Things to do in San Diego with Kids

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San Diego is a wonderful place to visit, especially for traveling with kids. Offering a perfect blend of stunning natural beauty, vibrant cultural life, rich history, world-class family attractions and year-round pleasant weather, San Diego is a truly diverse and exciting destination for all types of travelers. San Diego is a wonderland for children, offering a magical mix of education and entertainment that caters to all ages. With its perfect climate, kid-friendly beaches and a plethora of family-oriented attractions, San Diego provides an unforgettable family vacation.

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Things to do in San Diego

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Balboa Park

A feast for the eyes and the mind, Balboa Park not only offers 17 museums and beautiful gardens, but also boasts stunning Spanish-Renaissance architecture that transports you to another era. It's an ideal place for discovery, outdoor fun and appreciating beautiful design.

San Diego Zoo

This world-renowned zoo houses over 3,700 animals across 650 species and subspecies, promising a day of adventure and education about wildlife.

LEGOLAND California

Bursting with interactive exhibits, rides, shows and a whole area dedicated to the iconic bricks, LEGOLAND is a must-visit for imaginative minds and LEGO enthusiasts.

SeaWorld San Diego

Engage with marine life, enjoy thrilling rides and gain awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation in this family-friendly aquatic park.

USS Midway Museum

Step aboard the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century and learn about its rich history through interactive exhibits, a real treat for young history buffs.

Fleet Science Center

Explore over 100 interactive science exhibits in this educational hub, perfect for inquisitive minds who love learning through play.

Seaport Village

Stroll through this vibrant waterfront shopping and dining complex that also offers charming views, outdoor entertainment and a historic carousel, making it an enjoyable excursion for the whole family.

La Jolla Cove

Discover this beautiful beach with clear waters that's ideal for snorkeling, swimming and picnics. Look out for seals and sea lions basking on the rocks!

San Diego Natural History Museum

Dinosaur skeletons, fossil exhibits and interactive displays make this museum a hit among kids who are intrigued by prehistoric times.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Step back in time and learn about California's history from 1821 to 1872 with preserved historic buildings and live demonstrations.

Places to eat & drink in San Diego

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Here are some dining options in San Diego that offer both a fine dining experience for adults and a welcoming atmosphere for kids:


The Mission: This spot serves up gourmet breakfasts and also offers simpler, kid-friendly dishes. The Strawberry Banana Pancakes are a delight for all ages.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery: A vibrant breakfast spot with options for everyone. From pancake flights for the kids to a variety of Eggs Benedict for adults, it's a win-win.

Lunch & Dinner

C-Level Lounge: Overlooking San Diego Bay, C-Level offers upscale dining with a great kid's menu. The stunning views and delicious cuisine make it perfect for family occasions.

Puesto: This modern Mexican restaurant serves gourmet tacos that will delight adults, while kids will love making their own tacos from the children's menu.

Farmers Bottega: Offering farm-to-table meals, this spot caters to foodie adults while providing kid-friendly dishes. The warm and welcoming atmosphere makes it family friendly.

Sweets & Treats

Extraordinary Desserts: Adults will appreciate the artistry of these high-end desserts, while kids will simply love the taste. Try the famous Dulce de Leche Cheesecake.

Gelato Vero Caffe: Offering artisan gelato in a range of flavors, it's an elegant dessert option that both kids and adults will love.


Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens: A paradise for craft beer enthusiasts that's also family-friendly, thanks to its spacious outdoor gardens and kids’ menu.

Liberty Public Market: This bustling food hall has a variety of dining options for the whole family, alongside local beers and wines for adults.

These venues allow the whole family to enjoy their meal, providing a balance of refined, adult-friendly food and a relaxed, welcoming environment for children. Enjoy your culinary adventure in San Diego!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Amber Gibson’s guide, A Girl's Getaway Guide to San Diego. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to San Diego.

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