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SeaWorld San Diego Guide
I’ve been visiting SeaWorld San Diego since I was a child and it’s still fun to go now as a mom. This theme park does the best job of catering to kids of all ages from toddlers to teens because you can see Elmo, but also ride multiple high-speed roller coasters (that I can see from my backyard over Mission Bay).
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SeaWorld San Diego Dining
Honestly, outside of the Seven Seas Food Festival and special events like the winter holiday season (where the food is great), dining is just okay at this theme park. Lines can be long at the counter-service restaurants, so plan your meals before you are starving.
You’ll find plenty of fun food like ice cream and cotton candy. Starbucks drinks like Frappucinos and lattes are made to order at Coral Market. BBQ from Calypso Bay Smokehouse is one of the most popular meal items. Healthier grab-and-go snacks await at Discoveries Fresh Market. Find tacos and bowls at the new Hibiscus Tacos.
Plenty of adult beverages from carts and restaurants can be found across the theme park. And did you know that you can add All-Day Dining to your ticket?
- VIP Parking: $70
- Up-Close Parking: $50
- General Parking: $30
SeaWorld San Diego usually opens at 10 a.m., but park hours can range from closing at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
SeaWorld San Diego Map and Directions
GETTING THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
- Our MTS bus stops at SeaWorld San Diego. You can check their trip planner for possible routes.
SeaWorld San Diego DIRECTIONS
- From I-5 South (Orange County, Carlsbad, La Jolla): Get off on SeaWorld Drive/Tecolote Road (exit 21). Use the right two lanes to turn slightly right onto Oceangate Way. You’ll see the parking lot.
- From I-5 North (Chula Vista, Coronado, Mexico): Get off on SeaWorld Drive/Tecolote Road (exit 21). Use the right two lanes to turn slightly right onto Oceangate Way. You’ll see the parking lot.
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