Sea Lion Swim

In-Water Sea Lion Interaction

Just try not to giggle when you’re in the water with one of our boisterous, animated sea lions. Between those big ol’ eyes and perpetual puppy-like energy, you just can’t help the good time you’ll have alongside these delightful comics of the sea.

During your interaction, you’ll get to play the role of an animal ambassador in training, interacting with sea lions both in and out of the water.

Not to be outdone by a dolphin’s dorsal ride back to shore, our sea lions will let you hold onto their flipper for a thrilling tandem tow across their habitat.

While your in-water sea lion interaction will last 20-30 minutes, the overall experience included with your In-Water Sea Lion Interaction reservation lasts closer to 2 hours.

What to Expect During your In-Water Sea Lion Interaction Experience:

  • Suit up: Wetsuits and towels are included, all to be returned after your interaction. You’ll find a changing room with lockers and showers with soap, shampoo and conditioner.
  • Hop aboard: After your orientation at Discovery Point, we’ll take you by shuttle to the Sea Lion Shallows for the moment you’ve been waiting for.
  • Wade in: With the guidance of a trainer, you and a small group of guests will wade into the water to meet, touch and connect with one of the sea lions in our care.
  • Return to Discovery Point: After your interaction, we’ll bring you back to Discovery Point to change out of your wetsuit and get to see photos from your experience, available for purchase.

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  • In-Water Sea Lion Interaction

    Sea Lion Swim

    Wade into the water with our California Sea Lions at Sea Lion Shallows.

    • All In-Water Sea Lion Interaction participants must be at least 48 inches tall to enter the water.
    • All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Observer tickets can be purchased at check-in with Discovery Point.
    • Check-in will begin at Discovery Point 15 minutes prior to the reservation time.
    • Reservation Confirmation is only valid for the date of your reservation.
    • There are limited spots available, and we cannot guarantee there will be room to add extra participants.
    • Program times, prices, components, and animal participation are subject to change
    • The program fee is non-refundable; however, the program will be rescheduled when possible. Please keep in mind if you arrive late, you may not be able to join the program.
    • For questions, please call 210-523-3608
    Prices Starting at
    Guest (must be 48 in. tall) $125.00 /ea.
  • Discovery Point Exclusive Photo Package Add-On


    After you have a fintastic time, we’re sure you’ll want to take home a souvenir, so we’re making it easy and you’ll get to save! Exclusive package includes:
    ● 8 - Photos
    ● 1 - 6"x 8" Lace Frame
    ● 1 - Poster
    ● 1 - SeaWorld (one day) Photo Key*

    Redeem this ticket at Discovery Point Photo. Please see Photo Key Locations inside the park for restrictions. Non refundable, non transferable, not valid for resale and holds no cash value. Further restrictions apply. This is only an add-on photo package with Ultimate Animal Experience or All Swim at Discovery Point. Voucher expires one year from date of purchase.

    Photo Add-On Package $130.00

  • Know Before You Go

    • Age: There is no age requirement, however a participant must be at least 48" tall (without shoes). Guests under age 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult who is participating in the In-Water Sea Lion Interaction or who has purchased an observer ticket.
    • Participants must remove all jewelry prior to entering the water.
    • Non-participants: Friends and family members who wish to stay and watch but are not participants will be able to purchase an observer ticket upon arrival at Discovery Point for $30. Observer space is limited and sold first come, first served.
    • Interaction participants are not permitted to take any cameras or electronic devices in the water with them, for the safety of our animals. Observers are permitted to bring one (1) camera or device to take pictures and videos of your program.
    • Swim ability: As long as you’re comfortable in the water, swimmers of all levels can enjoy this experience.
    • This program is non-refundable with less than 48 hours advanced notice of cancellation.
    • FAQs: For other helpful information, please visit our FAQs page.