AAA Editor Notes
SeaWorld San Diego is at 500 SeaWorld Dr., off I-5 on Mission Bay's south shore. The 190-acre park features shows, up-close animal encounters, attractions and rides. It also employs a wildlife rescue team that is available 24/7 to rescue and care for marine animals in need from San Diego beaches.
Shows include Dolphin Days, which showcases the relationships dolphins and pilot whales have with their trainers, and Sea Lions LIVE, a sketch comedy starring California sea lions Clyde and Seamore.
The Manta roller coaster introduces guests to the world of rays. Giving riders a taste of what it's like to be a manta ray, the double-launch coaster boasts a 54-foot drop and lots of twists and turns. Guests can touch and feed California bat rays in a shallow pool and watch the rays and other fish swim around in a 100,000-gallon aquarium.
Turtle Reef explores the life cycle, characteristics and preservation of sea turtles. Featured are a 280,000-gallon aquarium that's home to dozens of sea turtles; Race for the Beach, a motion-activated video game; Turtlelink, a touch-screen map that allows guests to track sea turtles in the wild; and the Riptide Rescue ride.
Guests can spin, splash and swirl around a tropical island at Shipwreck Rapids and walk through an acrylic tunnel surrounded by nearly a dozen species of sharks in the Shark Encounter. Other highlights include shallow touch pools with sharks and cleaner fish at the Explorer's Reef entrance plaza; Wild Arctic, a simulated ride into a frozen landscape where guests come face-to-face with beluga whales, polar bears and walruses; the Journey to Atlantis water coaster; the Dolphin Point area, in which guests interact with bottlenose dolphins; Penguin Encounter; and several aquariums.
Sesame Street Bay of Play offers three family rides and the chance to meet and be photographed with Sesame Street characters. Orca Encounter explores the hunting techniques, communication skills and natural behaviors of the killer whale. Ocean Explorer is a combination of aquariums, rides and technologies designed to inspire us all to protect the oceans.
Guided tours are available. Food is available.