52 Things to do with Kids in San Diego

We are moving to San Diego with our two kids! If you’re following me on Instagram I kind of already let this secret out because I’m terrible at keeping secrets, but regardless – we are moving…again. 

As sad as I am to say goodbye to New York City and our wonderful friends and family in the area, there are a lot of things to look forward to in San Diego and not just the sunny southern California weather.

Here are the 52 things we are excited to explore in the next year as we settle into our new home. I will update links and share our adventures as we go!

52 Things to do with Kids in San Diego

  1. Go to the beach. Or lots of beaches.
  2. Visit the San Diego Zoo
  3. Go to Old Poway Park early on a Saturday morning
  4. Visit the Living Coast Discovery Center
  5. Watch the Seals at Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla
  6. Visit the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park
  7. Eat and wander in the Gaslamp District
  8. Go to Safari Park in Escondido
  9. Splash at Waterfront Park
  10. Play at Lake Murray Playground by the baseball fields
  11. Go to a Kid Friendly Brewery like Chuck Ale K, Stone Brewing, or Lady Ale House)
  12. Watch a Movie in the Park or a Show at Moonlight Amphitheater.
  13. Paddle board and Kayak in Mission Bay
  14. Play at Kit Carson Park
  15. Hike Mt Woodson (Potato Chip Rock)
  16. Visit the Wells Fargo Museum
  17. Take the Ferry to Coronado and play at Coronado Tidelands Park
  18. Play at San Dieguito County Park in Del Mar
  19. Go to a Farmers’ Market such as Hillcrest Farmers’ Market
  20. Visit the Seaport Village
  21. Explore tide pools at Point Loma, Ocean Beach, and Shell Beach November-March
  22. Hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
  23. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (bonus: free for military families & kids under 25)
  24. Get our passports stamped at Cabrillo National Monument and Visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
  25. Visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  26. Go to the USS Midway Museum
  27. Play at Cottonwood Creek Park in Enchinitas
  28. Visit the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park
  29. Eat at Station Tavern and linger while the kids play
  30. Play at Kellog Park in La Jolla
  31. Visit the San Diego Model Railway Museum in Balboa Park
  32. Eat Tacos at Tacos el Gordo
  33. Eat at Breakfast Republic in Ocean Beach for delicious Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
  34. Visit the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park
  35. Visit the San Diego Botanic Garden
  36. Play at Mission Bay Park Playground
  37. Bike Ride the Boardwalk between Pacific Beach and Mission Beach (3m total)
  38. Hike at Torrey Pines State Park to the Del Mar Beach
  39. Visit Carlsbad Flower Fields
  40. Go to a Pumpkin Patch
  41. Create art at the New Children’s Museum
  42. Watch for Whales in Mid-Dec-April (Blue whales Mid-June-Sept)
  43. Visit Sea World
  44. Kayak the Sea Caves at La Jolla Shores Beach
  45. Ride the Rides at Belmont Park
  46. Visit Legoland
  47. Make S’mores at Coronado Central Beach
  48. Watch the Sunset from Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and from Scripp’s Pier where you should eat from The Taco Stand while you wait.
  49. Watch the Sea World Fireworks from Marine Bay
  50. Hike in Mission Trails Regional Park
  51. Walk across the Suspension Bridge located down the street from First Avenue and Spruce Street.
  52. Hike Annie’s Canyon Trail. Trail head is at the end of N Rios Ave.

52 Things to do with Kids in San Diego California

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