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Old 05-20-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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Hi, DelMar fairground is right around the corner, yay! I know the parking lot is expensive. I remember as a little kid going there with my parents and they used to park in the dirt and the parking lot was free. So, that has been over 16 years ago, since we went there before we left for Missouri and now we are back here for good. We would like to take our kids to the fairground, their first time. I wonder anyone of you know or have been there before where you park at the free parking lot like I described, does that ring the bell what I am talking about? Is it still the same as last year? Or did it change already? And where else would that be so we want to avoid paying $10.00 to park the car at the entrance.
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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There are several satellite lots (for example, the Torrey Pines high school lot on weekends) which have free shuttles to the fair. I don't know about the dirt lot since we've never tried to park there.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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When my friends and I go to the Del Mar Fair or to the horse races we usually park on the hill across the street from the fair grounds (in the housing track on the north side of the fairgrounds) since you can park there for free. You have to walk about four blocks to get to the front gate but a bit of walking never hurt anyone.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:38 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Get off on the fairground exit and head East instead of West, there's a lot with free (double-decker!) shuttles. Alternately there are several other places to park for free with shuttles. You'll see signage as you're driving on the 5.

Info here: http://www.sdfair.com/index.php?fuseaction=maps.parking

(google San Diego County Fair Parking)
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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There is a dirt parking lot adjacent to the fairgrounds, across Jimmy Durante Boulevard. However, it seems as if the fairgrounds have claimed their stake on that property now and is used as overflow parking. They put up a fence all around it and the only way in is through the fairgrounds parking lot.

Not sure if this is the dirt lot the OP is speaking of, but if it is, then it's not free anymore.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Encinitas
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The shuttles from MiraCosta College (right off Manchester Ave, two exits north of the Fairgrounds) are the way to go. They're free, run all day, and drop you off and pick you up right at the entrance to the fair.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:33 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Get off on the fairground exit and head East instead of West, there's a lot with free (double-decker!) shuttles. Alternately there are several other places to park for free with shuttles. You'll see signage as you're driving on the 5.

Info here: San Diego County Fair - Del Mar, California

(google San Diego County Fair Parking)
Yep.

I know that as "Horse Park" free parking.

Kids love the double deckers.

Do yourself a favor and ask the driver to let you off at the entrance by the rides/games. You will get into the fair much more quickly than if you go in the main gate.

But you have to ask. They don't stop for that gate unless someone specifically asks them to.
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