Though the weather is almost always beautiful in San Diego (at least by the rest of the country’s standards), winter is still a less busy season for San Diego’s premier attractions, including SeaWorld San Diego. What this means for you, is that it’s the perfect time to take a hassle-free, inexpensive, fun-filled trip to San Diego—especially if you live close enough for a day or weekend trip. Even if you are visiting San Diego during the busy season, these tips will still be very useful!
There are actually many ways to plan a relaxing and affordable trip to SeaWorld San Diego, the aquatic theme park largely recognized as one of Southern California’s most popular attractions. Here are some tips to make your trip the very best it can be!
Visit the SeaWorld San Diego Website Before You Go
A visitor map is helpful for park visitors, but what’s even more helpful is to go on-line BEFORE your vacation. This way, you’ll save time and make sure you don’t miss out on any of the exhibits or shows that you really want to see. Just browse the exhibits and check out the calendar for the day you intend to visit. Another advantage of using the SeaWorld San Diego website is that there’s some information on there you won’t find on the visitor’s map, such as the Penguins Up-Close tour or the Dolphin Encounter.
Use a Go San Diego Card or Go Select San Diego Pass
If you live close to San Diego, or you know just what San Diego attractions you’d like to visit, the Go Select San Diego pass is a great way to save money on attractions like SeaWorld San Diego. You can build your own itinerary by choosing your favorite attractions—as many as you’d like! The best part is, you’re guaranteed to pay less than the gate price at all attractions, including the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the Natural History Museum.
If you’re going to be visiting for a long weekend, you might prefer the Go San Diego Card, which is an unlimited pass to all your favorite San Diego attractions (including SeaWorld, of course!) for one low price.
Bring Your Own Water Bottles To Save Money
At amusement parks and entertainment venues of all sorts, there’s one thing you can always count on: the prices of food and beverages will be skyrocketed. Although outside food and beverages are not generally allowed into SeaWorld San Diego, they DO allow you to bring in your own water bottle. Why spend money on a drink when you don’t have to? Bring a water bottle for everyone in your family and you could save several dollars.
Arrive Early to the Shamu Show
The Shamu Show, now presented as One Ocean, is an absolute staple at SeaWorld San Diego—and with majestic killer whales as the star performers, it’s no surprise that it’s a SeaWorld “must-see” show. However, an awesome insider tip is that if you arrive early, you can sometimes get two shows in one! As with most entertainers’ the whales often have an opening act—and you won’t want to miss it.
Use These Theme Park Secrets
These useful tips apply to most theme parks, and SeaWorld San Diego is no exception. You’re already going during the off-season. Now make sure you use peak hours to your advantage—as in, don’t use them! You can usually skip the crowds by planning to visit the most popular exhibits during typical meal times. Another tip is to start at the back of the park and work your way forward. This way, you won’t have to follow the crowd on their slow progression through the park.