How to Buy Discounted Tickets to SeaWorld San Diego
When families visiting San Diego seek hotel advice, I ask which attractions they'll visit. This is the one mentioned most often.
SeaWorld San Diego draws many families of young children to San Diego. It is actually the theme park that I am asked about most.
Unlike some of our other theme parks, the best SeaWorld San Diego deals are often the park’s website. The exception is usually if you are visiting a handful of other attractions, in which case a bundled attractions pass may make the most sense.
Table of Contents
- Important SeaWorld Tips
- 1. Direct From SeaWorld San Diego
- 2. Annual Passes
- 3. Go San Diego Card (Most Popular Bundled Attractions Pass)
- 4. aRes Travel
- 5. Combo Passes
- 6. Bundle a Hotel and SeaWorld San Diego Tickets
- 7. Southern California CityPASS
- 8. AAA Discounts
- 9. Military Discounts
- 10. Teacher Fun Card
Important SeaWorld Tips
Normal retail price at the gate for single entrance SeaWorld San Diego tickets is $91.99/person (ages 3 and older). Kids under 3 are free.
Note that the parking fee at SeaWorld San Diego is currently $22.
A half-day at SeaWorld San Diego is completely doable though a full day is most common.
Read all terms and conditions before purchasing a SeaWorld ticket. Be sure that they do not expire before your visit and check refund or transfer policies.
NEW: SeaWorld San Diego now has a variety of Quick Queue passes that allow guests express entry to rides and priority seating at shows. We would recommend this for older kids who will primarily be interested in the thrill rides.
1. Direct From SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego offers numerous different admission ticket options via its website.
Single-Day – Kids FREE Offer (TOP PICK)
It’s Kids Free October which means that kids get in free with a paid adult to over 100 attractions, hotels and restaurants across town, including SeaWorld San Diego. For visits now through October 31, 2018, get a FREE child ticket (ages 3-9) to SeaWorld San Diego with each full-paid adult ticket. (Price: $91.99 per adult)
Single-Day Ticket – Any Day (Best 1-Day Deal)
Currently, SeaWorld San Diego is offering a special single day ticket, good for admission on any day through December 31, 2019, for guests ages 3 and older, for $71.99. When bought online and in advance, it is a savings of $20 compared to the full retail price of $91.99 at the park. Note that this ticket price is not available at the park and must be purchased online in advance.
Single-Day Ticket + Eat FREE All Day
Get admission and free dining at participating restaurants in the park all day. When bought online and in advance, this is a discount of $35 off of the retail price. (Price: $91.99, a $35 savings) Note that this ticket price is not available at the park and must be purchased online in advance.
Single-Day Ticket + All Inclusive Experience
Want even more than admission and free all-day dining? This ticket option includes free all-day dining (at participating restaurants in the park), front-of-the-line ride access, premier show seating, and a souvenir photo. “Quick Queue Premier” gives ticket holders front-of-the-line ride entry and reserved seating at select show locations. (Price: $114.99/person, a $75 savings)
Single-Day Ticket + Animal Experience Seal and Sea Lion Encounter
Get single-day admission plus an opportunity to visit Sea Lion point behind-the-scenes to meet a seal or sea lion up-close. (Price: $99.99/ages 3 and up)Buy from SeaWorld
Visit any two days within a seven day period after first entrance for a discounted price. (Price: $79.99/ages 3 and up)
2. Annual Passes
SeaWorld San Diego SoCal Annual Pass (Best for SoCal Residents)
For just a bit more money than the Fun Card, Annual Pass holders will receive unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Diego during the initial 12-month commitment and any renewal period, with no blockout dates, free parking, discounts, two free guest passes to use on certain dates and more. They will allow monthly payments. (Price: $99.99/person during the month of September 2018)
SeaWorld + Aquatica San Diego Annual Pass
SeaWorld + Aquatica San Diego Annual Pass holders will receive unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Diego during the initial 12-month commitment and any renewal period, with no blockout dates, free parking, discounts, two free guest passes to use on certain dates and more. They will allow monthly payments. (Price: $149.99/person)
SeaWorld Platinum 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 24 months with a Platinum Pass. (Price: $203.88/person)
3. Go San Diego Card (Most Popular Bundled Attractions Pass)
The Go San Diego Card saves up to 50% off of admission to nearly 40 top San Diego attractions, including SeaWorld San Diego, in three simple steps:
- Choose the pass option that best suits you (you can buy an all-inclusive pass or build your own) and buy your pass in advance.
- Get your pass on a mobile device or print it at home.
- Show the pass at any eligible attraction and you’re in for free.
The passes are available in 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7-day options, each at different prices. Make sure the attractions you’d like to visit are listed on the option you buy. This by far the most popular discounted, bundled San Diego attractions pass. Tip: Be careful where and how you buy the Go San Diego Card. If you buy through them directly, you will not have to redeem a voucher at a specific attraction in order to activate the card.
Exclusive 10% Discount
4. aRes Travel
aRes Travel is a San Diego-based, authorized ticket seller to major California attractions. aRes Travel’s SeaWorld 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.
7 Days for the Price of 1
Visit SeaWorld San Diego over the course of seven days for less than the cost of one day of admission. This is a good option for visiting families staying in the Mission Bay area with young kids who tire out after a half-day at a theme park. This way, it’s possible to visit more than once without paying admission each time. (Price: $69.99/adult and $69.99/child)
Kids Free Promotion – Single Day Ticket – Through October 28
Now through October 28, kids ages 3-9 are admitted free with the purchase of a full price Adult ticket ($87.99).
Single Day with All Day Dining
Save $39! Now through December 31, 2018, a single day ticket with all day dining for ages 3-up is $89.99 (regular price $127.98).
SeaWorld San Diego/Aquatica San Diego 7 Days For the Price of 1! Combo
Save $50! Now through October 7, 2018, tickets entitling the holders to unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Diego and to Aquatica San Diego for 7 consecutive days from date of your first visit, are $87 for Adults (10 and up) and Children (3-9), regularly $137.98 for Adults.
5. Combo Passes
Fab 4 Combo
Planning to visit all four theme parks (San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego)? Consider the Fab 4 Combo which provides discounted admission for all on one ticket. Visit each park once except for SeaWorld San Diego which you may visit across seven days for the price of one. During Kids Free October there is no need to buy a child’s Fab 4 Combo pass! (Price: $247/adult ages 10 and up)
San Diego 3-for-1 Pass
This San Diego 3-For-1 Pass entitles one person to a single visit at each of the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Safari Park, and to SeaWorld San Diego. It’s valid for 7 consecutive days from the date of the first visit and must be used by the same person on all days. The pass is non-transferable and non-refundable.
Parking is not included. Print-at-Home and FedEx delivery options, as well as in-person pick-up, are available. It’s important to note that if you buy the pass through the SeaWorld San Diego website cannot be picked up in person at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, however.
The price is currently $149 per Adult (ages 10 and up), and $139 per Child (ages 3-9). Valid for visits through January 6, 2019.
6. Bundle a Hotel and SeaWorld San Diego Tickets
Explore the Ocean’s Wonders – SeaWorld San Diego Vacation
Bundle a 7 Days for the Price of 1 ticket with a nearby hotel to enjoy exclusive savings on a SeaWorld San Diego Vacation.
The Best Of San Diego! Choose Your Own Adventure Package
Customize your own San Diego vacation package! Package includes your choice of tickets to 5 popular San Diego theme parks: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium and hotel accommodations.
7. Southern California CityPASS
The Southern California CityPASS provides entry to the very best attractions in Southern California at substantial savings IF your vacation plans include a 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket at Disneyland Resort. It is valid for 14 consecutive days, starting on the first day of use. Eligible attractions covered by CityPASS include:
- SeaWorld San Diego
- Disney California Adventure Park
- Disneyland Park
- LEGOLAND California
- San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park (optional add-ons)
If your first stop is Disneyland Resort, you’ll be able to enjoy a Southern California CityPASS discount when purchasing the pass through aRes Travel.
8. AAA Discounts
Members of AAA receive various SeaWorld San Diego discount ticket options throughout the year. None are available at the time of this writing. However, be mindful that it is often less expensive to buy directly through SeaWorld San Diego than to use AAA.
9. Military Discounts
Active duty military members and veterans receive special offers (currently, it is one free ticket per year) by entering Troop ID into this website.
10. Teacher Fun Card
SeaWorld San Diego offers unlimited free park admission (plus two free single day tickets) to certified California and Arizona K-12 teachers via its complimentary Teacher Fun Card. The program has ended for 2018 but they should have 2019 information available shortly.
How do you buy discounted SeaWorld San Diego tickets?
See also: Top 10 Things to Do in San Diego
Learn also how to buy discount tickets to:
- LEGOLAND California
- San Diego Zoo
- San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Knott’s Berry Farm
- Universal Orlando
- Aquatica San Diego
Photo credits: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San Diego