Although situated more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the Gulf of Mexico, SeaWorld San Antonio brings the seven seas to the heart of Texas through its series of animal exhibits (bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, and beluga whales, among others), educational shows and demonstrations, thrill rides, and water features. Part amusement park, part water park, and part zoo, this popular San Antonio attraction is a hit with visitors of all ages.
SeaWorld San Antonio is one of Texas’ most popular family attractions and an excellent place to learn about marine animals while supporting critical conservation efforts. Visitors can choose a single park admission ticket to SeaWorld or a combo ticket that also grants entrance to Aquatica San Antonio, SeaWorld’s waterpark. Besides general admission, which includes access to animal exhibits and rides, visitors can add upgrades, such as an all-day dining pass, skip-the-line access to the most popular rides, or enhanced animal encounters, for additional fees.
Things to Know Before You Go
- SeaWorld is a must-visit for families with kids and thrill-seekers.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- A limited number of strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent inside the park.
- Lockers can be found outside all of SeaWorld’s rides.
- Be prepared for long lines at SeaWorld’s thrill rides, especially during the peak summer season.
How to Get There
SeaWorld San Antonio is on the western edge of San Antonio, off Highway 151. Paid parking is available in a general or preferred lot.
When to Get There
The park is open daily from Memorial Day through late August, from Friday to Sunday during the month of October and from April to Memorial Day, and on select days during November, December, and early January. The park is closed in early January to April. For the best combination of sparse crowds and cool weather, plan your visit for a Friday during fall or spring. If you’re visiting in summer and want to beat the crowds, try June when it’s not too hot and some schools are still in session.
Holidays at SeaWorld San Antonio
If you don’t mind braving the crowds, SeaWorld San Antonio pulls out all the stops for the holidays. On select days in September and October, families enjoy the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular, featuring trick-or-treating and a hay maze. At night after 7pm, Howl-O-Scream kicks into gear; it includes six scare zones and five haunted houses and is not recommended for visitors under 13. During the park’s Christmas Celebration, visitors are treated to visits with Santa, festive foods, and some 8 million twinkling lights.