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Family in San Diego

Thinking about visiting San Diego with kids? There's tons of fun things to do with kids in San Diego, which has an incredibly mild, sunny climate year round. Plus it’s a relaxed, kid-friendly city. In Old Town, soak up Old California. Brush up on your animal facts at the world-famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. With kids, water and beach fun is a must. Go out in pedal boats on Mission Bay, ride a water taxi to Coronado, or just watch the boats go by in the harbor. And everyone in the family will enjoy long days at the beach.

San Diego Photo Album
    Balboa Park – San Diego Zoo
  Old Town
  Mission Bay – SeaWorld
  Point Loma
  Downtown
    Coronado
Greater San Diego
  Carlsbad – LEGOLAND
    La Jolla & Beach Towns
  San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    East County
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Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in San Diego, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels and beach vacation rentals in San Diego, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

San Diego family hotels
San Diego family beach vacation rentals
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Buy a Go San Diego Card for discounts and admission to the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld, Balboa Park museums, harbor cruise, and more. Savings for the whole family, pick attractions to see, and no waiting in ticket lines!

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kids books san diego california
     
 
Larry Gets Lost in San Diego
John Skewes, Eric Ode

Take a trip around San Diego with Pete and his dog Larry. Accidentally hopping on a boat in front of the Hotel Del Coronado, Larry floats to Mission Beach, takes the train to the San Diego Zoo and museums in Balboa Park, runs past ships big and little in downtown San Diego, to Point Loma, where he finds Pete. (Picture book)

Also fun board book for little ones: Larry Loves San Diego

 

     

Bells are missing from the missions, but four kids are hot on the trail, tracking down the thief. Packed with fun facts about the California missions, including San Diego de Alcala, "Mission Uno." (Chapter book)

 

 
The Mystery on the California Mission Trail san diego kids
     
Cinco de Mayo kids books san diego old town spanish holiday  
Cinco de Mayo
Mary Dodson Wade

Kids can read for themselves about the Cinco de Mayo fiesta, an Old Town tradition – dances, music, food and bright costumes. (Easy reader)

 

     

1846. Swashbuckling tale of old San Diego, Mexican pirates, bandits, ships carrying hides and China silks, and a twelve year old American cabin boy, who finds himself in the middle of a war – a U.S. warship arrives in the harbor, but San Diego is part of Mexico. (Chapter book)

 

 
The Giant Rat of Sumatra - kids books San Diego adventure
     
 
The Tree Lady
H. Joseph Hopkins, Jill McElmurry

Kate Sessions was a remarkable lady who changed San Diego. In the late 19th century, the city was dry and desert-like. Kate Sessions planted trees everywhere, and created the magnificent gardens in Balboa Park. (Picture book)

 

     
Little Panda
Joanne Ryder

Adorable story of Hua Mei, the panda born at the San Diego Zoo. Irresistible photos of Hua Mei taking her first steps, playing in the water, munching on bamboo, rolling on the ground with her mama panda. (Picture book)

 

 
Little Panda san diego zoo kids
(More children's books on other San Diego pages)
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