There are superb beaches, museums, theme parks and one of the best zoos in the nation. What more do you need?
San Diego International Airport is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown, and, upon arrival, families find the city consists of many neighborhoods.
Average temperatures in San Diego hover around 70F with plenty of sunny days and low humidity.
In October, when the beach crowds disappear, San Diego welcomes families with its annual “Kids Free” month.
From 70 miles of coastline, to quirky neighborhoods, to bays, hills and mountain landscapes, there’s a host of family activities waiting to be explored.
San Diego is easy to get around by car and families have plenty of rental options. Traffic is not quite as congested as other Southern Californian destinations and especially manageable outside of the morning and evening commuter rush hours. Spending any time at the tourist sites, you’re bound to see the Old Town Trolley Tour. This tourist shuttle has 11 stops at some of the major sites downtown and also offers La Jolla and Mission Bay routes.
Dave Parfitt is a reformed academic with a PhD in neuroscience, who began writing about his family travel adventures after surviving a trip to Walt Disney World with his two budding princesses, now ages 19 and 16. As owner and editor of Adventures By Daddy, Dave offers family travel advice and escapist fun from Dad’s point of view.