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FAMILY ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS AROUND SAN DIEGO

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Legoland California. Premiere interactive theme park for children ages 2 to 12 with amusements, rides, shows and attractions for both children and adults to enjoy as well. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA. 92008

USS Midway Museum. One of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers with 25 restored aircrafts and over 60 exhibits. 910 North Harbor Drive at Navy Pier.

Ruben H. Fleet Science Center & IMAX Theatre at Balboa Park. The science center offers over 100 hands-on science exhibits and Southern California’s only IMAX Dome Theatre.

San Diego Air & Space Museum at Balboa Park. A rich aviation history and heritage experience through a dazzling collection of over 65 U.S. and foreign aircraft and spacecrafts on display.

Scripps Birch Aquarium. Award winning aquarium perched above the ocean, created by the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Sharks, tide pools, and live coral reef all on exhibit with numerous species from all over the Pacific Ocean. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA.

SeaWorld San Diego.  Come celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld® San Diego.

The San Diego Zoo. Located in Balboa Park and housing over 3,700 animals, is one of the only zoos in the world to successfully breed the giant Panda and offers V.I.P. tours which include:

  • Pandas. Small, private two-hour adventure that include stops within the park beginning early each morning – prior to the park officially opening.
  • Inside Look Tour. Two-hour entertaining and educational adventure offering special behind-the-scenes views.  Choose between a surprise tour, or view inside the exhibits of Elephants, Monkeys, Koalas, or Penguins.
  • Discovery Cart Tour. Sit in the comfort of an expedition cart and enjoy a 60-minute guided tour of the Zoo including areas not seen on the Guided Bus Tour.
  • Crazy About Cats. Learn about these amazing animals and varied species of lions and tigers from a private keeper on this early morning special tour.
  • Animals in Action. See rhinos up-close, feed flamingos, pet a giraffe, and much more. Trainers take you behind the scenes to feed, touch and learn about each species.
  • The VIP Experience. The ultimate way to see the zoo. A team of professionals will customize your visit to suit your family and interests, enabling you to get up-close and personal with these beloved animals and access to off-exhibit areas ($695. 5 to 8-hour tours). 619-718-3000 (Seventy-two- hour notice required).

The San Diego Safari Park. Located on 1,800 acres north of downtown, this unique safari experience offers an array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, and Australia. Free-range enclosures allow antelopes, giraffes, and rhinos to roam free and has one of the most successful California condor breeding programs in the United States. Information: 619-231-1515. Behind the scenes experiences include:

  • Caravan Safari. Opportunity to feed the giraffes in an open-air safari truck and visit with Asian and African birds and other mammals.
  • Cheetah Safari. Meet and greet the star of Cheetah Run.
  • Cart Safari. Tour around African inspired plains from the comfort of a safari cart.
  • Flightline Safari. Take a birds-eye view as you glide along a zipline for two-thirds of a mile over animals and exhibits.
  • Behind the Scenes Safari. From the comfort of a safari cart, travel to keeper-only areas with a professional guide to learn how the animals are cared for.

Go San Diego Card. Save 55% and purchase 3 and 7-day passes that allow access to a variety of the best San Diego has to offer. Attractions include both San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, Air and Space Museum, Hornblower Harbor tours, Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, San Diego Automotive Museum, the Art Museum in Balboa Park. Other inclusions are Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Sports Museum, Petco Park Tour, Legoland, Birch Aquarium, Model Railroad Museum, Bike and Kayak Surfboard Rental La Jolla, Dolby Theater, San Diego Art Institute, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego History Museum, and much more.

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San Diego Waterfront Park. This 12-acre park located at the County Administration Center offers an opportunity to beat the heat within the downtown area with an 830-foot long fountain and 31 jets that shoot water 14 feet into the air before dropping to a shallow splash area. The park includes intimate gardens and a vibrant children’s play zone and several picnic areas with views of the Bayfront. Easy parking is available off of Ash Street.

Aquatica (Seaworld). Family friend-facility with water slides for every age. Adults can enjoy the glistening wave pool bordered by a large sandy beach and cabana areas offering healthy eating options. An excellent outing for the family. The park is seasonal starting Memorial Day through October. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Vista, CA 91911.

Legoland Water Park. Tucked inside Legoland California, this water park is ideal for children and aficionados with more than 20 logo models including a 45-foot tower with slides and a shallow wading pool as well as two sandy beach wading areas. Purchase of the two-day Water Park Hopper ticket is recommended. The waterpark is seasonal and open from May through September.

The Wave Waterpark. Located in Vista, California, this large park is San Diego’s North County offers extensive and thrill-seeking slides for the entire family.

Belmont Park. This amusement park is located directly on Mission Beach, complete with roller coaster, miniature golf, rock climbing, ziplines, laser tag, and more. The park is located near shops and several popular restaurants. Numerous rentals including bikes, surfboard and kayaks are all in immediate proximity.

Bonfire + S’mores. Set up directly on the sand right outside your villa at 5:30, lasting between three-to-four hours. Four Adirondack chairs, s’mores, and a pre-lite bonfire will be provided in the package. Once you’re ready to head inside, a simple phone call will take care of the rest.

Hot Air Balloon Ride. A quick drive to Cardiff at 3:00 PM for a private sunset hot air balloon ride along the scenic coast of San Diego lasting three-hours which includes fruit and cheese plate, champagne and non-alcoholic beverages.

Private Surf Lessons. Wetsuit, board and private instructor are included in this 60-minute lesson. 90-minute lessons are also available upon request.

Ocean Safari. During this five-hour expedition beginning at 9:00 AM, venture the waters with skilled guides who provide for a deeper understanding of the creatures and various marine animals.

San Diego Beaches   San Diego is famous for its amazing climate and gorgeous beaches. Whether North or South, any family or couple is bound to find the sand and sea that fits them best.

La Jolla Shores. Popular for vacationers and residents alike, this quaint area with a mixed-use village and wide-open beach space is ideal for families. The beach stretches to Blacks Beach South of Torrey Pines State Park and is close to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Kellogg Park. This breach is a popular launch spot for kayakers.

Coronado Beaches. Known as the Crown City, Coronado is a favorite amongst families drawn to the expansive beaches, outdoor activities, restaurants and the famed Hotel del Coronado. Flanked by luxurious mansions and open public golf course and tennis courts, Coronado is one of San Diego’s finest locations.

Windansea Beach. Located on Neptune Place, this beach is best known for its beautiful scenery and incredible surf break created by underwater reefs and offers a secluded atmosphere for sunbathing. Novice surfers may wish to consider Tourmaline Beach or La Jolla Shores instead.

Children’s Pool. A world-famous spot for California Gray seals, this beach allows for observing these beautiful animals in a natural setting. In addition, from December to March, you’ll have a good chance of spotting California Gray whales migrating from Alaska to Mexico and spouting just off the kelp beds. The beach is closed from December to May during breeding season.

Blacks Beach. This scenic two-mile long sandy beach situated at the base of the Torrey Pines cliffs which soar 300 feet high is beautiful but can be difficult to access. Yet, during certain swells, Black’s has some of the best surfing on the West Coast. (Note: Although not officially sanctioned, there is a section of Black’s Beach dedicated to nudism)

Tourmaline Beach. Officially named Tourmaline Surfing Park, this wide, sandy beach sits at the base of Tourmaline Street South of Bird Rock in La Jolla and stretches to the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. The gentle surf is good for both swimming and surfing with public parking and public restrooms.

La Jolla Hermosa Park. At Camino de la Costa and Chelsea Avenue, and Calumet Avenue and Colima Court, is an ideal location for an afternoon picnic with its easy access to the shoreline at North Bird Rock. This park tends to be quiet and uncrowded.

Bird Rock Tide Pools. Located in the southern border of La Jolla and Pacific each, this rocky stretch of coast is lined with multi-million-dollar homes and nearby businesses and restaurants. The small quiet parks at Bird Rock come with spectacular views of the beautiful homes overlooking the many reefs, surf breaks and small coves along the rugged shoreline. At low-tide, a plethora of sea life can be found including sea urchins and maybe an octopus. www.californiatidepools.com/bird-rock-tide-pools

Dike Rock Tide Pools. North of Scripps Pier near Blacks Beach, an excellent chance of spotting more sea life at low-tide. www.californiatidepools.com/dike-rock-tide-pools

NOTE: Please, avoid stepping on marine life and carefully turn rocks back over after examination. Do not remove attached animals and return all others to the same tide pool where they were found. It is very important for conservation purposes and the health of our waters that we respect all sea life for future generations to enjoy.

Del Mar City Beach. While parking can be challenging, it is absolutely worth the search. With picturesque cliffs, two miles of open beach, and a famous dog beach, this is a serious family destination. Powerhouse and Seagrove are two coastal parks also located along the beachfront and make excellent picnic spots.

Torey Pines State Beach. Located South of Del Mar, Torrey Pines offers beautiful bluffs and winding hiking trails along the coast. Beautiful swaths of sand make this a family favorite. Parking can be on the costly side. Lifeguards are usually on duty at the north end of the beach for families swimming with children.

Moonlight State Beach. A treasure trove of on-stop-shop beach-e-ness with easy parking, picnic tables, firepits, volleyball courts, snack shop, play area and showers for after ocean swimming. Arrive early enough in the morning for a clear shot of dolphins frolicking in the surf. Just a short walk also to a number of excellent restaurants and shopping.

Fletcher Cove Park. Simple, straightforward and family friendly, this Solana Beach destination offers a small park at the top of the hill with basketball court, parking, wash station, showers, and bathroom facilities. The beach itself is ideal for walking, body surfing or just lounging all day. Although attention needs to be paid as high tide has been known to engulf the entire beach. Fletcher cove is also close to a train stop and the Del Rio shopping strip.

Carlsbad State Beach. With free parking in several areas and easy beach access, clean restrooms and showers, and beautiful views of the cliffs, Carlsbad State Beach remains a favorite spot amongst families. With five miles of long, stretched beach, it draws numerous surfers and wake boarders and offers excellent paved jogging for runners just above the beach. Easy access to downtown with several dining options.