Hotels Near Sea World San Diego
Not only does San Diego boast having such a great diversity of animals at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, but it is also home to the only Sea World on the Pacific coast. Sea World San Diego is home to all sorts of marine animals from sharks to polar bears and, of course, killer whales. However, Sea World has many accommodations including Shamu’s Happy Harbor for the kids, the dolphin interaction program (DIP) which allows visitors to get up close and personal with dolphins in their habitat and so much more. Beach Haven Inn is one of the best San Diego Hotels near Sea World to stay with family and is less than 10 minutes away from an aquatic adventure with Shamu and friends.
(800)25-SHAMU 500 SeaWorld Dr. San Diego, CA 92109 View Website
- Shamu’s Happy Harbor is closed and will reopen as Sesame Street Bay of Play on May 27.
- Manatee Exhibit is closed till Spring 2008
- The Skytower will be closed until Mid May 2008.
- Extreme Zone’s Rockwall will be down until May 1, 2008
- Weekends April 5-May 18 at 8:50 p.m.
- Weekends May 24-June 14 at 9:50 p.m.
- Daily June 15-Sept. 1 at 9:50 p.m.
- July 4, 20-minute show starting at 9:30 p.m.
- $59 for guests age 10+.
- $49 for guests ages 3 through 9.
- Free for guests 2 years old and younger.
Hours of Operation
Opening and closing times vary by season. Hours are extended during holiday periods and summer evenings (May through Labor Day). Please click here for our operating schedule for our hours of operation.
- $10 for cars.
- $15 for RVs and campers.
- $6 for Motorcycle.
- $15 for Preferred.
Wheelchair access is provided at all shows and attractions. For safety reasons all strollers must be parked outside of most exhibits and attractions. SeaWorld is not responsible for strollers or their contents left unattended in the park. Guest must be 18 years or older to rent.
- $37.71 for electric (plus $5 refundable deposit).
- $10 for manual (plus $2 refundable deposit). Stroller rates: $10 single | $15 double
Food and Beverage Policy
Restaurants and concession stands are located conveniently throughout the park. Large hard or soft coolers, glass containers, food, drinks and picnic lunches may not be taken into the park. Guests with special diets, baby formula or baby food may bring their items into the park.
For your convenience, SeaWorld provides Designated Smoking Areas for our guests. Please refer to the park map for directions to these areas.
SeaWorld San Diego has increased security procedures, which may result in slight delays while entering the park. As a part of this process:
- All bags, backpacks, and packages are subject to inspection prior to entering the park.
- As a reminder, the following items are not permitted to be brought into SeaWorld for the safety of our animals and our guests: weapons, knives, any other type of sharp objects, straws, large hard or soft coolers, and any hazardous items or materials.
- Please leave any unnecessary articles secured within your vehicle to expedite your entry into the park.
- SeaWorld is not responsible for fire, theft, damage or loss of vehicle including articles left within.
Will Call & Ticket Kiosks
Will call is located at the Will Call and Travel Vouchers Window just right of the Park Entrance turnstiles.
- All Silver and Platinum Passports sold online are Quick Ticket or “Kiosk Ready” eTickets that can be redeemed at any one of our fast and easy self-service Ticket Kiosks.
- Ticket Kiosks are also available for purchasing tickets and passports with a credit card. Ticket Kiosks cannot redeem discounts or coupons.
- Single-Day (excluding Group), Two-Day and Vacation Package tickets that are bought online are all “Turnstile Ready” eTickets that may be taken directly to the park entrance turnstiles for admission. There is no need to wait in a will call line.
SeaWorld provides a pet facility for a nominal charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. SeaWorld is not responsible for the pet. Please refer to accesibility guide for specific answers to access information for your assistance animal.
Lost and Found
Contact the Information Center inside and just right of the Entrance turnstiles to report lost children and lost and found items. SeaWorld is not responsible for lost, missing or stolen personal property.
All Day Lockers are located adjacent to the Reservation Center. Stop by the Rental Center to check availability.
- $7.00 plus $5.00 refundable deposit.
Single use lockers also available at:
- $1.25 Inside Seseme’s Street Bay of Play
- $1.25 Entrance to Journey To Atlantis
- $1.25 Entrance to Shipwreck Rapids
- $1.50 Located by Exit turnstiles in the Main Gate Plaza.
ATMs and Credit Cards
US Bank ATMs are located through out the park. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and JCB are accepted at all ticket booths, restaurants and gift shops with proper identification. Sorry, personal checks not accepted. Special Needs and Accessibility Guide Click here to view the SeaWorld San Diego Accessibility Guide >
The Information Center is located just inside the park to the right of the Main Entrance. Team members can assist you with the following:
- Visitor information (hotels, campsites, points of interest)
- Guides for guests with disabilities
- Show information for the hearing impaired
- Travel assistance
- Lost and found
- Lost children’s center
- General park information and assistance.
Location and Directions 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego, CA 92109 From Interstate 5: Exit SeaWorld Dr. and head West one mile. From Interstate 8: Exit Interstate 5 North to SeaWorld Dr. and turn West towards park entrance. Public Transportation: SeaWorld is easily accessible by public transportation. For city trolley and bus schedules and routes please call (619) 685-4900. Many local hotels and motels offer complimentary shuttle service to SeaWorld. Ask your lodging operator for more information. Nearly 290 daily inbound airline flights and 10 AMTRAK trains service San Diego daily. For AMTRAK information please call (800) 872-7245. For more information call (800) 25-SHAMU (74268). Group Information Group Sales You can purchase advance tickets online for a group of 15 or more people at least seven days before your arrival date. Buy Group Tickets Planning an Event? A Group Event at SeaWorld San Diego offers you and your guests a unique and wonderful experience. Nestled among nature’s beauty in historic Mission Bay, SeaWorld San Diego offers one-of-a-kind event locations for 75 to 10,000 guests. Choose from the open-air setting of the Garden Plaza banquet facility or fall in love with the whiskered muzzle of a manatee at the Manatee Rescue. With over a dozen special and spectacular venues to choose from, you can choose to make any event extraordinary. Visit SeaWorldGroupEvents.com
- Corporate Events
- Wedding Receptions
- Private Picnics
- Full-Park and Half Park Buyouts
- Custom Events
Are you a school group, scout group or youth group? Bring your group to SeaWorld and learn about the fascinating world of marine animals. This flexible, all-day program allows leaders and scouts to explore the park at their own pace. Fee covers entrance to SeaWorld, a patch for all participants, and a “Whales” teacher’s guide for the group. The SeaWorld Youth Award program runs Monday through Sunday, year-round. Explore SeaWorld until park closing. You can make a group reservation at least 48 hours prior to arrival by calling (800) 25-SHAMU (74268) and press 3. Payment is due upon arrival.
Top Tips from SeaWorld Insiders
If you love animals… Make time for feeding times: Meal time is the best time to meet some playful Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, and sting rays, who you can even feed by hand—but only at designated times throughout the day. Stop by in the morning to check the day’s schedule, then give yourself some extra time to get a great spot right at the water’s edge. Meet an animal trainer in person: It’s hard to ask animal trainers about their job when they’re racing through the water on the back of Shamu. But here’s something most guests don’t know. Our Dine with Shamu programs are the only time guests get back stage access to our killer whale habitat, where whales and their trainers share an inside look at their remarkable bond and what makes it possible. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. See what goes on behind the scenes: Up Close Tours like our Saving a Species or Penguin Encounter tour times aren’t listed on the park map, so they’re easy to miss out on once you’re here. An insider’s tip? Book online ahead of time, or stop by the tour desk just inside the front gate. If you’re bringing young kids… Bring a disposable waterproof camera: There’s wet, and there’s Shamu wet. If you’re in the Soak Zone at Shamu stadium, you’ll have a lot more fun watching kids’ reactions if you don’t have to watch out for an expensive camera. A little tip for parents? Pack a parka—or pick one up at the gift shop. It’s a great way to keep yourself and a towel or two dry, and still get in on the fun. Feed their imagination: Look for interactive work stations and computers located throughout the park that give kids a fun way to learn about the animals they meet. Kids can test their lung power against a walrus in Wild Arctic or see how a manatee grinds its food at Manatee Rescue. Sesame Street Bay of Play: Watch your kids play at Sesame Streets Bay of Play opening spring 2008. Make an autograph book: Put together an autograph book with kids ahead of time, then catch the Shamu and Crew characters from 9 a.m. to noon near the front gate. Catch the show before the show: Take your seat for the Clyde and Seamore show at least 30 minutes ahead of time. Late-comers miss out on their zany pre-show antics. Once you’ve worked up an appetite… Beat the crowd: Plan to have lunch during show performances and you’ll get ahead of the crowd. Don’t skip breakfast: Start your day at Breakfast with Shamu. You’ll get a seat next to our biggest star, plus enjoy an-all-you-care-to-eat buffet that will take care of even the biggest appetites well into the afternoon. Insiders say this is one of the best kept secrets in the park. A few last tips from those in the know… Choose your seats wisely: You will get drenched if you sit in the front seat of Journey to Atlantis—and we mean drenched. Beat the heat: Temperatures can get quite high—especially in the middle of the day. Plan to take in these “cool places” when the thermometer rises: Wild Arctic, Penguin Encounter, Manatee Rescue, Shark Encounter or any one of three Aquariums. Remember the kid in you: Don’t be surprised if you find yourself choked up in the presence of Shamu. Or your arms covered with goose bumps in 85° weather as your hand touches a dolphin. There’s an incredible connection between humans and animals, one we celebrate here every day. Take a few deep breaths and drink that in when you feel that move through you, and you’ll carry that feeling home with you. Venture beyond the ocean’s door at SeaWorldâ San Diego. Get so close you can touch a dolphin’s fin, stare down a shark and connect with the sea’s creatures in their world. Come see what everyone’s talking about and experience Believe — the visually stunning Shamuâ show. Encounter polar bears at Wild Arcticâ and brave the daring drop on the Journey To Atlantisâ water coaster. Everywhere you look, the energy and wonder of the world’s water surround you in the sights and sounds of SeaWorld. Sesame Street is coming to SeaWorld. Starting in spring 2008, you can share a breakfast buffet with your favorite Sesame Street friends. Experience Sesame Street’s spectacular new 4-D movie, Lights, Camera, Imagination. And, late spring play in our all-new themed play area, Sesame Street Bay of Play. Come laugh, play and dine with all your Sesame Street friends … only at SeaWorld.