When my daughter was first born we went to the fair in Del Mar. I really liked the fact that even if you had to park in a designated parking lot some distance away, there was a bus provided to drop you off right at the entrance.
We found a lot of neat things while shopping and had a blast on the rides. It's a good sized fair and there is something for everyone.
This is hands down the best fair, and it only gets better each year. The fair grounds are contactntly improving their lay out, buildings, and parking situation. When I was a kid I loved it and I could not imagine that all these years later I would still enjoy it so much.
You can get a deal at Costco that includes drink tickets and rides but nothing beats the Pepsi days when you get a wrist band for the whole day worth of rides.
A great thing to know is if you fill out the marketing questionaire infornt of the exit you can get a return ticket for free. Every year I get to go twice for the price of 1 day. Last year I walked the fair non-stop waiting for my daughter to make her arrival.
We've been here for the Del Mar Fair and for the Festival of Lights. I wasn't too impressed with the Festival of Lights. You have to drive and cannot get out of the car. My son's carseat is on the right side and most of the lights were inside the track so it was difficult for him to see all the lights. I would rather drive through a neighborhood for free than pay to see these lights again.
This is where “the turf meets the surf” with two attractions. The San Diego County Fair runs here June 15 through July 4. Then thoroughbreds are off and running July through September. The combined facility is a gorgeous, 350-acre historic site overlooking the Pacific. More than a hundred events are held here each year. Call for this year’s schedule. At the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (858–755–1141 or 858–793–5533; www.dmtc.com), races held July through September, dark Tuesday. Ages seventeen and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent. Camp Del Mar (www.campdelmar.com) is open every race day for children ages five through twelve. Supervised recreational activities while parents are at the club.
At the Holiday of Lights, you can drive around the outter ream to enjoy a race track full of themed holiday lights complete with music. For $14. per car, you can go around as many times as you wish.
During racing season, there is a fair-like children's playground complete with rides, slides and climbing equipment.