Family-Friendly Escape in San Diego

When you need to escape a cold wintery season or just want happy Californian vibes for the whole family, San Diego is the destination you may want to travel to next. San Diego, indeed, in the South of California, not far from the border with Mexico, is a very family-friendly and foodie city. Discover the 3 best things to do among the many other activities that San Diego offers!

#1 – A stroll at the Gaslamp Quarter and the Seaport Village

Gaslamp Quarter is known for its active nightlife but it’s nice to discover it during the daytime, with its mix of Victorian-age buildings and modern architecture.

Start at the Horton Plaza Park. You can have breakfast or get a snack next to the lovely fountain, getting the necessary fuel before starting your stroll.
Then, just take 5th Avenue in direction of the sea. If you need to stop for lunch, the good news is that you’ll find plenty of restaurants, with many international options!
With the little ones, it’s the occasion to play “I spy with my eyes…” for making the walk more enjoyable! Here, our Teuko Kids found the Trading Company!

Once you arrive at the end of 5th Avenue near the ocean, you have two options: you can go to your left and visit the Petco Park, home of the baseball team the San Diego Padres, or you can go to your right (what our Teuko Family did), pass the San Diego Convention Center, and head to the Seaport Village.

Before heading to another great adventure in San Diego, just don’t forget to take a photo at the Gaslamp Quarter Sign!
If you have time and love baseball, visiting the Petco Park is a must.
And in case you need to recharge, have a cookie, an ice cream, or dine at the Seaport Village while enjoying the view!

#2 – A Fun Day at Old Town San Diego

Don’t miss the birthplace of California! Old Town San Diego, with its historic landmarks and its restaurants, is where you’ll want to spend a very cool day with the family!

Historic sites are operated as museums. Located at the northern end of Old Town, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is free to the public! And don’t miss San Diego Old Town’s Market! 
Also, great food awaits at Old Town San Diego. Our Teuko Family had lunch at one of the delicious Mexican restaurants, Cafe Coyote. The homemade fresh tortillas were so yummy!

#3 – One of The Best Zoos In the World to Visit!

The San Diego Zoo is a big oasis in the city, with different paths, hidden stairs, plenty of animals (of course!), and, what the kids liked best, play areas and the Skyfari Aerial Tram!

Arrive early to avoid the crowd and to have kiddos full of energy – there is a lot to see, and you’ll walk plenty!
Play areas and restaurants are great to have a pause before starting to discover a new area in the zoo.
The Skyfari Aerial Tram is unique! During the ride, we could enjoy the view of Balboa Park.

Speaking of Balboa Park, there is plenty to do there with children: there is the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Japanese Friendship Garden, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum… without forgetting the magnificent architecture that surrounds you!

If you can get more time than a long weekend or short vacation, you can simply also head to the beach. Have a day at Coronado Island. Outside of the city, not that far, you can also have a blast with Safari Park or Legoland!

Bonus! A Tip for Your Stay in San Diego

When on vacation or in need to rent a place for a short period of time, especially when you have a family with kids, it is of the utmost importance to have access to a kitchen! Having breakfast at your temporary place of vacation will help save money while starting the day peacefully. After a day full of activity, it’s so convenient to gather the family and have dinner in your secluded spot, whether you cook or have a delivery of your dinner.

Short-term rentals are a good solution for getting a place with a kitchen. They are actually increasing in popularity. For a family with two kids, booking in a hotel can be pricey too (especially when you have to book two rooms or a suite because your children are not little ones anymore!)., used by millions of renters to find houses, rooms, condos, or apartments for rent, can help. It updates in real-time, so you’ll always see new rentals that will fit your need!

An idea if your can work remotely and the children have online learning is to spend even more days in San Diego – Zumper’s rentals can be booked for 30 days up to 6 months.

Are you ready to discover San Diego with your family? What would you try first? The zoo? Gaslamp Quarter? Seaport Village? Old Town? Let us know in the comments!

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