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Essential Tips for Families Visiting SeaWorld San Diego

Essential Tips for Families Visiting SeaWorld San Diego

If you’re visiting San Diego with kids, SeaWorld San Diego simply has to be on your to-do list. Not only will you get a chance to get up close and personal with fascinating marine life, but various shows and attractions within the park promise visitors an experience that’s both educational and super fun.


Of course, if you’re a parent, you know that any outings involving the little ones require just a bit more planning in advance. That’s why the team at Good Nite Inn has put together this handy guide with need-to-know information to make sure your day out at SeaWorld San Diego is everything you hoped for and more.

Book your tickets in advance

While you can buy tickets at the gate, you’ll likely get stuck in a painfully long line. And – trust us! – the last thing you want is to be waiting around before evening gaining entrance to the marine park.

But, booking tickets in advance won’t just save you time – you’re sure to save a few bucks, too.

There are plenty of coupons, deals and discounts available year-round and a simple Google search will return plenty of results. Don’t be afraid to spend some time shopping around to ensure you get the best bargain!

Stay at hotels near SeaWorld

Whether you’re visiting from another state or another country, you’ll no doubt want to minimize the time you’re traveling to and from SeaWorld. With so many hotels in California in general and San Diego more specifically, you’ll have no trouble finding accommodation nearby.

The best option, though, is Good Nite Inn hotels. This is a great pick for families in particular as it’s just stone’s throw away from all the animals and attractions. If you’re driving, you’ll be there in under 10 minutes! After a long day exploring the park, you (and the kids!) will be happy to get back to your comfy beds so quickly.

Do your research

Once you’ve bought your tickets and booked your accommodation, the next step is to plan the actual day. Parents – make sure you do your homework! First things first, you should have a look at the weather forecast and confirm that park’s opening hours.

Next, read up on the shows, presentations, and experiences that are happening on the day you plan to visit and, based on the timings of each, try to plot a rough schedule. This is especially important if you’re trying to balance the interests of more than one child. You’d hate for anyone to miss something! During this planning stage, we recommend using the park map available on the SeaWorld website to help you find your way from point A to point B.

Bonus: If you have young kids, make sure you look into the high requires of different attractions and rides.

Pack the essentials 

Before you leave your room at Good Nite Inn San Diego, make sure you have everything you need. While every family is different, here are a few must-haves:

  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • An umbrella or poncho (just in case!)
  • Camera
  • Swimsuits
  • An extra set of dry clothes for everyone
  • Extra socks

After buying your tickets, booking your hotel near SeaWorld, planning your day and packing a few basics, you’re all set to have a blast! Looking for more information? All of us at Goodnite Inn can help answer basic questions or you can visit the SeaWorld San Diego website.