Top 7 Family Activities in San Diego
San Diego is a great place to visit, see below some activities that we loved.
1. San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is the #1 Zoo in the world and a great place to see some beautiful animals. we purchased our tickets online before we arrived.
When you get through the gates there is a guided bus tour that does a round trip of the zoo so we decided to do this first. This is great to jump on and get a good feel of where you would like to stop and explore. The zoo is on 40 acres so spend the day here and enjoy watching all the animals. Seeing the Pandas was the highlight of our day and we bought George a book called "Panda in the Park" which became a favourite book at home and a quick read at night. The food inside the park was really bad.
Our first plan in San Diego was to go spend some time in Coronado. I recommend spending a whole day here. You can catch a ferry from San Diego Bay but it drops you on the wrong side of the island, as we wanted to go see the Hotel Del Coronado and Del Coronado Beach. We decided to drive over the bridge and park at the hotel as parking on the street was a bit difficult with our huge hire car.
The Hotel has a Surry bike hire shop called Wheel Fun Rentals. We hired a Surry bike for a few hours and thought a ride to the other side of the island would be fun. It's a lot more of a workout then it looks and there are some hills so take their advice and stick to the maps they provide. This was great fun and we definitely deserved our post workout ice-cream.
A must visit is Moo Time Creamery, the most creamy delicious ice cream. Get a single because they are huge!
Theres not much to see on the south side of the island and the north of the Island is a naval base. We like to look at real estate while we are away, there are some beautiful houses towards the north of the Island which would be great beach holidays houses.
A great spot to watch the sunset is on Del Beach as the sunsets over the water.
3. Seaport Village
Seaport Village is a great waterside shopping village with restaurants. It is very touristy but a great spot to have dinner and watch the sunset and there is also a nice park just south called the Embarcadero Marina Park North overlooking the water and marina which has nice walking paths and grassed areas to have a picnic or for the kids to run off any steam.
4. Maritime Museum
My husband and father in law loved the Maritime museum but they are maritime enthusiasts. This was not interactive enough to entertain or interest my 4 and 1 yr old.
5. Visit Gaslamp District
The Gaslamp District is a food mecca, with loads of great dining options. Although this is the party and nightlife area of San Diego we took the kids out and felt safe and enjoyed the amazing restaurants and vibe. Highly recommend Lou and Mickeys but you will need a reservation. Outside is nice but can be smelly so inside is best, try the Oysters! The kids loved Ghirardella for some delicious desert.
6. Day trip to la Jolla
Driving to La Jolla from San Diego is about a 20-30min drive north along the coast. The day we went was scorching hot and there were some local art markets on. At the Point La Jolla is where you can see the sea lions and this is a must see. Its smelly but beautiful to see them swimming then sunning them selves on the rocks. you can get quite close for a picture, but keep in mind they are wild animals (we kept a bit of distance). There some good swimming spots. And if you like coffee theres a great little coffee shop that a local told us about called the Brick and Bell Cafe.
7. Day trip to Legoland
Legoland is approx. 30mins by car from San Diego and Is a great place to stop when travelling between LA and San Diego. My son is Lego and construction mad and absolutely loved the park. The Waterpark area was closed on the day we went and it was raining on and off. Theres lots of lego "statues" but we loved the lego themed rides and the lego hands on building areas. we got a very cute lego caricature drawn and while we did manage to get around the whole park, we could've spent more time there and were the very last people to leave.
I hope you enjoy this post, let me know in the comments below if you know of some other great family activities in San Diego.