Top 10 family things to do in San Diego
Monkeying around at the San Diego Zoo
There are lions and tigers and bears, oh my! But the monkeys steal the show. Take the Monkey Trail and visit the Lost Forest from 9-11 a.m. to catch the primates eating breakfast, while for your little primates monkey around.
2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park 92101
Breakfast with Shamu at Sea World
Have breakfast with San Diego's favorite killer whales. The entire family can enjoy some wet, close time with the sea creatures and their trainers, while fueling up with a buffet breakfast.
500 SeaWorld Drive in Mission Bay 92109
Flying kites at Seaport Village
The staff at Kite Flite will help you choose a kite that’s just right for your afternoon enjoyment. Step right out the door and start flying your new kite in the ocean wind.
839 W. Harbor Drive in Seaport Village 92101
The Giant Dipper in Belmont Park
Originally built in 1925, this old-fashioned roller coaster, one the last ones on the coast, still delights thrill-seekers of all ages. Just make sure the kids don’t fill up on cotton candy and funnel cakes before the ride.
3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay 92109
Play and create at the New Children's Museum
Kids of all ages can roll up their sleeves and create. Each studio has its own trained professional artist, but you don't need to be one to make your own masterpiece.
200 W. Island Ave., Downtown 92101
Snorkeling in La Jolla
The clear waters of La Jolla Cove are an ideal spot for viewing the underwater wildlife. Rent some snorkeling gear and view the bright orange Garibaldi fish or the beautiful coral.
Cruise around the harbor
The best view of the San Diego skyline is from the water on a one- or two- hour cruise. Enjoy the ocean air and rest your tired feet while cruising around the harbor.
1050 N. Harbor Drive, Downtown 92101
Miniatures at the Model Railroad Museum
Some of the best things in life are free as is the entrance to the museum for those under 15 accompanied by an adult. It's the detail of the trees and towns that make this museum a worthwhile visit.
1649 El Prado, Balboa Park 92101
Drive the mini city at LEGOLAND
Adults will be too tall to ride, but the wee ones can enjoy driving their own little cars around the Minicity in LEGOLAND. Parents will get a kick out of the detailed models sculpted with the building block of childhood.
1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad 92008
Mexican food in Old Town
Billed as California’s first permanent Spanish settlement, Old Town is a place the whole family can enjoy, whether on a walking tour of Old Town State Historic Park or eating fresh tortillas handmade by colorfully dressed señoritas.
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