Southern California, or SoCal, stretches from north of Los Angeles to San Diego and points south. It’s a popular vacation destination for its wonderful climate, miles of dramatic coastline, endless stretches of great beaches, mountains ranges, giant redwood forests, deliciously trendy food, glitzy shopping, laid-back California attitude and family-friendly attitude. Oh, and don’t forget the long list of amazing theme parks with thrill rides galore and water fun.
Classic seaside amusement parks, then called Boardwalks, have existed along SoCal’s coast since late 1800s and early 1900s, the heydays of the gilded age. After years of decline, they emerged in modern, high tech form both along the SoCal coast and a bit inland. While there were others before it, Disneyland placed SoCal on the map as a global vacation destination. Since SoCal encompasses a large geographical area, this comprehensive list begins just north of Los Angeles and works down through the Anaheim area, through Orange County, and south to San Diego.
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San Diego has great weather, miles of sandy beaches and great attractions. Consider these top 10 family friendly destinations when visiting the second largest metropolitan area in California.
- Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The 100-acre park displays over 4,000 animals. Many of these rare or reclusive inhabitants are seldom visible in nature. Children will enjoy the petting zoo.
- SeaWorld San Diego is fun for the whole family. There are a variety of aquatic displays as well as live performances by sea lions, dolphins and Shamu, the killer whale. Other fascinating residents include penguins and polar bears. Children can also enjoy several amusement park rides.
- San Diego Zoo Safari places visitors in the heart of Africa and Asia. You can see giraffes, zebras and lions as they roam freely on this 100-acre wildlife preserve. The balloon safari and Africa tram are exciting ways to experience the grounds. Popular animal encounters include the Lorikeet Landing and the Petting Kraal exhibits.
Legoland California is located in the beautiful seaside community of Carlsbad just north of San Diego. Opened in 1999, the resort was the first Legoland theme park in the United States. Visitors can enjoy over 60 rides and attractions dispersed throughout the 128-acre park. Legoland California hosts numerous fun-filled activities for the entire family.
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Dino Island features the dips and curves of the Coastersaurus, a mini steel roller coaster. Aspiring paleontologists will discover that the large sandbox offers the perfect opportunity to hone their skills as they uncover an intact dinosaur. Fun Town has several exciting role-playing rides. There is a driving school where you operate an electric car and test your knowledge of the traffic rules. Fighter Squadron and Sky