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How to Buy Discounted Tickets to SeaWorld San Diego

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Many families planning San Diego vacations center them around visiting SeaWorld San Diego. It is actually the San Diego theme park that I am asked about the most because it’s one of the best activities in San Diego for kids from toddlers to teens.

There are a variety of ways to buy discount SeaWorld San Diego tickets. Which method you choose depends on how long you intend to spend in the park, your itinerary once inside, and which other San Diego theme parks are on your to-do list.

Please note: SeaWorld San Diego is temporarily closed. Please see this note from CEO, Marc Swanson regarding tickets across all 12 SeaWorld parks.

“We are automatically extending all active Annual Passes and Membership products to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for the length of time in which the parks remain closed. Domestic single-day tickets and any unused multi-day tickets that expire during the temporary closures will be extended through December 31, 2021. Expiring single-day and multi-day tickets purchased internationally will be automatically extended through the first week of 2022 to provide our guests from overseas additional flexibility. And in-park experiences during the temporary closures can also be rescheduled through December 31, 2021. We are also offering discounted tickets to be used when our parks reopen and will be announcing new benefits for all active Pass Members in the coming days.”

Marc Swanson
Interim Chief Executive Officer
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
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Important SeaWorld Tips

Normal retail price at the gate for single entrance SeaWorld San Diego tickets is $93.99 for ages 3 and older. Kids ages 2 and under are free. You will save money by purchasing tickets and experiences online, in advance.

Note that the general parking fee at SeaWorld San Diego is currently $25. Up-close and VIP parking is also available. You may purchase parking in advance.

Spending a half-day at the park is completely doable though a full day is most common.

It’s important to read all terms and conditions before purchasing SeaWorld tickets. Be sure that they do not expire before your visit and check refund or transfer policies.

TIP: SeaWorld San Diego has a variety of Quick Queue passes that provide guests with express entry to top rides and priority seating at shows. We would recommend this for older kids who will primarily be interested in the thrill rides which tend to have longer lines.

1. Discounted SeaWorld Only and Multi-Park Tickets

We offer discount SeaWorld tickets right here, powered by aRes Travel who is a San Diego-based, authorized ticket seller to major California attractions. These 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. There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket but you will still likely come out ahead.

SeaWorld San Diego Weekday Ticket

This ticket is valid for one single day admission to SeaWorld San Diego on any one WEEKDAY. Price for ages 3-up is $55.50 (Save over $38.00).

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. And, of course, it’s a top pick for marine life enthusiasts.

This way, you can visit more than once without paying admission each time. (Price: $70.99/ages 3+)

Single Day with FREE All Day Dining (Top Pick)

single day ticket with all day dining for ages 3-up is $90.99 (regular price $127.98).

Disneyland® Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood & SeaWorld San Diego Combo Ticket Deal

*Temporarily Not Available”

This combo deal includes unlimited, back-and-forth admission to both Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure® Theme Parks with a 3-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper®, 1 day at Universal Studios Hollywood & up to 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego. (Price: $581.24/adults and $558.24/kids)

San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, + SeaWorld San Diego Combo Deal

This combo deal includes 1 day at the San Diego Zoo, and 1 day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego. (Price: $172.99/adults and $152.99/kids)

San Diego’s Fab 4 Combo Deal

This is for those planning to hit all four major theme parks. This Combo Pass includes 1-Day San Diego Zoo ticket, 1-Day San Diego Zoo Safari Park ticket, 1-Day Legoland California and up to 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego.

SeaWorld San Diego & San Diego Zoo Combo Deal

Explore San Diego’s attractions. This Combo Pass includes 1-Day San Diego Zoo ticket, 1-Day San Diego Zoo Safari Park ticket, 1-Day Legoland California and up to 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego.

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2. Direct From SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego offers numerous different admission ticket options via its website.

Keep in mind that they charge a $9.99 service fee for online orders.

Any Day Ticket

Visit SeaWorld San Diego any day of the year through December 31, 2020. Tip: Pay about $15 more and get all-day dining with our discount ticket above. (Price: $73.99/ages 3+)

Single-Day Ticket + Eat FREE All Day (aRes Travel Price Above Is Less)

Get admission and free dining at participating restaurants in the park all day. (Price: $93.99/ages 3+) Note that our price above is less.

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: $116.99/person, a $80 savings)

Upgrade to Special Experiences

Through SeaWorld San Diego, it’s possible to upgrade your day to include not only the Quick Queue pass but also a variety of animal experiences ranging from penguins up-close to a behind-the-scenes visit with otters.

Save on SeaWorld San Diego Tickets and Experiences

Note: For multi-day SeaWorld San Diego, you’ll want to consider a Fun Card, Annual Pass, or 7-Day ticket.

3. SeaWorld San Diego Fun Card

Unlimited visits through Dec. 31, 2020 to SeaWorld San Diego. That includes the rest of 2019 FREE and all of 2020 with a Fun Card. This SeaWorld San Diego ticket does have some limited blockout dates.

It also doesn’t provide parking and dining discounts but it’s a great deal seeing that it’s nearly the same price as 1-Day SeaWorld tickets. (Price: $93.99/adults and $88.99/ages 3-9)

4. SeaWorld San Diego Annual Passes

For a bit more than the Fun Card, a SeaWorld San Diego Annual Pass can add more value.

Silver Annual Pass

These annual passes include unlimited admission throughout the year with no blockout dates, two free passes for friends during promotional event dates, free general parking, a 10% discount on dining and shopping, and more. (Price: $120/person)

Gold Annual Pass

The Gold Annual Pass also includes unlimited admission with no blockout dates; free general parking; three free admissions for friends during promotional event dates; up to 50% off of dining, shopping and select animal experiences; 1 free all-day Quick Queue pass, an exclusive animal experience and more. (Price: $150/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: $213/person)

SeaWorld + Aquatica San Diego Annual Passes

You can also buy silver, gold platinum annual passes that will get you into both SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica San Diego. NOTE: Aquatica San Diego opens for its final season ever in May 2020.

Purchase an Annual Pass
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5. Go San Diego (Most Popular San Diego Attractions Pass)

The Go San Diego pass saves up to 55% off of admission to 40+ top San Diego attractions, including SeaWorld San Diego, in three simple steps:

  1. Choose the pass option that best suits you (you can buy an All-Inclusive pass or Build Your Own pass) and buy your pass in advance.
  2. Get your pass on a mobile device or print it at home.
  3. Show the pass at any eligible attraction and you’re in for free.

The All-Inclusive passes are available in 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7-day options, each at different prices. You’ll have 30 days of the first activation to use the Build Your Own pass. 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.

See also: 10 Benefits of the Go San Diego Discounted Attractions Pass


Use promo code SDOSUMMER5 for 5% off
All-Inclusive Go San Diego sightseeing passes.
Offer expires on August 31, 2020. Stacks on top of sale rates!

6. California Explorer Pass (Includes Los Angeles and San Francisco Attractions)

The California Explorer Pass offers an excellent solution for those on a California road trip. Explore 3, 4, or 5 major California attractions over 30 days. Participating attractions include:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • LEGOLAND California
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Warner Brothers Studio Tour
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Knott’s Soak City
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Belmont Park
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • California’s Great America
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Use promo code LJMCAL10 to apply 10% off the California Explorer Pass!
Offer expires August 31, 2020

7. Bundle a Hotel with SeaWorld San Diego Tickets

Hotel + 7 Days at SeaWorld San Diego

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.

8. AAA Discounts (None Available at This Time)

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 or aRes Travel than to use AAA.

9. Military Discounts

Active duty military members and veterans receive special offers through the Waves of Honor program. Military personnel and three direct dependents will each receive one ticket per year.

Discounted Tickets to SeaWorld San Diego

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. Teachers must register by June 30, 2020 for a 2020 Fun Card.

SeaWorld San Diego Tickets FAQs

How much are tickets to SeaWorld in San Diego?

Gate pricing for general admission SeaWorld San Diego tickets is currently $93.99 for ages 3 and up.

How can I get discounted tickets to the park?

We offer up-to-date tips for finding discounted tickets through trusted vendors. The theme park also offers Black Friday sales and limited-time offers throughout the year.

Do children get into the park for free?

Children under the age of two can enter the park for free.

Can you buy packages for SeaWorld and the Zoo?

Yes, you can purchase several multi-park passes. The San Diego 3-For-1 Ticket gets you admission into SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. You can get admission to any of the three attractions with one pass, as long as you plan your visits within seven days of your visit to the first park. The Go San Diego® 3-Day Pass grants you access to more than 40 attractions in the area, but you must visit them within three consecutive days. 

How much is SeaWorld San Diego parking?

General parking for a single car costs $25. Up-close parking costs $28 and VIP parking starts at $35. Annual pass holders receive free general parking. 

Does the park offer annual passes?

Yes, the park offers three versions of the SeaWorld annual pass: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each pass has its own unique perks, but all passes offer unlimited admission, free guest tickets, discounts on dining, free general parking, and more. The Platinum pass provides unlimited visits to 11 other parks across the country. 

What kind of upgrades are available? 

The park offers a number of different upgrades you can purchase, from animal encounters and reserved seating at shows to Quick Queue front-of-the-line access (we recommend this upgrade) and dining specials. These experiences are additional add-ons to your general admission ticket.

Are all the rides included with admission?

All the rides are included with your ticket, except for Bayside Skyride and Skytower. Both rides cost an additional $6 per person.

How do you buy discounted SeaWorld San Diego tickets?

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6 thoughts on “How to Buy Discounted Tickets to SeaWorld San Diego

  1. Do you feel like the current Seaworld specials are as good as they get, or should we hold out and wait for better?

  2. I was thinking about getting annual passes for my daughter and myself – we live in AZ but come over a few times a year. Would it make sense to buy one regular annual pass for the free parking and other benefits, and one Fun Card for the small savings, or is there something I am not considering? Thanks!

    1. I’ve never purchased that combo but I don’t see why it couldn’t work! I just updated the Fun Card link in this post as I clicked on the link I originally had and didn’t see it with the annual pass options. You’ll see it there now.

    1. I do not see the SoCal pass offered in 2018. It seems that the $109.99 pass is the best value because it includes parking.

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