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SeaWorld San Diego

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General Info: SeaWorld San Diego is a major marine park featuring marine life from oceans worldwide that consists of numerous exhibits, live shows, and maritime-inspired ride attractions. You can go from watching the Shamu show to petting a dolphin next door at Dolphin Point, to "Riding the Ray and Feeling the Rush" on San Diego's very own version of Manta (roller coaster) just behind Dolphin Point. Also available are upcharge tours, dining experiences, and animal interactions which generally offer a better insight and/or experience with the park's animals. SeaWorld's original park opened in 1964 and is located just north of downtown, on Mission Bay. You can get driving directions by clicking the SeaWorld San Diego link on Theme Park Insider's Google map of U.S. theme parks.

Hours: SeaWorld is open year 'round. Check online for operating hours.

Tickets: Buy online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save time when you get to the park.

Reservations: SeaWorld now has "Quick Queue" ride reservations available for an additional charge, offering shortened to eliminated waiting times on Shipwreck Rapids, Wild Arctic, Manta, Skyride, and Journey to Atlantis. An upgrade to Quick Queue also grants you reserved seats at the park's major shows. Advance reservations can also be made for special dining experiences, tours, and animal interactions via the park website.

Strategy: Plan your day around the park's show schedule, which you can pick up as you enter the park, or check show schedules posted online together with park hours in advance. Avoid visiting areas nearby show venues right after shows are done (for example, lines at Shipwreck will be long right after a Shamu show).

What's New?: SeaWorld San Diego opened a new park entrance experience called a themed area called Explorer's Reef for their 50th anniversary in March 2014, complete with an overhead wave structure, new stores, and touch pools for hands-on animal interaction. Aquatica San Diego, SeaWorld's waterpark located minutes away from SeaWorld, opened in June 2013. Manta, SeaWorld San Diego's newest ride attraction and also its first roller coaster, opened in 2012. -- Last edited by Leo Lin on April 16, 2014

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