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Sesame Place San Diego Parking: Everything You Need to Know

Parking at Sesame Place in San Diego is something that most visitors don't take into account when planning their trip.

In this page, we'll go over all of the available parking options, why you'd consider other parking options, and how they stack up against each other.

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There are two types of parking available at Sesame Place, including:

  1. General Parking (Starts at $30)
  2. Up-Close Parking (Ranges from $50-$60)

Parking prices will vary depending on the day and season of your visit.

Typically parking prices are more expensive during the busier seasons and weekends.

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    General Parking

    General Parking is going to be your most basic and cheapest option when parking at Sesame Place.

    General Parking is exactly what it sounds like, as you'll park in the general parking area of the park, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    During the busier seasons, you may be directed to park in specific spots by the staff to better accommodate all guests.

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    As the park fills up throughout the day, the parking spots will as well, which means the later that you arrive at the park on a busy day, the farther you'll be parked from the park entrance.

    Pre-Pay Parking 

    You're able to pre-pay for parking online directly from the Sesame Place site.

    When you pre-pay for parking you can just show the parking attendant the receipt, and they'll seamlessly let you through in seconds.

    Whereas if you decide to pay at the park, you'll have to spend a few minutes there, as they process your payment, before providing you with your receipt.

    Take into consideration the hundreds of visitors who will do this while you're in line behind them, and you'll wish everyone had prepaid parking!

    Up Close Parking

    Up Close Parking is an upgrade from General Parking as it allows you to park in a reserved spot, closer to the entrance, at a higher cost ($50-$60) than General Parking.

    It is available on a first-come, first-served basis, which means on a busy day there may sell out.

    If you're planning on being at the park the entire day, chances are that you've also done a ton of walking. 

    up close parking sesame place

    After a long day at the park, you may not want to walk all the way back to find your car.

    With Up Close Parking, you'll be able to exit the park and end up very close to your park.

    This will also expedite being able to get on the road and head home or back to your hotel, as you won't get caught in the lines of cars trying to head out.

    Parking Price Changes by Season

    You should be aware that Up Close parking prices change daily.

    sesame place san diego up close parking prices

    Parking is typically more expensive during the weekends, busy season, as well as near the holidays. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Parking Refundable?

    Parking is non-refundable, so unfortunately if you are unable to go on the day that you've purchased your parking pass, you will not be able to receive your money back.

    Can I Rebook My Parking Pass?

    You are able to rebook your parking pass as long as you provide at least 24 hours of advance notice. 

    Can One Parking Pass Be Used For Multiple Vehicles?

    No, each vehicle must purchase their own parking pass if they wish to park in the parking lot of the park. A parking pass is valid for only one vehicle.

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