This cultural mecca within 361 waterfront acres of the former Naval Training Center San Diego (NTC) features historic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, vast outdoor spaces, and plenty of parking. Arts District Liberty Station, a burgeoning hub for life and culture in San Diego, is filled with nearly 120 galleries, museums, artist studios, nonprofit offices, creative… Read more »
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San Diego is a destination that is perfect for families. Featuring year-round nice weather, breathtaking beaches, dozens of public parks, 70 miles of beaches a plethora of museums and the San Diego Zoo, there are plenty of activities to amuse children of all ages. This is your guide to San Diego's best activities, attractions, entertainment options, and museums for children and families.
San Diego is a destination that is perfect for families. Featuring year-round nice weather, breathtaking beaches, dozens of public parks, 70 miles of beaches a plethora of museums and the San Diego Zoo, there are plenty of activities to amuse children of all ages. This is your guide to San Diego’s best activities, attractions, entertainment… Read more »
Festive Old Town comes alive at this new shopping and dining attraction in historic Old Town. Shop at the Beacon Artworks Gallery (619-823-6130) for colorful San Diego paintings. Sample San Diego’s best tasting wines at the Hacienda De Las Rosas’ tasting room (619-840-5579). Dine on the spacious patio at the Casa de Reyes Mexican Restaurant,… Read more »
CityPASS offers a great opportunity to experience the best attractions located throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. These attractions and tours offer everything from state-of-the-art rides to walks through historic neighborhoods. Experience world class thrills at Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld and Disneyland, still the “happiest place on Earth.” Time travel… Read more »
The focus of this impressive museum is to present a nostalgic walk through the past 100 years of American music and music-making. Featured are more than 500 vintage instruments. Plus, there are lots of interactive exhibits and hundreds of audio and video clips. This is an educational adventure for everyone! General admission is ($10); seniors,… Read more »
Dine here once and you’ll undoubtedly become a regular. The reasons are simple: the food tastes great; pretty, young, high-energy servers provide excellent service and the atmosphere is upbeat and friendly. Plus, the retro decor, which is fashioned after a 1940s railroad dining car, is sparkling new and stylish.
Kansas City Barbecue is ideally located in downtown San Diego a few blocks from the USS Midway Carrier and a block away from the San Diego Convention Center. Thus the Kansas City Barbecue is easy to find. As you approach this one-story building the aroma will lure you inside from all the way down the… Read more »
Old Mission San Luis Rey at 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside (760-757-3651) is known as the King of the Missions. It is the largest of the 21 missions that flourished here in the 1700s and 1800s. It’s the majestic jewel of early California history. The museum is open daily 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Prices for self-guided tours… Read more »
The fascinating floating museum at the Embarcadero consists of six historic ships and two submarines: the Star of India, which is the oldest active sailing ship in the world, the steam ferry Berkeley, the steam yacht Medea, the San Diego Harbor Pilot, also an actual Soviet-era diesel B-39 submarine and the deepest-diving submarine ever, a… Read more »
Old Town Mexican Cafe and Cantina, 2489 San Diego Ave., Old Town (619-297-4330) [oldtownmexcafe.com]. Open Sun.–Thurs., 7 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 7 a.m.–midnight ($8–$15). Happy hour Mon.–Fri., 3 p.m.–7 p.m. and 10 p.m. till closing. Bar is open daily till 1 a.m. And their popular Taco Tuesdays run all day long. This year is their 36th… Read more »
Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego at 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West off of Jamacha Rd. (619-670-5194) [heritageoftheamericasmuseum.com]. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat. noon- 4 p.m. Admission for adults is ($3); seniors (55 and over) ($2), children 17 years and younger, students… Read more »
Mission Trails Regional Park is the largest of the City of San Diego’s parks and is the third gem of the city’s park system. Mission Trails is larger than Mission Bay and Balboa parks combined. At 5,800 acres, it is the largest open space urban park west of the Mississippi. It includes two lakes, a… Read more »
Bright Valley Farms has been in business for over 50 years and is located just minutes from Downtown San Diego. At Bright Valley Farms you’ll find over 52,000 acres of prime horseback riding trails with access to thousands of miles more for your horseback riding enjoyment. If you enjoy trail horseback riding then this is… Read more »
Dine at great San Diego Restaurants that are dedicated to serving free meals to kids. Most of these places offer free food to kids with some restrictions, particularly the age of the child, specific days and the ratio of purchasing adults to the number of kid’s meals required. Offers may change, be sure to verify… Read more »
The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is located in Old Town, at the corner of Harney and Juan Streets. Walk in the steps of The 500 men Mormon Battalion, Army of the West, as they left Winter Quarters, Iowa, and began their infantry march from Fort Leavenworth to the California Pueblo of San Diego. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., there are also guided tours and admission is free.
Buca di Beppo is not just another Italian restaurant. It’s a dining destination for the best family-style Italian dining in the city! You can even get a table in the kitchen if you make your reservations early. Or if you are coming with a group of people, reserve the Godfather room. As for the decor,… Read more »
You’ll definitely be happy with this discovery. A memorable gourmet meal is the apple pancakes, which are baked instead of cooked in a skillet. Other winners include blueberry pancakes, pecan pancakes, fresh potato pancakes, sourdough flapjacks, banana pancakes and Hawaiian pancakes. They also feature crepes, waffles and omelettes made with farm-fresh grade AA eggs.
It’s the oldest restaurant in Old Town. They have two dining rooms filled with colorful piñatas and a romantic little patio. There are lots of standards such as enchiladas, fajitas, and chilles rellenos.
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum which is adjacent to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Miramar Road, San Diego (858-693-1723) [flyingleathernecks.org]. This is the only Command Museum dedicated to the history of Marine Corps aviation. The museum features more than 30 vintage and historically important aircrafts, ranging from World War II “Warbirds” to present-day… Read more »
This attractive New England-style restaurant is nestled on the edge of Oceanside Harbor. A good recommendation is the macadamia nut mahi mahi. It’s two generous, golden brown cuts that are perfectly prepared. Another winner is the seafood linguine, which is a combination of lobster, scallops and fresh fish of the day in a creamy sauce…. Read more »
SeaWorld San Diego is set on 189 beautifully landscaped acresalong the sparkling shores of Mission Bay Park. As you might expect, SeaWorld has something to offer everyone. This fun-filled marine life park features thousands of fascinating ocean creatures including killer whales who star in the visually stunning “Believe” Shamu show, as well as penguins, sharks… Read more »
LEGOLAND California is home to more than 60 exciting rides, shows and attractions. But the really big news is the world’s first and only LEGOLAND Water Park. The imagination really flows on Build-A-Raft river, where everyone floats on their own custom-built LEGO raft. The Water Park also features six-person raft slides, single-person tube slides, body… Read more »
La Bella Cafe & Games (8) is the most popular pizza restaurant in Chula Vista. Boasting 58 years in business, they truly have it all including a huge games parlor. Yet, the games are just the latest attraction to go along with entertaining the hundreds of families who dine here every day. Without a… Read more »
Phil’s BBQ, which opened its doors in 1998, has served more than one million pounds of BBQ sauce to go along with its. Serving thousands of customers a day Phil’s has built a foundation on consistency, quality, freshness and friendly service. Phil’s BBQ offers full service catering via a fleet of high tech trucks fully… Read more »
The jewel of this district is the historic Copley Symphony Hall (20) at 750 B St. (619-235-0804). It is regarded as one of the finest classical music venues on the West Coast. This year the San Diego Symphony, now over 100 years old and one of the oldest orchestras in California, will embark on a… Read more »
La Jolla Kayak, 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla (858-459-1114) [lajollakayak.com]. Open daily 8 a.m.–sunset. Established in 1995, they are the original ocean adventure outfitter in San Diego. Today, this full-service kayak, snorkel and bike rental company offers fascinating 90-minute guided tours of the spectacular sea cliffs at the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, the… Read more »
On the windswept tip of Point Loma is Cabrillo National Monument, which is the third most visited national monument in the United States. From this vantage point, 422 ft high above the ocean, you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of San Diego and beyond. On a clear day… Read more »
USS Midway Museum at the Navy Pier in San Diego Bay, 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown (619-544-9600) [midway.org]. USS MIDWAY IS A HISTORIC MUSEUM Experience the magic aboard one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in U.S. Naval history, the USS Midway. It’s a must-see San Diego attraction. The tour lasts 3–4 hours and is included with… Read more »
The San Diego Botanic Garden is a place of year-round beauty. Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety of microclimates giving the visitor a… Read more »
Birch Aquarium (22) is the public outreach center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where visitors of all ages can explore more than 3,000 colorful fish and invertebrates as well as cutting-edge ocean- and earth-science research. This is a must-see attraction, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla. The aquarium boasts more… Read more »