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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
Greater San Diego
  Carlsbad – LEGOLAND
    La Jolla & Beach Towns
  San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    East County
family hotels san diego

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!

Go San Diego Card
kids books san diego california
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)



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)

Also, before you visit the San Diego mission, read: The Spanish Missions of California


The Mystery on the California Mission Trail san diego kids
The Giant Rat of Sumatra - kids books San Diego adventure  

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)


Baby Tiger (San Diego Zoo Animal Library)
Patricia A. Pingry

Who can resist three furry tiger cubs? Little kids will have fun with this board book, filled with facts about baby tigers. Photos from the San Diego Zoo. (Board book)

Also Baby Elephant, Baby Lion, Baby Chimpanzee, and Baby Giraffe.


baby tiger
Little Panda san diego zoo kids  
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)


(More children's books on other San Diego pages)
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