No visit to Santee is complete without a trip to SeaWorld, just 20 miles away in gorgeous San Diego.

To avoid the crowds, visit on weekdays if possible and arrive a few minutes before opening. You’ll enjoy a crowd-free visit and the best odds of one-on-one time with the various residents. You might even spot a keeper wandering the park with a cuddly sloth to meet.

Choose an animal experience to really make the most of your time at SeaWorld. Swimming with (and kissing!) the dolphins is on many guests’ bucket list. Book your experience early and get ready for the swim of a lifetime. Friendly and affectionate dolphins are eager to meet guests of nearly any age.

Sea-ing is Believing

More than a sea-faring adventure, SeaWorld is one of the state’s top-ranked theme parks where rides, thrills and of course your favorite park food is at your fingertips. Don’t miss out on one of the famous drop-in orca shows, happening throughout the day. Dining options at SeaWorld are plentiful, so you never have to go far for a delicious meal.

Top attractions include Turtle Reef, shark encounters, penguin encounters and much more. Buy tickets and passes online to skip the lines, and start planning your trip today.