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Sea World Adventure Park
uu Shows, exhibits, rides & interactive attractions


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ne of San Diego’s leading tourist attractions, and among the most popular marine-life parks anywhere, SeaWorld is spread over 189 acres of beautiful Mission Bay Park. Spectacular animal shows, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides and educational programs will entertain, educate and amaze. The park is constantly updating , adding to and changing its exhibits. Be sure to visit the Freshwater Aquarium, which features new frog habitats in honor of Year of the Frog. The Penguin Encounter features more than 250 penguins representing five Antarctic and sub-Antarctic species. It is one of the world’s only successful emperor penguin breeding colonies outside the Antarctic. Sesame Street Bay provides family-friendly rides, and Shipwreck Rapids will take passengers on an adventure ride through raging rapids and roaring waterfalls. SeaWorld makes learning about marine life fun and exciting. Tip: Get the two-day pass. You will leave after one day wanting more!

 

uuSo Many Shows

Featuring Shamu, the famous whale, “Believe” is a must-see. Another show that isn’t to be missed is exciting and comic “Dolphin Discovery” with bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. “Pets Rule!” stars mostly rescued dogs, cats, birds and pigs in a zany production.

 

uuAwesome Aquariums

Visit Aquarium de la Mer, to view two dozen displays featuring an up-close look at hundreds of tropical fish, cold-water fish and species native to the waters off of Southern California. Freshwater Aquarium features tropical fish in aquariums as large as 7,000 gallons. See peacock bass, ripsaw catfish and piranha. Be sure to check out the new frog habitats.

 

uuJourney to Atlantis

Take a wet and wild ride on this water roller coaster that includes a 60-foot plunge, simulated earthquakes, floods and fun special effects.

 

uuShark Encounter

Take a walk on the wild side and view sharks from within an acrylic tube that passes through the 280,000-gallon shark habitat.

 

uuWild Arctic

Don’t miss this popular attraction that will take you on a journey to the frozen North. A simulated jet helicopter takes guests on an exhilarating ride to an Arctic research station, face to face with beluga whales, polar bears, walruses and seals.

 

uuSesame Street Bay of Play

A whimsical new play area with three family friendly rides: Elmo’s Flying Fish, Abby’s Sea Star Spin and Oscar’s Rocking Eel. Also check out “Lights, Camera Imagination in 4-D,” with Elmo, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster and Big Bird. “Big Bird’s Beach Party” puts the Sesame Street crew on stage at SeaWorld’s Pet’s Playhouse.

 

 

 

 

 

uuGetting There

Only a 6-minute drive from Mission Beach. Take Mission Blvd. south; turn left on Mission Bay Drive and follow for 1.8 miles; take a slight right on Ingraham, then turn right on Perez Cove Way; Perez Cove Way turns into Sea World Drive.

 

uuPark Information

Hours of operation vary by season, so call (800) 25-SHAMU or visit the website at www.seaworld.com. Parking costs $10. Admission is $49 for children 3-9; $59 for over 10. Under 3 are free. Multi-day tickets, AAA discounts and other discount offers are also available. Check the website for details.