A San Diego winter day at Sea World

There are many reasons that we live in San Diego. One is that our family lives here. We live about 5 minutes from both my parents and my in-laws. My sister-in-law’s family lives about 10 minutes away, and my brother’s family lives 15 minutes away. Another reason is that you can count on the weather to be mild most of the time. I have been freezing lately but that is just me. And yet another reason is the ability to play tourist in your own town. Yesterday, we went to Sea World down by Mission Bay. Sea World, even though it is close, is not a place I go very often. I think this is mostly because we love Legoland so much and would rather go there. We had a good time at Sea World though and I am half-considering getting the Fun Card for 2016 for all of us.

Sea World was still decorated for Christmas so I was able to get some nice pictures of my kids and my parents. I won’t be posting those here but here are some pictures I took of the decorations.

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There were purple, orange, and green Christmas trees. My kids really enjoyed those.
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Lamps decorated to look like snowmen!
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This Christmas tree was so huge that my family looked very small in front of it!

We weren’t able to go to any of the shows this time. I don’t think my kids minded too much. My second son really wanted to see the sharks so that is what we did first.

There were a lot of people at the shark encounter exhibit so we weren't able to hang out there like we usually do. My son did ask me why the hammerhead sharks weren't out.
There were a lot of people at the shark encounter exhibit so we weren’t able to hang out there like we usually do. My son did ask me why the hammerhead sharks weren’t out. I could never get decent pictures of the sharks before but my new camera was up to the task.
The dolphins were out and playing. My kids enjoyed watching them play with some floats that were a lot like pool noodles!
The dolphins were out and playing. My kids enjoyed watching them play with some floats that were a lot like pool noodles!

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We also stopped in my favorite exhibit, the penguins!

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I loved how the entrance to the Penguin exhibit was decorated!
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We stayed here for a little while. Penguins are such funny creatures. We watched them waddle around, eat some fish, and dive into the water. A few were sleeping.
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I like the penguin who is napping in the foreground of this picture. It looks like it’s missing a head!

DSC_0129 DSC_0136 DSC_0155The three pictures above were taken at Sea World’s Bay of Play, which is the main reason I would get the Fun Card. I remember playing on the net climbs at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania. This play area is a lot like that! My three oldest boys loved the net climb. This would be a good place to take them after we are done homeschooling for the day.

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On our way out of the park, we stopped at the horseshoe crab and bamboo shark exhibit at the front. There was a guide sitting behind the bamboo shark exhibit who was talking to everyone who stopped by. He was pretty funny!


I almost forgot! Happy New Year to all of you!

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