Things to Do in San Diego with Children

Top Family Friendly Things to Do & Kid Activities in San Diego, CA

Things to Do in San Diego with Kids

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  • Kimberly A
    Baton Rouge, LA3 contributions
    The USS Midway Museum was an unexpected surprise. I went reluctantly, but really enjoyed every second of it.
    Written 17 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • noxiousburrito
    Ann Arbor, MI257 contributions
    This is a must see attraction.

    PROS: The sea lions sure have a lot to say. The seals are super cute. The waves crashing are amazing. The birds are beautiful. Fairly nice public restrooms.

    CONS: Lots of stairs and hills to get to area. These beasts smell terrible. Birds are pooping everywhere.

    Would love to come back when I have more energy to fully explore the area.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • Laura R
    1 contribution
    The new Basecamp section was a blast for my kids! Next time we are bringing their swimsuits for the splash pad area.
    Written 22 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Hari A
    Delta, Canada632 contributions
    San Diego has scenic areas. The National Veterans Memorial brings back memories with great scenery around.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • noxiousburrito
    Ann Arbor, MI257 contributions
    Fantastic park and walk. Lots of full sun and shady cool places. Lots to adventure through. Beautiful architecture. Wish I could spend a few days in the park.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • southerncaligirl72
    California703 contributions
    Someone recommend us coming here so we checked the tides so we could be on the beach at the lowest tide. We came on Easter Sunday and man was it busy!! The beach is amazing here! There is so much to see and explore. A must see!
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • Ted W
    7 contributions
    The glideport between La Jolla and Del Mar is maybe my favorite place on earth. You have RC Gliders flying their planes on one end and Paragliders and Ultra-Light aircraft on the other end of this high field overlooking the ocean at Black Beach the only clothing optional beach in the San Diego area. Wow what a fun place. Do Not miss this !!
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • Michelle G
    6 contributions
    This is a great place to visit in the early spring to see harbor because the harbor seals give birth on the beach. The beach is closed off for humans, but you can walk along the sea wall to get a better look at the animals.

    I have also been at other parts of the year, where this is a good sheltered place to enter the water for scuba diving and snorkeling.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • Jlc5442
    Watertown, CT46 contributions
    An absolutely beautiful spot to visit. I advise you go around 6pm just in time to watch the sunset.
    Grab a bite to eat to bring or a bottle of wine , sit on the cliffs and relax.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • jabariu18
    Tualatin, OR27 contributions
    The view from the deck alone was worth the price of admission. Wonderful exhibits that are very kid friendly. Great staff and overall, a wonderful experience.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • PatriciaPhillips33
    Sterling, VA9 contributions
    January 2022 I made a dive to the La Jolla Caves through SCUBA San Diego. It was great. As an older, east coast boat diver, who had never done a shore entry in surf conditions, I had a wonderful time in a completely new environment (and temperature).

    Shore entry in surf was new to me, and I had a free-flow from my second reg. The life guards immediately notified me of the situation -- nice to have over-watch. The dive was shallow, about 25-30 feet max, but it's a great experience having seals zipping around you as you enjoy the other underwater life. The "caves" are really a swim-through. We had lots of surge, but I wouldn't have missed it.

    SCUBA San Diego provides good service, a great guide, and were very flexible.
    Cole (my guide) is an accomplished diver and a great guide. I enjoyed the kelp, sea lions, fish, and everything else along with the caves. I had scheduled a follow-on night dive with Cole at La Jolla Canyon, but a last minute conflict I forced me to call the dive. Ron (the owner of SCUBA San Diego) had no problems sending me a certificate for full credit for the next time (soon, I hope) I come out. Being in business since 1968, I felt very comfortable accepting the certificate. All-in-all, a great experience. The Caves make for a great dive and I highly recommend SCUBA San Diego! And HIGHLY recommend Cole.
    Chris P.
    Written 2 February 2022
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  • teresadoyle1
    New Albany, MS62 contributions
    We went to this ball park on our Old Towne trolley tour. It is a beautiful structure and it is easy to get to!
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Ted W
    7 contributions
    If you are in La jolla you just have to visit Wind-And-Sea Beach which is located right a the water's edge of WestBorne avenue in downtown La Jolla where the surfers ride the most dangerous surf, around huge boulders, some partially submerged and some half visible in the crashing surf. Its a trip not to be missed.
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • Kimberly A
    Baton Rouge, LA3 contributions
    I'm not a hiker, but I loved the Guy Fleming Trail. It was the highlight of the trip. The views can't be beat!
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • NSF4040
    Lafayette, IN216 contributions
    Wanted to see the lighthouse. the views here and the lighthouse are amazing. Short drive from Shelter Island and there is good signage to get you here.
    Written 11 May 2022
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