Traveling with kids can be tough and expensive. But don’t let that discourage you from vacationing to San Diego, because the city is well suited for the kiddos. There are tons of free outdoor activities plus discounts on attractions and food throughout the city for your next San Diego family vacation.
Travel for Your San Diego Family Vacation in October
Throughout October, kids enjoy free meals and passes at more than 100 attractions in San Diego, including the zoo, safari park, LEGOLAND and the Birch Aquarium. Enough said.
It’s every kid’s dream come true: a whole amusement park devoted to LEGOS, the toy every kid and parent has a soft spot for. At LEGOLAND, there are more than 60 attractions for kids as young as 2. The Big Shop has the largest selection of LEGOs in the nation. There’s a waterpark, roller coasters, boat rides and a submarine submerged in a tank full of fish.
The San Diego Zoo
You can’t go on San Diego Travel without visiting this world-famous zoo. You’ll see penguins, pandas, elephants, polar bears and more. If you’re pressed for time, parents suggest investing in the bus ride that takes you around the park in just about 45-minutes. This zoo is definitely worth a good chunk of your time. Don’t miss out on the chance to feed the giraffes, so check feeding times on the zoo’s website before you go. At the Petting Paddock, you can pet goats, sheep, pigs and other farm animals.
Of course, you can’t come to San Diego without visiting the beach. That’s an obvious statement, but when you’re vacationing with kids, free outdoor fun becomes just about the most important part of a San Diego travel trip. We love Moonlight Beach, Playa Pacifica Park in Mission Bay, Del Mar City Beach and South Ponto Beach. They have bathrooms and play structures for your next , and Del Mar and South Ponto have lifeguards. And you’re never far away from an ice cream shop.
For the Science
San Diego has so many educational opportunities for kids. You can take them to the Natural History Museum to learn about everything from dinosaurs to physics. Or kids can hop aboard the USS Midway, which has more than 60 exhibits and 29 restored aircrafts onboard. They can visit the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, where they can build LEGOS, experiment with cardboard constructions and learn about San Diego’s water system. At the Living Coast Discovery Center, kids can visit the stingray touch tank and watch sharks.