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Published on June 21st, 2008 | by simeon

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Sea World San Diego

Usually San Diego is known for great food, beaches, and sun, but on our recent visit we were

greeted with a rainfall that would rival anything in our native Seattle.

Undaunted, we visited the world famous Sea World for an afternoon of fantastic entertainment and education that offers something for every member of the family.

Mixing rides with interactive shows and exhibits, Sea World offers a unique chance to view and learn about some of the most unique and amazing creatures our planet has to offer.

Most people are familiar with the Orca Shamu and the live show is not only a chance to see the splendor of these amazing creatures as they conduct a variety of tricks, but thanks to the knowledgeable trainers, guests are able to learn details about the animals.

Orcas are not the only creatures that guests can see as a menagerie of animals that includes dolphins, Pilot Whales, Sea Otters, Penguins, Polar Bears, Sharks, Manatees, and the world-famous Clydesdales are just a few of the wonders that await guests.

One of my favorite shows is comprised of dogs and cats that were rescued from shelters all over the world and given a chance at a new life as stars of their own show. On the day we visited, the rain hampered the planned shows as some were much shorter than planned due to safety reasons.

Still undaunted, we set off to experience the Journey to Atlantis ride that combines a roller coaster with a log ride as guests hurl through a temple worth of Poseidon himself. This was a highlight of a previous visit, but sadly it shut down just as we were about to ride it on this trip.

Taking advantage of the chance to escape the rain, we found our way to Wild Arctic, which allows guests to select either a motion or stationary ride that whisks them to the Wild Arctic research station. Once at the station, guests can explore the very detailed station as well as see Polar Bears and other creatures.

One of my favorite attractions at the park is Shipwreck Rapids, where guests ride the raging rapids, and will likely be soaked, as we were after two trips. Ironically the rain stopped and the sun came out, just as we were finishing our rides.

Another area of interest is the 4D Theater, where guests of all ages will enjoy a film that features comedy as well as 3D and other twists to make the film an experience unlike any other.

During our visit the observation tower and cable cars were not in operation but I highly suggest them as well as the play area for families, as Sea World has something for everyone.

While the weather did hamper the planned events of the day, I must point out that such weather is very unusual for the area and despite this, we had a full day of fun and wonder and I highly recommend the park to any quests in the San Diego area as a must see attraction.


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