Summer Fun at Sea World
The Cruzin Family recently visited Sea World San Diego. We were actually there for 4th of July and to say we had a great time is an understatement. Now I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding Sea World right now, but I have kept an open mind about things. I grew up visiting the park and remember all the wonder it brought to me. I have done my research and formed my opinion and that is what I encourage others to do as well, so I won’t be using this post to start an campaign but to just share about our recent visit.
Sea World has been going through some changes since my last visit almost 2-years ago. The entrance is completely upgraded. Now very bright and welcoming to guests. The ticket and reservation windows now look like a resort check-in. Once through the turnstiles you are immersed “underwater” to the touch pools of Explorer’s Reef. Here is where guest get a little hands on meeting with creatures of the sea; such as the White-spotted Bamboo Shark. Yes you can actually pet a shark!
My brave kiddo was so excited to actually touch a shark.
After exploring the new entrance we decided to plan out some show times and just spend the day most of the day walking and taking in the park. We didn’t want to try to plan too much as going to any amusement style park with kids trying to stick to a strict schedule can be daunting and make for a less enjoyable experience. Of course we made seeing the animals more of a priority than just riding all the rides the park has to offer. Our first animal encounter was the Dolphins at Dolphin Point. The area is also home to the Sea Otters, who upon our arrival were being fed and a very informative employee in a blue shirt was talking to guests about. There are “Blue Shirts” all over the park, mainly by animal encounters. These keepers, as you could say, are opening to answering guests questions about the animals and also give informative speeches throughout the day, similar to keeper talks at the local San Diego Zoo.
The viewing glass is a great way to see the Dolphins swimming around. You may even meet face to face just like my son did. You can try to pet the beautiful animals as well from the surface view. My kiddos were very content just watching them. The area is like an outdoor museum per se. There are a few walls that are filled with information about Dolphin’s and even height and skull models for some interactive learning.
The Sea Lions and Seals are very active during feeding times. Guest are able to purchase fish during select times during the day to feed the animals. The animals in this area are actually rescued animals that even after rehabilitation were unable to return to the wild.
No visit would be complete without braving the underwater tunnel in Shark Discovery.
Sculptures and Trivia
I love the way that Sea World is bringing attention to pollution. The Ocean, and all of the Planet, has so much beauty and wonder to offer. We must all do our part and pick up after ourselves especially after a visit to the beach. All the items that made up these beautiful scuptures were found at the beach/in the ocean. This trash is very harmful to animals and their habitats. So remember to through away trash in proper containers and recycle appropriate items.
Visit WashedAshore.Org to learn more about the Art that is working to save the sea.
Keep a look out throughout the park for these trivia signs. They give a look into the history of Sea World which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. I found the Shamu Ride sign very interesting. It was a mild boat ride for children back in the 1970’s that cruised around the island for flamingos near the sky tower.
Sea World offers amusement park features such as a rollercoaster, Rapids ride, and a children’s play area. It’s a great way to let the kids get the wiggles out. Sesame Street’s Bay of Play is a great family area. It hosts three rides for little ones, a splash pad, and a very fun play area, where kids can climb up rope nets, walk across bridges and slide back down.
This was the only area where my little guy wasn’t restricted on fun! He’s under 42″ so he is unable to ride almost all the other rides throughout the park.
Sesame Street’s Bay of Play wouldn’t be complete without the Sesame Street gang! Kids can meet their favorite characters and it makes for a great memory and photo opportuntiy.
Aside from Bay of Play, Sea World hosts quite a few thrill seeking rides. There is Shipwreck Rapids, Journey to Atlantis, Wild Artic, Riptide Rescue, and Manta. The Skytower and the Bayside Skyride offer great relaxing views and a perfect for all ages. My daughter and I are love a little thrill seeking so we rode most of the rides, a few of them twice. We both rode Manta for the very first time and it was a blast!
It was fairly overcast on our visit, so the park wasn’t too crowded. That made lines a shorter wait. But here are some tips to make the best out of Sea Worlds rides.
- Overcast or cooler days means for shorter wait times for water rides.
- Bring extra clothes and towels to dry off after the water rides. I also like to change into a swimsuit with a coverup for Shipwreck Rapids, since you will get drenched on this ride. Then after some drying we change back.
- Try to catch a ride during a show. The wait times will usually be a lot less. When a show lets out that is when lines seem to almost double.
We made it a point to catch at least two shows. We looked up show times for each one and chose a few times for more flexibility. We decided to see the Dolphin Show: Dolphin Days and the Shamu Show: Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night. Both are very popular so arrive at least 30 mins before showtime to secure a good spot. If you plan on catching Light Up The Night try arriving about an hour before show time as lines form and the stadium fills up quickly.
The Dolphin show was much more stripped down than the show I remember, but in a good way. It came across more educational and inspiring, yet still fun and exciting. The Dolphins still show off some of their many skills.
We caught the last show of the day of Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night Show, which worked out perfectly since the fireworks were right after the shows end. Like the Dolphin Show, this show was a little more stripped down. The large screens before the show began displayed many Orca facts as well as other facts about the sea and its inhabitants.
The Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks Show is a great way to end a fun-filled day at Sea World. This is a firework spectacular perfect for a cool summer night. Sea Worlds fireworks show is going now on select nights until September 6th. And starting on July 16th through August 30th is Summer Vibes, which is family-friendly performances by musicians, dance and vocal artists. Don’t miss out on the summer fun happening at Sea World!
Hope your next trip is as fun-filled as ours!
Sea World San Diego
500 Sea World Drive,
San Diego, CA 92109
Monday – Thrusday 9am – 9pm
Fridays 9am – 10pm
Saturdays 9am – 11pm
Sundays 9am – 10pm
*Times are subject to change*
Cruzin Mama was provided tickets by Sea World Parks for this visit. Everything stated in this post is the opinion of Cruzin Mama. All images are subject to copyright of Cruzin Mama.