SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outdoor aquarium, and zoo in San Diego, California, United States, within Mission Bay Park. It is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. SeaWorld San Diego is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Adjacent to the property is the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, which conducts marine biology research and provides public education and outreach about maritime issues, including information and park exhibits. SeaWorld was founded on March 21, 1964, by four graduates from the University of California, Los Angeles. Although their original idea for an underwater hotel was impossible then, it expanded to a 22-acre (8.9 ha) marine park near Mission Bay Harbor and San Diego. After an investment of about $1.5 million, the park opened with 45 employees, several dolphins, sea lions, and two saltwater aquariums and welcomed more than 400,000 visitors in its first year of operation.
Owned initially as a private partnership, SeaWorld went public in 1968, allowing it to expand and open more parks. The second SeaWorld, SeaWorld Ohio, opened in 1970, followed by SeaWorld Orlando in 1973 and SeaWorld San Antonio (the largest theme park) in 1988. The partnership sold SeaWorld Ohio to Six Flags in January 2001. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich owned the farm between 1976 and 1989 when Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. bought them. After InBev acquired Anheuser-Busch, it sold SeaWorld San Diego and its other parks to the Blackstone Group in December 2009, which operates the parks through its SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment division. HVAC San Diego King
Skyride along the bay
The Bayside Skyride is a 1967 Model 101 VonRoll gondola located in the park’s northwest corner behind the Bayside Amphitheater. It crosses Perez Cove for a 6-minute ride over an 80-foot (24 m) turn and drops down the other side before heading back for a total score. The Bayside Skyride has the most extended height of any VonRoll Skyride tower built – 925 feet (282 m). From 1967 to 1988, the Skyride was known as the Sea World Atlantis Skyride and took passengers to the Sea World Atlantis Hotel located at the other end of the ride. When the hotel closes, the ride remains as if the hotel is closed but carries riders in a complete loop, passing through the second station instead of stopping. Sesame Street Game Bay
Sesame Street Play Bay is a children’s play area that opened in 2008 and is based on the long-running children’s television series Sesame Street. The site has three rides: Abby’s Seastar Spin, a spinning ‘teacup’ attraction; Elmo’s Flying Fish, a ‘Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction and Oscar’s Rockin’ Reel, a colorful ‘Tug Boat.’
Address: 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego, California
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