5/28/16 - on-going
So many reasons to come back to SeaWorld again and again in 2016
SeaWorld San Diego has a boatload of reasons to visit the marine park in 2016! The fun starts off with a Lunar New Year celebration in February and continues with Wild Days in March, SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival in May and June, Summer Vibes in July and August; and Fiestas Patrias in the fall. Plus SeaWorld's traditional seasonal favorites are back including Summer Nights, Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration.
But let's not forget all the SeaWorld favorites onboard all year long. The voyage begins soon as you arrive at the marine park with SeaWorld's interactive experience, Explorer's Reef. Guests enter under an iconic wave sculpture and are immediately immersed into an undersea adventure where they can touch a shark, interact with a ray and feel tiny cleaner fish gently nibble at their hands.
The star of SeaWorld, Shamu, amazes crowds in the One Ocean killer whale show and can be seen in a whole different light at Shamu's Underwater Viewing. On select dates, SeaWorld also offer Killer Whales: Up Close, a newer show that takes a deeper dive into the world of the ocean's top predator, as the training staff shares how they care for the park's killer whale family.
In SeaWorld's new island-inspired Dolphin Days show, guests are immersed in the world of marine mammals. Dolphin Days combines spetacular dolphin and pilot whale behaviors with a close-up look at the animals and the special relationship they have with their trainers.
For the thrill seekers, SeaWorld has Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and of course Manta, SeaWorld's double-launch, multi-media roller coaster. For a relaxing, serene experience, there's Turtle Reef, where guests can see dozens of sea turtles swimming in their 280,000-gallon habitat. And for laughter and silly fun, California sea lions Clyde and Seamore show off with their trainers in Sea Lions LIVE.
For those who want to get even more up close to some of the ocean's most fascinating creatures, the opportunities abound: the Dolphin Interaction Program allows guests to feed, touch and play with bottlenose dolphins; and the Beluga Interaction Program is a unique chance to enter the water with beluga whales, gentle giants known as "sea canaries" for their bird-like vocalizations.
With all the fun happening inside the park, guests may not know what goes on behind the scenes, where SeaWorld is caring for rescued animals that were found ill, injured or stranded on beaches along the San Diego coastline. Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld San Diego's Rescue Team has taken in and cared for more than 16,000 marine animals. Last year turned out to be a record season. The SeaWorld Rescue Team took in and cared for more than 1,000 marine mammals (mostly California sea lions), shattering the previous record of 474 marine mammals in 1983. Many of these animals were successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild, giving them a second chance at life. Members of the public who see an ill or injured animal can report it to SeaWorld by phone at 800.541.SEAL or online (click on Animals, then Report Stranded Animals).
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