Press Trip

During our visit to the West Coast, we spent a few days in sunny San Diego. Our trip would not be complete without visiting one of San Diego’s top destinations for the last 50 years: SeaWorld San Diego.

SeaWorld San Diego Family Vacation

Visiting SeaWorld San Diego was one of the highlights of our family vacation to California. We are huge fans of aquariums and amusement parks, and SeaWorld is an excellent combination of both. We hope that after reading the highlights of our visit, you, too will want to visit SeaWorld.

One Ocean Killer Whale Show

This is what coming to SeaWorld is all about! I’ve grown up learning about Shamu, and seeing killer whales on television. These are enormous beautiful creatures. It was great being able to see them in action with my husband, daughter and mom.

SeaWorld San Diego Shamu

The Killer Whale Show was inclusive of educating attendees about Killer Whales – their physiology, trainer interaction, and more. There was a fun trainer session that would get you soaked if you sat in the “Splash Section”.  The sun is hot, and we would have welcomed being soaked, but the whale’s splashes never touched us.

SeaWorld San Diego One Ocean Killer Whale Show

Documentaries have surfaced surrounding SeaWorld’s treatment of sea animals like the whale, and have also exposed whale violence against the trainers due allegedly due to this treatment. I noticed that during our visit, the trainers were not as hands-on as done previously, nor did they enter the water with the whales. I would have liked to have been able to speak with the trainers regarding what I saw in the documentaries, and whether or not the allegations incited the changes we saw during our visit. Maybe next time.

Hands-on Fun

When entering SeaWorld San Diego, we were welcomed by several touch pools known as “Explorers Reefs”. This hands-experience is almost three-years old, and features four different touch pools allowing guests like you and me interact with a variety of fish, including 400 brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks, and more than 4,000 cleaner fish.

SeaWorld San Diego Explorers Reef Entrance

Our favorite were the cleaner fish. These fish are known to clean dead skin cells from other fish. As we stuck our hands in the touch pool of cleaner fish, we could feel a gentle, slight tickling feeling from them cleaning the dead skin off of our hands.

SeaWorld San Diego Explorers Reefs Cleaner Fish

Did you know?
Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld San Diego’s Rescue Team has taken in and cared for more than 16,000 marine animals. The goal of the rescue program is to rescue, rehabilitate and return animals to the wild, giving them a second chance at life.

 

Rides

The husband and I are elated that our daughter shares our love for rollercoasters. She’s been going on rollercoasters since she was big enough to ride them. Although SeaWorld San Diego has two rollercoasters, Manta and Journey to Atlantis, we were only able to ride one. Manta has a 48” height requirement that at the time, Mini Me did not yet meet. But, we were able to make it up with several rides on Journey to Atlantis, as it had a 42” height requirement.

SeaWorld San Diego Manta Rollercoaster

Journey to Atlantis ended up being one of our favorite rides at the park. It is a water ride and rollercoaster combined into one super soaking, thrill machine.  This was the ride that had me screaming to my husband, “Did you know it did this?” The ride had me thinking it was malfunctioning. I thought it was over, after the 60-foot plunge into the pool below, but no! Slowly, we were pulled through the pond gently, and then we entered a dimly lit plunge tower building, and then this sucker begins to flood! We are then rolled out of this dark abyss, and carried to the top where we rock from side to side.  Once we reach the top, sliding doors open, and we roll down a 70’ curved drop. It was both a scary and fun experience. For me, it was too scary to ride again, but since our five-year-old loved it, and wanted to ride it repeatedly, I had to put on my big girl pants, and do it.

Seaworld San Diego Journey to Atlantis

Mini me enjoyed riding Abby’s Sea Star Spin, which is SeaWorld’s version of the classic spinning teacup ride. This was not one of my favorites, as I got insanely dizzy and nauseous. We were in control of how much we spun, and with Mini Me and the husband taking the wheel, we spun way too much for my liking.

SeaWorld San Diego Abby’s Sea Star Spin

Elmo’s Flying Fish was another ride we enjoyed. It’s an up and down flying ride that features seven different types of fish:  Pig, Angel, Zebra, Clown, Cat, Dog, and Swordfish.

SeaWorld San Diego Elmo’s Flying FishSeaWorld San Diego Elmo’s Flying Fish

Final Thoughts

I must admit that after watching a few documentaries surrounding SeaWorld, I was on the fence about visiting the park. I am pretty sure that some of you have had to re-think a visit as well. I must say that after visiting I was impressed with the education provided, along with the care and knowledge shown by the staff to the animals.  That said, take a trip, and see for yourself what SeaWorld San Diego is really like. It is sure to be a fun visit. Like me, you just may change your mind, too!

SeaWorld San Diego Tips for Visitors


New to SeaWorld San Diego in 2017

Natural Orca Encounters – part of the park’s ongoing commitment to education, marine science research and the rescue of marine animals. The new encounters will focus on orca enrichment, education, care and respect.

Ocean Explorer – will combine multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies to engage park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure inspiring them to protect the wonders of our oceans.

Electric Ocean – a new nighttime summer celebration, will light up the park after dark.

Visit SeaWorld for ticket and park information here. There you will find discounts on tickets, passes, and other extras.

SeaWorld San Diego Good Bye

Disclosure: SeaWorld San Diego provided Beauty and the Bump with four complimentary tickets for review purposes only. All opinions are my own and are honest. Please review our disclosure page for more information.

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  • LaQuisha Hall

    This looks so fun! I can’t wait until I visit myself!

  • Ashlee Adams

    This looks like so much fun. I am going to be in San Diego in May and this looks like a great thing to do. I’ve always had a love for Ocean life!

  • Antoinette Cain

    Looks like such a fun trip. I believe that my children would enjoy Sea World more than Disney because they both love animals. Great post.

  • Cute!!! Baby girl looks like she really was enjoying herself.

  • Looks like an awesome family day. I would love to visit Sea World. I was concerned about the trainers & killer whales. Glad you mentioned it.

  • Tiffany Heard

    Makes me want to go to Sea world, I haven’t been in years.I love seeing animals, when i travel. The water rides looks fun, I def would have fun on that one.

  • Carissa

    I love SeaWorld!! I HATE that they closed the one here in Cleveland! It was one of my favorite field trips when I was a child!

  • I have not been to sea world in years!!! we had one back home in cleveland and i dont think i have ever taken my kids…

    • I think it’s time for a visit 🙂

      • maybe in a another city. not back home…LOL

  • Charisse Sobers

    I felt so conflicted about visiting Sea World after watching “Black Fish”. However, reading your article brought back memories I had of visits there when I was younger. I’m glad you spoke on what the park has done to help their image. Looks like a fun day and I’m reconsidering my stance on the park after reading.

    • I am not going to even lie that I was not conflicted on going. I was. I saw Black Fish and The Cove. Both tore me up, but at least SeaWorld is doing something about it.

  • You all look like you had so much fun! I’ve been to the San Diego Zoo when I was very young but my family could use a trip like this.

  • Daria Vinning

    I’m so dying to see Shamu, up close and personal one day! I was a little girl the last time I visited Sea World. I looking forward to taking my grandchildren when they get older. Thanks for sharing!

    • There were kids there of all ages. Before my husband and I had our daughter we would visit aquariums together. You’d like it even if you don’t take the kids.

  • Donna Shana

    I’ve never been to Sea World, but your post really made me want to. I love the exlporer part, touching the coral reef and stuff! Pretty awesome!

    • This, I believe was my first time. I have a vague memory of visiting SeaWorld Orlando as a kid. The explorer touch pools were so much fun and great for little kids.

  • Kemkem

    What a lovely day you must have had. It looks like so much fun. I went there once many many moons ago (ahem.. 🙂 ) and was a happy camper. The natural Orca environment sounds great. Perhaps my next stateside visit :-).

    • We enjoyed the day at SeaWorld. Our daughter can’t wait to get back.