How Does Sesame Place San Diego Parking Work? | Easily Explained

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 parking options that are available, why you'd consider other parking options, and how they stack up against each other.

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General Parking

General Parking is going to be your most basic and cheapest option ($30) when parking at Sesame Place.

It's also the most common parking choice amongst visitors. 

sesame place general parking

Pre-Pay Parking 

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

Why do this?

It's simple, when you pre-pay for parking you can just show the park 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 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 will provide you access to park closer to the entrance of the park, at a higher cost ($50) than general parking.

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

up close parking sesame place

You may initially think that parking closer is not that big of a deal, however you should take into consideration how you will feel after a long day at the park.

After walking around for the entire day and having a fantastic experience, for some guests they don't want to spend another half an hour (on a busy day) walking back and trying to find their car.

Price Changes by Season

You should be aware that Up Close parking prices change daily and can range from $40-$50. It is typically more expensive during the weekends, busy season, as well as near the holidays.

up close parking price change

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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