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Sea World San Diego Celebrates 50 Years

Updated on July 11, 2014

Sea World Encounters


What's New at Sea World

For nearly five decades, SeaWorld has offered guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides and up-close encounters with marine animals.

During SeaWorld’s 50th Anniversary, visitors will be invited to take part in the celebration through new interactive experiences, shows and pathway performances throughout the park and the SeaWorld.

The minute you walk up to the park, there is a new Explorers Reef with interactive touch tanks for families to pet a reef shark, horseshoe crab or have their fingers gently nibbled by cleaner fish.

Guests can explore 26 animal habitats from penguins to sharks. Families enjoy riding on 10 easy to challenging rides before or after watching over 20 different entertaining shows. Children will enjoy cooling down in two different play areas. For an extra fee, guests can dine with Shamu or swim with dolphins.

Some shows that are a must to see are Sea Lions LIVE in the (Sea Lion & Otter Stadium), Pets Rule that features dogs, cats, and a pig, but a variety of exotic birds, emus, ducks, and a kangaroo and Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation in the Mission Bay Theater.

Throughout the park a pair of Magellanic penguins, a sloth, or even a parade of flamingos could surprise guests at any moment.

The Bayside Skyride is a 1967 gondola ride that travels over Mission bay for a six minute ride. It's located near the "Cirque De La Mer" lagoon.

Bahia Resort


Bahia Resort

Near Sea World is the 14-acre tropical Bahia Resort on Mission Bay. The Bahia offers a relaxing destination to unwind after a day at Sea World and a variety of fun activities that appeal to all ages.

There are a variety of rooms for guests from lush garden views with streams to bay front one story to multi-story hotel rooms. Staying in a Bay front room, the amenities included one king bed. Other rooms offer a queen bed or two double beds. I enjoyed the complimentary high-speed wireless Internet , HBO, AM/FM radio, coffeemaker, ironing board and iron, hairdryer, refrigerator and signature bath supplies. The bed was very comfortable and there were lots of pillow.

The sparkling blue pool has plenty of lounge chairs to soak up the San Diego sun.

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Misson Beach

The Strand offers over two miles of paved walking and bicycling paths along the sand, Mission Bay and Pacific Ocean. Along the path are hotels, homes, restaurants and shops. Next to The Bahia is a rental stand to rent bicycles, kayaks, paddle boats and paddle boards to explore the bay. Within two blocks is the Giant Dipper roller coaster at Belmont Park and 25 other rides, shops and restaurants. Free lessons are included with rentals.

Mission Bay

San Diego Dining

Baleen San Diego
Cafe Bahia
Miguels Cocina
404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109
998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
912 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106
(858) 490-6363
(858) 488-0551

Bahia Belle cruises Mission Bay

Bahia Belle

The turn-of-the-century Bahia Belle sails around Mission Bay to the Catamaran Hotel throughout the evening. The Mississippi-style sternwheeler starts sailing at 6:30 p.m. for families. At 9:30 p.m. the Belle lights up with a cocktail cruise. All cruises are offered Wednesday through Sunday and are free for hotel guests. Non-guests pay $6 at the dock.

Get Splashed By Shamu


San Diego Facts

Sea World San Diego is the original Sea World. It opened in March 1964 on the southwest side of Mission Bay.

Sea World originated with four UCLA fraternity brothers--Milton Shedd, Ken Norris, David DeMott and George Millay. They wanted to open a restaurant that views a Marine-life show.

Sea World has three aquariums: Aquarium de la Mer, World of the Sea and a freshwater aquarium that are homes to more than 5,700 fish representing 434 species.

Get close to the dolphins at Sea World

San Diego Celebrities

  • Ronald Reagan was the first person to drive across the Coronado bridge in 1969.
  • Reggie Bush the professional football player is from San Diego.
  • Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego.
  • Robert Duvall was born in 1931 in San Diego.

Interesting San Diego Facts

San Diego has 40 museums, about 6,400 restaurants, 92 golf courses and a host multicultural festivals and celebrations.

Each year over 200 cruise ships berth in San Diego harbor.

The city flower is the carnation.

San Diego County is home to the most missions: Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel.

The Shamu is a Big Splash

See the Underbelly of a Horseshoe Crab


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