Frequently Asked Questions

All guests must make a reservation to enter SeaWorld during the Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews limited-time experience. 

Any tickets acquired prior to the Zoo Days partial park reopening are not valid for entry to SeaWorld during Zoo Days. This includes Single Day, Multi-day, Waves of Honor, Friends for Free and Friends & Family tickets. Pass Members and Fun Card Holders, including Preschool and Teacher Fun Card Holders get FREE admission to Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews with online purchase of a date-specific food & beverage lanyard. Please see below for details and instructions.

 

 

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I am a Pass Member or Fun Card holder. How do I access the park during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

Pass Members and Fun Card Holders get FREE admission to Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews with online purchase of a date-specific food & beverage lanyard for only $30. Lanyard must be purchased by logging into your account here. You will be asked to reserve your visit date during the checkout process.

What is SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews is a new, limited capacity, outdoor, ticketed and reservation-required experience that includes fan-favorite marine life* animal presentations and outdoor exhibits, a six-punch food & beverage lanyard to experience our chef-created BBQ and paired craft beer offerings, and in-park shopping opportunities.

BBQ selections are included with your six-punch lanyard! Delight your taste buds with mouthwatering BBQ, while exploring 40 acres of the park’s expansive property with physical distancing measures in place. With plenty of outdoor seating, you are in for a treat with a wide variety of chef-designed food items like specialty beer-infused BBQ Brisket Sliders, Shrimp Tacos, Grilled Fish Tacos Al Pastor, Impossible Burgers, German Bratwurst and more. You will embark on a food journey across the park and enjoy delicious specialty BBQ menu items designed by our talented culinary team.

Beer selections are included with your six-punch lanyard! Beer lovers can cool down with a choice of a new expansive curated selection of cold brews, including many SoCal favorites, available throughout the park. Enjoy a variety of local craft brews from Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewing Company, AleSmith Brewing Company, Mike Hess Brewing, Thorn Street Brewing Co. and Coronado Brewing Company. Wine and other alcoholic beverages are included with your six-punch lanyard.

Safely roam the spacious park grounds to enjoy our incredible open-air, outdoor animal viewing exhibits with animals including Orcas, Sharks, Sea Turtles, Explorer’s Reef with Bamboo Sharks, Cleaner Fish and Horseshoe Crabs and Rays, Sea Lions, Otters, Penguins, Dolphins, Flamingos and more! Also attend SeaWorld’s world-famous Dolphin, Sea Lion and Orca Encounter live educational presentations with physically distant seating. And for a more interactive experience you can purchase additional tickets for Dolphin Encounter (reservations required), Sea Lion Feeding and Ray Feeding.

Each ticket for this limited-time experience includes park entry, access to all outdoor animal exhibits and presentations as well as a six-punch food & beverage lanyard. The lanyard will include six food or drink items (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) of your choice to indulge in new offerings throughout the day while exploring the vast park grounds. Additional punches will also be available for purchase in the park if you would like more than six selections.

Date-specific tickets for this experience must be purchased online in advance to help manage in-park capacity. The number of tickets available each day is limited.

*SeaWorld San Diego has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums for decades and has achieved Humane Conservation status, a certification program of American Humane.

Do I need to buy a ticket to experience Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

Guests must purchase a date-specific Zoo Days ticket + six-punch lanyard bundle online here, prior to arriving to the park to experience Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews and to receive their six-punch Tasting Lanyard.

Pass Members and Fun Card Holders get FREE admission to Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews with online purchase of a date-specific food & beverage lanyard for only $30. Lanyard must be purchased by logging into your account here. You will be asked to reserve your visit date during the checkout process.

Can I purchase a Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews ticket on the same day as my planned visit?

Yes, guests can purchase a date-specific ticket on the same day of a planned visit if there is reservation inventory still available. Guests must purchase a date-specific Zoo Days ticket + six-punch lanyard bundle online here. Pass Members and Fun Card Holders must log into their accounts here to purchase a date-specific, six-punch food & beverage lanyard.

Can I purchase my Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews ticket at the park?

No, tickets to Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews are limited and reservation-based, and must be purchased online, here.

 

Pass Members and Fun Card Holders get FREE admission to Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews with online purchase of a date-specific food & beverage lanyard for only $30. Lanyard must be purchased by logging into your account here.You will be asked to reserve your visit date during the checkout process.

What is included in my Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews reservation?

Your Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews reservation includes access to 40 acres of SeaWorld's expansive outdoor park grounds and:

  • 6-punch Lanyard for Your Choice of Food or Drink Selections
    Included with admission is your 6-punch BBQ & Brews Lanyard valid for BBQ, beer, wine or cocktail selections at any restaurant, food cart or bar (one punch per food or alcoholic beverage selection). Two non-alcoholic beverages and/or bottled waters are valid for one punch.

  • Access to select Animal Presentations
    Includes Orca Encounter, Sea Lions Live and Dolphin Days. Stadium capacity will be limited due to physical distancing. Reserved Seating is not required to attend animal presentations with physical distancing, but is recommended and available for purchase here.

    Reserved Seating is 50% off for Pass Members and Fun Card Holders at account log-in here (FREE for Platinum Pass Members and available on a first come-first served basis)

  • Access to select Animal Exhibits
    Includes Explorer’s Reef with Bamboo Sharks, Cleaner Fish and Horseshoe Crabs and Rays, Dolphin Point, Orca Underwater Viewing, Shark Encounter, Turtle Reef, Sea Lion Point, Penguin Encounter, Otter Outlook, Rays and Flamingos.

  • Sesame Street® Character Meet-and-Greets
    Wave hello and take photos with your favorite furry friends!

Can I purchase additional lanyards for myself with my reservation?

No, only one six-punch lanyard is permitted per day, per ticket purchase. Additional food & beverage punches will be available for purchase inside the park.

Where in the park can I redeem my six food & beverage lanyard punches?

Guests may redeem their six food and drink lanyard punches at any open dining establishment in the park, including restaurants, food carts and bars.

Can I purchase additional punches to redeem for food and beverages if I use all of my original six punches on my lanyard?

Guests may purchase additional punches at kiosks throughout the park. Check the park map for locations. Pass Members will receive discounts on additional punch purchases (discount is based on Pass Member tier level, and corresponding in-park dining discount).

Can I purchase food and drinks at restaurants or carts using cash or credit?

No, restaurants and carts will not be equipped with registers in order to limit contact. Guests must use punches on their six-punch lanyards to receive food and beverages.

I reserved a date for my Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews visit, but now I need to change the date. What do I do?

To reschedule your reservation date, click here. You will need the email address used for your reservation, and your order number.

I am a Preschool or Teacher Fun Card Holder, am I eligible for for Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews access?

Yes, Teacher and Preschool Fun Card holders get FREE admission to Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews with online purchase of a date-specific food & beverage lanyard for only $30. Lanyard must be purchased by logging into your account here. You will be asked to reserve your visit date during the checkout process.

I am not a Pass Member or Fun Card holder. How do I purchase my Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews ticket?

Tickets for this special experience must be purchased on the SeaWorld San Diego website here. You will be asked to reserve your visit date during the checkout process.

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What are the dates and hours of Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews Hours:

  • 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews Dates:

  • August 28th, 29th, 30th (Friday - Sunday)
  • September 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th (Friday - Labor Day Monday)
  • September 11th, 12th, 13th (Friday - Sunday)
  • September 18th, 19th, 20th (Friday - Sunday)
  • September 25th, 26th, 27th (Friday - Sunday)

How much is parking?

General daily parking for the experience is $25. Pass Members will receive their regular parking entitlements (free or discounted rate, depending on tier level).

What do I need to bring with me to access the park?

Guests visiting will need to bring the following in order to enter the park:

1. Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews reservation confirmation (printed or on your mobile device)
2. Photo ID (Driver’s License, Passport)
3. Annual Pass or Fun Card (Members Only)*
*Strictly enforced – each individual Annual Pass & Fun Card lanyard reservation will require proof of membership at park entry via unique barcode. 

4. Face Covering (must be worn prior to park arrival. For details on face coverings and other health & safety FAQs, click here)

How do I enter the park for Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

All guests will enter the parking lot through the toll plaza. Guests must be wearing face coverings prior to arriving to the park entry gates. Once at the entry gates, guests will be directed to enter the temperature check screening area, to the right of the main entrance. For more information on health & safety changes we've made at the SeaWorld experience, click here.

When and how will I get my Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & six-punch food & beverage lanyard?

Lanyards will be picked up on the date of your ticket reservation, at the park turnstile (after security and temperature checks).

Will there be healthy or vegetarian menu options available at Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

Yes, healthy menu items such as the BBQ Chicken Caesar Salad, and vegetarian options such as the Impossible™ Burger, Fried Green Tomato Sliders, and Grilled Veggie & Hummus Wraps will be available.

Will there be Gluten-Free options available?

Yes, we will have some gluten-free options available.

Will the entire park be open?

No, this is a limited-capacity special experience, and select areas of the park will be closed or inaccessible, including all coasters, rides and arcade games due to State of California health and safety COVID guidelines.

Which animal experiences will be open during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

Animal Presentations (subject to schedule)

  • Orca Encounter
  • Sea Lions Live
  • Dolphin Days

Animal Attractions (subject to schedule)
  • Explorer’s Reef with Bamboo Sharks, Cleaner Fish and Horseshoe Crabs
  • Dolphin Point
  • Orca Underwater
  • Rays
  • Flamingos
  • Sea Lion Point
  • Otter Outlook
  • Penguin Encounter (Open with 25% capacity from 12pm - 5pm)
  • Shark Encounter (Open with 25% capacity from 11am - 6pm)
  • Turtle Reef (Open with 25% capacity from 11am - 6pm)

Which dining establishments will be open during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

The following dining establishments will be open for Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ and Brews menu items only (subject to change):

  • Shipwreck Reef Café
  • Mama Stella’s
  • Calypso Bay Smokehouse
  • Explorer’s Café
  • Craft Beer Carts
  • Shark Market
  • Orca West & Orca East

Will coasters & rides be open during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

Coasters, rides and arcade games will not be open during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews. The State of California has not issued theme park reopening guidelines, which has resulted in the temporary closure of all coasters and rides, including Skytower, Bayside Skyride and Sesame Street® Bay of Play children’s play area.

Which animal tours & encounters will be open during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

The following animal tours & encounters will be open/available, but are not included with your entry ticket and must be purchased and reserved separately.

  • Dolphin Encounter – reservation required prior to your visit, purchase online here
  • Sea Lion Feeding – purchase inside park, at Sea Lion kiosk
  • Ray Feeding – purchase inside park, at Ray kiosk

Why am I only able to add one person to my Dolphin Encounter purchase?

The reservation pricing shown is for one guest. You will be able to add up to 5 additional guests to your reservation when you check in to the Dolphin Encounter interaction inside the park.

Which merchandise locations will be open during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

The following shops will be open:

  • SeaWorld Store
  • Whale Shop
  • Penguin Gifts
  • Shark Shack
  • Turtle Rescue Shop
  • Strollers/Rentals

What is SeaWorld San Diego doing to ensure guest health and safety in light of coronavirus concerns?

In compliance with state safety guidelines for zoos, SeaWorld, a licensed, permitted and accredited zoo, will operate with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements, and temperature screenings. Park capacity will be limited per day to create ample space for guests to enjoy their experience, while maintaining physical distancing in a safe environment. Date-specific tickets for this limited-time experience must be purchased online in advance to help manage capacity. The number of tickets available each day is limited. For additional details and information about the measures the guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, click here.

I am a Pass Member or Fun Card Holder. Does the partial opening of SeaWorld during Zoo Days take away from the extra days I am to receive due to the park’s full COVID-related closure in March 2020?

No, you will not lose the extra days added to your Annual Pass or Fun Card during SeaWorld’s Zoo Days partial opening. All Annual Passes and Fun Cards will be automatically extended for a period of at least as long as the temporary closure of the full park.

As a Pass Member, do I receive any additional benefits during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

Yes, Pass Members get FREE admission to Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews with online purchase of a date-specific food & beverage lanyard for only $30. That’s only $5 per punch for your combination choice of six full-sized entrées, desserts, beers, wines, cocktails and other food & beverage selections! Pass Members who received a tier upgrade during closure will be active with new benefits where applicable.

Additionally, Pass Members can enjoy the following during Zoo Days:

  • Discounts on additional punches purchased throughout the park (amount based on tier level in-park dining discount)
  • Discounts on retail merchandise (amount based on tier level in-park shopping discount)
  • Discounts on Up-Close Parking for Silver and Gold (General Parking is free for Silver and Gold Members. Platinum receives free Up-Close Parking).
    May be purchased at the parking toll booth prior to entering the parking lot.
  • Discounted Reserved Show Seating – purchase by logging in to your account here
    Reserved Seating is included with Platinum Membership during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews on a first come, first served basis – limited seats available at each show.

Is my Friend for Free Ticket valid during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

No, Friend for Free tickets are not valid for park entry during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews.

I purchased a Zoo Days ticket from a reseller. Do I need to make a reservation before arriving to the park?

Yes, reseller ticket holders must make a date-specific reservation on the SeaWorld online reservation system, prior to their visit.

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Can I use my previously purchased Single-Day or Multi-Day ticket for Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

No, previously purchased Single-Day or Multi-Day tickets are not valid for park entry during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews.

Are Waves of Honor or Veteran’s tickets valid during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

No, Waves of Honor tickets are not valid for park entry during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews due to very limited capacity.

Are previously purchased All-Day Dine and Quick Queue products valid at during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

No, previously purchased All-Day Dine and Quick Queue products are not available for use during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews.

What if I didn’t use all my punches on my six-punch food & beverage lanyard during my visit?

You cannot use your unused punches on your lanyard to re-enter the park, but if you come to Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ and Brews again (with purchase of another ticket), you may use your extra punches then.

Are Seven Seas lanyards valid for park entry or food & drink redemptions during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews?

No, Seven Seas lanyards are not available for park entry or food & drink redemption during Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews.

Please bring your Seven Seas lanyard to Guest Services at the park and we’ll compensate you for the cost with SeaWorld Bucks that are valid at any of our stores and restaurants. If you are not planning on coming to the park, please email [email protected] for more options.

Can I rent a wheelchair or stroller online?

Yes, wheelchair and strollers are available to rent online or when you arrive at the park.

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