We love going to the San Diego County Fair each year! It was a family tradition for me growing up, and as an adult I’ve enjoyed going with my own little family. If you plan on going, you might find some of the info below helpful in your journey; especially with kids!
This year, my husband thought we should try parking off site to save on parking fees. I was really hesitant, because we still use a jogger, and wasn’t sure how it was going to be bringing it (along with all our other stuff) on the bus. I went along with his idea, and to my surprise, the bus ended up working out great!
We parked at Torrey Pines High School on our first Fair visit of the year, and at the Horse Park parking lot the second time around. Horse Park is closer to the Fair, so I preferred parking there, but either are just fine. There was plenty of room under the bus for our jogger, and the kids got a kick out of riding in something other than their normal vehicles. We even got to ride on the double decker London style bus on one of our bus trips, and you can’t beat free! Here’s a LINK to some parking info.
If you can, buy your tickets in advance to avoid ticket lines. Here’s a LINK to a Children’s Reading Certificate promotion, for free entry. By the way, if your child has a completed Reading Certificate, use it as the admission ticket, and take it straight to the ticket taker at the Fair. No need to turn it in for a ticket at the ticket booth. Easy peasy!
Also, kids 5 & under are free every day, and Tuesdays are free days for all kids! Here’s a LINK to other promotions and ticket offers. There are many ways to save on admission to the Fair!
Feeding Hungry Tummies:
Ever since we visited the Fair with our first born child, I’ve always brought food along with us. Rarely do we buy food or beverages there. It saves us time, money, and keeps us from having fried-food induced tummy aches. This year we may very well take advantage of the Kids Meal Deal, read the paragraph below to know more! Even if you do plan to buy food, I highly suggest packing some sealed drinks such as Capri Sun, snacks, and even sandwiches if you’re planning a full day at the Fair. Here’s a LINK to info about what you can and cannot bring to the Fair.
If you’re thinking about visiting the Birch Aquarium, New Children’s Museum, Living Coast Discovery Center, USS Midway, Reuben H. Fleet or Air & Space Museum with your kids this summer you might want to buy the Kids Meal Deal, for $5.99. The deal includes food, a beverage, and FREE child’s admission to the above with paid adult admission! I’m told by the Fair that participating food vendors have a sticker in their window with a picture of a boy with an astronaut helmet, and text stating that they offer the Kids Meal Deal with museum admission.
Most rides are at least 3-4 tickets, some are more. We bought 28 for $20 at the Fair, and they went FAST! Our next visit we’ll likely buy the wrist bands (Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Days) for unlimited rides for the kids. Click HERE for more info about the wrist band special.
One more tip I have is to bring baby wipes. Regardless of if you have a child in diapers, they are awesome at cleaning when you’re away from a sink. We go through many at the Fair!
Do you have any tips not listed here? If so, we’d love to hear your ideas! If you have yet to go to the San Diego County Fair, you should definitely consider going. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
P.S. Our kids LOVED the AGVentures area in the outfield area of the racetrack, just west of the kiddie ride area. If you have young kids, be sure to take them there! Free tractor rides, free paper flower making, and lots of other free activities.