SeaWorld's original theme park opened in San Diego on March 21, 1964, boosted by the popularity of marine mammals due to the film and TV show Flipper. As the park rents the land it sits on, and is limited in its development by the California Coastal Commission, SeaWorld San Diego traditionally has focused more on public education and animal care than thrill rides. But in recent years the park has expanded its roller coaster line-up.
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Starting February 6, 2021, SeaWorld San Diego is operating as a zoo under California's pandemic reopening rules. That means that no rides are available, but select animal exhibits and shows may be open.
New for 2021 will be Emperor, the first Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster on the west coast.
After Emperor, SeaWorld San Diego has filed plans to build a new family launch coaster to replace the former Wild Arctic motion-base theater ride.
Other rides at the park include the Shipwreck Rapids river rapids ride, Skytower observation tower, and Bayside Skyride in gondolas above Mission Bay. There's a Sesame Street Bay of Play children's play area, too.
Notable restaurants include Calypso Bay Smokehouse, Shipwreck Reef Cafe, and the Dine with Shamu experience.
SeaWorld San Diego is located on Mission Bay, about five miles from the San Diego airport.
Check back when the park reopens for our visiting strategy.