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SeaWorld San Diego Celebrates 50 Years

SeaWorld San Diego 50th anniversary
SeaWorld San Diego 50th anniversary

SeaWorld San Diego celebrates 50 years of fun and education.

Happy 50th birthday, SeaWorld San Diego!

For five decades, SeaWorld has surprised and amazed guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides and up-close encounters with marine animals. The original SeaWorld® park opened its gates for the first time in March 1964 on Mission Bay in San Diego, and starting this March 21, <a title=”SeaWorld”s 50th Celebration” href=”http://www.SeaWorld.com/Celebration” target=”_blank”>SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration will feature a Sea of Surprises™, an 18-month celebration that highlights some of the most memorable SeaWorld experiences. 

During SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, visitors will be invited to take part in the celebration through new interactive experiences, shows and pathway performances and even more up-close animal encounters throughout the park. Plus, the SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” treating guests with prizes every day.

The biggest birthday present for visitors to the park is the debut of the new <a title=”Explorer”s Reef” href=”http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego/attractions/exhibits/explorers-reef/” target=”_blank”>Explorer’s Reef™, which immediately immerses park guests into an undersea oasis. Visitors will actually enter nbso online casino reviews the park beneath an immense wave sculpture that is nearly 30 feet tall and 100 feet long. From the moment they enter the park, guests can connect with the sea through multiple pools featuring shark pups, rays, skates and cleaner fish. The expansive renovation also makes entering SeaWorld faster and more efficient.

seaworld san diego entrance

SeaWorld”s entrance gets a redesign to celebrate the park”s 50th birthday.

The gift that SeaWorld has given the public through education and research includes programs to rescue and rehabilitate injured marine animals, with the goal of returning them to the wild. For their anniversary, the park also commissioned environmental art group Washed Ashore for a collection of larger-than-life sea-themed sculptures.  The materials used to create these pieces come from the billions of pounds of garbage—mostly plastics—that wind up in our oceans. These amazing works of art point to the urgent need to protect marine animals from such dangers and preserve their ocean habitats.

SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration also includes new ways for fans to connect to the parks and each other though digital devices. The parks will be launching a variety of enhancements, from interactive apps to new games and video content.

Dolphin Discovery at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego”s 50th anniversary activities run through September 2015, so don”t miss your chance to take part in this historic occasion. For more information about SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration and the Sea of Surprises, visit SeaWorld.com/Celebration.

 

Sarah Weinberg

Snow! Lights! Action! at San Diego’s Attractions this Holiday Season

Just because the sun shines year-round in San Diego doesn’t mean you won’t find plenty of holiday cheer this December. San Diego’s most famous attractions go big for the holidays, offering visitors special shows, festive lights and the chance to frolic in some rare San Diego snow.

LEGOLAND® California’s Holiday Snow Days

Real snow is one of the few things not made out of LEGOS at LEGOLAND during Holiday Snow Days.

Real snow is one of the few things not made out of LEGOS at LEGOLAND during Holiday Snow Days.

You don’t have to drive to the mountains to enjoy snow in San Diego County this winter; children can now enjoy a snow-tubing experience gliding down 7-foot-tall snow-covered “runs” at LEGOLAND California Resort. The park’s Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights features more than 50 tons of real snow, festive treats and activities, and holiday entertainment. During Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights, the Fun Town area transforms into a winter wonderland where families throw snowballs at LEGO themed targets and build snowmen using LEGO® accessories. Park guests can also sing along with holiday entertainment including live music featuring LEGO Friends Live, Jingle Jammers, the Big Test Holiday show and the Holiday Character Dance Party.  The Miniland U.S.A area of the park is decorated for the season with LEGO holiday scenes including Santa arriving on top of the White House in Washington, D.C. Fireworks spark each night Dec. 26-30 at 7 p.m. Holiday Snow Days feature a nightly lighting of the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree and concludes with a Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31.

Dates: November 29–-December 31, 2013

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld, Attractions, Holidays, Events

Even killer whales get excited about the holidays at SeaWorld Christmas Celebration.

Keep on your scarves and gloves and experience more snow, lights and holiday performances when you visit SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration. Festivities include Shamu’s Christmas presentation with a live choir and musical soloists, and a new holiday-themed sea lion and otter comedy show along with a new Elmo’s Christmas Wish show. Guests can also enjoy festive décor throughout the park, Madagascar Live! Operation: Christmas Vacation, a live show performed at the Mission Bay Theater, The Pets Rule Christmas show, and a nightly lighting of SeaWorld’s 320-ft. Skytower Christmas Tree of Lights. Also returning in 2013 is SnowWorld, a winter wonderland of snowmen, snowballs and a snowball target area that the kids will flip over.

Dates: Weekends and select dates November 16, 2013 – January 4, 2014.

The San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells

Jungle Bells, Zoo, Attractions, Holidays

The San Diego Zoo stays open late for fun holiday activities, shows and light displays during Jungle Bells.

Even if you’re lucky enough to be a member of the San Diego Zoo and get to go fairly regularly, there’s something special about visiting on a winter’s night for Jungle Bells, the zoo’s special holiday-themed evenings in which they stay open until 8 p.m. and offer festive activities and light displays throughout the park. “Light Up the Night” is the new music and light show in the front plaza, and guests can see the lights throughout the park on the Twinkle Light Trolley ($3 for adults, $2 for children), a tractor-pulled trolley decorated for Jungle Bells that gives guests a fun ride around part of the zoo. A holiday-themed animal show will take place at Wegeforth Bowl every night at 6:30., and a tree lighting ceremony occurs each night.

Dates: December 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014 (closed at 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 24).  Most Jungle Bells activities occur between 4-8 p.m.

Will you be visiting one of these fun, festive San Diego holiday attractions? Let us know in the comments below.

Denise

Spring Break in San Diego – The Perfect Family Getaway

Family Enjoying La Jolla Shores - Spring Break in San Diego

San Diego is known as the place where summer never ends, so why wait until summer to visit? Pack up the kids and head to San Diego for spring break – and don’t forget your sunscreen because you’ll need it. From our sun-kissed beaches and family friendly attractions, to discovering San Diego’s history and the great outdoors, there are so many fun things to do in San Diego that your only problem will be deciding what to do first.

Hit the Beach this Spring Break

Family Enjoying La Jolla Shores - Spring Break in San Diego

Bring the family to San Diego for a Spring Break beach vacation

Get outdoors and visit San Diego’s 70 miles of awesome beaches where there’s plenty of room for the whole family to splash in the Pacific Ocean this spring break. Whether it’s catching a wave on a boogie board, building a magical sand castle, or playing a rousing game of beach volley ball, this is the place to make special family memories. And, for families on a budget, this is an economical way to spend a day that’s easy on your wallet.

Attraction Action

Checking out the Panda - San Diego Zoo

See many of the new baby animals at San Diego attractions.

Journey to the San Diego Zoo’s Lost Forest zone, and pass the time away hanging around the world’s rarest monkeys, gregarious hippos, and other exotic animals. You can also step into a real-life adventure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and immerse yourself in an active safari experience where herds of animals roam in a 1,800-acre reserve. Or come celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Diego and experience the amazing Shamu show, and thrilling rides like Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and Wild Arctic. If the kids are more in the mood for a creative, interactive day, let them play at LEGOLAND California where there are more than 60 rides, shows, attractions and lots of Legos!

Live the Adventure of a Lifetime at the U.S.S. Midway Museum

USS Midway Flight Deck

Take off into excitement aboard the USS Midway Museum

Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard the USS Midway Museum, one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in U.S. history. Experience 60 exhibits, get an up close look at 25 restored aircraft or hop into a simulator and feel what it’s like to be an aviator launching off a flight deck, engaging the enemy and then returning safely. This is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family.

Explore Balboa Park

Balboa Park Fountain

Explore many educational wonders or just relax next to a flowing fountain in Balboa Park

Besides being home to the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West” because it offers 15 diverse museums, most of them very kid-friendly. Here are a few to get you started this spring break: the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center brings science to life with hands-on experiments; escape from the ordinary and step into the shockingly odd world of Ripley at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! special exhibition at the San Diego Air & Space Museum; and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum has an extensive, interactive Lionel layout that kids love.

Think, Play Create at The New Children’s Museum

New Children's Museum in Downtown San Diego

Think, Play and Create at the New Children’s Museum in Downtown San Diego

The New Children’s Museum is a dynamic, new museum model for kids with inventive and engaging art experiences. From toddler to teen, there are fun-filled exhibitions, hands-on art making activities, special artistic performances and fun, educational happenings.

Discover the Cabrillo National Monument

Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument

Explore the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument

The Cabrillo National Monument is where Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first landed in San Diego in 1542. Now a U.S. National Park, the area offers dazzling views of San Diego Bay and tons of activities for kids. Families can hike a scenic two-mile trail, explore the Old Point Loma Lighthouse first lit in 1855, check out the tide pools and more. But first things first, be sure to stop at the Visitor Center to learn how your child can become a Junior Park Ranger during your visit.

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Tell us where your favorite family friendly place is to hang out during spring break! 

Maren

13 Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2013

San Diego Surfboards at Sunset
A San Diego sunset is only one of the reasons to visit in 2013. Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona.

A San Diego sunset is only one of the reasons to visit in 2013. Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona.

Thank goodness we’ve all survived the “end” of the Mayan calendar, because 2013 is shaping up to be a spectacular year to visit San Diego. From a new SeaWorld-branded waterpark to the return of Ron Burgundy, read on to discover all 13 reasons to visit San Diego in 2013.

1. Top 10 for Almost Everything!

San Diego ranked sixth overall in online “America’s Favorite Cities of 2012” survey by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Besides placing in the top 10 of America’s best cities, San Diego took several number one spots, including number one best city for 4th of July, Spring Break and Valentine’s Day.

2. Aquatica San Diego

In spring 2013, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will open Aquatica San Diego, a SeaWorld-branded waterpark, located in San Diego’s Chula Vista neighborhood. Aquatica San Diego will combine waterpark thrills with marine park habitats, allowing guests to interact with animals like dolphins, stingrays and flamingos as they zip down fun-filled water slides.

3. LEGOLAND Hotel

Opening April 5, 2013, treat your family to the ultimate LEGO® experience at the all-new LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND® California Resort. From the moment you arrive at the dragon-guarded entrance, you’ll be delighted by interactive LEGO features, themed play areas, family pool and kid’s entertainment!

4. Australian Outback

In May 2013, the San Diego Zoo will be opening the Australian Outback exhibit, slated to be the best koala exhibit and care center beyond Australia’s borders. For the past 30 years, the San Diego Zoo has the largest colony of koalas and the most koala births – 123 joeys! – outside Australia.

5. Jungle Ropes Safari

In summer 2012, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park unveiled a new aerial adventure, Jungle Ropes Safari. Guests can climb and swing through three ropes courses offering more than 30 challenging elements such as rope bridges, ladders and moving platforms.

6. Multi-lingual Tour of the USS Midway

In 2013, the USS Midway Museum will add additional languages to their self-guided audio tour to meet the needs of increasing international visitors to the museum. The audio tour, narrated by former Midway sailors and included with every admission, will now be available in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, German and Mandarin Chinese.

7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Celebration

From March 7-10, 2013, the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission presents an island-wide celebration of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum who wrote several Oz books in Coronado. Festivities include complimentary advance screening of Disney’s new film, Oz the Great & Powerful on March 7 at Coronado’s Village Theatre among other island activities.

8. Chocolate Exhibition

Now through March 10, 2013, the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park is presenting the traveling exhibition Chocolate, where visitors can explore the origins of chocolate consumption and discover how chocolate was transformed from a bitter drink of kings into the indulgence we love today.

9. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

From February 1 – December 31, 2013, test the boundaries of your reality as Ripley’s Believe It or Not! takes residence at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

10. Desert Wildflowers

Each spring, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park turns into a wonderland of color when wildflowers, nourished by winter rains, burst into bloom. The exact timing of the blossoms varies year-to-year based on precipitation patterns, but 2013 is bound to be beautiful!

11. New Downtown San Diego Eateries

New restaurants in downtown supply more ways to satisfy the diverse traveler, whether craving south-of-the-border fusion at The Blind Burro, American fare with a twist at Chaplos, or phenomenal seafood at Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar.

12. San Diego’s Only All San Diego Craft Beer Bar

Scheduled to open Spring of 2013, the San Diego Brew Project will highlight San Diego’s love and pride of local craft beer and become the first all-local craft beer bar with 28 taps pouring everything from major juggernauts such as Ballast Point and Stone to the newer, but no less delicious, players in the game.

13. The Legend Continues

On December 20, 2013, Ron Burgundy returns when Anchorman: The Legend Continues opens nationwide, but there is no better place to see it than in San Diego. Stay Classy, 2013.

Maren

Holiday Happenings at San Diego Attractions!

San Diego’s weather may not call for seasonal snowfall, but thanks to some of our main attractions, everyone can enjoy a white wonderland this holiday season. From the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree to a zoo filled with almost as many light up animals as it has real ones, a trip to San Diego’s attractions is sure to make your spirits bright.

SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration

Celebrate the sease with SeaWorld San Diego’s Christmas Celebration.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration returns with a splash! Check out amazing shows, such as “Shamu’s Christmas” show or “Clyde and Seamore Save Christmas”, a holiday-themed sea lion and otter comedy show. Immerse yourself in the wonders of The Polar Express 4-D Experience and don’t miss the pet-extravaganza, “Christmas Tails.” Or visit SnowWorld, a winter wonderland of snowmen, snowballs and a snowball target area.

Dates:
– Weekends: November 17 – December 16, 2012
– Daily: December 22, 2012 – January 5, 2012

The San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells

Elves celebrating Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo will be aglow with bright lights during Jungle Bells. This annual holiday event features large light displays that represent many of the animals at the Zoo including elephants spraying water, monkeys playing in the trees and a condor taking flight. Enjoy the nightly tree-lighting ceremony and special holiday entertainment  featured at shops and eateries around the park.

Dates: December 14, 2012 – January 6, 2012

LEGOLAND® California’s Holiday Snow Days

The largest LEGO Christmas tree in the World at LEGOLAND California Resort

LEGOLAND® California in Carlsbad celebrates the season with Holiday Snow Days. Play in the real snow, build snowmen and throw snowballs at LEGO targets. See the World’s largest LEGO Christmas tree, assembled with thousands of LEGOS and decorated with hundreds of LEGO ornaments. In addition, guests can enjoy the Let it Snow musical and life-size LEGO displays of Santa and his reindeer.

Dates: December 1-31, 2012

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Aki

20 Reasons Why San Diego is America’s 8th Greenest City

Who says it ain’t easy being green? In San Diego, being green is a way of life. That’s why Travel + Leisure Magazine recently listed us as the eighth greenest city in America.

San Diego was voted as the Eighth Greenest City in America by Travel+Leisure

There are a few tidbits in the article that I wasn’t aware of, like the fact that San Diego County boasts more farms per capita than any other county in the U.S. All the more reason to enjoy the bounty of San Diego at the local farmers markets I love to visit on the weekends!

Here are 20 more reasons why it’s easy being green in San Diego:

1. San Diego was voted California’s #1 solar city two years in a row!  There are more solar installations in San Diego than in any other city in California.

2. The San Diego International Airport’s has begun its largest building project ever – and it will have Silver LEED status!

3. The Port of San Diego is committed to beautifying and projecting our bayfront, with the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, which broke ground in January 2012.

4. With trolley, coaster and bus service, and now Car2Go (cited in the Travel+Leisure article) taking public transportation on your trip to San Diego has never been easier.

Balboa Park's Alcazar Gardens is a natural oasis in the middle of urban San Diego.

5. San Diego is home to Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban park.

6. Ever wanted to get to know the environment up close and personal.  You can by going on a kayak ride with an environmental guide.

7. For water views and coastal eco-culture, you can’t beat Torrey Pines State Reserve with its rare pines, other worldly sandstone formations, canopied trails, lagoons and million dollar ocean views. Spanning over 2,000 acres, it preserves its namesake, the Torrey Pine tree, and other indigenous wildlife in its native environment.

8. Aptly named Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach is another local gem with 68 acres of bluffs and walking paths high above the Pacific Ocean. This large sandy beach also offers surfing, swimming, volleyball and other recreational activities, perfect for getting your heart pumping while surrounded by panoramic ocean views.

9. Sure we love our surf boards, but San Diegans are also very attached to our bikes. Whether it’s a mountain bike or a beach cruiser, hopping on 2 wheels is great way to experience this city – from La Jolla to Mission Bay to Coronado Island. San Diego Hike Bike Kayak Sports, Inc. offers the “La Jolla Plunge Tour”, which starts at Mt. Soledad and winds you down a 3.5 mile descent with breathtaking views of the La Jolla Cove and beyond.

San Diego has plenty of farmers markets to pick up fresh, locally grown produce all year long.

10. Did you know that  San Diego County has more farms per capita than any other county in the U.S.? With dozens of farmer’s markets each week, you can buy the freshest locally grown produce from these farms, and take advantage of the bounty of local farms.

11. Our restaurants and local chefs are committed to the Farm-to-Fork movement.

San Diego Zoo Global is the world's leading animal conservation organization.

12. San Diego Zoo Global is the largest animal conservation organization in the world. Dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide, they operate the world famous San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

13. Traveling with children? Check out the New Children’s Museum – an environmentally sustainable building that utilizes San Diego’s year round weather, with lots of natural light and windows. Their educational and interactive exhibits are a perfect way to engage your kids, and to bring out the kid in all of us.

14. For more than 40 years, the Worlds of Discovery – better known as SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove – have initiated and supported wildlife conservation, research and education at home and around the world. Upon visiting Worlds of Discovery, many guests are inspired to help protect the animals they encounter and get involved with wildlife conservation.

15. Hotel Indigo is San Diego’s first 100% LEED certified hotel.

16. Experience Birch Aquarium’s award-winning exhibit presenting the science of global climate change, backed by a half century of groundbreaking research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

17. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center  received LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance in May of 2010.

18. Hornblower Cruises and Events works toward sustainability by purchasing green products, implementing recycling programs and building the innovative Hornblower Hybrid boat.

19. The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is 100% powered by the sun.

20.  San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park has a LEED certification, and they recycle 100% batteries, bulbs, ballasts, e-waste, plastics, glass, and metal. Plus, the Dinosaur Café serves organic, free trade, shade grown coffee products.

 

Aki

Attraction Action: 10 SeaWorld Rides Deliver Thrills and Chills

A few things are synonymous with San Diego. While our perfect weather and gorgeous beaches are prevalent in any conversation about San Diego, there are several attractions that are also inevitably mentioned when speaking of America’s Finest City. SeaWorld San Diego is one such attraction, as iconic as the destination itself.

Popular with adults and kids alike, I sheepishly admit that I didn’t set foot in SeaWorld until I had a child. Now we are season pass holders and frequent the park, even if it’s for an hour to catch the exhilarating One Ocean show featuring Shamu, or the crowd pleasing Pets Rule show.

Some features of SeaWorld that we haven’t fully experienced yet are the roller coasters. With the height requirement of 42 inches, our daughter (turning five this month) has been greatly motivated to eat her vegetables so that she can grow quickly, and experience the Journey to Atlantis ride. Each time we visit the park, we stand by to watch the great splash created by the ride’s 60-foot plunge. With each drop we witness, she squeals with excitement as her eyes fill with determination to grow taller so she can experience the thrill for herself.

She has one more inch to go, and will probably be tall enough by early summer just in time as the newest of SeaWorld’s ride, Manta opening in May.

SeaWorld San Diego offers a range of rides, from the thrilling and exhilarating roller coasters, to rides that are perfect for chilling, and a few that are for designed especially for the ‘lil ones. Here is a list of all the current and upcoming thrills and chills you can experience.

Heart-Pounding Thrill Rides

Height Requirement for these rides are 42″ (107 cm) or taller. Guests between 42″ and 48″ tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion (14 years of age or older) sitting beside them.

1.  MANTA – Opens May 2012


Manta is SeaWorld’s first multi-media double-launch coaster that delivers thrills you can only experience at SeaWorld San Diego. This highly anticipated new coaster takes you on an immersive journey through the sky and sea, as seen through the eyes of the Manta ray. As you climb aboard, the ride will have you gliding, spinning and soaring at top speeds in a way that only SeaWorld can deliver.

2.  Journey to Atlantis


Be transported to a lost civilization on Journey To Atlantis. The ride begins with a 60-foot plunge into water, and ends with face-to-face sea animal encounters. Lines are shorter early in the morning, and around Shamu and Blue Horizon show times.

3.  Shipwreck Rapids


Be cast away on this tube-style raft ride as you experience the thrill of winding down a rapid river. Whirls, swirls, splashes and crashes await as you plunge through a waterfall into an underground cavern. Onlookers can drench castaways on the rafts with six water cannons that are placed on the main pathway between the ride’s entrance and the Cirque de la Mer stadium.

4.  Wild Arctic Ride


This ride combines the mesmerizing features of a flight simulator with a thrilling adventure aboard a jet-helicopter. Soar through the Arctic Circle as you take in breathtaking views of perilous, icy landscapes. Put yourself in your pilot’s hands as he maneuvers treacherous frozen peaks and valleys en route to Base Station Wild Arctic.

5.  Riptide Rescue


Experience your own sea turtle rescue mission as you climb aboard the yellow rafts of Riptide Rescue. But hold on—like SeaWorld’s actual rescues, it can be a wild ride! This ride requires guest to be 50″ tall to ride independently. Guest between 45” and 50” tall must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years of age or older) sitting beside them.

Chillax and Take in the View

6.  SkyTower


Take a ride high above SeaWorld for spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding areas of Mission Bay and beyond. Sit back and enjoy a leisurely ride up the tower as the platform spins at a slow and steady pace, revealing spectacular views that stretch out to  Pacific Ocean and the gorgeous downtown San Diego. With clear skies, you can see up to a hundred miles in every direction.

7.  Bayside Skyride


This gentle two-way gondola ride takes you on a relaxing six minute journey as you float above the tranquil waters of Mission Bay. Catch the ride around sunset for spectacular views of the Bay and the Pacific.

Fun Rides for the ‘Lil Ones

For toddlers and younger kids, there are still some joyful rides at the Sesame Street Bay of Play, located in the heart of SeaWorld.

8.  Elmo’s Flying Fish


Kids love this up and down ride that takes them across an imaginary ocean. With fish-shaped carriages that looks like adorable Elmo, younger kids will enjoy watching as much as riding in them.

9.  Abby’s Sea Star Spin


For some whirling and twirling fun, enjoy this classic spinning teacup ride. How much you spin is up to you, as you control with the wheel at the center of your starfish-inspired riding cup.

10.  Oscar’s Rocking Eel


Oscar the Grouch might be grumpy, but his eel pal is one slippery character! Hang on as he spins and slithers you along on a side-to-side slide of an adventure.

Want to take a ride for yourself? We are giving away four (4) one day admission passes to SeaWorld San Diego, good through 6/30/2012. Leave a comment on this blog post by 10:00 am P.S.T. on Thursday March 8, 2012 for a chance to win.