SeaWorld San Diego Discounts and Deals

LAST UPDATE: 4/9/14

SeaWorld San Diego runs many promotions that can save you money. Check below for the latest SeaWorld San Diego discounts, coupons and offers.

All offers are subject to change without notice. Always call ahead and confirm before driving out of your way to take advantage of a particular offer!

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Regular Gate Prices

Regular admission is $84 for adults and $78 for kids (3-9).

1-Year membership (365 days’ admission, free parking, discounts on additional admission, merchandise and food discounts) is $145 for adults or children.

2-Year membership (2 full years’ admission, free parking, discounts on additional admission, merchandise and food discounts) is $220 for adults or children.

Parking is $15 per day for cars, $20 for RVs and campers, $11 for motorcycles and $20 for Up-Close parking.

SeaWorld San Diego Discounts

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SeaWorld Website

Check the SeaWorld San Diego website for current special offers, but make sure you compare their offers to deals listed below. Check out  the Multi-Park Tickets & Passes section on this page before purchasing multi-park passes (SeaWorld + San Diego Zoo, Universal Studios etc.) on the SeaWorld site. You can often find a slightly better deal than what’s offered on the SeaWorld site.

SeaWorld San Diego Memberships

You can purchase membership passes for SeaWorld San Diego, good for either 1 or 2 years. The 1-year pass costs $145 for all ages (less than two regular adult one-day admissions); the 2-year pass costs $220 for all ages. Membership is marketed primarily to locals but you do not have to be a Southern California resident to buy this pass. It has no blackout dates and includes a host of benefits, including unlimited admission for 12 or 24 months to SeaWorld San Diego; FREE general parking; up to $15 off single-day guest admission and 20% off guided tours; 10% off food and merchandise; savings on rides, sleepovers and summer camps; savings on Animal Interaction Programs at SeaWorld San Diego (September – May only); exclusive members-only events and previews; and 50% off admission to other participating SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment locations, excluding Discovery Cove.*

*Participating SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment locations include SeaWorld San Antonio; SeaWorld and Aquatica®, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando; Busch Gardens Africa and Adventure Island® in Tampa Bay; Busch Gardens® Europe and Water Country USA® in Williamsburg; and Sesame Place® in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Present your active SeaWorld San Diego Membership when visiting participating parks.

SeaWorld San Diego Platinum Pass

The Platinum Pass costs $395 for all ages. It provides unlimited admission for 24 months to participating SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment locations throughout the US.* It is marketed primarily to locals but you do not have to be a Southern California resident to buy one. The Platinum Pass is a great option if you plan to visit multiple parks in the next two years.

This pass includes FREE general parking (or Preferred Parking when available at SeaWorld San Diego only); one FREE single-day SeaWorld San Diego guest admission ticket per year; 20% off single-day guest admission and guided tours at SeaWorld San Diego; 10% off food and merchandise; savings on sleepovers and summer camps at SeaWorld San Diego; savings on Animal Interaction Programs at SeaWorld San Diego; exclusive members-only events and previews at SeaWorld San Diego; and reserved seating area at all SeaWorld San Diego shows (when available).

All NEW SeaWorld San Diego Platinum Pass vouchers must be redeemed at SeaWorld San Diego before being accepted at other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment locations.

*Excludes Discovery Cove. Participating SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment locations include SeaWorld San Antonio; SeaWorld and Aquatica®, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando; Busch Gardens Africa and Adventure Island® in Tampa Bay; Busch Gardens® Europe and Water Country USA® in Williamsburg; and Sesame Place® in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

aRes Travel

aRes Travel is a very reliable online ticket broker and travel agency that offers discounts on SeaWorld San Diego tickets. Click here and scroll down to view their prices.

Southwest Airlines Discount

Show your Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards card at the ticket booth and get 20% off a regular one-day admission. Do the math: this is frequently the best discount available. Limit 4 admissions per card. It is FREE to join Rapid Rewards, and you can get your membership number instantly when you sign up on the Southwest website. Hit the print button when it pops up. SeaWorld will accept a computer printout of your Rapid Rewards card (you don’t have to wait for the “real” one to arrive in the mail). Although this offer disappeared from the Southwest website in late 2009, it appears to be still valid in 2014.

Fast Food & Grocery Store Promotions

Fast food restaurants and grocery stores frequently offer SeaWorld discounts. When we hear about them, we will list them here. If no expiration date is listed, the date is unknown and the offer may end at any time.

Visit California Coupon

Click here to print out a coupon for $8 off Adults or Child one-day admission. Good for up to 6 admissions. Expires 12/31/14.

Costco Ticket Discount

Some Costco stores in Southern California carry discounted SeaWorld San Diego tickets from time to time. These are often a great deal, so it’s worth checking with your local store.

Costco.com sometimes offers a very good discount on SeaWorld San Diego tickets and you don’t have to be a Costco member to buy through their site. (Non-members pay a 5% surcharge, however.) There is a shipping charge when ordering from Costco.com. Thanks to Kimberly for info.

AAA Discounts

AAA members can usually get admission discounts, and sometimes discounts on other things such as food or merchandise.

FREE Tickets for Military

Through 12/31/14, members of the military (active duty military, active reservists, National Guard, Coast Guard) and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with complimentary admission. You must register in advance at www.herosalute.com and complete a form, which you take with you to the theme park along with valid ID. Note: This offer pertains to Canadian military as well as US military. Thanks to Pam R for info.

California Residents

California residents often enjoy special discounts, which can be purchased on the SeaWorld San Diego website. Resident ID and credit card used to purchase your tickets are both required at point of park entry.

Hilton HHonors

You can redeem Hilton HHonors points for SeaWorld San Diego tickets. Click here to read about this award (choose country, then Gift Cards & Certificates/Entertainment). Click here to read more about HHonors.

Air Miles

Canadians can redeem Air Miles for select SeaWorld San Diego tickets. See the Air Miles site for details. Thanks to Dawn N for info.

Aeroplan Miles

Canadians can redeem Aeroplan Miles for select SeaWorld San Diego tickets. See the Aeroplan site for details.

Multi-Park Tickets & Passes

Southern California Gray Line Day Tour

Southern California Gray Line (formerly Pacific Coast Sightseeing) offers an 11-hour bus tour from Anaheim to SeaWorld San Diego. Courtesy hotel pick-up for the tour is provided from most Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove area hotels. The tour is especially suitable for those who are not comfortable with driving the California freeways, since all of the ground transportation from place to place is provided.

Regular cost for the SeaWorld San Diego tour is $83 for adults and $73 for kids (3-9).

  • Click here to print an exclusive coupon for MouseSavers.com readers: $3 off your SeaWorld San Diego tour! Expires 6/30/14.

Other Deals

AAA Discounts

AAA members may qualify for a discount on the higher-end meals where you get to view or interact with animals, such as Dine With Shamu! Be sure to ask when reserving or paying.

According to MouseSavers.com reader Susan B, AAA membership gets you 2-for-1 on the Bayside Skyride or Skytower. I have not confirmed this independently, but it’s worth a try!

Discounts for Passholders