Top 10 Things to Do in San Diego for Families

sanott3San 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. At the Birch Aquarium, children can hear the voice of whales and learn about coral reefs. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium contains more than 3,000 animals from 380 species. The two-story kelp tank is home to leopard sharks and barracudas. Children will experience the mysteries of the deep through hands-on and interactive displays.
  5. New Children’s Museum has art studios and exhibitions that encourage visitors to play, think and create. Professional artists guide children through the creative process. Sustainable mediums include wood, paper and clay. Visitors can touch, climb and move various items on display in the dynamic play area.
  6. Climb onboard the Old Town Trolley of San Diego and enjoy a two-hour, fully narrated, fun-filled tour! With 11 stops you can disembark along the way and enjoy Old Town, San Diego Harbor and Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado, Balboa Park & San Diego Zoo and Little Italy.
  7. The Discovery Science Center has more than 100 interactive science exhibits. In the two-story museum, children can explore space, embark upon a dinosaur quest and climb a rock wall. The geyser eruption pleases children of all ages. Visitors will learn about the science of hockey and play a virtual game of volleyball.
  8. Wild Rivers Waterpark has more than 40 thrilling rides and attractions. Children can splash in the wave pool or experience the exhilaration of the drop from the pinnacle of Wild Rivers Mountain. An inner tube ride on the lazy river attraction is a great way to cool off. The water park is fun in the sun for the entire family.
  9. Belmont Park is an oceanfront amusement park that first opened in 1925. Enjoy traditional thrill rides and midway-style arcade games. Families can ride the historic wooden rollercoaster and cool off in The Plunge swimming pool. Restaurants and eateries along the boardwalk serve luscious treats like Angus burgers, egg rolls, hand-dipped ice cream cones and funnel cakes.
  10. Legoland California is an amusement park featuring the beloved building blocks. Families can enjoy more than 120 rides, shows and attractions. The interactive fun will entertain children and spark their imaginations. At Legoland, visitors can become pirates, adventurers and knights of the realm.