The SeaWorld San Antonio theme park and its seasonal Aquatica water park are two of the most popular things for families to do in San Antonio, Texas. When you buy discount SeaWorld San Antonio tickets through authorized sellers, it’s possible to avoid paying gate prices.

Which method you choose depends on whether you will only be visiting SeaWorld San Antonio or also spending a day at Aquatica San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Multi-park tickets can offer substantial savings as can vacation packages that bundle your hotel stay with SeaWorld San Antonio tickets.

I will go over the options here. I only recommend authorized ticket sellers and trusted methods and may be compensated should you make purchases using the links in this post.

SeaWorld San Antonio Frequently Asked Questions and Tips

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SeaWorld San Antonio is currently open but temporarily closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. Reservations are required.

Aquatica San Antonio is also open but temporarily closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The water park’s season runs through September 20, 2020, but shifts to weekends only after August 9.

SeaWorld San Antonio is currently not open daily. On the days that they are open, opening time is at 10 a.m. However, it’s imperative that you check the calendar before you go and that you make a reservation in advance on the day you’d like to visit.

New healthy and safety measures require that guests agree to temperature screening prior to entering the park. Face coverings are required at all times except when eating, drinking, or in designated relaxation areas for all guests ages 2 and older.

Signage around rides, animal exhibits, and anywhere a queue might form will remind guests of distancing requirements. Enhanced sanitation measures include hand sanitizer stations and thorough cleanings throughout the park, especially in high-contact areas.

Normal gate prices for single entrance SeaWorld San Antonio tickets is $75.99 for ages 3 and older. Kids under age 3 are free.

You will save money by purchasing admission tickets and experiences online, in advance. Keep in mind that if you purchase tickets directly through SeaWorld, a $9.99 service fee and taxes apply.

There are four main categories of SeaWorld San Antonio tickets: Single-Day; 2-Day, 2-Park; and 3-Day, 2-Park. Within these categories, you can choose whether you’d like a same-day or advanced-purchase ticket.

One popular ticket upgrade is All-Day Dining which does add value but you understand its limitations and how to use it. All tickets include rides, shows, and attractions.

You can also buy various ticket upgrades, such as a Quick Queue pass which permits priority entry to select attractions.

The most important thing to do is read all terms and conditions before purchasing SeaWorld San Antonio tickets to make sure that they meet your expectations.

SeaWorld San Antonio parking is not included in the price of tickets and can be purchased in advance. General Parking starts at $25 and Up Close parking, which is closer to the main gate, costs $30.

Spend at least a full day at SeaWorld San Antonio to make the most out of your visit. This is the biggest SeaWorld park in the United States.

SeaWorld San Antonio offers Quick Queue passes that provide guests with express entry to rides and priority seating at shows. This is highly recommended for those who plan to queue for thrill rides which tend to have long lines. Quick Queue provides unlimited priority entrance on the following rides:

  • The Steel Eel Roller Coaster
  • The Great White Roller Coaster
  • Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster
  • Abby’s Rockin’ Wave
  • Grover’s Round Up and
  • Super Grover’s Box Car Derby

You may also use it once on Texas Stingray.

Yes. Right now, SeaWorld San Antonio is scheduled to be open on weekends in January, including the Martin Luther King holiday.

No. SeaWorld San Antonio tickets are not refundable. However, if you have a ticket, you can change your reservation within 24 hours of the original secured reservation date by calling 407-545-5550.

Multi-park tickets can be purchased directly through SeaWorld Antonio that also include adjacent Aquatica San Antonio when it is open for the season. It’s not a SeaWorld Entertainment park, but you can also bundle tickets with Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

SeaWorld San Antonio food policy says that you can bring bottled water and small snacks (2 oz. portion size or less). Hard and soft-sided coolers, alcoholic beverages, and larger food items are prohibited. Some exceptions can be made for people with dietary restrictions so when in double please speak to a guest relations representative.

There are many places to eat inside of SeaWorld San Antonio though so rest assured that you won’t go hungry. But, you can also keep food inside a cooler in your car and eat at one of the designated picnic areas just outside the front gate. Be sure to have your hand stamped before exiting the park in order to re-enter.

SeaWorld San Antonio is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and animal theme park that is the largest of the three SeaWorld parks. Highlights include roller coasters and marine life that includes beluga and killer whales.

Aquatica San Antonio is a separate gated water park that is adjacent to SeaWorld San Antonio. Water slides and activities like Stingray Falls pass through animal habitats. The water park is open on select days between March and September.

Now that you understand the various ticket options, parks, and information, here’s how to buy discount SeaWorld Antonio tickets.

1. Direct From SeaWorld San Antonio

A guest hugs a beluga whale at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Enjoy animal encounters at SeaWorld San Antonio like this beluga whale interaction.

Of course, you can buy SeaWorld San Antonio tickets through their website, which occasionally has special promotions or flash sales.

You’ll pay a $9.99 service fee and tax for online orders. However, same-day tickets are usually more expensive and you will usually save money by purchasing your SeaWorld San Antonio ticket in advance through their website. Whether the service fee adds significant cost or not depends on how many tickets you buy.

You can add the All-Day Dining deal to your ticket which includes 1 entree, 1 side or 1 dessert and 1 regular sized non-alcoholic beverage each time you visit a participating restaurant, up to once per hour until 30 minutes prior to restaurant closing time. You’ll need to show a valid ID and your ticket each time you dine.

As a reminder, the available parks include SeaWorld San Antonio and Aquatica San Antonio (Seaworld’s waterpark which is adjacent to it).


2. Discount Single and Combo Park Tickets

aRes Travel is an authorized SeaWorld San Antonio tickets seller that offers discounted tickets that you can print-at-home or show on a mobile device so that you can head straight to the gate without the need to redeem a ticket voucher. (Though you do need to pick up the All-Day Dining wristband when you arrive at the park.)

aRes Travel charges a $2 convenience fee per ticket but you may still come out ahead because the discounts are steep. After purchasing your tickets, make your reservation to visit the parks.


3. Go San Antonio Card

If you plan to visit attractions outside of SeaWorld San Antonio, take a look at the popular Go San Antonio sightseeing pass. Over 25 top attractions participate including SeaWorld San Antonio, San Antonio Zoo, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

Choose to visit 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions over the course of 60 days with the Explorer Pass. Or, opt for Build-Your-Own to pick and choose the attractions you’d like to include.

We personally use Go City passes worldwide and I highly recommend them.


4. SeaWorld San Antonio Fun Card -Unlimited Visits Through January 3, 2021

A sea lion does a flip during a show at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Sea Lions at Play show.

Temporarily not available. SeaWorld San Antonio FUN Card includes unlimited visits through January 3, 2021. Check for limited blockout dates before purchasing, as there is a handful throughout the year.

It also doesn’t provide parking and dining discounts, but it’s a great deal seeing that it’s nearly the same price as a Single-Day ticket. (Price: $79.99/ages 3+)

There is also a 2-Park option, which includes unlimited admission to Aquatica San Antonio as well. (Price: $89.99/ages 3+)


5. SeaWorld San Antonio + Aquatica San Antonio Annual Passes

The whole family can enjoy water rides and thrilling rides.

For a bit more than the Fun Card, an Annual Pass can add more value.

Silver Annual Pass

These annual passes include unlimited admission for 12 months with no blockout dates to SeaWorld San Antonio and Aquatica San Antonio. The Silver Pass also includes admission to some popular annual events, like the Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration, and free general parking. The benefits are valued at over $800. (Price: $119.99/ages 3+)

Gold Annual Pass

The Gold Annual Pass includes unlimited admission for 12 months with no blockout dates to Sea World San Antonio and Aquatica San Antonio. It also includes admission to some popular annual events, like the Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration, free General Parking, four free Friend Tickets and 15% off dining. This pass is valued at over $1,050. (Price: $139.99/ages 3+)

SeaWorld + Aquatica + 9 Parks – Platinum Annual Pass

Get access to SeaWorld San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Williamsburg; Aquatica San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio; Adventure Island; Water Country USA; and Sesame Place with no blockout dates in addition to a number of other VIP benefits and discounts for 12 months with a Platinum Pass.

It also includes free Up-Close Parking, 6 free Friend Tickets, 1 free Quick Queue per visit, and 20% off dining. This pass has a $1,375 value. (Price: $199.99/ages 3+)


6. Bundle a Hotel and SeaWorld San Antonio Discount Tickets

Search your dates across more than 34 hotels, choose your preferred SeaWorld San Antonio discount tickets, and checkout for extra savings in a vacation package.


7. SeaWorld San Antonio AAA Discounts

AAA SeaWorld San Antonio tickets come at a slight discount to members throughout the year. Members also receive some in-park discounts on food, for example. Compare prices to a discounted ticket seller like aRes Travel above first before you buy as AAA prices can often be higher.


8. Military Discounts

The park offers complimentary admission to active duty military and up to three direct dependents through the Waves of Honor program. This offer is available online only. The program also offers veterans the same deal, but for a limited time only.

How do you buy cheap SeaWorld San Antonio discount tickets?

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