SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld: Experience a World-Class Theme Park in San Diego California



SeaWorld San Diego logo.svg
Location 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego , California , United States
Coordinates 32°45′57″N 117°13′38″W  /  32.765751°N 117.227275°W  / 32.765751; -117.227275 Coordinates :
Theme Ocean Adventure and Exploration
Slogan Real. Amazing.
Owner SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
General manager Marilyn Hannes
Opened March 21, 1964 ; 57 years ago ( 1964-03-21 )
Previous names SeaWorld of California SeaWorld Adventure Park
Operating season Year Round
Visitors per year 4.311 million (2013) [1]
Area 189 acres (76 ha) [2]
Total 16
Roller coasters 5
Water rides 2
Website SeaWorld San Diego
Status Operating

World-class animal performances, presentations, and exhibits may be found at SeaWorld San Diego, which is located in Mission Bay Park. Prepare for loops, laughter, and excitement! SeaWorld is resuming rides right now. Enjoy magnificent creatures, world-class educational programmes, thrilling seasonal activities, and more as you stroll around over 100 acres of gorgeous outdoor grounds on Mission Bay! You'll have plenty of space to enjoy a broad range of artisanal meals, as well as local craft beers, specialty cocktails, and wine, thanks to ample outside seating. It's a wonderful time to go back to creating memories with your friends and family at SeaWorld, thanks to restricted capacity, physical separation, improved cleanliness and sanitation, and more. Make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible! A trip to SeaWorld San Diego may make all the difference in the world.

Over the past 55 years, SeaWorld's renowned Rescue Team has saved and returned over 38,000 creatures discovered sick, wounded, or abandoned along the area coastline's beaches. Behind the scenes at SeaWorld, dedicated zoological team members work to rehabilitate and release these creatures back into the wild, offering them a second shot at life. Every park visit includes a donation to SeaWorld's rescue and conservation initiatives. Electric Eel, a multi-launch coaster with high-energy twists, electric loops, and inversions, or Manta, a two-launch coaster that sends riders flying and plunging in the spirit of the world's biggest ray, will leave you breathless. On Shipwreck Rapids, make a splash and cool off! Tentacle Twirl, Sea Dragon Drop, Octarock, and Aqua Scout, as well as Elmo's Flying Fish, Oscar's Rockin' Eel, and Abby's Sea Star Spin, are all situated in Sesame Street® Bay of Play for family enjoyment! Orcas, belugas, otters, walruses, sharks, sea turtles, bat rays, sea lions, pilot whales, penguins, dolphins, flamingos, eels, tropical birds, and more can all be found on the park's over 100 acres of magnificent park grounds. SeaWorld's reservation-only animal interactions may be a dream come true for individuals who wish to go even closer to marine life. The Dolphin Encounter is a poolside experience that enables guests to engage with bottlenose dolphins; alternatively, for a change of pace, try the Sloth Encounter, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a two-toed sloth up close.


SeaWorld San Diego has been in operation since 1964, when four UCLA graduates established a 22-acre (8.9 ha) marine zoological park along the shore of Mission Bay. They had invested about 1 million dollars into this project and opened up with 45 employees to welcome 400,000 visitors during their first year of business! SeaWorld was founded on March 21, 1964 by four graduates of the University of California, Los Angeles. After an investment of about $1.5 million and 45 employees were hired in its first year it opened to more than 400,000 visitors when Sea World San Diego became a zoological park with two seawater aquariums as well! The partnership SeaWorld offered their stock publicly in 1968, enabling them to expand and open additional parks. The second SeaWorld location -Sea World Ohio- opened in 1970 followed by the grand opening of Seasworld Orlando In 1973 and finally after a decade later Seaworld San Antonio (the largest of the parks)in 1988.

SeaWorld (1960)

Harkourt Brace Jovanovich owned these Parks between 1976 until 1989 when Anheuser Busch Company purchased it from Harcourt Incorporated during that time period for $175 million dollars with all other stocks related to this company being canceled out as well due to an agreement made prior too sale date on December 17,1989 which also included two theme park locations at one point: Baja California's Odysea Park SeaWorld, a company that operates theme parks and water-park resorts in the United States and around the world, has been publicly traded since 1968. The second SeaWorld location opened was at Ohio in 1970 followed by Orlando (1973) San Antonio 1988), etc… Sea World is an American corporation founded on October 17th 1964 as Maritime Aquarium & IMAX Theater . It originally specialized exclusively to aquariums but later expanded into amusement park attractions such as Shamu Stadium which houses killer whales or orcas for performances of shows like "Believe" – A Magical Journey from Broadway Productions with music composed by Alan Menken.


SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld offers a wide variety of entertainment for guests with different tastes. From the family-friendly, Dolphin Days to Cirque Electrique's acrobatic performance that will keep you on your toes! SeaWorld's shows are not only entertaining but educational. Some of their most popular ones include enjoying the antics of California sea lions and Asian small-clawed otters in Sea Lions Live or learning about killer whales, which can be seen through Orca Encounter–a show that highlights many aspects of these majestic mammals' lives. For those who enjoy a bit more excitement there is Cirque Electrique with world class acrobatic performances for summertime evenings.

Bayside Skyride

Bayside Skyride is one of Sea World's oldest rides, and the longest spanning gondola ride in all of VonRoll history. It takes riders over Perez Cove for a 6-minute trip that lands them on the opposite side before returning to make a full loop back again so they can experience it from both sides! From 1967 to 1988, this same type 101 gondola was known as "Sea World Atlantis Skyride" – take your family out today and enjoy what has been called San Antonio’s best amusement park at its finest hour! Bayside Skyrides are not only some of SeaWorld's oldest attractions but also offer visitors an unparalleled way to get around their sprawling property with heights up top Bayside Skyride is a 1967 VonRoll type 101 gondola ride located in the northwest corner of the park behind the Bayside Amphitheater. It travels over Perez Cove for a 6-minute ride on two 80-foot (24 m) towers and lands on the other side before returning for a full loop. From 1967 to 1988, it was known as Sea World Atlantis Skyrides which took riders across 800 feet (244 m) span to an opposite end where there used to be Sea world's restaurant; however, that has been removed after construction of Marineland Dolphin Adventure just below them.

The longest span between any vonroll skyriders ever built 925 ft or 282 meters long distance can still be seen from

Sesame Street's Bay of Play

The Bay of Play is a child's paradise! Here, kids can enjoy three rides. The first ride on the list is Abby's Seastar Spin which takes you for an exciting spin around and around in circles with your friends while perched atop sea horses riding seahorses. Next up Elmo invites all guests to come fly high above Sesame Street in his Flying Fish attraction where everyone will get very wet-personally I recommend wearing something waterproof if possible:) Finally Oscar dishes out fun as he dives down deep into the ocean pulling funny faces after each "fish" caught during this sneaky fishing game that features eels instead of fish–you'll never know what will happen next time you visit! Opposite the entrance to Sesame Street's Bay of Play is a spinning "teacup" ride for small children called Abby's Seastar Spin. Elmo and his friends hang out on this attraction, singing with joy as they spin around in their teacups at high speed.

The next section over features Oscar and his Rockin' Eel which spins riders 360 degrees while pushing them up hills like an eel does back-and-forth across water surfaces! Finally there are two attractions for larger kids aged 10+, one being Flying Fish that takes you soaring through the sky above New York City but not before taking a quick stopover to visit some of your favorite characters from Sesame Street first! 


The Skytower provides a spectacular view of San Diego and SeaWorld as it spins slowly at 1.02 rpm, rising 150 feet per minute to its height 320 ft (98 m). When it was first built, Skytower gave visitors a view of SeaWorld and San Diego. But in 2007 the ride underwent some serious renovations with an updated capsule that spins you slowly at 1.02 rotations per minute for six minutes to give tourists breathtaking views from 320 feet up! SkyTower is 98 meters tall (320 feet) which gives people incredible views of Sea World or San diego if they are brave enough to take on this journey inside where volunteers need not apply as passengers get spun around while ascending at 46 meters/minutes until arriving 150 meter high.

Electric Eel

On May 10, 2018, Electric Eel opened as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in San Diego. The ride soars at a height of 150 feet (46 meters) tall with speeds up to 62 miles per hour on an 853 foot long track that twists through loops for riders' enjoyment! Electric Eel is the newest Sky Rocket II Premier Rides in San Diego that opened on May 10th, 2018. Electric Eel stands at 150 feet tall and has a track length of 853 feet with speeds up to 62 miles per hour!


The Emperor of California is finally coming to life. The 153 ft tall, 60 miles per hour and 2,500 feet long Dive Coaster will be the tallest in all of Cali. Riders can experience a 143ft high 90-degree drop before reaching speeds over 97 km/h through an Immelmann loop at only 44 m or 141 feet! This new ride coming soon has something for everyone from adrenaline junkies to kids looking for some fun. The Emperor Beast is coming for you! With a height of 153 ft, it will be the tallest Dive Coaster in California. The ride contains 2,500 feet (760 m) worth of track and an immelman loop with 143 foot tall 90 degree drop that reaches speeds over 60 miles per hour (97 km/h).

Prepare to get wet because this beast won’t stop until he claims all your screams!


Manta is a roller coaster with two launches that take you up to 43 miles per hour and has an aquarium for riders and nonriders. The first launch starts the 270 degree projected media experience, while rocking back-and-forth in synchronization as it does so. Manta also features all kinds of fish from bat rays to shovelnose guitarfish.. A shallow pool where people can touch bat rays lies at the entrance of this attraction, which opens on May 26th 2012 at SeaWorld San Diego On May 26, 2012 SeaWorld San Diego opened a new mega-attraction called Manta. This Mack launched roller coaster features two launches of up to 43 miles per hour (69 km/h) accompanied by an aquarium and touch pool for bat ray lovers! A shallow pool for touching the rays lies at the entrance while you can access another underground aquarium via queue or downstairs in synchronization with projected media experience on your first launch.

The train rocks forward and backward as it moves along this exciting ride!

Tidal Twister

Tidal Twister is the second coaster manufactured by Skyline, opening on May 24th. The ride reaches a top speed of 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) and has its track length at 320 feet (98 m). Tidal Twister is a Skywarp Horizon model by Skyline Attractions. Tidal Twister reaches speeds of up to 48 kilometers per hour, and has an exciting height limit that can reach 22 feet (6.7 meters). When the ride officially opened on May 24th 2019 it was one-of -a kind in North America with 320 foot track length!


The surprising diversity of sea life is on display at SeaWorld San Diego. Visitors stroll through the various aquariums to explore a variety of aquatic animals from around the world, including piranhas and alligator gar in Aquaria: World Of Fishes; leopard sharks and olive ridley turtles in Ocean Explorer Aquarium; octopus, japanese spider crabs, moray eels and more are housed within Ray Pavilion. SeaWorld San Diego is home to many aquariums that house different types of aquatic animals, both fresh and saltwater. A few examples include the Aquaria: World of Fishes with piranhas alligator gar leopard sharks olive ridley sea turtle; Ocean Explorer which contains moray eels octopus japanese spider crabs in its tanks; Ray where you will find a variety of rays and fishes including hammerhead shark tarpon mangrove snapper peacock bass angelfish copperband butterflyfish SeaWorld's 19 aquaria are filled with water containing fish, turtles, ray species as well as other creatures like whales dolphins orcas belugas polar bears walruses penguins.

Wild Arctic

SeaWorld's Wild Arctic is home to various species of cold water animals, including beluga whales and different species of pinnipeds. At Sea World San Diego we have two sets – the Belugas (Ferdinand [male], Allua [female] Klondike) or Harbor seals (B.B., Gunnar, Denali), Ringed seal Natchek). We also have a pair on sea otters- Cinder and Spruce! It wouldn't be complete without Walruses either; Dozer in male while Basa & Kulu are females who just had babies this year together with Chouchou!" SeaWorld's Wild Arctic is home to some of the most amazing animals in the world. Visitors can come face-to-face with beluga whales, harbor seals, ringed seal and more!

Aquatica San Diego

SeaWorld Entertainment purchased Knott's Soak City " water park in late 2012. In 2013, the water park opened as Aquatica San Diego The new West Coast version of Sesame Place is set to open on October 21 2019 and will retain 26 slides from its predecessor. In a press release today, SeaWorld released an announcement that they would be converting their resort near Chula Vista into one focused around Elmo's world instead–the first time this destination has been available outside of Central Florida or Chicago since it was created 30 ye by Children’s Television Workshop® (CTW) . SeaWorld Entertainment purchased one of the Cedar Fair Knott's Soak City " water parks in late 2012. In 2013, the park opened as Aquatica San Diego The park is located approximately 23 mi (37 km) southeast of its sister SeaWorld Park, in Chula Vista, California and features 26 slides.

On October 21st 2019 it was announced that Aquatica San Diego would be converted into Sesame Place -the first Sesame Place theme park on the West Coast- It will retain all existing attractions for 2020 before closing for a 4 year renovation period to open again as Sesame Place with new rides including Elmo's Splash Dance! Sea World Entertainment made headlines back in late 2012 when they bought out one of their competitor


SeaWorld San Diego has been transformed from a family friendly amusement park into the very real horrors of Howl-O-Scream. Night falls and you'll find yourself surrounded by bloodthirsty monsters, but don't worry! Seek shelter indoors to explore your new home–a house full of horrifying creatures. Quench your thirst for fear with fiendishly delicious cocktails or beer before venturing back out where live shows will electrify any horror fan's night in SeaWorld San Diego this Halloween season at Howl-O-Scream Forget the haunted houses and creepy clowns. This Halloween, it's all about terrorizing SeaWorld San Diego! For its first year as a Howl-O-Scream location, expect to see an entirely different park with many night time attractions like: evading angry haunts in scare zones; seeking shelter indoors only to find you've entered a house of horrors; quenching thirst for fear at fiendishly delicious drinks stations where horrifying bartenders will serve killer cocktails and beer from around the world or spirits that are out of this world (pun intended).

At any moment inside one venue is going be something thrilling enough so that after your visit here you'll have no need ever again for another amusement park—just some peace SeaWorld San Diego is the perfect place to get your scare on this fall. Plan a day or evening of terrifying fun with Howl-O-Scream, an event for mature audiences only that's designed to give you chills from head to toe! SeaWorld San Diego's Howl-O-Scream is a frightful event for ages 16 and up! This separately ticketed night features haunted houses, scare zones, live entertainment, DJ dance parties. Tickets to this frighteningly fun event includes access to themed bars with rides and coasters inside the park – so you can take your fear on an adrenaline rush all night long! Dates are subject to change but tickets go on sale now so don't wait too long before buying one of these wicked deals while they last.

Date-Specific Ticket

SeaWorld San Diego is a fun and exciting day out for the whole family! With single-day admission tickets, all-day dining bundles that include an entrée or side OR dessert plus unlimited fountain drinks every 60 minutes. Participating All Day Dining Locations are Shipwreck Reef Café®, Calypso Bay Smokehouse, Mama Stella's® Pizza Kitchen, Big Bird's Bistro at Sea Lion & Otter Shop™ Pavilion #5158Coral Market Shark Market Orca West Market Pretzel Shop) Parking not included in price One-day admission to SeaWorld San Diego and unlimited food for one day? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday! Single-Day Ticket is valid for 1 day at Sea World where you can enjoy Unlimited Food.

Two Day Ticket

Two Day Ticket is good for two visits to SeaWorld San Diego by September 30, 2021. Parking, taxes and service fees not included with price. Products, prices may change at any time without notice as well as hours of operation or services offered. The ticket must be in the name listed on it and cannot be transferred between people nor refunded if lost or unused; if someone else used your pass you will need to pay a fee up front before they can show their ID upon entrance into the park but this only lasts until 8 p.m., after which all visitors must go through security again so make sure you have enough money! This ticket grants two visits to SeaWorld San Diego.

You can enjoy the attractions and rides including Shamu Adventure, Aquatica Family Waterpark or Wild Arctic.

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