The San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego are among the top San Diego attractions. Both focus on animals to a certain degree, but the offerings and vibe at each differ significantly.
Regarding the ticket price, San Diego Zoo edges out SeaWorld San Diego as a higher-value destination. Why? The tickets are usually less expensive – but not always.
1-Day Pass: Costing $65 for adults and $55 for children ages 3 to 11, the 1-Day Pass provides admission as well as a Guided Bus Tour, a ride on the Skyfari Aerial Tram.
Date-Specific Tickets: Tickets for a single day’s admission begin at $99.99. This admission includes access to most of the rides and shows within SeaWorld San Diego.
The all-inclusive Go San Diego Pass includes both San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego admission in addition to over 50 other local attractions.
SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Zoo boast a variety of animal exhibits. That said, there’s no question that the zoo offers a lot more variety — not surprising, given that animal displays are the core of its appeal.
A visit here takes you on a tour around the globe’s spectacularly diverse ecosystems and shows off just how varied and magnificent their lifeforms are.