Sea World San Diego has several ticket options, which are listed below. They also offer a selection of special experiences. Sea World may change its programs at any time, but these are the list prices for tickets at the gate as of January 2016. Don't think we made a mistake with those numbers; at that time, the one-day, length of stay and Fun Card prices were all the same.
Anyone age 10 and older pays adult admission for Sea World San Diego tickets.
Children's prices apply between age 3 and 9. Little ones 2 years old and younger get in free.
- Single Day Sea World San Diego Tickets: $73.00 adult, $73.00 children
- Fun Card: $87.00 adult, $87.00 children (with a few blackout dates)
- Dining Bundle Includes 1 day admission and All-Day-Dining at participating restaurants in the park $103.00 adult, $103.00 children
- All-Inclusive Pass: $123 per person includes single day pass, front-of-the- line access, All-Day-Dining at participating restaurants in the park and souvenir photo
- Silver Annual Pass: Unlimited visits, free parking. $159.00 for one year, with no discounts for children. Monthly payments are available.
- Seaworld+ Aquatica: Unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica San Diego, plus free parking. $219 for one year, with no discounts for children
- Platinum Passport: Free parking, reserved seating, bonus admission and guest seating tickets, plus free admission to other SeaWorld parks. $395.00 for two years. Monthly payments are available.
- Quick Queue: Go to the front of the line at selected rides. Price is $20 and The $25 Premier version offers unlimited priority boarding and reserved seating at all of the shows. It's not immediately obvious how to buy a Quick Queue pass along with a ticket on the Sea World website - just look for the Don't Forget tab at the top of the shopping cart for the Quick Queue links
- Parking: $17 for cars ($22 to park close to the gate and $30 for VIP), $21 for RVs and campers, $12 for motorcycles
Easy Ways to Get Sea World San Diego Tickets at a Discount
You may be able to reduce your bill for Sea World San Diego tickets by using some of these discounts and strategies.
- Buying your tickets on a mobile device: You can buy your tickets from a smart phone or tablet and get a barcode that can be scanned at the gate.
- Go San Diego Card: This multi-attraction pass may save your money, depending on what other attractions you want to see. Here's our evaluation of the Go San Diego Card.
- Southern California CityPASS: This pass can save you money if you plan to visit Universal Studios, the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland and California Adventure during the same trip as Sea World. Find out more about whether it's the right choice for you in the Southern California CityPASS guide. Buy it online and skip the line at the gate or get it at any of the participating parks. $346 adult, $314 children
- San Diego 3-for-1 Pass: Valid for the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Sea World San Diego. $189 adult, $169 children. You can buy it online at the Sea World website.
Other Sea World San Diego Discounts
- San Diego area grocery stores or drugstores often offer discount coupons for Sea World San Diego tickets. So do the tourist publications available in hotel lobbies. You'll have to stand in line at the ticket booth to redeem them.
- If you are a member of AAA, AARP, a union or other organization or work for a large company, ask about discounts on Sea World San Diego tickets
- Throughout 2016, active members of the military and as many as three direct dependents can get a single-day complimentary admission. Check details and register ahead of time.
- It may look like a good deal on the surface, but we don't recommend buying your tickets through eBay, Craigslist, and similar sites. There's a high risk of buying a counterfeit, expired or used ticket.
You may find ticket/transportation packages for sale, and if you don't mind the rigid time schedule, they can be a good way to get there. Be a smart consumer, though: check the total price before you buy. We've seen prices as much as $25 per person more than the full ticket price - and even services that offer a "free" shuttle can cost you more than discounted tickets and a one-day car rental.