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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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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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The best beaches, according to kids

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

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8 Kid-Approved Parks

Some of the best places to play in San Diego

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Balboa Park December Nights

Dec 6 - Dec 7, 2019

Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the "most wonderful time of the year" with lights and more!

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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Dec 27, 2019

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.

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Gray Whale Migration Winter/Spring 2020

Dec 1, 2019 - ongoing

Over 20,000 gray whales migrate annually from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons, and back again, along the Southern California coast.

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San Diego International Auto Show

Jan 1 - Jan 5, 2020

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.

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Explore These Awesome Museums

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Save with Discount Passes to local Attractions

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The best beaches, according to kids

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8 Kid-Approved Parks

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Balboa Park December Nights

Dec 6 - Dec 7, 2019
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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Dec 27, 2019
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Gray Whale Migration Winter/Spring 2020

Dec 1, 2019 - ongoing
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San Diego International Auto Show

Jan 1 - Jan 5, 2020
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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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$3 Off Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Valid: Mar 13 - ongoing

Looking for fun with a side of science? La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the place for you. As the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch...

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$10 High-Speed Naval History Bay Tour

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Valid: Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2019

Swift Boats acted as part of the naval blockade of South Vietnam to prevent the infiltration of weapons, ammunition, and war matériel from North Vietnam via sampans, junks, and trawlers. In...

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$5 OFF Any Cruise for Cruise Ship Passengers

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Valid: Jan 18, 2019 - ongoing

Enjoy your stay in sunny San Diego with a cruise!  Save $5 per person on any cruise on Hornblower in San Diego, including 1 or 2 hour Harbor Tours, Whale Watching, Nightly Dinner Cruises,...

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