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San Diego With Kids – Top Family Attractions and Activities

Updated on October 25, 2017
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It's a fact that San Diego is one of the world's best family destinations. With its gorgeous beaches, waterfront restaurants, a year-round temperature average of 70 Fahrenheit, family-friendly lodging/hotels, and attractions, it's definitely the ideal place to have fun with family. You don't have to worry about accommodations since the city has plenty lodgings at affordable prices. With its vast number of family attractions and activities, it's difficult to pick the top choices. But worry no more! We've rounded up some of the must-visit family attractions/activities and lodgings in San Diego.

Here is what we have for you:

The beach

When considering the best attraction for kids in San Diego, topping the list is the beaches. There are many top-rated spectacular beach options to choose from. Note that beaches are all free to the public in this city. Kids can have fun swimming, sunbathing, building sand castles and body surfing amongst many other beach activities. There are numerous sandy beaches and waves that allow for surfing making San Diego a great destination for family vacations. With more than 71 miles of beaches, this definitely the perfect place for family vacation.

San Diego Zoo

This is a must-visit attraction. The famous zoo is widely referred to as one of the best zoology centers in the world due to its vast collection of animals. Children will be wowed by the friendly animals in the zoo. You will enjoy feeding a giraffe, viewing elephants, getting to see a lion and witnessing rhinos tending their young ones. In fact, this is one of the few places in the US where you can have a mini safari experience. Other interesting animals that you can find at San Diego Zoo include Komodo, pandas, Koalas, and much more.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a unique place that attracts many tourists due to its vast collection of attractions in one place. With a multitude of gardens, seventeen museums, five playgrounds, a train for children, five playgrounds, and much more, this is a perfect place to spend time with children of all ages. The San Diego Railroad Museum taunted as one of the largest indoor model train display in the world, is a great attraction, especially with the bigger kids. You can have a great time at different museums or just have fun wandering throughout the park's beautiful gardens.

SeaWorld San Diego

This is another great family attraction that your kids will live to remember. SeaWorld San Diego is a collection of some of the most entertaining marine animals. Kids will enjoy watching and interacting with dolphins and sea lions as they do their antics. There are aquariums filled with sea animals like sharks and dolphins. Other friendly animals that you will find in this place include geese, dogs, pigs and cats among many other pets. For the bigger kids, they can have amusement rides like the Manta, Shipwreck Rapids adventures and more.

LEGOLAND California

There are numerous amusement parks but few like LEGOLAND California. The park boasts of numerous kid attractions a thing that makes it a popular family destination. Take your kids to the Volvo Driving School, and they will have fun driving pint-sized cars around the "controlled street" with working stoplight and stop signs. The Police and Fire Academy rides would be the perfect place to have fun- you can also compete against other teams. If your kid loves being handy and being challenged, then they can have fun building and racing LEGO vehicles and programming computerized LEGO Mindstorm robots.

San Diego Botanic Garden

Well, this is a must-see 37-acre with over 80 cultural and recreational facilities. Among the greatest attractions are two dozen gardens situated along four miles of trails. Don't just enter into this park blindly; otherwise, you might miss a lot that the park is offering. There is a lot to exhaust in a single day, and probably the best way is to start at the Visitors Center for a map and also the event calendar to sample the best the park's events and attractions. For the bigger kids, take them to Hamilton Children Garden. This is where they can have fun climbing the centerpiece tree house, play a game of the tic-tac-toe and wandering through a labyrinth constructed of feathery plants.

As mentioned above, San Diego is not short of accommodations. The fact the area receives a good influx of tourists throughout the year; keeps the hospitality industry booming. because of this accommodation is never a problem. For families, there are numerous options of lodgings to choose from Here are some of the best kid-friendly lodging options we have found.

Stay Alfred

This is a reputable lodging service provider in San Diego. They have invested in classic apartments each with all the amenities of home including a washer and dryer, a full kitchen and more. Stay Alfred's units are also located in the heart of the city so they may the perfect lodging for those that want to experience all that the city has to offer. The company has lodgings of all sizes so you can stay together regardless of the size of your family. Whether you are looking for one, two or three bedroom lodging, Stay Alfred has you covered.

Paradise Point Resort 8, Spa- Mission Bay

This is another great place for families. Apart from accommodation, the lodging provides the kids with fantastic fun experience. There are swimming pools open and safe for children. The facility also features waterfalls and fountain. The Hotel is on an island; thus, the beaches are very close making it the ideal place to be during your vacation.

La Jolla Shore Hotel

This luxury hotel is a clear definition of quality. With its oceanic view, it is a great place to spend your time with family. If you don't feel like swimming in the ocean, there are two outdoor swimming pools and wading pool for kids. At night, you can enjoy great family time enjoying a BBQ at the beach. Call for booking.

So, if you're planning to visit San Diego this vacation, you have an idea of the best places to attractions visit and where to stay. This is one of the best family destinations in the world, and your family will definitely love the experience.

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      Mary Norton 

      11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      We were there two years ago and really enjoyed it. There is so much to visit. The museums are most enjoyable.

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