We had a lot of things planned for our trip to San Diego, but SeaWorld® was our first adventure! Seeing my daughters face light up as we walk up to SeaWorld is one of the reasons I get joy from being a parent.
The first thing we did when we entered the park, grabbed a map. It has all sorts of useful info on them, like times for the dolphin, orcas and sea lions shows and directions around the park since it’s pretty big! Our first stop after we strolled around the park was the dolphin habitat area.
After we realized that the dolphin show wouldn’t actually be “there”, we started heading in the right direction to make sure we could get a spot since it was almost time for the show. Unfortunately, there were really no good middle spots left and like one partial shaded seat on the very far left which is where we ended up sitting. It was about 90 degrees on October 24th, so I was hoping we would actually get splashed since we were sitting in the soak zone. It didn’t happen though. LOL
I loved the dolphin show even though it was only about 20 minutes, but my toddler was hot, whiny and didn’t want to sit still for that long.
So, here are my 5 tips…
My 5 tips for visiting Seaworld in San Diego, California.
- Bring sunscreen and hats. I, unfortunately, forgot my daughter’s child sunscreen at home so we had to purchase some at the park. San Diego is close to Mexico, so it’s warmish there almost all year round. By the time we left on Halloween day, it was still 70s. But, SeaWorld didn’t have much shade if at all, especially in the show areas since there are no trees.
- Bring water and snacks. Everything at the park is expensive and will add up. I didn’t even think to freeze some water bottles and pack them with us, so we ended up paying about $4 a water while there. There was a first aid station where you can fill up your water container for free, which we did once. Then go to one of the many soda stations and fill up with ice, so it’ll be refreshing during a hot day like the one we experienced.
- Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet if you happen to mistakenly sit in a splash zone. I saw some people running when they knew a dolphin was coming and ended up getting soaked in the process. It was hilarious, to say the least. Don’t sit down at the bottom if you don’t want to get wet!
- Wear comfortable shoes or sandals. I always bring my walking shoes or Teva Mush Sandals. They’re great! My feet don’t get sore after walking around for hours.
- Grab a map and plan your show times. Just be sure to arrive 20-30 min early so that you’re able to secure a great view. Middle sections are ideal, of course, and sit in the lower seats if you want to cool off!
My daughter’s favorite part of Seaworld besides seeing all of the animals was Sesame Street Bay of Play. She was particularly fond of the giant jump mat as you can see by the expression on her face. We’ve done these jump things in our neck of the woods and she was really scared of them, but maybe now that she loved it at Seaworld she will try the ones around here again without being afraid.
I couldn’t get her to go on any of the kiddie rides though. She’s still a little too afraid of them after our 2nd year at the county fair. I was surprised that she didn’t even want to go on the teacup either since she loved that at the fair. It even has one of her favorite sesame street characters on it; Abby!
One of my favorite parts was the Wild Arctic because you know, it was 90 degrees and this place had AC and even an ice wall. It was pretty cool!
We had to eventually leave the cool arctic and head towards the Orca show since it was going to be starting soon. I think the last time I saw an orca whale was when Keiko from Free Willy was at the Newport Oregon Aquarium. It’s been THAT long!
Seeing the orca’s who are just a different variety of dolphin (something I learned there) was exciting! I also learned that Corky (one of the female killer whales at San Diego SeaWorld) is 53, which is the oldest in captivity currently. That’s so crazy!
We had a great time at Seaworld and we can’t wait to visit again sometime. It was good to have a family vacation that was fun yet relaxing.
SeaWorld® San Diego provided Mom Life in PNW with two complimentary tickets for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.
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