Theme parks take us way back. A Sunday with cousins and parents and uncles and aunts, riding exciting new rides, buying candy and toys, splashing in the pools and what not! SeaWorld in San Diego is a ride back in time where you can revisit the charm of your childhood theme-park days. From watching animal shows to actually playing with them, SeaWorld is walking the fine line between preserving the nostalgia of theme parks and also bringing new innovations for the present generation’s kids. By Shubhanjana Das
Best Time To Visit
If you are flexible with your travel schedule, spring or fall should be the most ideal time to visit for there is less crowd and the summer sun doesn’t make you feel baked. However, the park receives most visitors during the summer months for it is then that its pools and water rides can be truly enjoyed and appreciated. Much like the penguins do.
Things To Remember
- Buy your tickets online at their official website to avoid any kind of hassle at the park. You can also get deals, coupons and discounts which sometimes include passes to visit other places in San Diego.
- Be a minimalist when it comes to packing for SeaWorld and carry only the absolute essentials. Remember that you’ll have to lug that around with you all day.
- Carry zipper bags to keep your electronic goods in if you are going to sit at splash zones at the animal shows.
- It is a wise decision to take an extra pair of clothing for when the opportunity presents itself of diving into a water body, you wouldn’t want to hold yourself back.
- Research height requirements for the rides in advance before you stand in the queue for the tickets and eventually return without one. Have a map of the park handy.
- Make sure you have a list of the timings of the different shows in different parts of the park to plan your day accordingly.
Things You Should Not Miss
Animal Morning Moments
For some people, the OG reason to visit theme parks is to see marine animals up close and even have a one-on-one interaction with them. If you are one of those, then go ahead and get yourself the 30-minute early access before the park opens to the four animal zones — Explorer’s Reef Interactive Touch Pools, Orcas Up-Close Underwater Viewing, Dolphin Point and Otter Outlook.
Sesame Street Bay Of Play
Travelling with toddlers? It’s safer to keep them away from the big rides and take them to Sesame Street bay of Play instead, which is dotted with small-sized rides. If they are of 42 cms in height, they will even be allowed to ride by themselves on rides like Elmo’s Flying Fish, Abby’s Sea Star Spin and Oscar’s Rockin’ Eel.
If you take the elevator up thy Skytower, you’ll be looking at a panoramic view of the Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean, downtown San Diego and beyond. Get your cameras ready!