Kids and Family
With its world-class attractions, miles of beautiful beaches and
endless options for tours and excursions, San Diego is heaven for
kids, teens and parents who want to join in on the fun.
Resort & Spa
Check into a bayside bungalow with a beach fire pit on the enchanting 44-acre
island home of Paradise Point Resort & Spa (1404 Vacation Road) or stay at the
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina (1441 Quivira Road) with tropical
lagoon pools and three water slides. Downtown, the Ramada Gaslamp (830 Sixth
Ave.) and Comfort Inn Gaslamp (660 G St.) offer a portal to the excitement of
the city while the oceanfront La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club (2000 Spindrift
Drive) has tennis and swim lessons for kids, along with a gated children’s playground. Families love Kona Kai Resort & Marina (1551 Shelter Island Drive) on
Shelter Island. Charter a boat, fish off the pier, kayak the bay, play badminton
or make s’mores on the beach.
Make some memories out on the water on a blue whale-watching adventure with Hornblower Cruises & Events (970
and 1800 N. Harbor Drive) or take out a mini speedboat for a
spin on the bay on a group tour with Speedboat Adventures (1450 Harbor Island
Drive). On land, stroll through a bounty of colorful blooms at The Flower Fields
at Carlsbad Ranch, open through May 10 (5704 Paseo del Norte) or visit the San
Diego Botanic Garden to explore more than two dozen themed gardens, including a children’s garden with a miniature railroad (230 Quail Gardens Drive).
Head to the Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Coast Hwy.) for picnics and play in the
splash pools and fountains.
San Diego Natural
Check out nearly 200 skulls of
all sizes, including mammals,
birds, reptiles and amphibians
at the Skulls exhibit, and
explore the rich history of the
ancient Mayans at Maya:
Hidden Worlds Revealed (June
12, 2015 to January 3, 2016).
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego Bay Adventures
Zip around the bay on a
Yamaha WaveRunner or check
out the Navy Seal training
facilities, USS Midway and
more on a guided Jet Ski tour.
1880 Harbor Island Drive,
Thrill-seekers should head
directly to the Giant Dipper,
a wooden roller coaster built
in 1925. The wave machines
at Wave House are also a
blast; whether you take part
or hang out and watch the
pros do their thing.
3146 Mission Blvd.,
Air & Space Museum
The new 2theXtreme—
MathAlive! exhibit proves
math is fun, with 40 interactive
experiences exploring math’s
role in video games, sports,
fashion, music and robotics.
Don’t miss the free multi-
sensory movie screenings.
2001 Pan American Plaza,
ACTION & ADRENALINE
Cozy up to
a fire pit on
family fun at
Resort & Spa.
For breakfast downtown, line up early for the famous Granny
Smith apple and cinnamon pancakes at Richard Walker’s
Pancake House (520 Front St.). After a day at the beach, stop
into Pirate’s Cove Tiki Port (4864 Voltaire St.) for a refreshing
smoothie or fruit-filled acai bowl, or treat the kids to Belgian-style
waffles topped with cookie butter at Wow Wow Waffle (3519 30th
St.). For dinner, fuel up on pizza at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza,
with multiple locations in San Diego, including Del Mar (12925
El Camino Real) and La Jolla (702 Pearl St.), or nosh on burgers
and shakes at the fun and funky ’50s-themed Corvette Diner
(2965 Historic Decatur Road). Teens will love the loaded half-beef,
half-bacon burgers at Slater’s 50/50 (2750 Dewey Road #193).