Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego With Kids

San Diego, California is known for their big attractions including the San Diego Zoo, Legoland (in north county), Sea World and miles and miles of beaches. However, those well known places are not the only things to do in San Diego with kids.

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America’s Finest City is a kid friendly family vacation destination with year round moderate & inviting temperatures. And while our little guy would vote the beach as his #1 spot in San Diego, he would likely name one of the countless public parks as his second favorite. There is much more to do with kids than build sandcastles at the beach or play on the slide at one of the many parks while enjoying Southern California’s perfect climate.

Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego With Kids
(in no particular order, these activities all come with the highest recommendation)

Fly Kites at Seaport Village
(BYOKite or purchase one at the nearby Kite Shop. Seaport is also a great place to watch boats pass by.)

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
(Along with the Railroad Museum, there are several other museums at Balboa Park.)

Birch Aquarium
(The Birch Aquarium is located in La Jolla and offers a real hand on experience to ocean life.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps UC San Diego, TrishSutton.com

Bike Ride Coronado Island
(Take ferry to the island and enjoy biking at the bay side park. Bikes are available to rent.)

Walk the Pier at Ocean Beach
(There is a small cafe at the end of the pier that is often lined with fishermen. Kids absolutely love watching the fish being reeled in.)

$1 Craft Supplies at Dollar Tree!

U-pick Strawberry Farm in Carlsbad
(Strawberry season falls in the spring and early summer.)

USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum Review; San Diego, California - Honor the Legend, TrishSutton.com #ussmidway #sandiego #socal #travel

Children’s Pool in La Jolla
(The Children’s Pool is more for an up close view of Sea Life.
It is not beach that you will want to play in the water.)

Belmont Park Rides & Games (Mission Beach)

This beachfront amusement park is popular with tourist and locals alike. Belmont Park is situated on the boardwalk of Mission Beach in San Diego, California. TrishSutton.com

Tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument

Waterfront Park (Splash Pad)

San Diego is also home to some of the best hiking trails for all skill levels. The San Diego Padres also call San Diego, home; and when in season I recommend attending an MLB game (or two).

San Diego With Kids

Now, back to the beaches; our family’s favorite San Diego beaches are La Jolla Shores, Solana Beach and Pacific Beach. Before settling on which beach you would like to visit be sure to look up what each area offers (and doesn’t offer). Some will have boardwalks with shops, others will not have an eatery within walking distance. Decide what is important for your beach visit and then plan accordingly.

As for the parks; well, they really are countless and regardless where you are lodging during your San Diego getaway there will, undoubtedly, be a park just around the corner. Several San Diego parks are close to the water with bay views and sandy beaches within yards. Those are my favorite parks. I love breathing in the ocean air while my little guy cheerfully climbs the jungle gym.

Whatever it is you choose to do with your time in Southern California ~ Enjoy it!

Top 10 Things To Do With Kids in San Diego; a kid friendly family vacation destination with year round moderate & inviting weather.

~> Legoland

~> San Diego Zoo

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Originally posted June 24, 2015; Updated July 3, 2019


About Trish

When this sleep deprived self proclaimed tea addict is not creating content for this here blog, Trish can most often be found at the Little League field or watching a football game. Trish is a passionate volunteer, contract accountant, avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and will only eat Oreos in pairs. She has two boys born sixteen years apart and her favorite place in the world is by her husband's side - preferably in a football stadium, at Disneyland or in San Diego.

13 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego With Kids

    1. Thanks, Marc! Exactly why I wrote “It is not beach that you will want to play in the water.” At the same time, from up above it is fun for little ones to see the animals. Of course, that is as long as you can stand the stench. 😉

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