Visitors Guide to SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld's original theme park opened in San Diego on March 21, 1964. 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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New for 2024

Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience - Three new walk-through galleries devoted the various species of jellyfish will open in 2024.

What to Do

Roller Coasters

  1. Manta
    A 2,800-foot Mack Rides launch coaster with a 54-foot drop and top speed of 43 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches

  2. Emperor
    The first Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster on the west coast has a 143-foot drop and a top speed of 60 mph on its 2,411 feet of track. Height requirement: 52 inches

  3. Arctic Rescue
    Triple-launch Intamin terrain coaster, with snowmobile-style seats, no inversions, and a top speed of 30 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches

  4. Journey to Atlantis
    A Mack Rides water coaster with a 60-foot drop and top speed of 42 mph. Height requirement: 42 inches

Other Attractions

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.

But the park is best known for its animal habitats and presentations, including Dolphin Adventures, Sea Lion & Otter Spotlight, and Orca Encounter.

Park Map

SeaWorld San Diego is located on Mission Bay, about five miles from the San Diego airport.