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Top Kid Activities in San Diego – voted by parents

The last time our family visited San Diego, we discovered a wonderful cave at a beach with our 2 year old.  It was a discovery too good to keep to ourselves and that’s where the idea for Trekaroo took birth.   I love San Diego because it has that Southern California vibe without the insanity of LA and there are a ton of fun things to do with kids.  So, this is what Trekaroo families voted to the top for 2009.

#1 Place to take Kids and #1 Animal Attraction: San Diego Zoo

With a total of 27 votes, this world famous zoo is not only the most popular attraction in San Diego with families.  It also receives a remarkable 5 star rating on Trekaroo.  Rockinmama says it’s the “Best Zoo for Children”.  Kidsgowest says it’s “Zoo Heaven”.  Knoxvilledoula declares it’s “worth every penny.” The most popular exhibit is the large number of adorable pandas. However, expect some waiting time to see these cuddly bears.

Photo credit: Flickr/thenickster

Best Kid-friendly Museum - Reuben H.  Fleet Space Theatre and Science Museum

Flying high with families is the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theatre and Science Museum.  Some families like to cool off in this indoor space.  TheQFamily says “don’t let the smarty name fool you.  This musuem is a great hands-on interactive museum that even a toddler can enjoy.”  Kids’ City is an entire child-size town popular with toddlers.  A another big favorite with Trekaroo families is the Blockbuster room with tons of blocks that kids can build just about anything with.  Wanna be astronauts get a kick out of pretending to sit at NASA command central.

Photo credit: www.rhfleet.org

Most Interesting Neighborhood – Old Town Historic San Diego

Old Town San Diego is a “Step back in time” (kidsgowest) that take us back to the Mexican and early American periods in the history of San Diego.  Enjoy the architecture and ambiance of mariachi music and colorful papel picado.  There is eye candy at every turn.  Familyadventureguidebooks recommends taking hte Coaster train to Old Town.  Grandma Dot loves how it sparks a kids imaginations of “Mexican cowboys with sombreros riding their horses through town”.

Photo credit: mattanddolly

Top Amusement ParkLegoland

It was a tight race between Legoland and SeaWorld, both getting 5 stars on Trekaroo.  But Legoland wins by popularity.  Located about 30 minutes north of San Diego, Legoland is often the reason why families choose to visit San Diego.  Jeff Legato raves that its a “really fun park – especially the water section”.  Yangtheman believes it’s the “best amusement park for grade schoolers”.  jrussobergman goes so far as to say you can “forget about Disneyland”. Their family loves that there were “so many rides for toddlers.”  

Photo credit: anniepants


Most Kid-friendly Beach - Mission Bay Park

Emdolly tells us that Mission Bay Park is “great for small children” because of the calm clean waters and lifeguard.  It is also a “great place to bike” says chich. Lots of other outdoor recreation to be had here – boating, fishing, sailing, volleyball, softball, horseshoes, rollerskating, kite-flying…the list goes on and on.

Photo Credit: Emdolly


Best Place to Experience Nature with Kids - La Jolla Tidepools

La Jolla Tidepools are home to a nice colony of seals and a playground for many a kayaker.  This is a great place for kids to experience nature in nature.  Besides seals, Anniepants reported seeing squid and fish swimming close to the beach.  It has a great international vibe and lots of happy friendly people.

Photo credit: flickr/hermmermferm

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LiLing Pang is a contributing writer for Trekaroo – a reviews site dedicated to exploring and traveling with kids.
Travel with kids to: CA | FL | HI | MA | NY | PA | TX | VA
and now IL and WA

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8 Responses to Top Kid Activities in San Diego – voted by parents

  1. Maria February 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Hello,
    thanks for sharing great tips on what to do in San Diego with kids. At Fox Rent A Car Blog we also recommend the Reuben H Fleet Science Museum, it is a great place for the whole family to have fun! We also wrote a post sharing ideas on what to do with kids in San Diego and different cities. We share travel tips to help travelers get the most info possible and inspire their next trip.
    Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Patty Lee October 2, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    LiLing, thanks for sharing sharing this information! There’s another website that also has numerous activities for kids in San Diego. It is called San Diego Family Fun and the URL is http://www.sdfamilyfun.com. Go check it out!

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