Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego With Kids

Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego with Kids (other than the beach) by TagsThoughts.comThinking of visiting San Diego anytime soon?

San Diego, California is a kid friendly family vacation destination with year round moderate & inviting temperatures.

Of course, San Diego is known for their big attractions including miles and miles of beaches, the San Diego Zoo, Legoland (in North County) and Sea World; those, however, are not the only places for kids to enjoy America’s Finest City.

While our little guy would vote the beach as his #1 spot in San Diego, and he would likely note 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)

Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego with Kids (other than the beach) by TagsThoughts.com

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
(There are several other museums at Balboa Park.)

Birch Aquarium

Bike Ride Coronado Island
(Especially if taking the ferry to the island
and taking a biking break at the bay side park.)

Walk the Pier at Ocean Beach

U-pick Strawberry Farm in Carlsbad
(Strawberry season falls in the Spring & Early Summer)

Tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument

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)

Waterfront Park (Splash Pad)

San Diego is also home to some of the best hikes for all skill levels.  And both the Padres MLB baseball team and the Chargers NFL football team call San Diego “home”.  When in season, I recommend attending a game or two!

Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego with Kids (other than the beach) by TagsThoughts.com

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 in San Diego With Kids; There's more than beaches and big attractions by TrishSutton.com

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Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego with Kids (other than the beach) by TagsThoughts.com

About Trish

When this sleep deprived self proclaimed tea addict is not creating messes with her six year old, Trish can often be found watching ESPN whilst debating penalties and plays with her college aged son. Along with tea, Trish could live off of licorice and popcorn. Her favorite place in the world is by her husband’s side – preferably in a football stadium, at Disneyland or in San Diego.

12 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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