25 SeaWorld San Diego Tips and Tricks for a Fun Day Out

I’ve been visiting since I was a kid and can actually see the entire park from my backyard. There are rides and play areas for toddlers, roller coasters for teens, and lots to do for ages in between.

Plan to arrive so that you’re at the gate when the park opens for the day. Not only will you secure a parking space that is closer to the gate, but you’ll also be able to go straight to your favorite rides.

Arrive Before the Park Opens

Just after entering the park, you’ll see the Explorer’s Reef touch pools that are supervised by Animal Ambassadors. Cleaner fish also “clean” your fingers. Not to worry, there are washing stations nearby.

Save the Touch Pools at the Entrance for Later

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You won’t be the only one with this idea, but it’s a good one. SeaWorld San Diego’s coastal location keeps the weather at the park relatively temperate.

Save Water Rides for the Hottest Part of the Day

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One of the not-to-be missed exhibits, in my opinion, is Penguin Encounter. It’s chilly inside, because over 400 cold-weather penguins live there.

Head to the Penguin Encounter During the Hottest Part of the Day

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If you want to see a show like Sea Lions Live or Orca Encounters, check the show schedule in advance on the app.

Check Show Times and the Calendar in Advance

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For a few dollars you can purchase a tray of fish and feed sea lions.

Bring Quarters and Cash for Sea Lion and Flamingo Food

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