July: Sun-Fri 10 am – 9 pm; Sat 10 am – 10 pm
August: Hours vary and park is closed on certain dates. Click Park Hours above for specific dates.
July: Sun – Fri 11 am – 7 pm; Sat 11 am – 8 pm
August: Hours vary. Click Lost Lagoon above for specific times
Here’s how to enjoy SeaWorld San Antonio as if you owned the place.
1. Buy your admission ticket in advance. Several different options.
The best option for families is to buy a full price adult admission ticket for $58.99 and a $5.00 Child’s ticket (3-12 yrs) http://www.seaworldcares.com/ This is a great way to help Wildlife Conservation.
Just show your pass to the staff at any of the rides and he or she will let you go in the side entrance by passing the line. You can only go thru once on most of the rides. The cost is $15.00 per person. Make sure your child meets the height requirements for the rides before you pay for the QQ . The QQ will allow you to maximize your visit, see so much more, and you will avoid hearing your children say” I’m hot, and bored. How much longer? When I was there last, waits were anywhere from 45 minutes to 1:15 minutes.
3. All Day Dining wrist band.
This will allow you to eat as much as you want from the six restaurants. Now there is a limit each time you go thru, but you can go thru as many times as you want. You can also just get a drink, or a bottled water at any of the restaurants as well. TIP> Eat during show times and at off hours if possible. Lines will be shorter. Also if you are just getting a bottled drink, you can go in past the cashier, go to the cooler, take your drink, show the cashier your wrist band and you are on your way. Just to give you an idea of the food prices. An average adult meal will cost around $15-$20 and an average child’s meal will cost around $8.00.
You can bring your own, but SeaWorld San Antonio has plenty to rent.
SWSA allows certain items in the park. Please click above for specifics.
Parking $15.00. You can upgrade to preferred parking for $5 more.
You’ll get wet. You’ll dry off. Click the link above to find out exactly what the policy is.
After you enter the park there are maps all over the place. You must have a map for several reasons. First so you know how to get to where you want to go. It also shows you the times of the shows, what the shows are all about, and where the restaurants are.
All the shows are good, but their newest show, Azul, is not to be missed. I saw it in the afternoon, but I hear that the evening show is even more spectacular. Make sure you get there earlier than the published start time to get a good seat and look for some strange things happening in the audience. Wink wink. Nudge nudge. Other shows have some pre show antics as well.
Each restaurant is different in theme and food. The most expensive restaurant is Rio Loco Bar-b-que, but if you bought the all day dining plan, who cares. Be patient, some food lines can be long. Food is good quality, fresh and filling. Tip: The Shamu chocolate chip cookies in a Shamu bowl are VERY filling. There are 3 of them, and one is enough. Make sure you have something to wash it down with.
Lockers To avoid having to carry all your stuff around the park, you can get an all day locker for $14.00 (front entrance or by the Lost Lagoon water park). When you return the key, you get a $5 gift card for merchandise or food. You can also get a onetime use locker for $1. These are located outside of Rio Loco, Texas Splashdown, Happy Harbor, The Great White, Steel Eel, and Journey to Atlantis.
Feeding the animals On your Map (that you get at the entrance) there is a feeding schedule. Here are the costs for feeding: $6 – tray of fish at Dolphin Cove, $5 - tray of fish at Rocky Point Preserve, and $4 – cup of nectar at Lorikeet Landing. (prices are subject to change). You cannot use your All Day Dining Pass to feed the animals. Sorry.
A couple of valuable tips:
- When you are planning to go to a theme park, always bring a few sandwich plastic zip lock bags. You can place your wallet, cell phone and anything else you don’t want to get wet.
- Give your children a coach’s whistle in case they get lost. Put it on a ribbon so they can wear it around their neck. The sound may be annoying, but, you will be able to find them quicker.
Who is that mapped man? It’s the Texas Travelin’ Man.