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 (7 Days for the Price of 1)
- 5. Southern California CityPASS
- 6. AAA Discounts
- 7. Military Discounts
- 8. Teacher Fun Card
Important SeaWorld Tips
Normal retail price at the gate for single entrance SeaWorld San Diego tickets is $89.99/person (ages 3 and older). Kids under 3 are free.
Note that the parking fee at SeaWorld San Diego is currently $20.
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.
1. Direct From SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego offers numerous different admission ticket options via its website.
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, 2018, for guests ages 3 and older, for $69.99. When bought online and in advance, it is a savings of $20 compared to the full retail price of $89.99 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: $89.99, 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: $109.99/person, a $75 savings)
Fun Card – Unlimited Visits for Single-Day Price
SeaWorld is currently offering the opportunity to buy a full price single day admission ticket and also get unlimited free admission to the park on any other days. This pass is valid through December 31, 2018 even if you buy it now in 2017. (Price: $89.99/adults and $84.99/child)Buy from SeaWorld
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)
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: $395/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.
4. aRes Travel (7 Days for the Price of 1)
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: $73/adult and $68/child)
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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Photo credits: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San Diego