California Family Vacations in San Diego

California Family Vacations in San Diego
San Diego is Southern California's haven for family vacations. With a year-round average weather of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and clear, blue sunny skies, beach and outdoor activities are a great part of the entertainment to be had. San Diego is home to the West Coast's SeaWorld theme park as well as one of the nation's largest and most prestigious zoos that is nestled in the lush landscape of Balboa Park. San Diego also has ferry boat rides out to the fun Island of Coronado.

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is packed with fun for the entire family. In the summer months, the park is open until dark, ending the night with fireworks that can be seen from across the San Diego Bay. There are multiple shows scheduled throughout the day including whale, dolphins and sea lion shows as well as a presentation on pet tricks called "Pets Rule!" Additionally the park offers boat rides, a Bay Sky Ride across Mission Bay and a fantastic sky tower where you can get a new glimpse of San Diego from the top. SeaWorld also has a good selection of gift stores and food venues, from an informal snack to a sit down Italian dinner. Some of the restaurants are located next to the pools, where you can have breakfast in the company of dolphins.

SeaWorld San Diego
500 SeaWorld Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is a 100-acre, world renowned non-profit organization. It is acclaimed for its Institute for Conservation Research, which is committed to sharing and applying scientific knowledge for the conservation of plant and animal habitats worldwide. The zoo houses 4,000 exotic and endangered animals within the lush botanical gardens of Balboa Park. For families taking a day to visit the zoo, there are special tours that include animal interactions, educational programs that provide in-depth understanding of the activities of the zoo and special activities designed just for kids. There also is a program called sleepover, where you can spend the night at the zoo and wander about after hours, visiting the animals after dark and without the crowds.

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-1515


The small island of Coronado is accessible by crossing the Coronado bridge by car or by taking a fun ferry boat ride across the San Diego Bay. Coronado has activities for the whole family. There are two beaches where you can swim, surf and sail and the streets are flat and wide enough to feel safe walking, running, biking or rollerblading. The coastline also has miles of bike paths with beautiful views of the sunset. Coronado is also famous for the Hotel Del Coronado, a National Historical Landmark, red-shingled roofed luxury resort, visited by Marilyn Monroe and other famous movie stars. The hotel has an inviting and friendly atmosphere and is open to the public for dining and visiting common areas. It also hosts an exhibit hall with old black-and-white photos depicting the hotel's history and a delicious ice cream shop for visiting guests.

Coronado Visitor Center
1100 Orange Ave,
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 437-8788

Article Written By Michelle Bush

Michelle Bush is a nutrition/counselor and herbalist living in the Appalachian Mountains. She holds a degree from San Diego Mesa College and has devoted seven years of professional experience to fitness, nutrition and yoga. Bush is a founding member of Nutridel, a healthy vegan cookie company, and is currently receiving certification as an herbalist in traditional Chinese medicine and ayurveda.

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