My eight year old daughter has loved sea lions her entire little life. We visit SeaWorld San Diego very often where she’s learned so much about marine animals. She has grown from a toddler intrigued by sea lions to a girl with a deep passion for animal conservation with much credit given to our many SeaWorld visits. During a recent visit we experienced the new sea lions up-close tour, an incredible learning opportunity available to park guests. The tour provides a glimpse into the animal care unit and a one hour tour featuring behind the scenes access with animal care experts.
We’ve spent countless SeaWorld San Diego visits at Pacific Point learning about sea lions. As the SeaWorld guest kid blogger my daughter has years of educational experiences learning alongside the Sea Rescue team and the animal behavioralists that work everyday to teach visitors ways to help save the animals from challenges they face in the wild.
The new sea lions up-close tour is for guests six years of age and older. Reservations are required and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour begins by checking in at the guided tours area near guest services.
During the tour guests learn about SeaWorld’s conservation efforts and how they rescue, rehabilitate and return hundreds of wild sea lions every year. Our tour guide, Josie, was very interactive and answered many questions during the sea lions up-close tour.
She gave us a behind the scenes look at the animal care center where thousands of injured and sick animals have been rehabilitated and given a second chance at life.
Then we visited Pacific Point to learn more about sea lions and seals. Tour guests had the opportunity to feed fish to the sea lions and hear fun facts like how to easily identify the differences between sea lions and seals.
Next we spent time with animal care specialists learning about the SeaWorld resident sea lions. Some of the sea lions and seals at the park are there because they were rescued in the wild and not able to safely return to their natural environment. Sea lions at SeaWorld help teach visitors how human activities may impact their survival in the wild. They also help make research possible that will continue to benefit sea lions. We met several different animals during the sea lions up-close tour and had the opportunity to assist the behavioralists. My daughter had an amazing time sharing this special tour with her grandma and giving a hands on learning opportunity advocating for why she plans to work with sea lions when she grows up.
Would you love to learn more about sea lions with a sea lions up-close tour at SeaWorld San Diego too?
Learn more about the sea lions up-close tour by connecting with SeaWorld San Diego on Facebook, Instagram and with Clyde the Sea Lion on Twitter.
See more about our experiences at SeaWorld San Diego and read why I still choose to support SeaWorld. A few of my favorite visits include my daughter learning that girls can be anything they want to be from Miss California and learning about a killer whale behavioralists’ first hand experience with whales.
19 thoughts on “Sea Lions Up-Close Tour SeaWorld San Diego”
Sea lions are so cool! Seaworld is a great day out for kids and parents alike. I must admit I struggled after watching Blackfish and was excited to hear that they were ending their killer whale program, but I do understand the important conservation and research work Seaworld do and I don’t believe their intention is ever coming from a cruelty to animals mindset. I think it’s wonderful that your daughter is a guest blogger for Seaworld and this up close tour looks amazing.
That is so cool. We went to Sea World when we were in San Diego and had so much fun! It’s a MUST-VISIT place in that area.
I love that you not only shared you trip with us but also shared some great information! I am all ready for my trip to seaworld!
I haven’t been to sea world in years. This looks like a very fun up close and personal event. I wonder if they have something like this at my local Six Flags discovery Kingdom?
That is totally awesome!!! What an amazing experience for your kids. I love the pic of the sea lion behind your daughter! Like he is going to hug her!
We have always loved watching the shows when we go to places like this, they are so entertaining!
Oh wow, this looks like a blast. I would love to take my boys to do something like this some day.
So fun! San diego has one of the best zoo’s in america, next to st. louis of course :). Looks like you guys had a blast!
This would be a my dream day come true. I love animals, especially sea animals. Being able to get behind the scenes access would be such an amazing adventure.
That’s a wonderful experience for the kids especially since they get to interact with a sea lion first hand. I’m sure they had so much fun!
My kids love watching shows like this! I think it’s awesome that there are different shows and the kids can also meet and spend some time with the sea lions! How cool is that!
What a fun experience. My kids love sea world. It’s good to see others are supporting them.
I don’t know what’s more adorable, your daughter or the sea lions! This looks like it was an incredible experience.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to Sea World. It sure looks like somewhere I’d like to take my kids though. I think it’s so awesome how much your daughter loves sea lions – and I love the fact that she got to see them up close like this. I never knew Sea World rehabilitates sea animals either. That’s just so wonderful! Thank you for sharing all of this. I’m glad you all had a great time!
This is really refreshing. I haven’t been to a sea world before but I am planning on taking my kids to one soon. Oh the blue waters and that sea lion is just so exciting. You shared something really valuable.
You have such a beautiful daughter. I agree, SeaWorld of San Diego is a great place to visit. My daughter also loved it very much!
Omg how fun!!!! We just love sea world!!!! I will have to look into this for my daughter next time we are there!
This looks like it’s so much fun! I’d like to take my children on day. Your daughter is too cute. Its nice to see how she has grown in the pics your shown and I don’t even know you all lol. You can tell she is in heaven being with those sea lions!
How awesome is this?! I would love to do this, it looks so fun!