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2 . Sea World San Diego

Close to five million visitors walk through the gates of Sea World in San Diego every year, making it one of the most popular amusement parks in the country. That is considerably more than the 400,000 guests who visited Sea World in 1964 when it first opened with only a few dolphins, sea lions and attractions. The four UCLA graduates who founded Sea World at first wanted to build an underwater restaurant on the Mission Bay site, but soon realized that a marine sea park was a better idea. Located at 500 Sea World Drive, Sea World has become the most popular attraction in San Diego for both locals and residents. With the addition of two other parks in Orlando, Florida and San Antonio, Texas, Sea World is the fifth most popular attraction in the country.

Sea World in San Diego is known for its entertaining and exciting animal shows. There are several show throughout the day, so you can catch them all! Come watch Shamu splash an unexpected audience or see dolphins flip in unison. You can also enjoy several rides throughout the park, including the Bayside Skyride, Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids, Wild Arctic, and the SeaWorld Sky Tower.

Sea World's 14 exhibits include dolphins, killer whales, walruses, penguins, turtles, and polar bears. A crowd favorite at Sea World is the Shark Encounter, where you are carried through an acrylic tube located at the bottom of a shark tank with massive sharks swimming all around you. You can easily spend all day watching these playful animals in their habitats.

Admission prices for Sea World are $69.99 for visitors 10 and older and $61.99 for visitors 3-9 years old. Admission is free for children ages 2 and under. All Sea World shows and exhibits are included with park admission. Sea World is open every day during all weather conditions, but some shows and attractions may be temporarily closed. Opening and closing hours vary by season. Sea World also offers a pet-friendly facility where you can board your furry friend for $10 per day.

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