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San Diego for Families

The weather in San Diego may lack variety, but that is perfect for families who want to visit at any time of the year. Everyone is practically guaranteed warm temperatures and sunshine, whether they visit in April or August. We had a little fog while we were there, but it was sunny and warm for the most part. It was a bit cooler in the evening, so a sweater is needed.

Here are some popular activities and places for families in San Diego:

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is sixty-eight acres and people have been able to watch the whales from the cliffs since the park opened in 1983. The park is a wonderful place for families to run around playing, enjoy a picnic lunch, or sit down relaxing with a snack in between other activities. Watch surfers, read a book or explore the cliffs at your leisure. While the park is beautiful during the day, it is even more spectacular at night when the sun is setting over the water.

Cabrillo National Monument

Along the Point Loma Peninsula, families will be able to see the Cabrillo National Monument. This monument was dedicated as a reminder of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arriving in the San Diego Bay in 1542. There are many events held in this area throughout the year including the Cabrillo Festival Open House, singing and dancing, booths filled with local foods, and a reenactment of a 16th century encampment. Climb up the lighthouse and see how the light house keeper lived many years ago − great spot for families or history lovers.

Liberty Station

Liberty Station used to be the Naval Training Center mess hall until 1997 when it closed. Since then, the building has been transformed into Liberty Station. Liberty Station now features boutiques, events, and concerts and families can explore the nearby historical landmarks as well. This hot spot is a local ‘fave’ with trendy restaurants, market style vendors and a comic book shop. There is a little bit of everything there for everyone traveling and spending some time in San Diego.

San Diego Speed Boat Adventure

Any family who wants to experience driving their own speedboat will want to book an adventure with San Diego Speed Boat Adventure. Families will drive their speedboat while following the tour guide and others through the waters of the San Diego Harbor. Everyone will be able to listen to the guide through a two-way communication system as the guide talks about all of the important features of the harbor. The tour is almost two hours long and a great one for the thrill seeker in your group. Drivers must be 18 years old and passengers 5 minimum. Get up close to Sea Lions and some amazing boats in the harbor.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

The Birch Aquarium has more than sixty different types of fish and other invertebrates that can be found anywhere from the Pacific Northwest to the warmer waters of Mexico. While families will enjoy all of the exhibits, they will love watching the sharks being fed and the touch tanks even more. The knowledgeable volunteers are happy to educate you on everything living within the aquarium.

Belmont Park

There’s a little of everything at Belmont Park in San Diego, and the entire family will find themselves busy from the time they arrive until it is time to leave. In between amusement park rides, family members can eat in one of the numerous restaurants and shop for souvenirs. You can learn to surf and walk along the boardwalk meeting locals and tourists.

These are only a few things that families can do while in San Diego and of course, no one wants to forget about heading down to the beach for some time in the sun and the sand. Every family will have the time of their life when they are visiting San Diego.

-by Kim Logan