Welcome to the first joint blog post by the two moms behind the Mom’s Guide. We’re always asked, “Which is the better annual pass, Seaworld or the Zoo?” Here are our thoughts AND your chance to win your choice of a Seaworld or San Diego Zoo annual membership!
If you are having a tough time deciding whether or not a zoo membership is the right investment for your family, read on to see why we feel that the money is WELL worth it! Starting at around $100, the San Diego Zoo offers several membership options that can meet almost any budget. And in case you didn’t know, not only do you receive unlimited admission to the zoo, but you also get full access to the Safari Park…so essentially, it’s a two-for-one deal!
Any membership will include extra discount admission coupons, which are great for your out of town visitors. And with the Diamond pass, you can bring in ANY guest for free (bonus, kids under 3 get in free!). The zoo offers great playground equipment, and the safari park even has a water pad for kids to splash in during the summer months.
And if you’re thinking that after a few visits you’ll get bored, think again! You can take a new route almost every time and focus on different areas with different animals. Plus, the zoo always seems to be working on a new exhibit, and allows visitors to ooh and awe at the zoos newest animal babies.
Unlike other attractions, your family can bring in their own food and snacks, so you don’t have to spend extra money if you don’t have to. However, if you do end up making a purchase or two, you’ll feel good knowing that your dollars help support the conservation of many endangered species!
When Mal and Gage were little, we had both the zoo and Seaworld passes. Of course the zoo and safari park are great, but hands down our family has enjoyed Seaworld the most over the years.
Because of its flatter terrain, I found it much easier to get around Seaworld with a double stroller and toddlers who wanted to walk by themselves much of the time. Plus, there is always something going on at Seaworld, whereas quite often the animals at the zoo are sleeping or camouflaged in their habitats, making it hard for the little ones to see.
Over the years we have enjoyed it all — “petting” sea stars, cheering dolphins as they jump and dive, giggling through the Pets Rule show, watching amazing Cirque du Soleil-like water shows, eating breakfast with Sesame Street characters and, of course, enjoying the rides, playgrounds and splash pads. Manta is seriously one of my favorite roller coasters of all time!
Children three and younger are free at Seaworld, and for the past several years a free “preschool pass” has been available for children between 3 and 5 years old. You can get an adult annual pass with complimentary parking on the Seaworld website now for just $155, but you can often find it for less at Costco.
Which would you choose?
This month we will randomly select one Mom’s Guide newsletter subscriber to win her choice of either a zoo / safari park family membership or a Seaworld adult annual membership. Entering for your chance to win is easy! Just comment below with your choice of Seaworld or San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, then read our next newsletter to see if you’re the winner. Not a subscriber? Join here!