Aquatica San Diego, Chula Vista

3.4
#3 of 7 in Things to do in Chula Vista
The South Seas meets Southern California at Aquatica, a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark only SeaWorld could create. Aquatica blends up-close animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high-speed thrills and sandy beaches.
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  • This place has definitely improved since all the remodeling, but its still tiring and boring after a couple hours. None of the rides have changed, except for 2 new ones they put in. The pools are very...  more »
  • We went as a family of 4 and had a great time. The park is well laid out with all the slides fanning out from the centre. It is compact, and we had plenty of time to do all slides several times and th...  more »
  • I bought Year passes to Aquatic and I have to I was mostly impressed. In May they start a limited promotion when you purchase a day pass online you can bust all year. However , it does not include par...  more »
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  • This is a very nice park. Always clean with very nice staff. The missing star is because of the quality of food and its high prices. The access is cheap if you get the season pass but you need to add the parking to it or you will be taxed $15 each visit. Last but not least I think the park doesn’t have enough rides like others in CA
  • Great place to cool off in the summer. Fun water slides, pools, lazy river. No food or drinks purchased outside the park are allowed in except for water bottles. For those that prefer to have a picnic in the parking lot there are several picnic tables provided. Where I parked it was roughly 1/4 mile to front gate.
  • The kid's love this place. The only issue I have with this place is that you can't bring your own food in. They have one vegan option which is not a good one. That burger I had to force feed myself or I wouldn't have made it out of there on foot. When you're buying your food, the wait time is ridiculous! It literally takes an hour+ to get my kid's and my food. I have to have my 5 yo stand in the line by herself to the food place she wants; while going back and forth with the other 2 children in their lines. It is absolutely the worst! Now you are allowed to bring snacks in and 20oz bottle water. Lately, I've been bringing in my vegan meals I prepared and home and dared to be challenged by the staff checking my bags. It really shouldn't have to be that way. I'm going to buy some of your food. My diet doesn't fit your menu. Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Sea World allows us to bring our own food! I just don't understand Aquatica policy. Their fast pass needs to manage better. As soon as the people get off the slide, they are able to hop right back on immediately. It's not going to hurt it 5 groups go ahead of them. If not, the wait time in the lines will continue to be long. I do want to thank Aquatica for being a go to place when one of my children decided to run away from her father's home at 1:30 a.m. They should really consider leaving some lights on there at night. I doubt someone is going to steal a water slide. The parking gate was closed. I jumped out off my car to run and find my child. No one is going to steal the asphalt from you. I doubt it will happen again since the courts said she doesn't have to go back to her dads; but it should be done for other kid's who may look at your place as mine did.
  • Great fun, but a little pricey. Be warned that small children (under 42" tall) will be very limited in what they can experience. But no reduced fee for entry, even for the little ones (over 3 years old)! I took two of my kids: age 8 and 3 - and the older one was disappointed I couldn't ride with her on rides, while the younger one was disappointed that he was barred from most attractions (all but 3). Even with that, it was a fun, happy day. Pro tips: 1) wear water shoes! I forgot mine, and my feet were pruned and torn up by the non-skid and rough concrete by end of day. 2) Pack lots of food and snacks and leave them in the car for a lunchtime eating / warm-up break. 3) Pay the extra 5 bucks for "up-close" parking. Will make your lunch break convenient and easy and you will be less likely to buy overpriced amusement park food.
  • I like this place. But do not recommend to buy all you can drink (water and sodas). They are not giving bottled water o bottled or caned soda. Even not cover the paper cup. They are bringing the drinks every half hour, and if you are not there, the drink's cup become soft, and began to leak. Also because the cups do not have a tap the sand,dust,and trash got into the drinks. The price for all you can drink does not worth for filtered water. There are free fountain water next to the restrooms. Only one. Hope so they do not put it away. The place is clean. But need more entertaining. For the price they need to improve what they are offering. The place to ate outside is not good (for picnic) the photos in the web are not the same. My family got fun there this is the reason I gave 5 stars. But the place needs to improve all I said.

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