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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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Family & Teen Beach Scene

Many of San Diego's beaches are perfect for families and teens. Find the one that's right for you. 

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Family Friendly Museums

San Diego has a host of interactive and entertaining museums that families will love - explore more. 

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Best Parks for Families

From museums to attractions, from playgrounds to picnics, find the park that's right for you. 

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Save with Discount Passes to local Attractions

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

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Museum Month: Half-Off Admission

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2017

Presented by Macy's, San Diego Museum Month invites everyone to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ museums throughout the county for the all of February.

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Buddy the Elf's Carols and Barrels

Dec 3, 2016

I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked over the Coronado Bridge, all to get to you for an afternoon filled with beer, wine, food, holiday cheer, and of course elves!

The best part is that your affinity for elf culture supports my favorite charity Cancer For College and gives cancer survivors the opportunity to realize their dreams of attending college through scholarships. I hope you'll join us for this year's Carols and Barrels and spread holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear. Son-of-a-nutcracker, we are going to have a good time!

Your friend,

Buddy the Elf

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San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Dec 21, 2016

The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl delivers exciting football action and spectacular pageantry. Each year a top team from the Mountain West Conference takes on a quality opponent. This year it's the BYU Cougars!

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National Funding Holiday Bowl

Dec 27, 2016

Don't miss America's Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football's most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12. Last year the Wisconsin Badgers took down the USC Trojans 23-21. Don't miss the pageantry, excitement and football thrills this year!

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Farmers Insurance Open 2017

Jan 26 - Jan 29, 2017

The annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open men's golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open.

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Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

Dec 10, 2016 - ongoing

Whale Watching Adventures depart twice daily. This is a great opportunity in San Diego to get an up-close and personal whale watching experience! Perfect for families, out of town visitors and locals alike!

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Deals just for you

Activity

Save $136 or more at 4 Famous Theme Parks

Southern California CityPASS
Valid: Jan 1 - ongoing

Save $136 or more with Southern California CityPASS - an admission card that gives you 1-day admission to SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California, PLUS a 3-day Park Hopper® ticket to Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park.

Action Sports

Womens Tactical Pistol Course Discount

Aegis Academy
Valid: May 11 - ongoing

Ladies save 10% on all Pistol One Courses offered each month at Aegis Academy!

Action Sports

Save 10% on Personal Security Workshops

Aegis Academy
Valid: May 11 - ongoing

Save 10% on individual registration for regularly scheduled personal security workshops at Aegis Academy including Abduction Avoidance, Travel Security and Personal Security Courses!

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Attractions

Day Trip to Disneyland - Hooray!

Tips for a day trip to the Magic Kingdom

Local San Diegans head to the Magic Kingdom for day trips all the time and so can you. Here are a few tricks to successfully navigate a successful day. 

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Tours & Sightseeing

Fun Filled 1-Day Itineraries

Spend one day enjoying some popular sites

Find popular sites and attractions inlcuding museums, historic sites, shopping centers and hip urban neighborhoods all located within a two-mile radius of Downtown, the airport and the San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal.

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Spectator Sports

Family Insider Tips for Enjoying the Padres and Chargers Games

Root, root, root for the home team!

Whether you are heading to a Chargers football or Padres baseball game, check out these family insider tips.

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Tours & Sightseeing

Educational Tours in San Diego

Fun and learning at the same time

These tours are a perfect way to experience the diverse businesses and museums that make San Diego so welcoming to all who visit.

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