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Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark
2052 Entertainment Circle
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Park opens at 10 a.m.; closing times vary; check website for details

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Top Five Things to Know About Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark San Diego:

  1. Location: The San Diego Aquatica park is located southeast of sunny Chula Vista, which makes it a 30-40 minute drive from many other San Diego attractions such as the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. This San Diego waterpark is in the perfect location to stay cool in the blistering Southern California sun.
  2. Hours of Operation: Aquatica in San Diego is a seasonal park, open daily during the summer and weekends-only in early fall. Aquatica opens at 10 a.m. but closing times vary; it’s a good idea to call or check the website before your visit.
  3. Dining: After hours of water fun you will need nourishment, and because outside food/beverage (besides bottled water) is not allowed in Aquatica, you have the option to chow down at one of four different grub spots. From tasty pulled-pork carnitas at the Waterstone Grill to refreshing soft served ice-cream at Big Surf Snacks, you are sure to find something to satisfy your tastebuds. For adults who need a different kind of nourishment there is a 21+ oasis where you may sip margaritas or relax with a cold beer while the kids splash in the pools.
  4. Admission Costs: All day waterslide fun in the San Diego sun comes at a price. SeaWorld Aquatica tickets cost $44 for guests over the age of ten, and $38 for guests ages three to nine. The good news is if you are taking traveling tots (ages two and under) to Aquatica your wallet is given a break because the admission for youngsters is free! Parking is an additional $10-$20 (depending on whether you are driving a motorcycle or not). Aquatica annual memberships are available if you live in the area, and you even have the option of purchasing a two-year membership to SeaWorld and Aquatica (for those hard-core water adventurers). If you are not a San Diego local you can purchase an Aquatica seasonal pass and escape the summer heat all vacation long. If you are bringing a group of 15 or more there are also discounts available, so bring the whole extended family (grandma would love lounging in the lazy river) or make it a day of birthday fun at Aquatica!
  5. Cashless Wristband: Let’s face it, if you are gearing up for a day of waterslide madness you might not want to trust that velcro pocket on your swim trunks to hold cash and cards. Aquatica makes it easy on San Diego water park goers! A Cashless Wristband allows you to add cash onto a convenient waterproof wristband so you can slip, splash and slide without worrying about your pocket.

Why it’s Awesome: Bringing in aspects of the real SeaWorld in San Diego makes Aquatica a one of a kind water park. While drifting along the 1,250 foot Loggerhead Lane lazy river loungers feel as if they have been transported to the tropics as the live Caribbean flamingos languidly stroll alongside the river. With an Aquatica ticket visitors are also able to visit another river resident, freshwater turtles. In addition to the red-eared slider turtle species, there are also yellow-bellied sliders; Western Pacific pond turtles; and Mississippi map turtles.

  • Aquatic Thrills: Aquatica rides boast some of the best in sunny San Diego. The newest is Taumata Racer®, a high-speed racing water slide that zooms riders on six side-by-side lanes down a 375-foot slide, around a 180-degree swooping turn, and in and out of tunnels before racing them across a finish line. The HooRoo Run® drops from 80-feet and sends guests zipping through open-air and enclosed portions of the slide. The Kiwi Curl® allows guests to choose between three different thrilling slides, one of them sending guests sliding through complete darkness! For water soaked friends there is Tassie’s Twister, which allows groups of two to four to shoot down 75-feet of water into a six-story funnel. New this year is a conveyor system that lifts the rafts to the top of the ride. Aquatica also is home to one of the biggest wave pools around, the Big Surf Shores. The Big Surf Shores provides hours of fun for the whole family while 5-foot swells allow guests to feel the flow of the ocean while steering clear of those unexpected jellyfish.
  • Tadpole Friendly Fun: If your toddler isn’t ready to hop into the big pool yet there is an array of tiny-tot friendly attractions that provide toddlers and younger kids to cool off without shooting down a sky-high slide. The Slippity Dippity® at Aquatica is an area appropriate for tots 42” and under to safely cool off. The Walkabout Waters is another kid friendly area that includes hands-on water equipment such as hoses, geysers and jets that make this four story water-filled jungle gym a fun alternative to the Aquatica rides.

Local Scoop: Aquatica is one of the many great things to do in San Diego that keep you cool and refreshed, SeaWorld is another. If you want to make a weekend of it you can buy a discounted ticket to both SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica combined! Aquatica San Diego and SeaWorld combo tickets are usually available in the summer season, and go for around $90.

  • DO think about renting a cabana for the family: You have a choice between a standard cabana and a premium. Benefits include a welcome basket, a mini fridge and bottled water to stay hydrated. Stay out of the sun under a four person cabana! Or, you can opt for a new offering: Loggerhead Loungers. In a semi-private area near the lazy river, the Loggerhead Lounger package includes two lounge chairs, an umbrella, free Wi-Fi, a cabana server, USB charging capabilities for phone or tablet, and a place to secure belongings.
  • DO double check the schedule for ride closures: You wouldn’t want to show up just to find out that the ride your kids have been raving about is closed that day. Closings of attractions or the park itself (due to capacity) can be found on the park’s website and social media channels.
  • DON’T worry about your belongings: Aquatica has lockers available for an extra charge. Be free to splish and splash around without wondering if your stuff is safe! Locker charges range from $12 - $20 depending on the size you need.
  • DON’T try to bring a picnic: Though bottled water is allowed in the park, there are strict restrictions on any outside food. This means none of mom’s famous peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. The park even restricts any kind of beverage (besides water), so chug that gatorade before entering the gates.

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