SeaWorld San Diego To Reopen This Week With Limited Capacity "Zoo Days" BBQ & Beer Events

August 24, 2020

After being closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, SeaWorld San Diego has announced it will reopen on a limited-capacity basis for a several-weekend program called "Zoo Days Bayside BBQ & Brews."

After being cleared to reopen last week by the San Diego County officials, SeaWorld San Diego announced today the launch of a new park experience dubbed Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews. Similar to the annual Seven Seas Food Festival, this  limited capacity, ticketed event will provide guests with the chance to enjoy a variety of craft brews and barbecue-centric dishes while exploring 40 acres of the park's property where outdoor animal exhibits and marine life presentations will occur with physical distancing measures in place.

"We want to thank our guests for their continued patience and support, and are beyond excited to announce the launch of this unique zoo experience, in a limited capacity format, as we safely welcome everyone back to the park for Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews," said Marilyn Hannes, president of SeaWorld San Diego. "We have enhanced our already strict health and safety measures to implement best practices in health and safety protocols that will promote an outdoor experience for families and friends that is fun, memorable and safe."

In compliance with California COVID-19 safety guidelines for zoos, SeaWorld will operate with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements, and temperature screenings. In addition to enhancing the park's already strict health and safety measures, capacity will be significantly limited to create even more open space for a visit that provides ample opportunity to be physically distant. Date-specific tickets for this experience must be purchased online in advance to help manage capacity. The number of tickets available each day is limited and can be purchased starting today Monday, August 24.

Each ticket for includes park entry, access to all outdoor animal exhibits and presentations as well as a tasting lanyard to experience SeaWorld's chef created barbecue and paired craft beer offerings and select wines. The tasting lanyard will include six food or drink items of each guest's choice to indulge in new offerings throughout the day, while exploring the vast park grounds. Additional lanyards will also be available for purchase. Tickets are available for $74.99 for adults and $64.99 for children (ages 3-9). Tickets must be purchased online in advance to help park officials manage guest capacity.

SeaWorld San Diego's Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews will run Fridays through Sundays, August 28-September 27, plus Labor Day, from 11am to 7pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit