SeaWorld San Diego Discounts and Deals

LAST UPDATE: 11/21/17

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

If you need tickets to SeaWorld and other Southern California attractions, it’s worth checking out the available multi-attraction ticket discounts to see if they can save you extra money. Be sure to compare the final cost of a multi-park pass to the combined cost of the individual tickets; the best deal varies depending on the specific attractions and the discounts that are currently available.

In addition to SeaWorld San Diego, there are SeaWorld parks in both Orlando and San Antonio. Click SeaWorld Orlando or SeaWorld San Antonio to check out tickets for those parks.

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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SeaWorld Gate Prices

Regular admission is $89.99 for adults and $88.99 for kids (3-9). Children ages 2 and under are free.

1-Year membership (365 days’ admission, free parking, discounts on additional admission, merchandise and food discounts) is $99.99 for adults or children.

2-Year Platinum membership (2 full years’ admission plus admission to Aquatica San Diego and 9 other SeaWorld parks (excluding Discovery Cove), free parking, discounts on additional guest admission, merchandise and food discounts) is $395 for adults or children.

Parking is $17 per day for cars, $40 for RVs and campers, $17 for motorcycles and from $22 for Up-Close parking.

SeaWorld San Diego Discounts

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SeaWorld Website

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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. There is a $5.99 service fee per order added to online purchases.

SeaWorld San Diego Memberships

New!You can purchase a SeaWorld San Diego SoCal Annual Pass that is good for 1 year from date of purchase. The 1-year pass costs $99.99 for all ages (less than two regular adult one-day admissions). Membership is marketed primarily to locals but you do not have to be a Southern California resident to buy this pass.

This pass includes a host of benefits, including unlimited admission for 12 months to SeaWorld San Diego, with no blackout dates; discounted animal interactions, tours, dining experiences, camps and sleepovers, and two (2) free guest single-day tickets in 2018, which are valid during the months of January – February (1 ticket) and March – April (1 ticket). For Annual Passes purchased at the park, the free parking benefit will begin taking effect on subsequent park visits. Restrictions may apply. Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

New!You can also purchase a 2-year SeaWorld Platinum pass that is valid for 2-years, and gives you unlimited admission with no blackout dates to SeaWorld and Aquatica San Diego, plus 9 other SeaWorld parks for $395 (all ages). This pass includes all of the benefits of the 1-year Annual Pass plus 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.

Discount Tickets from aRes

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aRes Travel offers discounts on SeaWorld San Diego tickets, which you can purchase instantly online and print out (thus no shipping fee). They are an extremely reliable ticket vendor we’ve been recommending for years. They have decades of experience selling Southern California attraction tickets, and have excellent customer service, with real people you can talk to. You can buy from them with confidence. A $2 convenience fee per ticket is added to online orders.

  • New!Kids Go Free tickets are available for single-day visits with adult ticket purchase now through October 31, 2017! There is a $2 convenience fee per ticket. Purchase one Adult Single Day Admission and select one Child Single Day Admission free.
  • New!Most SeaWorld tickets available through aRes are now mobile-friendly and straight-to-turnstile!

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.

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 12/31/17, 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.wavesofhonor.com and complete a form, which you take with you to the theme park along with valid ID.

FREE Teacher Fun Cards

SeaWorld San Diego offers a complimentary Teacher Fun Card plus 2 free Single Day tickets to all active and certified K-12 California and Arizona credentialed school teachers. The Fun Card is valid for unlimited admission to SeaWorld® San Diego through 12/31/17.  Click here for more info.

FREE Preschool Fun Cards

New!Check back in January 2018 for information on the 2018 Preschool Fun Card offer. 2017 Preschool Fun Cards are no longer available. San Diego and Orange County resident kids age 5 and younger can receive complimentary unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Diego through 12/30/17 with the 2017 SeaWorld Preschool Fun Card. Click here for more info. First 10,000 registered preschoolers will receive complimentary Fun Card; after first 10,000, $10 per Fun Card will be charged.

California Residents

California residents sometimes 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.

American Express Membership Rewards Points

If you have an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points, you can redeem those points for Sea World San Diego tickets. Thanks to Kristin K for info.

Hilton Honors

You can redeem Hilton Honors 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 Honors.

Air Miles

Reader reports that Canadians can redeem Air Miles for select SeaWorld San Diego tickets. Thanks to Dawn N for info.

Discounts on Multi-Attraction Tickets that include SeaWorld

If you know you want to visit other attractions as well as SeaWorld, there are a number of discount pass options available that can save you a lot of money, and eliminate the hassle of buying all of your tickets individually. We’ve scouted out some of the best discounts you can find from reputable companies and describe them here. For more details and pricing just click on the pass name.

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Go San Diego Card

Go San Diego Card is an all-inclusive pass that allow you to visit as many attractions as you want within a set number of days (usually 3 to 7 days). You pay one discount price for the number of days you choose. Note that SeaWorld is only included on 3-, 5- and 7-day Go Cards. These work well if you are visiting at least two or three major attractions plus some less expensive attractions. The more attractions you visit, the more you save.

GO_CARD_SDO-smallGo San Diego Card: If you want to fit in as much as you can in 3- to 7-days using one simple pass for one price, consider this all-inclusive pass.  This pass includes SeaWorld San Diego, LegolandSan Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Knott’s Berry Farm, harbor tours, museums, plus multiple other attractions in the San Diego area. The 3, 5 and 7-day Go San Diego Cards includes daily entry into SeaWorld for the duration of the card. You can skip the ticket line at SeaWorld when you choose Instant Delivery at checkout — go straight to the turnstiles and present your pass on your smartphone for immediate entry.

Build Your Own San Diego Pass

Byo_Prod_Phone130x99Select where you want to go from dozens of attractions and build your own custom pass. You’ll save 20% off gate prices when you select 2 or more attractions. You have 30 days from first use to visit your selected attractions.

Build Your Own San Diego Pass: This build-it-yourself pass can include any combination of SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Safari Park and the new Aquatica San Diego, and many other attractions. You can add Los Angeles and Las Vegas attractions to this pass! Passes are good for 30 days from first use.

San Diego Attraction Package Deals

Packages_Phone130x99You can often save the most money if you find a San Diego Attraction Package pass that includes all the attractions you want to visit. You can save 27% to 39% off gate prices! These passes are already fully discounted. Promo codes do not apply. You have 30 days from first use with all of these passes. One favorite with MouseSavers readers is:

Southern California CityPASS California

Southern California CityPASS  includes discounted admission to SeaWorld San DiegoDisneyland and Legoland California. The San Diego Zoo or Safari Park can be added as an option on this pass.

Click here to get an overview of all the multi-attraction passes that we’ve found to offer terrific value.

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. We have not confirmed this independently, but it’s worth a try!

Discounts for Passholders

Hotels near SeaWorld San Diego

Looking for a place to stay near SeaWorld San Diego? Choices are plentiful in the San Diego area near SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, and getting around San Diego is fairly easy by car. If you don’t have a place in mind, we suggest checking out the hotels below. Our recommendations are not the cheapest places you can find– there are plenty of those out there– but we feel they offer a very good value for your dollar. As with our preferred hotels for Disney, we suggest accommodations that will enhance your stay while not breaking the bank. That said, if you are used to Orlando area pricing, you will be in for some sticker shock. Low rates for decent but average hotels start at around $80-$120/night, mid-range hotels start at around $120 and can run upwards to $275/night or higher in peak seasons.

SeaWorld is located at 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, California 92109.

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Hotel Websites

Sometimes the best offers are directly through the hotels’ own websites, and if you are a member of a specific loyalty program, you probably want to search across all of that hotel company’s brands. For example, Hilton owns DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Waldorf Astoria, etc. Here are links to the overall parent company websites where you can search their whole portfolio– use San Diego, California, zip code 92109 to find hotels closest to SeaWorld:

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