Last week my family and I spent the day at Sea World in San Diego. It was a long day, but a day full of fun times. I want to start by telling you, if you plan on going to Sea World soon, make sure you get there this month. In the month of October, kids are free (with the purchase of an adult ticket). So I would take advantage of this savings and take your family to the park for the day.
We had a group of 8 at the park. Myself, husband and my two kids. Then my friend Ashlie, her husband Jason and their two children came as well. I love going to parks with my family, but if my friends can come with, it makes it even more special and fun.
Both myself and Jason are disabled and use a wheelchair. If you have your own wheelchair you can bring that in, or if you need to Sea World has both regular chairs and electric scooters for rent. If you are disabled and plan on going on any rides. Make sure you stop by customer service to fill out a paper and get a card. This will make things much easier for you when going in line (trust me).
So we started our day at the park off with lunch. All 8 of us enjoyed Dine with Shamu. It’s an hour long where you watch the trainers work with the animals and see a few tricks. The lunch is also really good and buffet style. I do wish it was a little easier to access with the wheelchair, but the staff did a great job in helping and doing what they could (I appreciate it, and it goes a long way). We had a table right next to the glass, so at time there was a little splashing.
The menu changes depending on what is available as they try and buy local as much as possible. My kids are picky but they loved the selection. There is something for everyone to choose from. My favorite out of everything was the Salmon and the Oven Roasted Rosemary Potatoes. I could eat both of those all day long. Along with that there was a separate table that was full of deserts and fruit. Make sure you book your reservations early so you know you can get a table.
I’m not sure how long they will have Dine with Shamu, so I really recommend doing this experience. Adult pricing is $40 and kids are $20, but during October kids are free with an adult purchase, so it’s the best time to do this.
Also during the month of October Sea World has stations all over the park allowing kids to “trick or treat”. So if your little ones want to dress up in their costumes you can, and if not, they can still get candy. All our kids loved seeing the candy stations to get a little extra treat while running around.
Some of the attractions are interactive and allow you to get really close to the animals. Some you can even feed them. For example, the Sea Lion exhibit allows you to buy a tray of fish (for $5) and toss it to them. Be careful though, the birds will steal the fish.
Another animal you can feed are the Manta Rays (stingrays). Not only can you feed them, but you can also touch them. All 4 of the kids loved them and we probably stayed the longest at this exhibit than any other one. Do be aware that the water for these is freezing cold, but totally worth it. The Manta Ray’s are very silky. You can touch the top of their heads, or most often their finds as they swim by. There are also hand washing stations there so you can wash up afterwards (must have).
Dolphins are one of my favorite sea creatures. If you are old enough there is a premium experience that you can swim with the dolphins. This allows you to get right in the pool with them, touch them and really see what they can do. We weren’t able to do that this time (but on my bucket list).
Since Sea World is a family place, they do have a huge area just for kids. This includes rides, carnival style games and a splash pad (awesome on the really hot days). So I would pack a change of clothes in case they get wet.
Fallon (my 4 year old), kept talking about sharks, so she was thrilled when we went into the shark exhibit. There is a part where you are in a tunnel and all the sharks are swimming over and on the sides. She LOVED that there was a shark over her. The three animals she wanted to see were sharks, whales and dolphins. I was so glad I was able to help her and she saw all three of them. She even decided that her souvenir would be a stuffed shark and a little sweatshirt that said Sea World on it (for the shark, no her).
One thing I read is that most people spend around 6 hours at the park. At first, I kind of laughed at that, thinking how, BUT…. After spending the day there, I can totally see that. We were there from about noon until about 7pm (they close at 7:30).
Thank you again to Sea World for hosting my family and my friend’s family! Overall the entire experience at Sea World was great. While we didn’t go on a lot of rides (I can’t), all of us had a blast. We can’t wait to go back again soon, and hopefully next time I may be healthier and able to go on a ride or two.
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