Magical Blogorail Best Aquariums – Sea World San Diego

Hands on fun & learning in the touch pools at Sea World San Diego

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Peach. Today we are discussing aquariums that your family needs to visit.

For my kids, the best part about visiting aquariums is getting hands-on with the creatures. The touch pools at Sea World San Diego are a place for interaction and learning.

Hands on fun & learning in the touch pools at Sea World San Diego

Explorer’s Reef – This is a new exhibit, right up at the front entrance. Explorer’s Reef features four touch-pools including bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs and cleaner fish that tickle your fingers.

Hands on fun & learning in the touch pools at Sea World San Diego

This area has plenty of shade and my kids spent lots of time here touching the fish (we had to encourage them to wash up so we could move further into the park!)

Hands on fun & learning in the touch pools at Sea World San Diego

Hands on fun & learning in the touch pools at Sea World San Diego

California Tide Pool – Hold a sea star or a spiky sea urchin under the water. Kids are fascinated to feel the sea star curve its arms to fit in the palm of their hand. This has been a favorite area for us at Sea World San Diego for many years. Handlers will remind guests not to lift the creatures out of the water but you can hold them just under the surface.

Hands on fun & learning in the touch pools at Sea World San Diego

Bat Rays – “Pet” the bat rays as they slide across the water but watch out for errant fins, you could really get soaked! All of these rays have had their stingers removed so they are completely safe to touch.

Hands on fun & learning in the touch pools at Sea World San Diego

One thing you’ll notice about all my Sea World San Diego touch pool images is that my son always has his hands in the water. He’s definitely my adventure seeker! I’m not fond of putting my hand in the cold water or touching the fish myself but I can still learn without touching.

  • Ask the handlers any question and they are always more than generous with their responses.
  • There is also always a good amount of info posted around the park about each creature that lives there.
  • Brush up online before your visit so you’ll know what to expect about each creature.

 

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  4. From the pictures you’ve shared, it looks like the two Sea Worlds are similar – at least their signage seems to be. The touch pools are so much fun. We spent ages at the stingray pool. 🙂

  5. My siblings (and even my parents) liked to touch the Sting Rays at Sea World, Orlando. I touched one and I was done! Too slimy. But kids do tend to love this stuff! Fun pictures!

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  7. Interesting review! I have visited the Zoo in San Diego but we never really thought about visiting Sea World while there. I’ll have to add it to my to-do list. 🙂

    • As Heidi mentioned earlier in the comments, SeaWorld Orlando looks very similar to the one in San Diego, so there might be a lot of overlap. But if you’ve never been to SeaWorld, we’ve been attending for nearly 40 years and it’s really a lovely park.

  8. How fun! We’re taking the kids to San Diego in a few weeks and are staying right by Sea World. We couldn’t be more excited, especially with these touch pools! Mine are adventurous too and love exhibits like this!

  9. The touch pools look like so much fun and my kids would probably spend the whole time exploring in them. If we ever do get out west, this would be a great place for the family to visit.

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