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One of the favorite San Diego theme parks during summer is Aquatica San Diego. The 2020 season was supposed to be Aquatica’s last (a transition to a Sesame Place theme park is in the works) but since they are selling tickets for a 2021 season, it appears that the transition will be delayed.

Aquatica San Diego is a bit different from other water parks as while there are high-speed rides, lazy rivers, and slides for younger kids, amenities such as private cabanas and sandy beaches make it feel more like a beachside resort.

How to buy discount Aquatica San Diego tickets

Aquatica San Diego Ticket Gate Prices

Retail price at the gate for single day Aquatica San Diego tickets is:

  • $49.99/adult (ages 3-up).
  • Kids under 2 are free.

Note that the parking fee at Aquatica San Diego is usually $17 for cars. Prices for 2021 have not yet been released.

As always, it’s important to read all terms and conditions before purchasing an Aquatica San Diego ticket. Be sure that they do not expire before your visit and check refund or transfer policies.

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Buy Single Day Direct + Upgrades From Aquatica San Diego

Aquatica San Diego offers numerous different admission ticket options. Note that Aquatica San Diego charges a $9.99 service fee per order.

Single-Day Ticket – Any Day (SALE)

Currently, Aquatica San Diego is offering single park tickets good for 2021 season admission on any day (including weekends). (Price: $35.99/ages 3+)

Aquatica San Diego also offers several a-la-carte options, purchasable separately and additionally from an admission ticket, which may heighten your own experience there.

Aquatica San Diego Upgrades

Temporarily unavailable. Check the upgrade section on the Aquatica San Diego website for ways to make your day even more enjoyable.

Quick Queue (Front-of-Line Rides and Slides)

For approximately $20 per guest per day (prices vary by day), guests may skip to the front of the lines at Aquatica’s most popular rides & slides. Valid for unlimited single-day use. Participating rides include Kiwi Curl, Walhalla Wave®, Whanau Way, Tassie’s Twister and Woohoo Falls®. Admission to Aquatica San Diego must be purchased separately.

Premium Lounger Chairs (2 Chairs)

Starting at $45.99 (price varies by the day), two guests may enjoy their loungers in a semiprivate area by the lazy river, Loggerhead Lane or HooRoo Run. This rental price, which varies by the day includes two lounger chairs, an umbrella, two wristbands to access the lounger area and Wi-Fi access. Food and beverage service available (purchased separately).

Cabana Rentals

Cabana at Aquatica San Diego

Rent a cabana for 4-8 guests that includes a welcome basket, mini-fridge, bottled water, an all-day locker, Wi-Fi access, and food an drink service to the cabana.

Note that they are strict about how many guests may use the lounger and cabana areas so book for the exact amount of people you anticipate joining you. Cabana locations vary. Prices range from $219–$419 and you’ll be given options to upgrade after putting tickets in the cart.


aRes Travel (Go Straight to the Gate)

Temporarily unavailable. aRes Travel is a San Diego-based, authorized ticket seller to major California attractions. aRes Travel’s Aquatica San Diego tickets are print-at-home or in a mobile format so that you can head straight to the gate without the need to redeem a ticket voucher.

aRes Travel charges a $2 convenience fee per ticket, but you will still likely come out ahead seeing that Aquatica San Diego charges $9.99 service fee for online tickets. aRes Travel tickets are typically cheaper anyway.

Aquatica San Diego tickets through aRes Travel will be available closer to the 2021 season start date.

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Annual Passes Direct From Aquatica San Diego

2021 Splash Pass – Season Pass (GREAT Deal)

For nearly the price of a 1-day adult admission ticket, you get unlimited admission to Aquatica San Diego during the entire 2021 season. The Splash Pass does NOT include admission to SeaWorld San Diego. Some blockout dates apply. (Price: $49.99 for ages 3+)

Plus, right now you also get an additional free ticket!


Multi-Park Annual Passes

Traditional annual passes are temporarily unavailable, but you can consider the FUN Cards instead.

SeaWorld 2021 Fun Card + Aquatica 2021 Splash Pass

Buy the two together and you’ll receive one free 2021 Aquatica ticket as a bonus. Some blockout dates apply. If you use this combo now, just remember that you need to make reservations to visit SeaWorld San Diego. (Price: $101.99/ages 3+)

SeaWorld San Diego+ Aquatica San Diego Annual Passes (Silver or Gold)

Ticket holders will receive unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Diego during the initial 12-month commitment and any renewal period, with no blackout dates, free parking, two or three tickets for friends, discounts on in-park upgrades, food, and shopping, as well as exclusive offers and events. Ticket holders will also receive entry to Aquatica San Diego for the entire season.

This year, there two levels of combo annual pass types: gold and silver. Gold includes a few extra perks like a Quick Queue Pass and an Animal Experience.

  • Silver: $13.25/month or $159.00 per pass.
  • Gold: $16.75/month or $201.00 per pass.

Platinum Pass

Get access to Aquatica San Diego, SeaWorld San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Williamsburg; Aquatica Orlando and San Antonio; Adventure Island; Water Country USA; and Sesame Place, with no blackout dates, free parking, discounts on in-park upgrades (enumerated above), food and shopping, as well as 1 free guest ticket and exclusive offers and events with the Platinum Pass. (Price: $19.75/month or $237.00 per person.)

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AAA Discounts

Members of AAA may receive various Aquatica San Diego discount ticket options throughout the year.

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2 thoughts on “How to Buy Discount Aquatica San Diego Tickets

  1. Do you know if Aquatica is strict with there 6 person cabana rule? We have 2 families (8 total) going and a couple of would only be in the cabana to eat or get their stuff. Just trying to figure should we get 2 cabana or 1…. Thanks,Joy

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