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San Diego

Family Vacations

Just a Hop, Skip and a Smile Away

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Rated One of the Top Family Destinations in America

Whether you love theme parks, state parks or water parks, building sandcastles or beach bonfires, exploring kid-friendly museums or hiking trails, families always have a blast in San Diego. In fact, San Diego is consistently ranked one of the Top Family Destinations in America, and it's no wonder.  With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California, and budget-friendly hotels, dining and activities, there are plenty of family vacation options available.  Plus, many San Diego hotels and resorts offer special children's programs for kids of all ages. From crafts, puzzles and games for younger kids to X-Box 360®, air hockey and sports lessons for teenagers (some even complimentary), the entire family can be entertained from sun up to sun down.

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Explore These Awesome Museums

Where learning is more like recess

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CityPASS and the Go San Diego Card provide multi-day passes for big savings on top attractions.  

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The best beaches, according to kids

San Diego's kid-sized, 70-mile sandbox

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8 Kid-Approved Parks

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Mission Federal ArtWalk

Apr 27 - Apr 28, 2019

On April 27-28, 2019, the Mission Federal ArtWalk will celebrate its 35th annual event in the streets of Little Italy. Featuring more than 300 artists filling 17 square blocks of the iconic urban neighborhood with art, craftsmanship and beautiful goods, this event attracts artists from across the globe. More than just an art event, the festival is a family-friendly opportunity to participate in interactive art installations and features live and features live music and dance performances.

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La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

Apr 28, 2019

The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. The course then rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through residential La Jolla Shores, and finishes at La Jolla Cove.

For those interested in a shorter option, the La Jolla Shores 5K offers a mostly downhill course and features some of the most scenic views of the last 3.1 miles of the half marathon course.

 
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Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

May 4, 2019

The Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival is one unforgettable day, complete with jams from local musicians and tastes of more than 50 of the most renowned breweries from San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions around the country. Known as the 'Capital of Craft', San Diego is the birthplace of some of our industry's most respected brewers and home to more than 130 craft breweries. From Karl Strauss to Stone Brewing, America’s finest city has been brewing up high quality beers since the late 80s. It’s all happening on May 4, 2019. VIP kicks off at 12 PM and general admission is from 1 - 4 PM.

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Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

May 9 - May 12, 2019

Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou. Features 4 days of live music - more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food - including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun!

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Explore These Awesome Museums

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The best beaches, according to kids

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8 Kid-Approved Parks

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Mission Federal ArtWalk

Apr 27 - Apr 28, 2019
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La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

Apr 28, 2019
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Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

May 4, 2019
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Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

May 9 - May 12, 2019
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You're invited to embark on an epic quest to discover new places to play in Kid Kingdom. 

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Whale Watching

$13 Whale Watching Cruise Special During Migration (Save $23)

Davey's Locker Whale Watching & Sportsfishing
Valid: Jan 28 - ongoing

Enjoy 2.5 hour whale watching cruises with multiple times daily to choose from. Departing from Newport Beach view gray whales on their migration along with finback whales, minke whales, humpback...

Biking

$10 Off any Bike or Kayak Tour

Bike & Kayak Tours, Inc. - La Jolla
Valid: Mar 8 - ongoing

$10 off any bike or kayak tours with San Diego Bike & Kayak Tours in La Jolla.

Venues

Kids Sail Free on San Diego Sailing Tours

San Diego Sailing Tours
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2019

1 kid under 12, rides free with a paying adult on the 2-hour Signature or Sunset sails.  Please call 619-786-0173 and mention Kids Free October to book this offer.

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