If you’re thinking of a place to take the family on your next vacation, consider visiting San Diego. Renowned for one of the most temperate climates in the country, San Diego is home to some of the best theme parks, museums and beaches. With such a wide selection of amusements, it’s the perfect get away for you and your children. Be sure to check out these top locations on your trip.
Family Favorites in San Diego
San Diego Zoo
No trip to San Diego is complete without visiting the San Diego Zoo. Consistently rated as the best zoo in the world, it’s a family destination you can’t miss. Home to 4,000 animals, San Diego Zoo has some of the rarest animal species in the world. Try to visit early in the morning or late afternoon, in order to avoid crowds and view the animals at their most active state.
While you’re in the San Diego Zoo area, stop by Safari Park. Unlike the San Diego Zoo, the Safari Park has animals roaming in vast open spaces that emulate their natural habitats. Go to the jungles of Africa or Asia without ever having to leave San Diego. Take a tram ride and view all the animals from the comfort of your seat, zip line across ropes through the forest, or ride a hot air balloon 400 feet into the air!
For a more cultural and artistic experience visit Balboa Park. With 15 museums in one gorgeous location, you’ll never run out of activities in this beautiful location. The list of museums includes the San Diego Modern Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Japanese Friendship Garden and so much more. Enjoy live music, theater and exhibitions in the most beautiful park in San Diego.
San Diego is home to one of only six Legolands in the entire world (the others are in Florida, UK, Denmark, Germany, and Malaysia). With giant Lego models of the White House, Las Vegas, and The Golden Gate Bridge, your family will be dazzled by ingenuity of the familiar and timeless household Lego blocks. Drive around in Lego cars, ride Lego boats, and of course, build your own Lego structures.
For an aquatic adventure, head over to SeaWorld. This park is unique in that it’s the only SeaWorld that is actually connected to the ocean. In addition to famous attractions such as Shamu and the Sea Lion comedy show, SeaWorld also boasts theme park rides and aquariums that will delight adults and children.
Belmont Park is one of San Diego’s most popular theme parks. Located on the beautiful ocean front of Mission Beach, it has many of the contemporary amusement park rides, as well as an arcade and Lasertag arena. With free admission, parking, and Mission Beach nearby, there are plenty of attractions to keep your family entertained without straining your wallet.
San Diego Beaches
No vacation guide is complete without mentioning San Diego’s beaches. With miles of sandy shores, San Diego has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Clean, gentle waves and pristine sand can give your children the opportunity to swim and explore. For an education experience, take the kids to La Jolla Tide Pools and observe sea creatures during low tides.
Brett Callan is a writer for Murray Callan Swim Schools, where their Encinitas swim lessons offer customized support for children throughout San Diego. He loves to enjoy the San Diego weather whenever he can, whether from the beach or at a pool.