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  • Address: 500 SeaWorld Drive, Mission Bay
  • Hours: Opens daily at 10am, closes at 5pm, 6pm or 7:30pm; hours vary seasonally
  • Admission: General: US$69, Children (3-9yrs): US$59

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SeaWorld San Diego

One of San Diego’s most popular attractions, SeaWorld is most famously know as the home of Shamu, the killer whale, who has become an unofficial symbol of the city. But the zoo has much more, including plenty of other whales, sharks, dolphins and penguins. And if you like your marine life choreographed, various special animal performances are held, too.

Indeed, San Diego SeaWorld’s highlights are its live shows, featuring trained dolphins, seals, sea lions, and killer whales. “Believe” is the most visually spectacular, a 30 minute show in which the three star performers – Shamu, Baby Shamu, and Namu – glide, leap, dive, and flip through the water while interacting with each other, their trainers, and the audience. In Penguin Encounter, several penguin species waddle and frolic in a habitat that faithfully simulates Antarctic living conditions. You’ll see dozens of sharks as you walk through the acrylic tube at Shark Encounter.

SeaWorld has several amusement park-style rides, including Journey to Atlantis, a combination flume ride and roller coaster, and Wild Arctic, a simulated helicopter flight followed by a walk past beluga whales and polar bears.

Practical Info

SeaWorld is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) northwest of downtown San Diego, just off Interstate 5, next to Mission Bay Park. You can also get here by bus. SeaWorld has many gift shops throughout the park, where you can purchase theme related gifts. Restaurants are plentiful as well, including bakeries, delis, seafood, and pizza places.

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