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Things To Do in San Diego With Kids

Things To Do in San Diego With Kids

BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO WITH KIDS


Looking for the most efficient and entertaining way to visit many of the things to do in San Diego with kids? Look no further because Old Town Trolley Tours offers parents a relaxing way to tour all the best San Diego attractions for kids. Parents don’t have to worry about searching for directions to the Children’s Museum, driving to the San Diego Zoo, or finding parking while traveling from all of San Diego’s best attractions.

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Our hop on and hop off trolley tours allow the parents to concentrate on having fun with their kids instead of worrying about logistics. We make the tours in San Diego for kids very entertaining by providing neat facts about all the best places to visit. Your kids will thank you for giving them a fun-filled vacation and you’ll thank Old Town Trolley for taking care of the logistics. Also, kids under age 4 ride totally free!

Recommended Attractions in San Diego for Kids

Stop A

stop-a-old-town-market-san-diego.jpg Old Town

Old Town Market – Home to over 40 unique shops, the Old Town Market celebrates the rich history of San Diego. You can find everything from gourd art to Day of the Dead dolls to whimsical souvenirs within the market. With live events, top-notch restaurants and excellent outdoor shopping, you won’t want to miss perusing the Old Town Market with your family.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park – Dedicated to preserving the early days of San Diego and includes many museums and historic buildings. Museums include Casa de Estudillo, Seeley Stables, the Sheriff’s Museum and many more. Fun for all ages, you can even watch authentic blacksmith demonstrations during your visit to the park.

Stop B

Whale Watching CruiseSan Diego Harbor

Whale Watching Excursions – Interested in getting up close and personal with San Diego’s wildlife? Check out whale watching excursions departing from the San Diego Harbor. You’ll spot seals, sea lions, migrating birds and marine life on your journey. Learn more about San Diego’s wildlife from expert naturalists during the trip, and don’t forget to bring binoculars!

Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum -The USS Midway was America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier during the 20th century. Now a popular museum, visitors can take a self-guided audio tour of locations on board such as the engine room, post office, officers’ quarters and flight control. You can even request a special audio tour for children, so the whole family can enjoy learning more about San Diego’s rich maritime history.

Stop C

Seaport VillageSeaport Village

Seaport Village – With over 50 places to shop and entertainment for the whole family, it’s one of the most popular things to do in San Diego. Enjoy face painting, balloon art and riding on the historic carousel. You can even purchase a kite to fly on a sunny day or indulge in ice cream treats. Be sure to check the Seaport Village events calendar for all the latest updates.

SEAL Tour -View the famous San Diego cityscape on land and sea during this 90-minute, fully narrated tour that departs from Seaport Village and cruises through the San Diego Harbor. Hop aboard an amphibious vehicle with your family, and learn about San Diego’s history on this exciting adventure of a lifetime.

Stop D



san diego childrens museumThe New Children’s Museum

Featuring original pieces of art designed to engage children and promote hands-on learning, the New Children’s Museum offers both indoor and outdoor activities for families. Inside, children can observe, create and interact with the exhibits. Directly across the street, kids can play in a beautiful park full of climbing structures, swings and room to run around. Don’t miss out on this family-friendly museum during your time in San Diego.

Stop G

san diego petco parkPetco Park Baseball Stadium

A spectacular, open-air ballpark nestled in downtown San Diego. During baseball season, grab a stadium hot dog and watch the San Diego Padres face off against other major league teams.  Innovative design and state of the art amenities make the ballpark a favorite attraction of visitors and locals alike.

Stop H

Coronado BeachCoronado Beach

A sophisticated beach town located just outside of San Diego. Consistently ranked within the top beaches in America, Coronado Beach is as beautiful as it is serene. Nearby, you can check out the Hotel del Coronado and hear the haunted tales of Kate Morgan’s ghost. Whether you’re relaxing on the pristine beach or exploring Coronado’s rich history, make the most of your time in San Diego by visiting Coronado.

Stop I

san diego zooSan Diego Zoo

Home to over 3,700 animals and more than 650 species. The zoo pioneered the “cageless” exhibit, where animals are contained in areas mirroring their natural habitats. Whether you’re viewing the koala exhibit, riding across the park on the Skyfari or taking an animal feeding tour, this zoological preserve has something to please all ages.

san diego balboa parkBalboa Park

A National Historic Landmark, Balboa Park is full of green, open space areas as well as museums and theaters. Children especially enjoy riding on the Balboa Park miniature railroad, exploring the San Diego Natural History museum and splashing in the water fountain near the Fleet Science Center.

The expansive 1,200-acre Balboa Park is family friendly and exciting for visitors and locals alike.

“All kids receive a Junior Conductor hat”

Off The Beaten Path

  • Belmont Park
  • Ocean Beach Tide Pools
  • Point Loma Lighthouse/Tide Pools (Cabrillo National Monument)
  • Sunset Cliffs – Hiking
  • Birch Aquarium
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Sea World
  • Legoland
  • La Jolla Cove – sea lions/shallow waters for kids
  • Mission Bay – park/kite flying/big grass area for picnics
  • University Town Center (La Jolla) – Ice Skating, year-round

Kids Ride Free the Month of October*

Kids 12 and under can enjoy free admission to Ride Old Town Trolley Tours, San Diego SEALS, and Old Town Trolley’s La Jolla Beach Tour during the month of October.

*Must be accompanied by one other paid adult guest. Other restrictions apply. Buy tour tickets.

 

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