In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of exciting Sea World San Antonio attractions. What could be more fun than visiting Sea World in Texas? Not much...unless it's visiting Sea World with a nice discount!
Discounts for SeaWorld and the Aquatica water park
How much do SeaWorld San Antonio tickets cost?
How much do one-day tickets to Sea World San Antonio cost at the gate? For Spring and Summer 2017, the ticket price for the SeaWorld Texas THEME PARK ONLY (which do NOT include the new Aquatica Water Park) cost $68 for both children and adults. Ages 2 and under are admitted free.
If you were visiting the Sea World locations in California or Orlando, the Texas prices would seem cheap to you by comparison. In both of those locations, Sea World tickets cost over $90 each! (Yes, just for ONE day!)
But even so, $68 is still a lot of money...so why would you want to pay any more than you have to? Discounts are almost always available. If you plan ahead, you won't be stuck paying full-price once you reach Sea World's ticket booths.
SeaWorld San Antonio discount tickets, coupons & deals
Good ways to save money on one-day tickets
1.) Sea World almost ALWAYS offers some type of an online discount. If you have a debit or credit card...and a printer...then you can take advantage of SeaWorld Park's print-at-home specials. Here's a link to the SeaWorld website's ticketing pages where you may check for current specials and deals.
SeaWorld San Antonio's best discounts are traditionally on "Fun Cards." In 2017, this is once again true.
What is a Fun Card? You can think of it as a no-frills annual pass. There's no free parking with this pass...and no discounts on food or merchandise. BUT...with the Fun Card, you can make as many visits as you like until the expiration date. It's an excellent entertainment value, because you get many month's worth of fun for the price of one day. Especially if you live in the San Antonio area, there's really no reason not to get one. You come out way ahead even if you only go to SeaWorld twice in the year. Considering that the park offers very nice seasonal events for Halloween and Christmas, it's really easy to find yourself at SeaWorld Texas several times (or more.)
For out-of-towners who really, truly know that they cannot visit the park more than once this year, it can be difficult to find a deep discount on one-day tickets. However, you can certainly find SMALL discounts. SeaWorld San Antonio's own print-at-home savings are usually in the $5 to $10 range. The exact amount varies throughout the year.
2.) SanAntonioAttractions.com usually offers printable Sea World San Antonio Coupons. As of February 2017, this year's SeaWorld coupon hasn't been posted yet---although some of the other local attractions DO have their new coupons posted. (Six Flags and Ripley's are two of them.)
Once SeaWorld posts its coupon, then visitors can print them out and take the coupons to SeaWorld's ticket booths to redeem them. You may check to see if a SeaWorld coupon is currently available by visiting the the San Antonio attraction discounts page of the organization's website.
3.) VisitSanAntonio.com's S.A.V.E. program: The city of San Antonio's tourism website can help you get good discounts to Sea World San Antonio.
You can purchase SeaWorld tickets online here. Also, there is always an annual coupon book for San Antonio attractions that you can download from this website. HOWEVER, at the time of this update (in February) the 2017 coupon book isn't ready yet. You may check the San Antonio attraction discounts page of the VisitSanAntonio.com website to see if the coupons have become available.
4.) Hotel tourist brochure racks in and around Texas also feature discount coupons from time to time. You may wish to check your hotel's free tourist handouts if you have forgotten to print up a discount coupon before leaving home.
5.) Selected hotels also sell SeaWorld discount tickets at their front desks and/or offer room & ticket discount packages. Be sure to ask your hotel if they're one of the San Antonio hotels who offer either of these perks for SeaWorld visitors. Sometimes hotels sell the tickets separately from the price of your room, while others may offer a ticket & lodging package discount.
6.) SeaWorld's Facebook page occasionally announces surprise discounts: It doesn't happen often, but you may wish to check SeaWorld San Antonio's Facebook page before you head out to the theme park. Why? Because there are occasionally times when you might catch a spur-of-the-moment discount. For example, back on March 9th this year, a quick discount of $20-off per ticket was announced. The generous discount only lasted for a couple of days...but those who were lucky enough to spot it got some good savings!
7.) AAA discounts to SeaWorld San Antonio aren't very good...only a few dollars off a one-day ticket. However, if you arrive at SeaWorld without planning ahead, it's still better than no discount at all. Show your card at the SeaWorld ticket booth to redeem this deal.
8.) Group Discounts to SeaWorld San Antonio: Group discounts for one-day tickets are much bigger than individuals or families can get. If you join up with your friends so that you all visit SeaWorld in one day, you'll only need 15 of you to get the larger discount! There are several restrictions. First of all, one person must pay for all of these tickets. They must all be purchased at the same time with the same credit or debit card. Also, group discounts are only valid on one-day tickets... and NOT on Fun Cards.
Here's a link to the Group Tickets page of SeaWorld's website, where you can make your purchase or find out further info.
SeaWorld San Antonio Fun Cards & Annual Passes...
...probably the best deal for fans of Sea World Texas
Sea World also offers Fun Cards and Annual Passes, which will help you save money if you want to visit the park more than one time this year.
SeaWorld San Antonio Fun Cards: With a FUN CARD you can return to Sea World as many times as you like beginning now, all the way through December 31st--all for the price of a one-day ticket! (Note: There are two types of Fun Cards sold. The basic Fun Card does NOT include admission to the Aquatica water park. The 2-park Fun Card DOES include Aquatica. Sometimes BOTH of these Fun Cards are available for purchase, and other times only one type of Fun Card is made available.) Fun Cards do not include free parking.
ANNUAL PASSES to SeaWorld San Antonio: Getting an annual pass will give you a full 12 months of fun at Sea World, beginning from the time when you purchase your pass. (For example, if you get your annual pass in July, you may keep using it clear until the following July.) In addition, you get FREE parking every time you visit Sea World San Antonio---plus discounts on merchandise and dining!
There are several different types of annual passes you can get. To help you find out which SeaWorld pass is best for you, you should carefully read all the information on the park's Fun Card and Annual Pass pages before making a selection.
If you visit the park several times each year, getting a Fun Card or an Annual Pass will help you save plenty of money (in comparison to buying one-day tickets each time) in the long run.
San Antonio Explorer Card
Great savings on multiple attractions
GOOD MULTI-ATTRACTION DISCOUNT PLAN! Will you be visiting several attractions during your San Antonio vacation?
Most out-of-town families will. And this new program can make it possible for you to save money on SeaWorld AND the other attractions you visit, as well.
How does it work? You purchase a pass that's good at the attractions you select. (There are several plans and prices.) Then, you print out your passes and take them directly to the attractions that you've selected. It's that simple. Our family has used passes from this company. (They've operated in other cities for many years.) We enjoyed the convenience---and the savings, as well.
Besides SeaWorld, what other attractions can you choose to visit? They include the San Antonio Zoo, the Natural Bridge Caverns, the Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour, the Ripley's attractions, a Rio San Antonio Cruise...plus several others. The biggest drawback is that you can't get Six Flags Fiesta Texas on your card. Yes, Six Flags IS a part of the Explorer Card program. But for some reason, you can't choose BOTH SeaWorld AND Six Flags on the same card.
Despite that one drawback, it's a good deal if you're already planning to visit the other attractions that are on the list. The card claims that you'll get a 40% savings. That's not quite accurate, since they're figuring that you'd pay full price to visit SeaWorld without them. No, you wouldn't. You'd get some kind of a discount. But even so, you'll still end up saving around 30%...which isn't bad at all. To see the full listing and get further details, here's a link to the San Antonio Explorer Card website.
FREE Sea World tickets for Military, Pre-Schoolers & Teachers
1.) FREE tickets for members of the military and their families: If you're in the military, you can get one free Sea World ticket each year...and free tickets for up to 3 dependents, too! How do you qualify? Here are Sea World's direct words, so there won't be any confusion. They say: "Waves of Honor permits any active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year." (Note: this program was formerly called "Here's to the Heroes.") If you'd like to register for the program, here's a link to SeaWorld's "Waves of Honor" website where you can sign up!
2.) Free FUN CARDS for Texas pre-schoolers (residents only, sad to say): Here's an excellent money-saver for families with small children. This discount was new for 2016, and it has been repeated again this year! This is a very good discount for families, and makes it more affordable to explore SeaWorld San Antonio during those money-sapping years when the kids are little & expenses come at you from every side.
What's the deal? You need to register your child through a special page on the SeaWorld website. You'll then need to print out a voucher that you can take to the park's ticket booths to exchange for the real Fun Card. When you go to get your child's Fun Card, you'll need to bring two types of ID-- one for yourself and one for your child. You will need to prove your Texas residency. And your child will need proof of age (by birth certificate or passport.) Then, you'll be good to go for the rest of the year! You can make as many park visits as you like during that time.
3.) TEACHERS DISCOUNTS: A free 2017 Fun Card is being offered to certified Texas teachers again this year. Who is eligible? Those holding a Texas DOE number. This is good news because it means that the program has been expanded this year to include pre-school, day care, home-school or college professors who have one of these numbers. (It was previously restricted to K-12 teachers only.)
The registration page is long and requires detailed information, so be sure to read through it carefully. To see all the specifics, here's a link to Sea World's Teacher Appreciation page. Note: The park is recommending that you use the Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers, but not Internet Explorer.
Once you have your Fun Card, then you may use it to make free visits to SeaWorld San Antonio all the way through December 31st.