Sesame Place San Diego

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2052 Entertainment Cir, Chula Vista, CA 91911
10am - 6pm Sat & Sun (year round) 10am - 5pm (Mon - Fri) June, July & Aug - Hours do Vary
Do your kids love Sesame Street? If so, paying a visit to Sesame Place San Diego, a family-friendly theme park and waterpark in Chula Vista, is a must!
Todd Sarouhan
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At Sesame Place San Diego, beloved kids’ characters jump out of the TV and into the real world!

Experience all the magic of walking down Sesame Street, including its characteristic sunny days, right in Southern California! San Diego’s warm temperatures and year-round clear skies are the perfect fit for kids interested in visiting all their favorite Muppet friends.

For decades, Sesame Street has entertained and educated generations of children and their parents. The original location, Sesame Place Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, has expanded to San Diego, complete with an array of new rides, attractions, meet-and-greets, and other family-friendly activities.

Now, see this iconic location come alive like never before in its new location in Chula Vista. Located on the former site of Aquatica San Diego, the themed waterpark promises fun for the whole family. For those who don’t want to get wet, know that the park also features several dry attractions as well!

Visit Sesame Place San Diego at 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911. The park is open year-round from 10am - 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays only. During the peak summer months of June, July, August, and the last two weeks of December the park is also open Monday through Friday from 10am - 6pm.

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Is Sesame Place San Diego Close to SeaWorld?
Sesame Place San Diego is situated approximately 30 minutes south of SeaWorld San Diego, in Chula Vista. It's not directly adjacent to SeaWorld.

Purchasing Discount Sesame Place Tickets and Season Passes

Entrance to Sesame Place San Diego
Entrance to Sesame Place San Diego

Sesame Place San Diego offers ticketing options for everything from a one-time visit to a full year Sesame Place season pass!

Single-Day, Two-Park & Group Ticket Options

Ticket options for Sesame Place include Single-Day Tickets, Two-Park Tickets, and Group Single-Day Tickets. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and the time of year.

Be sure to check directly with the official site to learn more about special engagements and other updates as pricing is always subject to change.

Single-Day Tickets

The cost of the single day tickets for both adults and kids is $65.

Two-Park Tickets

Two-park tickets offer admission to both Sesame Place and SeaWorld San Diego for a combined price of $140. They are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Group Single-Day Tickets

Groups of 15 or more can purchase group single-day tickets at a discounted rate. Prices range from $55-$60 per group member.

All single-day tickets are only valid on the specific day(s) they are purchased for. Children under 3 can enter the park for free.

Season Pass Options

Sesame Place also offers season passes, all of which allow pass holders to visit the park as many times as they like each calendar year! These passes come in four different tiers and get cheaper as the calendar year goes on because there are less days you can use the pass until they expire:

Bronze Pass

$144 for unlimited visits within the calendar year, PLUS:

  • In-park discounts of up to 10% off

Silver Pass

$186 for unlimited visits within the calendar year, PLUS:

  • 2 free guest tickets
  • Free general parking
  • In-park discounts of up to 20% off

Gold Pass

$246 for unlimited visits within the calendar year, PLUS:

  • 4 free guest tickets
  • Free general parking and 50% off preferred parking
  • In-park discounts of up to 30% off

Platinum Pass

$312 for unlimited visits within the calendar year, PLUS:

  • Unlimited admission to all 11 SeaWorld parks, including all SeaWorld, Sesame Place, Aquatica San Diego, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, and Water Country USA locations
  • 6 free guest tickets at Sesame Place San Diego or SeaWorld San Diego
  • Free preferred parking
  • Various in-park discounts, including free parade viewing reservations

2-Park Season Pass

$199 for unlimited visits within the calendar year, PLUS:

  • Unlimited visits to SeaWorld San Diego within the calendar year at no additional fee
  • Does not include parking, discounts, or free guest tickets for either location

Purchase your Sesame Place San Diego tickets here.

While in Chula Vista, why not pick up a Go City San Diego pass and save on admission to attractions all around San Diego including discount tickets to SeaWorld San Diego?

From LEGOLAND California to The New Children’s Museum and the San Diego Zoo, there’s no shortage of fun things to do around town. Plus, families who purchase their Go City Pass through our discount code, GVSD5OFF, net additional savings!

To round out your stay, don’t forget to book your stay at an excellent family-friendly hotel, many of which are right next to Sesame Place!

Ayres Hotel San Diego South - Chula Vista features a welcoming atmosphere for the whole family - pets included - and provides guests of all ages with the best in comfort and entertainment. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, boutique-style rooms, and free WiFi throughout the hotel grounds.

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Never Run Out of Fun Things to Do and See

Ernie at Sesame Place San Diego
Ernie at Sesame Place San Diego

From the moment guests step inside Sesame Place, they’re transported to the world of Sesame Street, where friends from the screen become real-life playmates! Exploring the park feels like taking a stroll down a life-size replica of the show’s titular street.

As families walk through the park, they’ll have the chance to meet a wide cast of characters. Kids will love the chance to greet new additions to the cast such as Tango, Elmo’s recently adopted puppy, and neighbors like Rosita and Julia. Parents can have just as much fun spotting characters they grew up with, from the adventurous Grover to the ever-grumpy Oscar the Grouch.

Sesame Place is also full of rides and other family-friendly activities throughout the grounds. Carousels, kid-friendly thrill rides, and water slides are just a few of the rides in the park.

Check out some of the featured activities and things to do in the park below.

Character Meet-and-Greets

No visit to Sesame Place is complete without snapping a few photos of iconic characters! Take commemorative pictures of your child as they meet Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Telly, Zoe, and more friends!

Meet-and-greets can happen anywhere in the park, so keep a lookout around every corner, or check the schedule on their app for more information about where each character can be found that day.

Eating Around the Park

Choose from various restaurants and snack stands sure to appeal to even the pickiest of kids. Sit-down eateries include Telly’s Trattoria, serving up slices of pizza, and Oscar’s Grouchy Grub, which features healthy options like salads and sandwiches.

In a rush to get back to the fun? Monster Snacks, Grover’s Grill, and Eats on the Street offer grab-and-go options for families on the move.

Character Dining

Step into the Sunny Day Café to dine alongside Elmo and his friends! This character dining experience lets families meet friendly faces while enjoying a buffet-style meal.

Sunny Day Café is an indoor restaurant with air conditioning that can seat up to 160 guests. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a birthday or another special occasion, or to simply elevate your visit from amazing to extraordinary.


Pick up official Sesame Street merchandise as a souvenir of your trip to Sesame Place. Branded clothing, plushies, toys, games, and other themed items are available at Hooper’s Store in the Sesame Street neighborhood.

Sesame Souvenirs is a one-stop shop for any last-minute supplies, including sunscreen, flip flops, towels, and bathing suits. It’s located in the center of the park.

Kids can also trade pins and wearable accessories featuring Sesame Street characters at 123 Trade With Me.

See Everyone Come to Life During Sesame Street Shows

Cookie Monster Bubble Maker at Sesame Place San Diego
Cookie Monster Bubble Maker at Sesame Place San Diego

Multiple live shows run each day at Sesame Place, with all of them starring kids’ favorite characters. These shows are guaranteed to capture childrens’ imaginations, inviting them to listen, learn, and most importantly, have fun!

Show times vary, so be sure to check the official site calendar for the most up-to-date information on when each show runs.

Storytime With Big Bird

Gather around Big Bird’s nest as he reads a story out to a crowd of kids and parents. Storytime takes place in the Sesame Street Neighborhood.

Furry Friends Dance Party

Ready to boogie? Join costumed characters for singing and dancing in Sesame Street Neighborhood. Groove to the beat alongside different characters every day during this one-of-a-kind dance party.

Welcome to Our Street

Welcome to Our Street is a performance starring Grover, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Rosita, and Abby. Watch the group as they decide how to put on a party to welcome their new friend to Sesame Street. Showings take place in the Sesame Street Theater.

Kid-Friendly Fun Abounds

Ride at Sesame Place San Diego
Ride at Sesame Place San Diego

As a Sesame Street theme park, Sesame Place San Diego is a paradise for fans of the show, with plenty of fun activities and attractions for kids of all ages. Visit during seasonal events for extra activities and shows. These include Sesame Summer Splash and the Halloween Spooktacular.

In addition to live shows and rides, kids are invited to explore the neighborhood and get to know the beloved cast like never before.

Explore Sesame Street

Feel like a part of Sesame Street as you and your child walk through the neighborhood. This recreation of the iconic street includes landmarks like 123 Stoop, Abby Cadabby’s Garden, Big Bird’s Nest, and Hooper’s Store.

The neighborhood includes multiple interactive elements so kids can get hands-on with fun games and challenges. Rind Bert and Ernie’s doorbell, knock on Oscar’s trash can, and use the apartment intercom. There are always characters walking around too, so keep an eye out for Elmo and his friends!

Sesame Street Party Parade

Sesame Place holds an exhilarating daily parade right down main street! Kids can dance along to music from the show as they watch performers, costumed characters, and themed floats. It’s more than a parade - it’s a party!

Sesame Place is just one of many of San Diego’s best attractions for kids. For discounts on many of these attractions, plus lower rates on beach gear rentals, the Go City San Diego pass has you covered!

With other family-centric Chula Vista attractions like Living Coast Discovery Center and Speed Circuit: Race & Ropes Combo as part of the all-inclusive pass, parents won’t want to miss out on the deals and discounts all around San Diego!

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Is Sesame Place San Diego Close to SeaWorld?
Sesame Place San Diego is situated approximately 30 minutes south of SeaWorld San Diego, in Chula Vista. It's not directly adjacent to SeaWorld.

Coasters, Water Slides, and More

Water Slide at Sesame Place San Diego
Water Slide at Sesame Place San Diego

There are 18 different rides currently open at Sesame Place San Diego. Some are slower moving attractions ideal for the youngest members of the family, while others let kids experience their first thrill rides.

Rides are located in both the regular theme park and the water park.

Amusement Rides

Soar through the air on Abby’s Fairy Flight, ride Elmo's Rockin' Rockets into the atmosphere, or climb aboard the S. S. Duckie on Rub-A-Dub Sub. Each of Sesame Place’s amusement rides are themed around characters and segments of the show.

Looking for something more relaxing for younger kids? Try the Sunny Day Carousel, or visit a melody-themed playground at Rosita's Harmony Hills.

Other rides at Sesame Place include Cookie Climb, Sesame Street Soar & Spin, and Super Grover’s Box Car Derby.

Water Rides

Cool off during the summer with water park rides. Step into the wave pool at Big Bird's Beach, or climb around The Count's Splash Castle, a sprawling play structure with many interactive elements. There’s also Big Bird's Rambling River, where guests can float around the track in an inner tube.

Raft and slide rides at Sesame Place include 7 fun options:

  • Bert’s Topsy Turvy Tunnel
  • Honker Dinger Dash
  • Cookie’s Monster Mixer
  • Elmo’s Silly Sand Slides
  • Oscar’s Rotten Rafts
  • Snuffy’s Spaghetti Slides
  • Ernie’s Twisty Turny Tunnels

Note that many water rides have minimum height requirements for riders.

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What activities does the Go City San Diego pass include?

There’s a variety of activities included with the Go City San Diego pass such as: The San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, Hiking Tours, Whale Watching, Museum Tours, Speed Boat Adventures & more!

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Sesame Place San Diego Directions & Parking Information

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Lot Parking
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RV Parking

Wondering “How to get to Sesame Street?” The park can be accessed via I-5, I-15, or I-8. Exit onto Interstate 805 South, then follow the Main St. exit toward Auto Park Drive. Head straight onto Heritage Road and turn right at Entertainment Circle, which will lead to the park entrance.

Paid parking is offered at on-site lots. Prices start at $30 per car for general parking and $50 per car for preferred parking, though Sesame Place Season Passes offer free or reduced parking rates.

Important Questions to Know Before Your Visit

Disabled Accessibility
Disabled Accessibility
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Smoking
No Smoking
RVs Allowed
RVs Allowed
Stroller Accessible
Stroller Accessible
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Are Ticket Prices Cheaper for Children?

Pricing for admission to Sesame Place San Diego for kids and adults is the same. However, guests under 3 years old may visit for free with a paid parent ticket.

Can Tickets Be Canceled or Exchanged?

All tickets are nonrefundable. However, tickets can be changed to a different date if needed. To exchange tickets, call 619-943-ELMO between 9am and 6pm EST (6am and 3pm PDT).

Where Is the Visitor Center?

The Guest Services and Information counter is located to the left of the park entrance, right before Big Bird’s Beach.

What Other Kid-Friendly Attractions are in San Diego?

There are many kid-friendly attractions in San Diego and Sesame Place is on the list, check out our article about the Best Kid-Friendly Attractions in San Diego.

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