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This Southern California beach town has an abundance of family-friendly activities from the sun-kissed beaches to the inland deserts.  With a great mix of art, culture, and fun under a warm, year-round climate, the problem will be deciding how to fit it all in.  Families rave about the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, white sandy beaches, amazing museums at Balboa Park, history and culture of Old Town, and great shopping.  Fun is everywhere!

 

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Top Activities for Kids

In San Diego County
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Mormon Battalion Historic Visitor's Center
2510 Juan St , San Diego, California 92110

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Mission Beach City Beach
Strand Way, between Pacific Beach Drive to Ventura Place, San Diego, California

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San Diego Seal Tour
Seaport Village, San Diego, California 92101

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Dog Beach Del Mar
3006 Sandy Lane, Del Mar, California

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Fletcher Cove Beach Park
111 South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach, California

Top Hotels for Kids

In San Diego County
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Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Dr, Carlsbad, California

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LEGOLAND Hotel
5885 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad, California

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Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
6450 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, California

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WELK RESORT SAN DIEGO
8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, California

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La Valencia Hotel
1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla, California

Top Restaurants for Kids

In San Diego County
Phil's BBQ Restaurant
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, California 92110

Ruby's Diner
1 Pier View Way, Oceanside, California 92054

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Casa Guadalajara
4105 Taylor St., San Diego, California 92110

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Red Marlin Restaurant
1441 Quivira Road, San Diego, California 92109

Hash House a go-go
3628 5th Ave, San Diego, California 92103

Top Lists for San Diego County

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1. Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

2. Park Hyatt Aviara

3. Hotel del Coronado - A KSL Luxury Resort

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1. The Tin Fish- Imperial Beach

2. Hodad's

3. Phil's BBQ Restaurant

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1. KROC Ice Arena

Public ice skating sessions held during the week and weekends. Check website for details.

2. La Jolla Ice Town

Open skating sessions offered most days of the week. Check website for hours and prices.

3. San Diego Ice Arena

Public skating program offered weekly. Check website for details.

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1. Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

LUXURY HOTEL CHOICE: Families will enjoy room options, a fun pool area, and plenty of activities for children of all ages.

2. WEST INN AND SUITES

MODERATE HOTEL CHOICE: Located 3 blocks from the beach with free 5 minute shuttle to LEGOLAND, free milk and cookies and a pool, this is a family-favorite.

3. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

MODERATE HOTEL CHOICE: Excellent service, suites, pool, and special access to LEGOLAND make this a family-friendly favorite.

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1. Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve

The northern section is a popular beach with bathrooms, showers, lifeguards, close parking, and a safe spot for kids to play by the lagoon. The southern sect...

2. La Jolla Shores Beach

This beach has is a mile long crescent of prime sand beach that families love. Gentle waves make for great wading, swimming, and boogie boarding. Free park...

3. La Jolla Cove Tide Pools

This north facing cove has a fine little beach with sheltered waters that make for great swimming and tide pools at low tide. Snorkelers will see the bright...

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1. San Onofre State Beach

Enter this state beach via Basilone Road off I-5. A cobblestone tide pool area can be found north of the campground.

2. Swami's Beach

Descend the wooden stairs from the parking lot to the beach below. There is an extensive flat area of tide pools. Parking lot may get full quickly especial...

3. Cardiff State Beach

At the south parking lot, there is an area of tide pools by the bluffs.

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1. SeaWorld San Diego

2. San Diego Zoo

3. Reuben H. Fleet Space Theatre and Science Museum

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1. Hotel del Coronado - A KSL Luxury Resort

Luxury Hotel Choice- Amazing location, incredible views, outstanding service, beach front property-- Perfect for the whole family.

2. Omni San Diego Hotel

Moderate, Luxury Hotel Choice- much better prices than the Hotel Del, still amazing quality, kid-friendly and great bay views.

3. Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Budget-friendly Hotel Choice- Residence Inn offers convenient location, full breakfasts, evening snacks & dinners and large, comfortable suites and living sp...

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1. Adopt-A-Beach

Adopt a beach, river, or waterway to make for a cleaner and healthier San Diego.

2. American Cancer Society

Help with many different programs. Join the "Relay For Life" of Pacific Beach on July 13, 2013. For more information check out http://www.relayforlife.org/...

3. Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Help the Food Bank through their various programs or Volunteer to help with the Food 4 Backpacks by calling 1-858-527-1419

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1. Harbor Beach

Located next to Oceanside Harbor, this wide stretch of sand has free parking, a playground, restrooms, and showers.

2. Breakwater Way Beach

This is a quieter beach just north of Oceanside Pier because it takes a little walk to get to. But the restrooms and showers make this a great family beach.

3. Oceanside Beach

This is a very popular and fun summer beach with plenty of nearby amenities. Walk out on the pier or enjoy one of the frequent surf contests or concerts.

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1. San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is a great start to any vacation in San Diego. The beauty of this zoo is how the glass enclosures allow the kids to get within inches from...

2. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Birch Aquarium is a very manageable 1-2 hour activity.

3. Children's Pool, La Jolla

This not a pool, but a protected cove where California seals congregate. Parking can be challenging but the scenery is worth it. This was a huge hit with b...

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1. Sculpture Court Cafe

2. Albert's Restaurant

3. Treehouse Cafe

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1. Coronado City Beach

2. Balboa Park Carousel and Mini Train

3. San Diego Junior Theatre

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1. The Baby Exchange - Children's Resale

Buys baby gear. Sells gently used maternity, baby, and children's clothing, gear, and furniture. Other store location in La Mesa

2. Baby Go Round

A children's resale store with clothing, toys, and gear. Check their Facebook page for updates on new items being sold.

3. Buggies and Babies

Buys and sell baby gear including strollers, car seats, diaper bags, baby carriers, high chairs, play pens. Breastpump rentals are also available.

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1. Corvette Diner

2. Rubio's Mexican Grill

3. Pizza Port Brewing Company