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SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay fall under the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment umbrella, and you can save by buying combo tickets. Regular one-day tickets to SeaWorld cost $89 (adults) and $81 (children ages 3–9), excluding tax, but if you order in advance over the phone or online, you'll save $10 per ticket. Combo-park admission prices are as follows:

SeaWorld/Aquatica $129 adults/$121 children

SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Tampa $139/$131

SeaWorld/Aquatica/Busch Gardens Tampa $159/$151

Flex Ticket (14 days at SeaWorld/Aquatica/Busch Gardens Tampa) $345/$325

Aquatica admission is $55 (adults) and $50 (children 3–9), but if you order online you'll save around $10 per ticket. Add a Banana Beach all-you-can-eat option, and the online price is $55 adults, $50 children.

Reserve Discovery Cove visits well in advance—attendance is limited to about 1,000 a day. Tickets (with a dolphin swim) start at about $229 (off-season) but are generally around $289. Forgo the dolphin swim and save approximately $100. Keep in mind, this park has what they call "dynamic pricing" (i.e., prices change by season and/or without notice). Admission is less expensive the earlier you book, so call well in advance. Either way, the fee includes access to all beach and snorkeling areas and the free-flight aviary; meals and snacks; use of a mask, snorkel, swim vest, towel, locker, and sunscreen; parking; and a pass for 14 days of unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica. Upgrade to an "ultimate" pass (about $20), which includes admission (and free transportation) to Busch Gardens Tampa.

Quick Queue Passes. SeaWorld's Quick Queue passes ($15–$35 per person, depending on the season) get you to the front of the line at major attractions and shows for one admission each. The higher price unlimited pass is good for unlimited admissions. Neither Discovery Cove nor Aquatica has such a pass.

All-Day Dining Deal. Available at select SeaWorld restaurants (Voyager's Smokehouse, Seaport Pizza, Terrace Garden Buffet, The Spice Mill, Seafire Inn, and Mango Joe's), and for multiple meals, adults will pay from $32.99 and kids from $17.99 to chow down on an entrée, side dish, drink, and dessert. Skip it if you plan on having just one meal in the park.

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