Penguins at SeaWorld San Diego

Penguin Encounter

Watch the playful antics of penguins tall and small—nearly 400 in all. Our penguin population includes Emperor and King penguins, and smaller Adelie, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Macaroni penguins.

The Penguin Encounter habitat replicates the Antarctic environment, including the low light levels experienced over the winter in the Antarctic. The best viewing times are between 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Learn more during our Aviculturist Talk inside Penguin Encounter at 1:00 p.m. daily.
  • Penguins Up-Close Encounter 

    Penguin Tour

    Go behind the scenes at Penguin Encounter to meet with an aviculturist and a penguin. Get ready to freeze as you get an inside look at the penguin habitat and hear aviculturists share their experiences caring for these animals and the challenges they face.

    • Visit inside Penguin Encounter then take a behind the scenes tour to have an up-close interaction with a penguin
    • Animal experts share their experiences in caring for these unique animals and the challenges they face in the wild
    • Participant must be at least 6 years of age to participate. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant.
    • All guests unvaccinated for COVID19 must wear a face covering during this tour.

    Reservation includes the Penguins Up-Close 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. Program includes a guided 30 minutes walking tour, so participants should be in good physical health. Participants must be 6 years of age and older to participate. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. For the safety of the animals and guests, anyone under the age of 6 (including infants) is not permitted on this tour. Late arrivals may miss tour components or may not be accommodated due to limited tour availability. No smoking is permitted at any time. Dates, program, prices and event offerings are subject to change without notice. All events are subject to change and/or cancellation due to animal availability. Events are not cancelled due to inclement weather; programs will still be offered except in the event of lightning. Cancellations made with less than 24 hour notice are non-refundable. Cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions or discounts. Non-replaceable, non-transferable, not for resale and cannot be redeemed for cash. Void if altered and photocopies will not be accepted. Pass Member discount is available when booking through the Pass Member website.

    Limited Spots Available
    Prices starting at
    Guest (Ages 6+) $69.00 /ea.