SeaWorld San Diego Travel Tips

Is SeaWorld San Diego on your vacation wish list? Here are a few tips from our fans to make the most of your visit. Their best advice? Enjoy the animals and have fun!

The Explorer’s Reef at SeaWorld San Diego: Insider Tips

Donovan, California

Before you visit the park, ensure you know the park hours and show times, and check the website for attraction closures. Winter and spring are the times when some attractions close for annual maintenance.

Make sure you know what you can and cannot bring into the park. And get a locker too! The carry-ons for Manta need to be locked up.

It is best to arrive at the park early or before it opens. Mornings are quieter and longer lines for rides are shorter. will give you more time to enjoy the park.

It is recommended to stay 6 to 8 hours. With this amount of time, you will have time to see all shows, animal encounters, and rides.

After shows, keep your distance from the amphitheaters due to crowds that will pour out.

Visit Explorers Reef to experience the touch pools and the amazing animal encounters. Throughout the park, you will find a large number of exhibits and aquariums. Among my favorite animal exhibits are Shark Encounter and Orca Underwater Viewing.

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I hope you have a great time at the fair! Enjoy the rides, the shows, and the animals!

Insider Tips for SeaWorld San Diego Explorer’s Reef

Cassie, California

In case you plan to return a few times before the year is out, get a Fun Card. Consider getting an Annual Pass if you will be returning more than once.

For a full meal in the park, I recommend Calypso Bay Smokehouse, Shipwreck Reef Cafe, Explorer’s Cafe, and Baja Grill.

You can get a delicious snack at Explorer’s Cafe by getting the chocolate cake cup. My husband and I don’t share it, but it probably could be split ;)!

Take the DeepSee VR: Orca 360 tour. With only $10 a person, you can get the chance to feel like you’re right next to orcas, swim with them virtually, and learn about how they are taken care of. The experience is one that I believe not many people are aware of.

A Blog Insider’s Guide to SeaWorld San Diego’s Journey to Atlantis

Dakota, California

Get to know animals and their environment by looking at them and learning how to help them. Be prepared to get wet. Take tons of pictures!

Insider Tips for SeaWorld San Diego’s Dolphin Encounter

Alexis, Arizona

It is a good idea to buy tickets a few months before your vacation date. You’ll need your tickets (don’t forget them!)

If a company that teaches want a great seat, arrive 30 minutes before the show begins.

Go see all the animals.

Taking breaks will prevent you from tiring yourself out and from rushing.

Visiting SeaWorld San Diego’s Beluga Interaction Program? Here are some Insider Tips!

Moe, California

Sunscreen, windbreaker or jacket for those who get cold easily or stay out all day.

Make sure you change clothes before riding Journey to Atlantis in the heat of the day.

Have kids and want photos? Make sure your memories are safe with PhotoKey.

Want a true interaction? Take a behind-the-scenes tour or swim with dolphins or beluga whales if you can.

Dine with Orcas.

No better photos of Bayside Skyride at sunset than this one.


A few insider tips for visiting SeaWorld San Diego’s Manta ride in our blog

Jessica, California

To get the best seats without stress, download the app now.

Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and towels for the kids.

To ride the water rides, wear flip-flops in addition to your walking shoes.

On wet rides, pack a bag to store your belongings.

Blog Insider Tips for SeaWorld San Diego’s Shipwreck Rapids

Jennifer, California

Utilize the park map you’re given to plan your day. Whether you’re with your children, friends, parents, or in-laws, it’s a wonderful time. Enjoy the views and take lots of pictures. Take it all in. Don’t forget to get your Annual Pass before you leave.

Here are some tips for visiting SeaWorld San Diego’s Shark Encounter on our blog

Rose, California

Been going since 1991. My grandmother tells me I have been going since I was three days old. Our family has become a member now.

You will need quarters for the flamingo food, and water bombs for the rides.

Ensure your camera and video have enough battery power.

The best way to avoid long waits at the park is to arrive early, or you can purchase a Quick Queue pass, but that’s usually more advantageous in the summer.

Take advantage of your discounts if you have an Annual Pass.

Visiting SeaWorld San Diego Shamu Plush With These Insider Tips

Alexis, California

There’s water pretty much everywhere. Keep wet-weather clothing at a distance. You should arrive early to hear the national anthem. The city offers so much to see in such a short amount of time.

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Kat M.

SeaWorld San Diego’s Kat is your insider for everything new, fun, and exciting. As a rescue and conservation storyteller, she is also passionate about sharing the great work SeaWorld does.