Our Top Reasons to Visit SeaWorld Later in the Day!

June 5, 2021

With the summer approaching quickly and the days getting longer, it’s a great time to enjoy a slow start to your morning. Go ahead and dedicate those early hours to sleeping in and relaxing, because you can still experience everything SeaWorld San Diego has to offer with a reservation after 3 p.m. To help you plan your action-packed outing, we’ve put together a list of top activities to enjoy during a late-afternoon visit to the park.

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Your Guide to an Action Packed Afternoon at SeaWorld: 

Start by making an after 3pm reservation online:

To enjoy a quieter visit to SeaWorld try making a reservation for after 3PM. You can still enjoy almost all of the same presentations, activities, events and more, but only when you stay late into the evening. The best part is you avoid the morning rush of visitors to the park. Make your reservation online here and select “After 3PM Reservation.”

Make time for some rides and rollercoasters: 

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Start your afternoon in the park by riding your favorite rides and rollercoasters. For the thrill seekers of the group try riding Electric Eel, a multi-launch coaster that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Pro tip, ride Electric Eel at sunset for beautiful views overlooking Mission Bay. For the kid-friendly fun, your whole family will love Tentacle Twirl, Sea Dragon Drop or Abby’s Sea Star Spin. With an afternoon reservation you will be able to enjoy a limited wait time to experience all of your favorite rides & roller coasters. 

Get the best seat in the house at your favorite animal presentations:


Dolphin Day’s, Sea Lions Live and Orca Encounter have presentations happening all day long so make sure to check the schedule for showtimes. Attend a presentation happening at 4 or 5 o’clock to beat the heat and escape the sun's glare in your eyes. At Orca Encounter the infinity screen is viewed best in the late afternoon and early evening. If you are waiting in between presentations, head over to Dolphin point and say hello to your favorite dolphin friends or our playful California sea otters that live right next door. Make a stop at shark encounter at some point during your evening and take in the wonder of the underwater viewing tunnel. For a list of all our animals at SeaWorld check out our animal listings page.

Grab an afternoon treat:

Prepare for the afternoon slump by stopping by one of our many food & beverage outlets. Stop by Pretzel Shop or Coral Market for a coffee. Did you know we serve Starbucks at these outlets? Visit our website for all of our dining options to try out. 

End your night with a fireworks spectacular:


When you stay late into the evening at SeaWorld you can end your night with a fireworks show that can be seen from all around SeaWorld’s 100+ acre park happening on select nights only. Visit our park schedule for show times.

SeaWorld after 3pm is full of all the same exciting animals, delicious foods and spectacular events. Now is the perfect time to make your reservation for after 3pm. We can’t wait to see you at SeaWorld!


For summer afternoon adventures in the water, visit SeaWorld San Diego’s sister park, Aquatica!

Aquatica san diego

Located only 15 minutes south of SeaWorld, Aquatica water park is now open for the final season and you are not going to want to miss out. Reserve an afternoon visit to Aquatica this summer to beat the heat and the crowds. Lounge on the lazy river or catch some waves on Big Surf Shores. When you’re ready to experience thrilling water rides, grab your friends and see who comes in first on the high-speed racing water slide, Taumata Racer. Start planning your visit now! Aquatica-specific tickets/passes required for admission.