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San Diego City Guide

Overview

With mild weather and an abundance of kid-friendly attractions, it's no wonder San Diego is a top destination for families.

The city — nestled along the Pacific Coast and the border of Mexico, 120 miles south of Los Angeles — boasts some 70 miles of beaches and coastline, a number of world-class attractions, and plenty of shopping, sports, outdoor entertainment and nightlife. While children will no doubt be drawn to its three biggest attractions, SeaWorld® San Diego, the San Diego Zoo® and LEGOLAND® California, parents will enjoy soaking up the food, history and culture of Balboa Park and Gaslamp Quarter.

While visiting the main attractions doesn't require the same detail of planning as, say, a trip to the Disneyland® Resort or even Los Angeles, just a little bit of planning for your San Diego trip will yield maximum returns.

Use this guide as the starting point for your San Diego family vacation planning!



San Diego at a Glance

May 26, 2024

Crowd Level:

High

Temperature:

HI 62° LO 60°

2% Precip.


Best Time to Visit

Thanks to nearly year-round pleasant temps, there isn’t a bad time. July, August and September are the sunniest and warmest months.

What We Love

  • Family-friendly beaches
  • Easy access to attractions
  • Year-round mild temps and special events
  • It's super safe and easy to navigate by car

Fun Facts About San Diego

  • The average yearly high is 70 degrees
  • There are some 70 miles of beaches
  • The historic Hotel del Coronado is thought to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who checked into the hotel in 1892 but never checked out
  • May 29th is officially “Tony Hawk Day” in San Diego in recognition of the legendary skateboarder and native
  • Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote most of his children’s books in San Diego’s seaside community of La Jolla.

Take the trolley! You can hit up many of San Diego’s most iconic spots on the hop-on, hop-off trolley and leave the driving to someone else.

Want even more tips? Check out our Frog Family Blog!

A Typical First Time Visit to San Diego

Popular Length of Stay
6
days
for a famliy of 4
Average Hotel Cost
$412
Per Night
for a moderate Frog Family Favorite hotel
Average Ticket Cost
$112
Per Person
for a family of 4

San Diego Top Attractions

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park: 1-Day Pass
San Diego Zoo Safari Park: 1-Day Pass

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San Diego Zoo: 1-Day Pass
San Diego Zoo: 1-Day Pass

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SeaWorld San Diego Silver Pass
SeaWorld San Diego Silver Pass
Save $40

vs gate price (Gen. Admission)

San Diego Top Ticket

SeaWorld San Diego 2024 Fun Card
SeaWorld San Diego 2024 Fun Card
Save $17

vs gate price (Gen. Admission)

San Diego Top Ticket

SeaWorld San Diego Single Day Ticket
SeaWorld San Diego Single Day Ticket
Save $27

vs gate price (Gen. Admission)

San Diego Top Ticket

SeaWorld San Diego Single Day + All Day Dine
SeaWorld San Diego Single Day + All Day Dine
Save $22

vs gate price (Gen. Admission)

San Diego Top Ticket

San Diego All-Inclusive Pass by Go City - 3 Day Pass
San Diego All-Inclusive Pass by Go City - 3 Day Pass
Save $13

vs gate price (Adult)

LEGOLAND® California Resort

1-Day LEGOLAND California Ticket
1-Day LEGOLAND California Ticket
Save up to $9

vs gate price (Gen. Admission)

LEGOLAND® California Resort

1-Day LEGOLAND California RESORT Hopper + 2nd Day FREE
1-Day LEGOLAND California RESORT Hopper + 2nd Day FREE
Save up to $9

vs gate price (Gen. Admission)

LEGOLAND® California Resort

1-Day LEGOLAND California Ticket (SPECIAL OFFER)
1-Day LEGOLAND California Ticket (SPECIAL OFFER)
Save up to $18

vs gate price (Gen. Admission)

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