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Seaworld

Animal interaction, entertaining rides and informative exhibits are all on offer at this family favorite destination. 

SeaWorld® San Diego, located in trendy Mission Beach, has been pleasing crowds ever since it opened in 1964 and is a must for anyone traveling with children. Kids and adults alike flock to the many exhibits offering opportunities to interact with marine animals. Touch, feed and give training signals to the performing bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Point. With prearranged permission, you can even don a wetsuit and jump into the water with the majestic beluga whales. 

A day at SeaWorld is filled with photo opportunities and experiences you’ll never forget. Wander slowly through the eerie Shark Encounter® glass tunnel, marvel at the graceful bat rays at the Manta® exhibit, and then relax to the antics of sea lions and otters performing comedy skits. The park’s headline attraction is One Ocean®, a 25-minute live show featuring orcas that perform awe-inspiring tricks in and out of the water.

Rides and shows at SeaWorld range from adrenalin pumping to relaxing. The Manta roller coaster serves up spine-tingling drops, at 42 miles (69 kilometers) per hour. Wild Arctic®, on the other hand, is a trek through frozen landscapes from the comfort of your theater seat. The show simulates a helicopter ride, paying visits to both land and water-based animals. Gentler still is the Bayside Skyride, which carries you on a gondola across Mission Beach. SkyTower lifts you 322 feet (98 meters) above the ground for a view of SeaWorld and across San Diego. Be prepared to get wet on the Shipwreck Rapids®; you’ll pass right beneath a waterfall. 

Young children will enjoy a visit to Sesame Street® Bay of Play, two acres (one hectare) of child-friendly rides and other fun. Walking, talking characters such as Elmo, Bert and Ernie make special appearances at designated times throughout the day and will happily pose for photos.

It’s easy to spend an entire day and evening at SeaWorld, including a nightly fireworks show during the summer. There are several restaurants at the park where you can get everything from pizza or a muffin on-the-go to a relaxed seafood dinner. Advance reservations are recommended if you want to eat at the popular Dine with Shamu®, a café overlooking the whales’ training pool. The park’s operating days and hours change throughout the year, with extended hours during holidays and summer.


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The Dana on Mission Bay

The Dana on Mission Bay

1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
4.1
of 5, from 7,079 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Belmont Park, SeaWorld and Mission Beach. Ocean Beach Park and Old Town San Diego State Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£55
Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld

Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld

3737 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego
3.1
of 5, from 3,501 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Midway-Pacific Highway, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Valley View Casino Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of SeaWorld and University of San Diego. Old Town San Diego State Park and Ocean Beach Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£77
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego
3.9
of 5, from 2,868 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly San Diego resort is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Belmont Park and Mission Beach. SeaWorld and Ocean Beach Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£103
Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego
3.7
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4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this San Diego resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld and Mission Beach. Mission Bay Golf Course and Belmont Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£34
Heritage Inn San Diego Near SeaWorld

Heritage Inn San Diego Near SeaWorld

3333 Channel Way, San Diego
2.6
of 5, from 1,700 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Midway-Pacific Highway, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Valley View Casino Center, SeaWorld and Old Town San Diego State Park. University of San Diego and Ocean Beach Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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Holiday Inn Express San Diego - SeaWorld Area

Holiday Inn Express San Diego - SeaWorld Area

3950 Jupiter St, San Diego
4.2
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3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Midway-Pacific Highway, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Valley View Casino Center, SeaWorld and Old Town San Diego State Park. Ocean Beach Park and Mission Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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Bahia Resort Hotel

Bahia Resort Hotel

998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
4.1
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4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this San Diego hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Belmont Park and Mission Beach. SeaWorld and Ocean Beach Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£33
Bay Inn and Suites at Seaworld

Bay Inn and Suites at Seaworld

3325 Midway Dr, San Diego
2.7
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2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Midway-Pacific Highway, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Valley View Casino Center and Old Town San Diego State Park. SeaWorld and University of San Diego are also within 3 miles (5 km).