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San Diego with Kids

Junior Jetset: Set Your Sights on San Diego!

Before children, couples often plan vacations around sunbathing, frozen cocktails and an exciting nightlife. A step in that same direction, families looking to take a trip full of activity and pleasure for everyone can book an adventure to San Diego. Keeping parents and their wee ones in mind, the city offers fun in the sun for everyone.

Perched along the Pacific coast, visitors can soak up rays on the beach in near perfect weather. Check out all the brilliant places it has to offer.

  • When everyone tires of the surf, take the fam to the San Diego Zoo. Famous for the animals alone, the surroundings and shows make it worth visiting.
  • Leave the sand behind and head to Sea World to watch Shamu jump through the air and the penguins waddle around the ice.

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  • Kids and parents can enjoy a blast from the past at LegoLand. The construction play land is a dream come true for wee ones who love to build and tear things down. Adding to the fun are rides and water parks to keep things cool and entertaining.
  • Get out of the sun at the New Children's Museum where tots can jump on cushions, explore a sponge forest, finger paint a real live car, and build wooden structures.
  • When the sun has set and everything above is closed, parents can take the troops to a San Diego Padres baseball game. Taking them out to the ballgame and buying them peanuts and Cracker Jacks will keep a smile on their mugs while allowing mom and dad to sip on a cold one.
  • For some old school amusement, head to Belmont Park. The boardwalk type roller coasters and games will have mama singing Beaches songs throughout the evening.
  • Kids who relish seeing the fish behind a glass pane window will delight in the sea life offered at the Birch Aquarium. Tykes can reach out and touch a starfish in the tide pools at this venue.

A relatively small city, most every site is a short drive from the center making it that much more attractive to parents toting children through the town.

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gabyt25 gabyt25 6 years
My home town!!!! I love living here and as a mom now I'm glad that there are so many things to do here with my kids all year around. My fav beach for the family would have to be Coronado. At Coronado beach you get a great view of the famous hotel, Point Loma , low-key for the little ones and they have a dog beach.
Ineedclarity Ineedclarity 6 years
I love San Diego. Also worth a mention is Balboa Park: This is where are the museums are such as the Natural History Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Center and the San Diego Air & Space Museum just to name a few. Plus the grounds are really pretty.
Moms Moms 6 years
I love the picture — talk about making sure you have enough sunscreen! Too cute!
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 6 years
I completely agree! I live in San Diego and there's always something to do, and the weather is BEAUTIFUL!
NyckieRocks NyckieRocks 6 years
What a perfect time for this article to come out! We are leaving for San Diego tomorrow afternoon! We are traveling with our 1 year old son, and our friends have a 4 year old. We will be hitting up Sea World (all I've been talking about for DAYS is finally getting to see Shamu!) and the Wild Animal Park, and we also have a beach day planned- though the weather is only supposed to be around 70 degrees (is that too cold for the beach??). I will totally be hanging on to the children's museum as my beach day back-up! I think I would have more fun there than the kids!! I didn't even know the museum was down there, so I'm glad you wrote about this! Thanks!!
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