Custom made for families, San Diego has
plenty of public parks, nice weather year round, several museums, and
many things for children of all ages to amuse themselves with.
For kids who love animals, there's the
well known San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Animal Park. The zoo is located
in Balboa Park, while the park is located a bit north of the city. If
you have the time, you should take a full day for your kids to enjoy the
park and the zoo. The 100-acre zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals
including a giant panda cub and a baby Sumatran orangutan. Other unique
habitats include Monkey Trails and Forest Tales Habitat, SBC Giant Panda
Research Station and Tiger River.
Balboa Park is a great place to visit,
with everything from street entertainers and clowns to the Natural History
Museum, the Model Railroad Museum, the Aerospace Museum, and the Reuben
H. Fleet Science Center -- with its hands-on exhibits and IMAX theater.
All great places for kids to explore.
Kids of all ages also enjoy the world famous
Sea World, which is home to Shamu the killer whale and several other marine
animals and exhibits. Sea World has been a great attraction for kids for
many years, showing them the marine life like never before.
When it comes to the winter months, whale
watching is a very popular activity. You can watch them from the coastline
or take a cruise. Watching the gray whale is very awe inspiring for children,
opening their minds to new possibilities.
Another popular park for kids is Legoland
California, which is located north of San Diego. There are a lot of things
to see in this park, with a majority of the park being built from the
popular Lego blocks. Overall, this is one of the best and most quiet options
for younger children.
Hitting the beach is a great alternative,
as San Diego has many different beaches for kids of all ages. On the beaches,
kids can build sandcastles, rent boogie boards, or just enjoy the swimming
that San Diego is so proud of..
Older kids will enjoy the true recreation
mode for San Diego - roller skating and rollerblading. Along Mission Bay
there are great spots, along with playgrounds and parks. You can fly kites
here as well, which is a great break from the ordinary.
Amusement Parks are a great attraction
in San Diego, with Belmont Park being very popular. There are many rides
here, amusing kids for hours on end. The Giant Dipper and the Plunge are
among the best, for younger or older kids.
If San Diego is on your family vacation
list, rest assured that there will be plenty for your kids to do on your
stay. They will feel right at home with the many things to do - while
you your mate are occupied with plenty of things for you to do as well.