Sesame Place is a fun kid-themed water park in Chula Vista, California, that the whole family can enjoy. At the entrance, you’re greeted with a fun recreation of Sesame Street with plenty of little nods to the Generational show. Below is our Sesame Place San Diego Review and visiting notes to help you plan a visit for your family.
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Sesame Place San Diego Review Visiting Information
Main Visitor Info
- 2052 Entertainment Cir, Chula Vista, CA 91911
- You can email with the link below:
- Dates & Hours:
- Park hours and schedule are updated periodically. Be sure to check with the link before for park hours and show schedule:
- Date-Specific Ticket: $72.99
- 2-Park Ticket (Sesame Place + SeaWorld): $135.99
- Single Day Group Ticket (minimum of 15): $54.99
- 2 years old and under are FREE.
- See current prices here: https://sesameplace.com/san-diego/tickets/
- Season Passes
- Sign up for their emails for special offers:
- How much we spent during our visit:
- Total: $289.96
- 4 Any Day Tickets ($49.99) = $199.96 – We got a deal from their special offers email.
- Parking = $30
- Food = $35
- Small Locker = $25
- Total: $289.96
- General parking (car, RV, Campers, Bus, Motorcycle): $30
- Up-Close Parking: $50
- Family friendly rides
- Water rides
- Photo with characters
- Time spent:
- 7 hours.
- Purchase tickets online.
- Where we ate:
- Lunch: We ate at Sesame Place.
- Dinner: Tacos El Gordo – 556 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910 – 5.3 miles away – Order taco de adobada with slices of pineapple on top and quesadillas.
- Pet allowed:
- Yes, service animals are limited to dogs and miniature horses.
- Stroller friendly:
- Yes, flushable toilets.
Our Observations / Things to bring
- What we observed:
- The parking lot is fairly small so we don’t recommend upgrading to “Up-Close Parking”. Our family did fine with general parking.
- No outside food is allowed.
- A big portion of the Sesame Place is a water park. They have 8 dry rides and 10 water attractions
- We recommend the kids riding the dry rides first and spending the rest of the day doing water activities.
- Some of the rides have a height requirement. You see the list here:
- Our 3 year old wasn’t tall enough for some of the rides but she enjoyed the water park. There were plenty of things for her to do.
- The food lines can get long. Plan ahead and give yourself at least 30 minutes to get your food.
- Check the weather before you go. The weather can be changeable; layered clothing and closed toe shoes are recommended.
- What we packed:
- Sunscreen, lip sunscreen, swimwear, water shoes/non-slip sandals, towels, extra clothes, hat, sunglasses, phone charger, waterproof phone case pouch, swimming vest, Suds2go cap, water wipes, and water bottle.
- You can get the links to all our travel essentials here: Travel Essentials | Califoreigners
- Where we stayed:
- Sweetwater Summit Regional Park Campground (3218 Summit Meadow Rd, Bonita, CA 91902)
- Ways to save money:
- Eat a big meal before going to the park. Bring your own water bottle to refill at the water stations.
- Event party rentals:
- Yes, they have season pass members.
- Future events:
- April-May: Elmo’s Springtacular
- May-Sept: Sesame Summer Splash
- Sept-Oct: Halloween Spootacular
- Nov-Dec: A Very Furry Christmas
- Other places to visit in the county:
- Recommended itinerary:
- 8:30 am – Big breakfast
- 10 am – Sesame Place
- Dinner – Tacos El Gordo
- Pls pack in, pack out and leave no trace.
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What We Said In Our Sesame Place San Diego Review
We tackled the non-water activities first. The rides are family-friendly and great for little ones. Ride requirements range in height from 36 to 48 inches, so don’t expect to get only everything if your kiddos are small. But they aren’t overly intense, having just enough movement to bring out the smiles. The park’s layout pretty much has the rides in the front and middle sections, with the rest devoted to water play, so after we finished the regular rides, we snagged a locker and used the changing station to prepare everyone for the water activities. These are hands down the best reason to visit sesame palace.
Water rides and food
The girls had an absolute blast starting at Elmo’s Silly Sand Slides, spending about 20 minutes there until we moved on to the main play structure, Sesame Island. Unfortunately, Sesame Place is revamping this area for summer 2023, reopening with bigger and better everything. Still, its features during our visit were already nice, with multiple slides and the always fun large water-dropping bucket.
After a while there, we relaxed in Big Bird’s Rambling River, doing a couple of laps before getting lunch. Food-wise, Sesame Place has a lot of different food options to choose from. Finding a table is the hardest thing you’ll have to deal with when eating. If they aren’t in use, they’re all being held with personal items or family members.
Wave Pool and Parade
The last thing we did with the kids was play at Big Bird’s Beach wave pool. As the kids had fun getting tossed around by the current, the adults took turns sneaking off to try the larger water rides that were equally fun and terrifying. Even with more than an hour in the wave pool, it was hard to pull the kids away from the waves to watch the sesame place parade. But the girls were excited to see the familiar faces once it started, and after hours in the water and sun, they were ready to call it a day.
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