Each year around spring time, our family takes a trip down to sunny San Diego to visit SeaWorld. Since I was a small child, I have always enjoyed that SeaWorld offers families the opportunity to learn from the creatures of the sea. Dolphins, Whales, Penguins, Turtles and even Sharks can be observed in their environments, allowing children and adults to better understand that which we didn’t, just a few short years ago.
As we stepped through the gates of SeaWorld San Diego, we were met by a beautiful grass landscape, and colorful flowers and trees. Just beyond is a number of rides, attractions, and interaction programs for those who want to get “hands on” inside the park.
We were able to experience a number of rides within the park, including our 6-year old’s favorite, Atlantis! Here’s a little about the rides at SeaWorld San Diego…..
Bay of Play - a place just for the wee one’s! Bay of Play features three rides, including Elmo’s Flying Fish, Oscar’s Rocking Eel, and Abby’s Sea Star Spin.
Journey to Atlantis - a combination of a roller coaster and a water ride, Journey to Atlantis is a ride that you won’t want to miss!
Shipwreck Rapids – splash through river rapids, spin, and splash in a raft-like inner tube that carries 9 shipwrecked passengers.
Bayside Skyride – once on the top, you can see 100 miles in every direction on a clear day. Not for the faint at heart.
We were fortunate to grab a few great seats for SeaWorld’s very successful show, Blue Horizons, that follows the story of a young girl named Marina, who yearns to explore the secrets of the sky and sea beyond her window. Marina’s imagination comes to life as she dives through her window into a “blue” world of adventure and wonder, where dolphins will dance, free-flying tropical birds will fill the sky with color, and the spirits will soar! Blue Horizons is a unique show that features dolphins, pilot whales, birds, animal trainers, and the most amazing live acrobatic performers!
After we caught a few shows, we felt the need to get up close and personal with the animals, so we headed over to the Beluga Whale viewing area. This is one of my favorite exhibits within the park and for good reason. Where else can you get this close to a Beluga Whale?
Oh and if that’s not close enough for you, then you may want to look into the Beluga Whale and Dolphin Interaction Programs, where you can get in the water with these amazing creatures! Our oldest has to be just a tad bit older (programs are for ages 10+) to take part in the interaction program, however we will be in the water with the Beluga Whales as soon as she hits that age mark!
Before we left, we had to stop for a moment and hang out with this cute little guy….
A number of shows are set to return in Spring 2011, including Shamu Rocks, Into the Blue, Cirque de la Mer, The Shamu Story, and opportunities to Dine with Shamu! Visit www.Seaworld.com to plan your trip now! Special dining events and animal interaction programs require advance reservation.
Disclaimer: Thank You to SeaWorld for providing our family with tickets to enjoy the park. My thoughts and opinions remain my own.