Dolphins at SeaWorld San Diego


Bottle nose dolphins like you see at SeaWorld San Diego, weigh on average around 330-440lbs. and grow to lengths of 6 to 12 feet. Bottlenose dolphins are not endangered, but they face many threats in the ocean including entanglement in fishing gear and ocean pollution. Although rare, SeaWorld San Diego has helped rescue stranded dolphins along the coast.

Get Even Closer With An Animal Encounter

  • Dolphin Encounter Tour

    Dolphin Tour

    Get up-close to bottlenose dolphins in a 10 minute specialized session. Learn different hand signals used to communicate with these intelligent animals. Limited spots are available each day, and will sell out far in advance. Online reservations are highly recommended.

    Reservation includes the Dolphin Encounter program on day and time of your reservation only. Park admission is not included with your program reservation but is required. Due to the special nature of this program, space is limited and early reservations are recommended.

    For the safety of our guests, Ambassadors, and our animals, SeaWorld San Diego has taken extra steps to provide the safest possible Dolphin Encounter experience:

    • Please check in for your Dolphin Encounter at Dolphin Point at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.
    • Participants under 18 will need a parent or guardian present. Participants under 50 inches tall must be accompanied by a paid parent or guardian.
    • All participants will be required to wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times during the tour.
    • Taking photos of the animals and your experience is encouraged, however SeaWorld ambassadors will not be allowed to handle your camera or other personal equipment during your encounter.
    • No loose jewelry, sunglasses or smoking is permitted during the interaction.
    • All participants will be given the opportunity to wash and/or sanitize their hands before and after their encounter.
    • Party sizes and inventory is limited to ensure physical distancing. 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 without notice.
    • Any “animal experience reservations” can be changed or cancelled once for free as long as the change is 48 hours in advance of the reservation date, but there are charges for changes made within 48 hours or for more than one change. “Animal experience reservations” are nonrefundable with less than 48 hours' advance notice of cancellation.
    • Please keep in mind if you arrive late you may not be able to join the program.
    Limited Spots Available
    Prices starting at
    Guest $69.99 /ea.