Sea World San Diego is one of San Diego's most popular attractions and things to do featuring a variety of sea life and interactive hands on experiences and shows. If you are planning a trip to Sea World soon, I highly recommend going in October as kids under 12 are FREE the entire month! That's an incredible savings!
Here are 5 things to do with kids at Sea World San Diego in October:
Feed The Bat Rays: Nestled in the waiting area outside of the Manta ride at Sea World is a low tank with Bat Rays (in the "ray family" with sting rays and manta rays). You can get up close with these mysterious and stealthy animals. Sea World allows a two finger touch along the animals backs. You can also feed these wondrous animals through the purchase of a $5 basket of fish and some instruction from one of Sea World's many animal ambassadors. There is also an attached deep tank to give the animals more room and underground viewing area of the deep tank see these stealthy animals in action.
See the Sea Lion and Otter Show: While other shows showcase the majesty and wonder of ocean animals, the Sea Lion show featuring Clyde the Sea Lion, is a great one for kids, with lots of slapstick humor. Fun tip - If you sit all the way at the top, you'll get a majestic view of Mission Bay.
Halloween Spooktacular: If you are looking for something fun to do in Southern California with your kids this Halloween, you won't want to miss Sea World San Diego's Halloween Spooktacular going on during the weekends in October. Fun games and music, trick-or-treat stations all through out the park, getting to have your picture taken with a mermaid, pumpkin cookie decorating (small fee), and much much more! It's a great time to come dressed up and get in on the all fun at the park. We had a chance to attend their preview event last Saturday and experience all the fun. My kids loved the trick-or-treating, the music and the cookie decorating. The park map will show you where the trick-or-treat stations are all through out the park!
Sesame Street Bay of Play: Planning on staying all day? Recharge mid afternoon in the Seasame Street Bay of Play area specifically designed for young kids (but older elementary kids will love the climbing area). It's filled with a large play space and smaller rides specifically designed for kids. Pick up a Pineapple whip (pineapple whipped frozen yogurt) on your way to the Bay of Play for an extra special treat.
Choose a one-of-a-kind Sea World San Diego experience: If budget allows, Sea World San Diego offers a variety of animal experiences. Because these experiences tend to fill up fast, it is recommended that you book in advance of your trip.
Five hot tips for things you don't want to miss:
- Plan out which shows you want to see in advance. The animal shows like the One Ocean Shamu show, the Dolphin show and the Sea Lion/Otter show are at only a handful of times throughout the day.
- Bring a bathing suit and/or a change of clothes for each family member. Trust me on this. Not only are there a variety of water rides, but almost all of the shows have some sort of "splash" moment where the audience has the potential to get wet. These can be a blast if you come prepared. Look for "splash zone" seating. And if you don't want to get wet, avoid these areas.
- Go early. The park opens at 9:00am and it will pay off to experience the park when your kids are in their prime during the day.
- Don't miss out on the food. The food at Sea world is unlike any theme park food I have ever experienced. It truly goes above and beyond. I have yet to regret spending money of the food here. Every place has options Plan on spending between $40-50 dollars per meal for a family of four.
- Charging Stations - bring your smart phone chord because there are two charging stations located throughout the park to help you stay connected and able to share those special Sea World moments with friends and family.
- Be prepared for the unexpected. the last time we were at Sea World San Diego, we saw the animal ambassador's walking through the park with a parade of flamingos!! It's just one of the many ways Sea World is allowing guests to experience the animals up close and personal!
To find out more visit Sea World online at Sea World San Diego
Disclosure: I was invited to experience the Halloween Spooktacular event at Sea World San Diego, but was not required in any way to write a post. My opinions are my own.