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This should be on everyone's SoCal to-do list

June 08, 2011|By Cary Ordway, CaliforniaWeekend.com
  • Whales perform at the San Diego Zoo's Shamu show. (Photo courtesy of Sandi Ordway)
Whales perform at the San Diego Zoo's Shamu show.…

No one can resist the charms of SeaWorld, the San Diego theme park that has attracted visitors for many decades. There’s no question that SeaWorld deserves a checkbox on most everyone’s SoCal to-do list.

But the thing about SeaWorld is you have to do it the right way. If you just stumble into the park without any forethought, you’ll miss a lot of things you really wanted to see and do. And with adult ticket prices this summer at $69.99 a person, no one wants to go home without seeing most of the park’s major attractions.

And so we offer a Top 10 list for SeaWorld — a list of 10 things you need to know before you go to SeaWorld. Presented in no particular order, these tips will give you all the information you need to get the most from your visit to SeaWorld San Diego.

Plan ahead. Yes, we know this probably goes without saying, but it’s important you know what you need to plan and when. On our recent trip to the park, the first thing we did was download a schedule of the many shows presented each day, ranging from the Pets Rule! Show, featuring domesticated pets, to the Shamu Show, Believe. Plan what time you will see which show, keeping in mind you will have to arrive a few minutes early for the most popular shows such as Shamu. Schedule some time in between shows so that you’re not rushed to get to a particular show and so that you’ll also have plenty of time to see and do things on the way.

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Keep an eye on weather. The thing to realize about SeaWorld’s rides is that many of them — and even the shows — will get you wet. If you like to avoid crowds, for example, you can plan to go on wet rides first on a cloudy day, as it’s likely you’ll not even have a line. On the other hand, if you chill easily, you may want to plan those rides later in the day, when sunshine is more likely, or skip the wettest rides altogether. Keep in mind, you can buy a poncho at SeaWorld to keep your clothes relatively dry or even buy one ahead of time and take it to the park.

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