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 2018, the ticket price for the SeaWorld Texas THEME PARK ONLY (which does NOT include the new Aquatica Water Park) costs $69 for both children and adults. Ages 2 and under are admitted free. (Note: SeaWorld is free to raise its prices at any time, but this is the current price at the time of this update.)
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, $69 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 multi-visit passes. In 2018, this is once again true. In recent years, the best season pass has been called the "Fun Card." This year, the Fun Card is not being offered at the time of our update. However, a very good discount called the "Silver Pass" is being offered for 2018.
What is a Silver Pass? You can think of it as a no-frills annual pass. There's no free parking with this pass...although you DO get a $10 parking discount on each visit. The best benefit of the Silver Pass is that you can make as many visits as you like for a full 12 months from the time you purchase it. Obviously, this is an excellent entertainment value, because you get a full year'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. This is true once again in 2018. This year's SeaWorld coupon is a combo coupon: Enjoy one day at BOTH SeaWorld AND Aquatica for the same price as a SeaWorld-only admission ticket.
Even if you don't like this particular offer, you'll surely want to visit this site. Why? Because some of San Antonio's other popular attractions ALSO have good coupons posted there! (Six Flags and Ripley's are two crowd-pleasers...and there are still more you might enjoy, as well.)
How do you redeem this coupon? Click on the picture of the SeaWorld combo coupon that says "2 Great Parks--1 Great Price." A separate page opens up where visitors can print out the SeaWorld coupon and take it directly to SeaWorld's ticket booths to redeem it. Here's a link to 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. You may check the San Antonio attraction discounts page of the VisitSanAntonio.com website to see which offer best suits your needs. To purchase SeaWorld discount tickets online, click on the "Attraction Offers" picture. Or to print out the SeaWorld coupons, use the red and yellow link that says "San Antonio 2018 Coupon Book."
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. These flash-sale discounts only last for a couple of hours or days...but those who are lucky enough to catch one can get 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 somewhat bigger than individuals or small families can get. If you join up with your friends so that you all visit SeaWorld in one day, you'll only need 15 people to get the larger discount! There are several restrictions. First of all, one person must pay for all of these tickets...so if you're the person paying, they will need to reimburse you! Group tickets 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 annual passes.
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 a variety 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: At the time of this update, Fun Cards are NOT being offered. They have been replaced by a new discount program called Silver Cards or Silver Passes.
With a SILVER PASS you can return to the Sea World San Antonio theme park as many times as you like for a full year--all for the price of a one-day ticket! (Note: The Silver Card does NOT include admission to the Aquatica water park.) Silver Cards do not include free parking...but you WILL get a $10 parking discount on each visit. (Full-priced parking in 2018 is $22.)
GOLD ANNUAL PASSES to SeaWorld San Antonio: Getting a "gold" annual pass will give you a full 12 months of fun at both the Sea World theme park AND THE AQUATICA WATER PARK, beginning from the date 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!
PLATINUM ANNUAL PASSES TO SEAWORLD & AQUATICA: This is an expensive pass for the die-hard fans who want a luxury park experience. We've had this pass before, and is it ever nice! Not only do you get free parking, you get free PREFERRED parking, which is as close to the entrance gate as you can get. If you've got little kids or seniors in your party, this is a really nice benefit (especially at the end of a long day when everyone feels like they can't walk another step, and you've got a toddler on your shoulders, to top things off.)
With a platinum pass, you also get free reserved seating at popular shows---which is another big benefit to families with wiggly kids (as well as for any group who has a busy day planned, with no time to spare for long waits before show time.) And for those heading to California or Florida within the next year, you'll also get FREE admission to the SeaWorld Parks in those states! (SeaWorld actually has 11 parks in total, which include Busch Gardens locations in Virginia and Florida, plus Sesame Place in Pennsylvania---and you're welcome to visit any of them them FREE with your platinum pass, as well.)
LINK TO FURTHER INFO ABOUT ANNUAL PASSES: To help you find out which SeaWorld pass is best for you, you should carefully read all the information on the park's Annual Pass pages before making a selection.
If you visit the park several times each year, getting an Annual Pass will help you save plenty of money (in comparison to buying one-day tickets each time) in the long run. Passes literally turn what could have been one expensive family outing into a series of money-saving entertainment events that lasts the whole year long!
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! (Sometimes this link can be slow-loading for some reason.)
VETERANS CAN GET DISCOUNTS, TOO: While there's usually not a free-ticket program running for veterans, there is nearly always a special ticket deal that'll get you a good discount. Like the discounts for active military members, these special deals are not available at the gate...so please use the link above to check what's currently available.
2.) Free PRESCHOOLER CARDS for Texas kids in the 3 to 5 age range (Texas residents only, sad to say): Here's an excellent money-saver for families with small children. This discount was new for 2016, then ran again in 2017...and it has been repeated again for 2018! This is a VERY good discount for families, needless to say...because you can't get any cheaper than FREE! Just at the age when children are starting to love rides (and are absolutely crazy about animals,) Sea World makes it much more affordable for their families to explore SeaWorld with them. What family can't use help 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 Preschool Card. When you go to get your child's Preschool Card at the park, 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.
Here's a link to the Free Fun Card for Preschoolers page of SeaWorld's website. This is a time-limited offer---REGISTER BY JUNE 24, 2018!!! (Note: at the time of this update, the SeaWorld website has a snafu. There is no button to click to enroll in the program. You will have to click where it says "Learn More" about the Preschool Celebration day that was on May 20th. That will take you to a page where you WILL find a button that says "Register Here.")
3.) TEACHERS DISCOUNTS: A free 2018 Teacher's Card season pass to SeaWorld San Antonio is being offered to certified Texas teachers. Who is eligible? Those who are credentialed Texas Pre-K thru 12 teachers. You must have an active DOE number to qualify for this special program. You must also pre-register on the SeaWorld website before you can get your free season pass, because this offer is not available at the theme park's ticket booths.
The SeaWorld website's registration page has some detailed information you need to know about before you can successfully complete your enrollment, so please be sure to read through it carefully. To see all the specifics, here's a link to Sea World's Teacher Appreciation page. After reading through the list of requirements and steps you must take to get your card, you will need to register. Next, you will be emailed a voucher to print out. Then finally, you may take your voucher to SeaWorld San Antonio any time up to (and including) Jan. 6, 2019 to redeem it for your Teacher Card. The theme park is open daily during the summer months, but if you'd like to redeem your voucher after Labor Day, you should check the park's calendar to make sure that it will be open on the day you arrive.
Once you have your Teacher Card, then you may use it to make free visits to SeaWorld San Antonio all the way through January 6, 2019. The basic Teacher Card is good ONLY at the SeaWorld theme park, not at the Aquatica water park. However, if you visit Guest Services at SeaWorld San Antonio, you may add Aquatica privileges to your pass for only $30 for the entire summer.