SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
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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. Every SeaWorld park visit helps to support animal rescue efforts.

SeaWorld boasts it is home to San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, Emperor. Guests will soar up to 60 mph and reach a height of 153 feet, then through loops, barrel rolls and twists.

Shows include Dolphin Adventures, which showcases the relationships dolphins have with their trainers, and Sea Lions & Otter Spotlight teach viewers about California sea lions and Asian small-clawed otters.

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 excites with 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; the Journey to Atlantis water coaster; 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 orca. 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.

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