Friday, January 8, 2016
We also wanted to visit one of the most memorable, family-friendly destinations filled with exciting rides, amazing shows, and up-close encounters with the sea's most extraordinary creatures. It was time to head to SeaWorld San Diego, of course!
Sitting on almost 200 acres, SeaWorld San Diego has something for everyone, whether you are a thrill seeker or an animal lover or both, while also staying fully committed to rescuing and protecting animals of all kinds. It's just too easy to fall in love with a place that does their part to help our earth's living creatures while also providing fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages!
Truly, there is just no doubt that their rides, shows, exhibits, dining, shopping, playing, and experiences will keep the entire family on their toes from the moment you set foot inside the gates. We couldn't wait to get started!
With so many options, the most difficult part of visiting SeaWorld San Diego is choosing where to begin (and then where to go next). As we were interested in catching many of the day's shows, it was easy to take a peek at the park schedule to quickly decide on our plan of attack.
From there, it was time to enjoy so much of what makes SeaWorld so incredible and amazing!
From all of the special holiday touches sprinkled throughout the park that made us smile...
To the HUGE Sesame Street themed children's play area that is perfectly designed for ages young and old to run, climb, slide, crawl, bounce, meet & greet, play, and more...
To the numerous gorgeous, well cared-for animals that were available both to look at as well as to interact with (feed!) and touch...
Clearly, it would have been easy to spend our entire visit at SeaWorld San Diego simply walking around and pointing out all of the animals and sights that caught our eye.
However, that wouldn't have included the fact that there is so much more! There are rides for thrill seekers, those that don't mind getting wet, and those of us that just want to relax...
Not to mention all of the shopping and dining options (note: carry-in food is not allowed). But, as I mentioned, for us it was all about the shows!
We laughed and cheered along with the wide variety of adorable animals that starred in Pets Rule! and showed off their talents (and SeaWorld’s famously humane training techniques)...
Before moving on to giggle even more at the antics and television/movie spoofs displayed in Sea Lions LIVE.
The seating for this show fills up quickly, so we arrived early to find seats and, while I had assumed we would then just have to sit and wait for the start time, we were instead entertained by a one-man show filled with hilarity (and songs, dancing, acting, and more). It was the perfect lead-in to seeing the Sea Lions!
When it comes to incredible animals, however, there was no doubt that we altered between complete amazement and dire hopes of not being fully soaked while watching Dolphin Days and One Ocean. Both theaters have sections labeled "Soak Zone" and, while we took our chances and were fortunate to not get all that wet, there were definitely people who were drenched, particularly at One Ocean. So be warned!
In general though, how these stunning, massive creatures are able to glide so effortlessly through the water and then flip right up out in the air is something that I'll never understand but absolutely loved seeing!
When it comes to finding a California vacation destination where the entire family can enjoy the incredible sights and sounds of wondrous animals (while being proud of the park's commitment to them), stay entertained with numerous rides, and head home with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime, SeaWorld San Diego is a perfect choice.
Be sure to visit SeaWorldParks.com to see in-depth information on all things and locations SeaWorld and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well.
Have you been to SeaWorld?
I was provided complimentary passes for SeaWorld San Diego in order to help facilitate this review, but they in no way affected the amazing time that we had and my honest opinions shared in this post.