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San Diego Family Activities

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Everyone knows southern California is the perfect place for a family vacation. With its gorgeous beaches, educational excursions, beautiful vistas, and of course Disneyland, there’s hardly a better place where everyone in the whole family will get more enjoyment out of one destination. If you’re planning a family vacation to the fabulous kid friendly San Diego, check out our insider tips for the best San Diego family activities. Also be sure to see our post Kid Friendly San Diego, CA for even more fun family activities.


There are so many San Diego family activities you could plan for your vacation, but we’ve taken the guesswork out of planning your trip, check out our best picks for all your San Diego family activities:

San Diego Zoo. This is a fabulous family friendly zoo that everyone should put on their ‘must see’ list during their San Diego family vacation. It is really a great zoo for kids. The animals are easy to see, the paths are very stroller friendly. This is the zoo that other zoos strive to be.

Wild Animal Park. The animals have spacious enclosures here… translation: lots of walking. Beautiful parks and picnic areas. Located near Balboa Park.

San Diego tide pools and the best tide pools in San Diego

Where are the best San Diego Tide Pools? Although much of the San Diego Coast is lined with long stretches of sandy beaches, there are also many rocky areas that offer excellent opportunities to explore tide pools. Remember that San Diego tide pools are best viewed at low tide. See the chart for San Diego tides for the best time to see the following San Diego tide pools.

The beaches in San Deigo (actually all over California beaches) have these awesome tide pools where local kids love to watch the sea life that thrives there. Learn more about Tide Pools here in an article Come Explore the California Tidepools

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public hands-on area for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.  The interactive museum hosts fantastic summer camps, some teaching older kids how to surf.  The aquarium houses more than 60 different habitats.  It’s great fun for all ages! See our post here Birch Aquarium is an Affordable Must-See Family Attraction in San Diego about it.

Also, nearby San Diego is  Legoland in Carlsbad for a fun theme park centered around these timeless toys.


Check here fo Great Deals on Tickets & Attractions in San Diego!


And be sure to see our post on the Top 5 San Diego Family Resorts


Also see Best Kid Friendly Travel’s other posts about San Diego family activities:

If you’re planning a family vacation to Southern California, you’ve chosen one of my favorite kid-friendly destinations. Perfect weather, gorgeous beaches, tons of kid friendly attractions.. this is a great city for kids.


Disneyland tips for little ones

Butterflies & Spring Adventures at the Zoo: San Diego Family Vacation

Take the Kids Gray Whale Watching for a Memorable Family Trip

Birch Aquarium is an Affordable Must-See Family Attraction in San Diego

Dive into Ocean Adventures during Summer Camps at Birch Aquarium at Scripps


If you’ve been on a family vacation to San Diego, California leave us a comment about your adventures, we’d love to hear about it!

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