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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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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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Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at SeaWorld

Jul 4, 2019

SeaWorld will celebrate Independence Day with a 15-minute display of fireworks set to a patriotic soundtrack, starting at 9:45 PM on July 4. Park hours on the Fourth will be 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

All summer long, SeaWorld lights up with Electric Ocean™, a summer nighttime extravaganza that transforms the park into an underwater world of colorful luminescence. Electric Ocean immerses guests in a glowing sea of wonder with bioluminescent-like lighting, an electrifying dance club with a world-class DJ and your favorite SeaWorld attractions like never before. Electric Ocean kicks off June 15 and runs on select dates through September 2.

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Supergirl Surf Pro

Jul 26 - Jul 28, 2019

The world’s top professional female surfers are back in Oceanside, CA for the 12th Supergirl Surf Pro, a 3-day event July 26-28, 2019. The weekend will be jam-packed with world-class competition that will have you on your toes and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and entertainment.

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Bike the Bay

Aug 25, 2019

Experience Bike the Bay, a scenic bayside ride, and also enjoy a rare opportunity to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2019

One of the top 20 "Must See" seaside festivals in the world according to American Express and USA Today's 10 Best, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition will return to San Diego's downtown waterfront for 2019. This will be the eigth year that one of the world's most important sand-sculpting competitions will be held on this built-for-the-occasion beach, with over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego's Big Bay. The 8th annual edition will be open to the public Aug. 31 - Sept. 2. The Port of San Diego is again the presenting sponsor, as the event is held on its beautiful Broadway Pier and Landing. So come and celebrate Labor Day on the Bay with us.

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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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Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at SeaWorld

Jul 4, 2019
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Supergirl Surf Pro

Jul 26 - Jul 28, 2019
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Bike the Bay

Aug 25, 2019
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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2019
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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 San Diego to book this offer.

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Fit City Adventures
Valid: Feb 19 - ongoing

Thanks for finding us here! Mention code "SDTA" when booking for a 10% discount on all services and packages. 

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$5 off Weekend Champagne Brunch Cruise on San Diego Bay

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Valid: Jun 12, 2019 - ongoing

$5 off any weekend Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises in San Diego. This two-hour cruise features a bountiful brunch buffet, free flowing champagne and the best views of San Diego Bay,...

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