to arrive before showtimes for best seating. Great day!
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Tip: Arrive early to animal shows as seats go quickly . Consider an All Day Meals plan...you can buy 2 for a family of four to split.

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Seana Ruff
Boise, ID
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun for the whole family!"
July 2019 NEW
Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer! It might be worth it to pay for 2 days in order to make the most of all the shows and rides. The park is clean and staff is very friendly. Lots of fun, interactive exhibits and amazing sealife. We loved SeaWorld San Diego!
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Tip: Arrive early and do the rides first. Even so, lines seemed to move quickly. Beware of gift shops and pricey food! We bought souvenir soda cups, but the refill stations seemed to always be empty. Refill at the restaurants instead if you choose this option.

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mary hughes
st louis, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful Weather"
July 2019 NEW
Lots to see. Lots to do. Lots of lines. Long wait to get in. Great deal on tickets.
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Tip: Go early, but go back later for shows after dark, if possible.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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EMW422
Sevierville, Tennessee
"Good shows but DON'T expect to be able to eat there without waiting an hour"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
We enjoyed the shows and the information provided. It was parents and two 15 year old girls. We bought the all day dine with our tickets. Never again. First of all, I did not understand that we could not get simple drinks at the carts. The restaurants we could use ran out of food, the lines were super long and we missed shows standing in line. It was a ridiculous experience. The last restaurant we ate at we stood in line for 40 minutes and still had to wait on more food to be cooked/delivered. It was a super waste of time and we missed some of the park for these reasons. We only had one day there and were disappointed we could not see it all. Even if you limit the restaurants, these restaurants should have a quick serve line that allows someone to just get a drink. The places were understaffed and the workers were not friendly at all. Most places were set up for two or three lines but only one was open. I feel like we should get partial refund because of this bad experience.
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Happy4p
"Left us thirsty"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
Went on a Saturday, we purchased 4 all day food bands. We started by totally not knowing where to get the food bands, we asked at the front gates non of the employees new, then processed to ticket entrance they told us to get it at the restaurant. We went and they had no ice, we were so thirsty and was so wanting our water and drinks with ice. None of the young employees seem to care about resolving the issue. As they day went on we went to two other booths that accepted the wristband and they too had rand out of ice. The employees were so busy that they could less if we wanted ice with our cokes. Later we went to dinner and the pizza restaurant was nasty and sticky, no one yo clean the sticky tables. Ground was dirty with trash. The whole park is so short on employees. I recommend you go on a weekday. A mess on the weekends.
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cooper12
home
"Staff was pitiful."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
Having been to several including this one 10yrs ago I can tell you the biggest difference in the staff. They just don’t seem to care about hospitality. The pick seemed dirty and staff acted as if you were interrupting there playing on there phones or talking to each other. Yes the shows were good and the rides were fine (although several were broken intermittently while we were there). It appears this park is struggling.
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G3251ZRcherylw
"Sea World with Teens"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
This was a really fun day exploring sea life. We loved the shows and the hands on experiences. The kids loved the sharks the most! With teens one day was all we needed at Sea World. When they were little they wanted several days to explore and play there.
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memeh613
Ottawa, Canada
"Make sure to check the dolphin show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
The rides aren't as good as the Knott's Berry Farm one. We really lucked out as it was low season, and it was cloudy so wasn't too warm. It rained in the morning before we got there and when we were done, it started raining again. No need to pay extra for the VIP that get you priority into the lines, because there was no lines. We went during the week. Get the costco go city pass and it's included for multiple days. We only went there for half a day though. Make sure you check out when the dolphin show is because during low season, there isn't as many shows.
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Frequently Asked Questions about SeaWorld San Diego

What are the food and beverage policies at SeaWorld San Diego?
Hard and soft coolers, glass containers, food such as sandwiches, meals, snacks, etc., and flavored drinks may not be taken into the park. Water bottles may be taken into the park. For your convenience, picnic areas are available outside the park adjacent to the entrance/exit plaza. If leaving the park to enjoy your food, please have your hand stamped for re-admittance. Guests with medical diets or baby formula should speak with a park representative for assistance before entering the park.

Are strollers and/or wheelchairs available to rent at SeaWorld?
Wheelchair access is provided at all shows and attractions. For safety reasons all strollers must be parked outside of most exhibits and attractions. SeaWorld is not responsible for strollers or their contents left unattended in the park. Guest must be 18 years or older to rent strollers and wheelchairs for a fee.

What is SeaWorld’s pet policy?
Pets are not allowed at the park. However, service animals are welcome at SeaWorld. Service animals are limited to dogs and miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Service animals must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.

Does the park offer kennel services?
Yes. SeaWorld provides a pet facility for a nominal fee, on a first-come, first-serve basis. SeaWorld is not responsible for the pet. Kennels are approximately 4ft by 8ft and are outside under some coverage. You must bring your own bowls and food. The pet owner may use the water available onsite and may visit their pet throughout the day, as they desire.

Are lockers available?
All Day Lockers are located adjacent to the Reservation Center and available for a nominal fee.

How much is parking?
Parking fees are as follows:

  • $22 for cars
  • $40 for RVs and campers
  • $20 for Motorcycles
  • $27 for Up-Close Parking (when available)
  • $35 for VIP Parking

What is SeaWorld’s smoking policy?
For the convenience of guests who wish to smoke, SeaWorld provides Designated Smoking Areas (this includes Electronic Cigarettes). Please refer to the park map for directions to these areas.

What is the policy for inclement weather?
SeaWorld remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected. Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.

Does SeaWorld have ATMs within the park?
Yes. Welch ATMs are located throughout the park.