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7 Things to Do this October

The Perfect Month for Families

Come soak up some Vitamin D with the family this October all while enjoying Kids Free San Diego offers, awesome outdoor adventures and warm autumn weather.

Young girl on the flight deck of the USS Midway for Kids Free San Diego

Number 1

Kids Free San Diego

It's time to play! Kids Free San Diego is calling you back this October, when kids eat, stay, and play for free. So, c'mon, unforgettable family memories are waiting to be made in San Diego.

Kid enjoying some edutainment aboard the USS Midway Museum

Number 2

San Diego Rocks Edu-tainment

San Diego isn't just year-round sun, 70 miles of sparkling beaches and several major attractions, there are plenty of opportunities for families to find enriching and fun educational experiences.

Three kids walking along the seawall at La Jolla Shores

Number 3

The Best Beaches, According to Kids

San Diego's 70 miles of coastline offer families a variety of beaches that are perfect for swimming, surfing, sandcastle building, and any other family beach activity.

Pumpkin Patches in San Diego

Number 4

Pumpkin Patches

Autumn in San Diego means warm days, cool nights and, of course, pumpkin patches! Browse this list to find the perfect pumpkin patch near you.

Number 5

Haunting Good Times in San Diego

Fans of the supernatural and mystery delight - San Diego is home to a number of haunting experiences guaranteed to give you a scare! Historic haunts rich with mystery and rumors of paranormal activity make San Diego a haven for spots guaranteed to chill.

Child dressed as a witch with a dolphin at SeaWorld San Diego Spooktacular

Number 6

Halloween Happenings

Haunted Aquarium Remix

When: October 1-31, 2020
Haunted Aquarium Remix takes the spooky science fun that the traditional Haunted Aquarium is known for and mixes things up outdoors with new animal encounters and activities geared for children ages 2 to 10, as well as fun decor for the whole family.

SeaWorld Spooktacular

When: October 2 - November 1, 2020
Guests looking for Halloween fun this year can head to SeaWorld's Spooktacular - featuring physically distanced Halloween dance parties, all-new Cookie Decorating with Cookie Monster and Elmo, fall flavor-inspired menu items and yes, candy!

Halloween in Miniland

When: October 2-31, 2020
LEGOLAND® California Resort welcomes all families to join us for a Halloween-themed outdoor retail and dining experience every weekend in October! Enjoy festive LEGO® décor, distanced character meet-n-greets, and individual family activities that will be sure to get you into the not-so-spooky Halloween spirit.

Drive-Thru Scream Zone

When: October 1-31, 2020
Buckle up for a wild ride! San Diego's favorite fright fest, the Scream Zone, is taking the scares to the streets in Drive-Thru Scream Zone: Road Kill, at the Del Mar "Scaregrounds."

HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo

When: October 9-25, 2020
Plan to join the San Diego Zoo for three weekends in October filled with glowing fun, giggles, and grins starting at 5:00 PM. They've designed the entertainment to allow for social distancing, so you can have fun safely. Kids 11 and younger can come in costumes that align with their guidelines.

Halloween Trail at Petco Park

When: October 23 - November 1, 2020
Join us along the Halloween Trail at Petco Park, a socially distanced one-way Halloween-themed pumpkin patch in Gallagher Square where you will have the opportunity to visit various themed booths, collect candy and toys and partake in the spooky festivities.

A Grand Halloween

When: October 31, 2020
Check in for a spooktacular Halloween night on San Diego's waterfront, filled with socially distant trick-or-treating, themed activities and arts & crafts on the Haunted Rooftop, a Spooky Swim dive-in movie, and more!

Beer at Pure Project Brewing

Number 7


Between October 1-18, Brewnited passport holders will have exclusive access to beer-filled deals at participating San Diego breweries. In addition, from October 16-17, passport holders will have exclusive access to online content during the Official Great American Beer Virtual Festival.

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Bonus: 25 Fun & Free Things to Do

Having fun in San Diego doesn't require a lot of money; in fact, many things to see and do are absolutely free. This September, visit San Diego for a fun and inexpensive getaway with these 25 free things to do.

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