Best Day to Visit SeaWorld San Diego | In All Seasons

In this page we'll go over the best day to visit SeaWorld San Diego, the best time of the day to visit, the best season to visit & even the worst season to visit along with reasons why.

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Best Day to Visit

The best days to visit SeaWorld San Diego are Monday through Wednesday. Weekdays are typically much less crowded and visitors from all over the world plan their trips around the weekend. 

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They'll usually arrive on Thursdays and stay for the weekend and then leave on a Monday.

By going to the parks on Monday-Wednesday, you'll be able to avoid most of the crowds that can fill up the park quickly.

This means less waiting in lines, and more experiencing.

Best Time of the Day to Visit

The best time of the day to visit the park is in the early morning as soon as the park opens.

Most theme parks take a few hours to fully 'wake up', in terms of the park filling up. This can work to your advantage by getting in early and riding the most popular rides, especially the new rides, prior to the park getting busy.

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Best Season to Visit

Spring is hands down the best season to visit SeaWorld in San Diego as the weather is perfect, and the park isn't too crowded.

Specifically you'd like to aim for May as the rainy season has just wrapped up, and the summer crowds still have weeks to go before they get here.

Lastly, the landscaping around the park is fully blooming which gives you a great opportunity to take great scenic pictures.

The one thing you'll want to watch out for are the May holidays including Mother's day and Memorial day. Holidays often bring more traffic to the area.

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Underrated Season to Visit

Winter is one of the more underrated seasons to visit the parks. If you can deal with a bit of the cold, you'll have a great time.

Winter is easily the slowest season which will give you opportunities to ride your favorite rides countless times, or even sit in the front row at your favorite shows without needing to wait in line or get in early.

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The one thing you should know is that SeaWorld will also have less staff working the parks during this season. So if you have any questions or are looking for your favorite ice cream stand, you might be a little disappointed to find out they aren't working for a few weeks.

Worst Season to Visit

Summer is the worst season to visit, and the only reason is due to the crowds that it attracts. Everybody wants to vacation during the summer, especially in beautiful San Diego.

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The result of this during the summer season is incredibly long lines and longer waits.

However, waiting in lines is not a big deal to some people, so as long as you have a fun group or bring your phone, you can pass time quickly.

On the other hand, SeaWorld adjusts their park and staff members accordingly during their busiest season as well, which means the park will be open late and they even have fireworks every night.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long do you Need at SeaWorld San Diego?

On average anywhere between 6-8 hours will give you plenty of time to experience your favorite rides, and sit in at your favorite shows. These hours also account for waiting in lines and the time that it'll take to walk through the park in general.

Do I Need a Bathing Suit for SeaWorld?

No unless you are planning on going to Aquatica (SeaWorld's water park) afterwards. Although you can get wet in SeaWorld, you wont need a bathing suit but rather a rain coat or a poncho if you're visiting during the rainy months such as February.

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