Best Time to Go to Sesame Place | Explained

In this page we'll go over the best day to go to Sesame Place, the best time of the day to visit, the best season to visit & even the worst season to visit along with reasons why.

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Best Day to Visit

The best days to visit Sesame Place are Tuesday through Thursday. Weekdays are typically much less crowded and visitors from all over the world plan their trips around the weekend.

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Most guests plan their entire trip to the park around the weekend, as most parents work during the week. This creates the perfect recipe for a packed park on the weekends.

By going during the weekday, there's a high chance that you'll deal with minimal crowds, less waits, and you'll be able to experience much more in a shorter period of time.

Additionally, out of state visitors usually arrive to San Diego on Thursdays, stay for the weekend, and then hang our for a bit before eventually leaving on a Monday.

By visiting on a weekday (specifically those days), you won't necessarily have to follow the strict itinerary that you created beforehand, and can a more laid-back experience.

Best Time of Day to Visit

The best time of the day to visit the park is definitely as soon as the park opens. 

Sesame Place in San Diego typically opens at 10 am, and you'll want to arrive 30 minutes early if you want to be one of the first visitors in the park.

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There's a great chance that there are other visitors waiting for the park to open, and by getting in early, you'll be able to head directly to your must-do ride with no waits.

Additionally, you'll also enjoy several hours of lighter crowds before the rest of the park begins filling up as the afternoon rolls around.

By the time that the park fills up, you'll have had several hours under your belt, and hopefully have done the most popular experiences as well.

Best Season to Visit 

For visitors who aren't used to seeing the sun (almost) every day, you'll want to prepare yourself. On average, San Diego is sunny 266 days of the year.

When the sun is out, the heat comes along with it.

However Spring brings the best of both worlds together. It is the best season to visit due to the cooler weather and lighter crowds.

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Ideally visiting in May, right before any holidays such as spring break and memorial day weekend is a safe bet.

This will allow you to avoid having to deal with the spring breakers, while still taking advantage of all of the perks that the season provides.

Underrated Season to Visit

Fall is one of the most overlooked seasons to visit! If you visit near Halloween, the park will go to through tremendous lengths to match the Halloween spirit. 

The park will be filled with Halloween decorations, the characters will be wearing Halloween-themed costumes, and there are even limited time rides and events that pop up!

If you're not a big fan of Halloween, you can visit in November the week before Thanksgiving. 

The Halloween celebrations will have ended by this point, and the Thanksgiving crowds will not appear for another week or two.

Season to Avoid

The toughest season to visit as far as crowds go is during the summer as this is when the largest crowds arrive.

During the summer, most kids are out of school and on vacation, the weather is sunny and hot, which means parents will take off of work in order to plan an amazing vacation.

This naturally will bring in larger crowds to the park, which means more lines to wait in, and you may ride less rides than you were expecting as a result.

On the flip side, if you're not used to the California heat, it may be a tad bit too hot for a period of time until you become accustomed to it.

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