The Top 5 Things to Do in San Diego with Kids
The great thing about San Diego is that it’s probably the best place on earth. The bad thing about San Diego is that everyone living there knows this.
Ask them for a restaurant selection, and they pretend to be genuinely conflicted, as if the first ten places they spout off aren’t going to be awesome.
Or bring your beaching questions to the Oracle of Siri, clothed in all her iPhone glory. No doubt, a multitude of search results will come up, but pretty much each one will easily beat what you have back home.
From nearly perfect weather all year, to scenery that is of legends, “America’s Finest City” is hard to beat. So, to save you some time, we’ve done the scouting and identified the top 5 things to do in San Diego with kids:
1. Admire the Animals at the Zoo
The San Diego Zoo takes everything you thought you knew about zoos, and throws them out the window. Well, maybe not everything, because they still have animals and stuff.
But the scale of this zoo is what’s so simply amazing. From the moment you enter, you can instantly see the zoo’s commitment to being a world-class attraction. This place delivers, from gorgeously sculpted grounds, to habitats so intricate you’d swear you were in the jungle.
Go ahead. Think of an animal right now. Yup, they have that one. Two of them actually.
So, while a day here is certainly enough to see a wealth of wildlife, we’d splurge and go with a multi-day pass because there is just so much more to be enjoyed.
2. Get Some Sun at La Jolla Cove & Beach
San Diego is a city of beaches at its very core. With over 70 miles of stunning southern California shoreline, there really is a beach for everyone. Some of the most loved spots include Mission Beach, Coronado Beach, Imperial Beach, and Silver Strand. And you can’t really go wrong with any of these popular seaside spots.
If you want a little something different, however, we highly suggest you head out to La Jolla Cove and Beach. Other beaches may have softer sands, more amenities, or better swimming, but we can’t think of one that beats this scenery.
The rocky landscape has been etched over the ages to reveal stunning cliffs and coves. These sea cliffs keep the rough Pacific waters at bay, providing the perfect refuge for sea lions, seals, and all manner of sea life. And the virtually non-existent high tide provides perfect conditions for scuba diving, snorkeling, or just dipping in the water.
3. Hike Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Hiking with kids? You might think: hard pass. But we’re here to possibly change your opinion with Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. Why? Because here is where you’ll find easy trails (more than 8!) and some of the best views of San Diego. A personal favorite is the Guy Fleming Trail as the little legs in your travel crew will thank you.
Tripbound Traveler Tip: If you choose to drive here, it’ll cost you to park in the lot. So we recommend either Ubering or finding a spot to park along the beach (only if you have older kids in your crew as the trek to the trails is a steep climb).
4. Play & Eat at Belmont Park
Ready for even more fun? Visit Belmont Park, a beachfront amusement park, where admission and parking are free. With rides and games, shops, and restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat (such as Beach House for a family-friendly restaurant and bar scene right on the sand, and Draft Mission Beach for a top-notch brunch), you really can’t go wrong.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, however, the attractions come at a price. So save your hard-earned vacation dollars with a GO San Diego card!
You can download the pass to your smartphone or print it at home to enjoy total flexibility while hopping on unlimited rides on the rollercoasters and attractions, accessing laser tag/sky ropes/mini-golf/& the 7D theater, getting two consecutive turns on the zip line, and so much more. The card is also good at must-see spots like the San Diego Zoo & LEGOLAND!
5. Stay in the Perfect Accommodations
When you come out to visit, make sure you stay at a resort that’s just as impressive as your surroundings. We offer access to two stunning resorts in the San Diego area, The Wyndham Harbour Lights and Wyndham Oceanside Pier. Modern, luxurious rooms set you up for the perfect vacation. Condominium-style accommodations provide ample living space, while outstanding resort amenities make your stay truly memorable.
Located in the historic Gaslamp District, Wyndham Harbour Lights puts you within walking distance of San Diego’s trendiest destinations. Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, on the other hand, puts you literally on the beach, in the nearby laid-back Oceanside community.
Two resorts, one great location. Now, let Tripbound be your guide to all things San Diego.