Explore the wonders of the Pacific at Birch Aquarium,
where you can discover tide pools with naturalists and
marvel at the beauty of seadragons. Drive around the city
and then dip into the bay on a bus/boat hybrid during a
SEAL Tours adventure; or fly across the bay on a high-speed
Patriot Jet Boat thrill ride. Whether you want to pedal
around Coronado on a four-seated surrey or cycle the Silver
Strand on a beach cruiser, Wheel Fun Rentals will put you
in motion. Little ones are sure to love the Children’s Nature
Retreat, a 20-acre ranch in Alpine, filled with 120 kinds of
domestic livestock and exotic animals, from alpacas and
miniature horses to zebras, camels and ostriches, many of
Start the day off with chilaquiles from old-school Mexican
restaurant Cocina 35—we hear they’re the best in town. If
you have picky eaters, don’t worry, there’s also pancakes
and bacon-topped French toast. For an experience you
won’t forget, head to Casa Sol y Mar. Watch tortillas made
by hand and be serenaded by mariachi musicians while
you dine on traditional or contemporary Mexican cuisine.
Every Wednesday, kids eat free with each paid adult entrée.
Charming decor, friendly service and pasta made from
scratch can be found at The Old Spaghetti Factory in the
Gaslamp or San Marcos. And the whole family will love the
’50s vibe at Corvette Diner.
Make your own s’mores on the private beach of the recently
expanded Kona Kai Resort & Spa. Kids will love a seaside game of beanbag toss or giant Jenga, and you’ll savor
every second spent at Spa Terre or the adults-only pool
and tiki bar. Enjoy a chocolate chip cookie when you check
into DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown San Diego. This
family-friendly hotel offers stylish guest rooms and cribs,
high chairs and a special kids’ menu available on request.
The contemporary coastal Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa
is family and pet friendly, not to mention close to Legoland
and other great North County attractions. Don’t miss the
gorgeous views from its in-house farm-to-table restaurant,
Twenty20. Tucked away on a private island in Mission Bay,
Paradise Point Resort & Spa offers bungalow-style rooms
and suites, five pools, mini golf, and fire pits on the beach.
KIDS & FAMILY
Beautiful beaches, amusement parks, cultural attractions and kid-friendly restaurants
make San Diego the perfect destination for unforgettable family fun.
Get discounted admission to top attractions,
like Legoland California, the San Diego Zoo
and the San Diego Zoo
Safari Park (and skip the
lines) with CityPASS.