San Diego City Guide
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!
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.
A Typical First Time Visit to San Diego
San Diego Top Attractions
San Diego Top Hotels
San Diego Top Tickets