Things to do for Family Travelers in San Diego, California 

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    San Diego Zoo

    484 reviews

    Go. You will not be disappointed. And yes, the ticket price is high, but 100% worth it. If you plan to go for more than one day (with the size of this Zoo, you may wish to!), consider supporting the San Diego Zoo by becoming a Member of the Zoological Society of San Diego. Good cause + unlimited entry for ...

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    Balboa Park

    369 reviews

    Such a San Diego Gem, museums, children's playground, gardens, the SD Zoo, trails, large lawns, events, it's really got it all! It's especially fun to visit during the holidays & see the Festival of Lights.

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    SeaWorld San Diego

    306 reviews

    It's SeaWorld! it's the best theme park for kids and grownups. I think SeaWorld has the perfect combination of things to see and things to do, for any age. We have been here several times with our son (now just over three) and he enjoyed all the shows, the animal exhibits and the kids area, we can easily spend 2-3 ...

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    LEGOLAND California

    126 reviews

    What can I say? Kids love this place! I do recommend that people try to get there shortly before the park opens, as the line to go through the parking payment kiosk could get quite long by late morning during peak seaons. The food available inside the park is mostly typical amusement food, but there are some varieties such as ...

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  • 5

    Old Town

    262 reviews

    A gem of San Diego, rich culture & history are so eminent. Old Town is the birthplace of California and where the first mission is located. You'll find a great park adjacent and a lot to see & do within close proximity. The streets are lined with Mexican restaurants and shops with local craft artisans, art, museums, & antique themed ...

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    La Jolla Cove

    149 reviews

    I'm all for the seals! Who cares if it smells and they take up ONE small beach on the San Diego coast. Everyone that visits me in San Diego wants to visit the seals.

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    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    87 reviews

    The "other" San Diego Zoo located in Escondido, California, north county San Diego. Well-worth the short trip - you'll see animals in their authentic habitats and amazing preservation and conservation efforts on the part of the San Diego Zoo.

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    Seaport Village

    127 reviews

    I love spending an afternoon here with the kids - or even strolling with a date.

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    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    146 reviews

    San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in Escondido is a fantastic 1,800 acre park filled with a diverse range of animals offering the visitor a chance to see them in a natural environment. There are several parts to the park and numerous exhibits of animals in very natural settings, including acres of open space where herds of wild species roam ...

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  • 10

    Petco Park

    126 reviews

    A beautiful ball park that brings life to downtown. $5/5 tacos on Tuesday nights.. what a great deal! Love to see my Giants play here!

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    La Jolla Shores

    143 reviews

    There are many beaches on the San Diego coast and La Jolla Shores is one of them that you probably shouldn't miss. It's a beautiful beach -but very crowded during the summer!

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    USS Midway Museum

    105 reviews

    If you are fan of the Navy or ships you can't miss this one. The USS Midway 41 is an aircraft carrier transformed in a museum and for sure an unforgettable experience. Save at least 3, 4 hours if you like to visit all facilities aboard. If you are traveling in family you might make it a day tour cause ...

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    Mission Bay Park Playa Pacifica

    26 reviews

    Great outdoor water & park area. Plenty of space, free parking, grass & sandy Bay Area for kids to play. Lifeguards on duty & restrooms nearby!

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  • 14

    Reuben H Fleet Science Center & Space Theater

    42 reviews

    Located in Balboa Park, the Reuben H Fleet Science Center is especially fun for Space Buffs, kids and families!! As a teacher (and parent) in San Diego, I absolutely LOVE taking kids to this one-off Museum. IMAX movie screen with amazing shows, too many exhibits to visit in a day, and a special, interactive play area for little ones 5 ...

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  • 15

    Fashion Valley Mall

    91 reviews

    This mall has really high-end shops & is a lot of fun to explore! A lot of department stores and designer outlets. Parking can be tough but it's worth the wait. Try some if the amazing restaurants such a True Food Kitchen!

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    Gaslamp Quarter

    253 reviews

    We went there couple times, both at night. Although we were with two grade school age children, we felt pretty safe walking around the streets in the area. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, but many of them seem to fill up pretty quickly during weekends -- reservations recommended. Oh, and do leave some space in your stomach, ...

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  • 17

    Little Italy District

    106 reviews

    We absolutely LOVE Little Italy! Not only the food, but the local culture, "shop local" feel, designer boutique stores and walkability are very attractive about the area.

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  • 18

    Mission Beach

    96 reviews

    Gorgeous sunsets and lovely for walks along the boardwalk! Tons of bars & restaurants nearby, try Sandbar for taco Tuesday or wave house in the summer!

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    San Diego Harbor Excursion

    31 reviews

    This is a great experience for anyone visiting San Diego... and for locals too! You will be taken around the bay, up and down the coast line that hugs downtown San Diego. Perfect for viewing America's finest city and enjoying a nice cruise along it's gorgeous harbor.

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    Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

    53 reviews

    This is a rather small aquarium, but we all enjoyed ourselves. I love supporting this place rather than Sea World..but that's me. The interactive activities they have there are great for kids of all ages. Little ones will be mesmerized in the large kelp aquarium. This is also a GREAT place to hold special events!

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