The Perfect San Diego Family Holiday Itinerary

By: Marie Ashworth, ellaslist

Under a 2hr drive south of LA lies the US city of San Diego; a fabulous family holiday destination combining a sunny climate, beautiful beaches, world-class attractions to keep the whole family entertained and plenty of interesting suburbs to explore.

Holiday time is precious and limited so if you’re trying to pack in the best of San Diego into a week’s family holiday, we’ve put together the perfect itinerary ensuring you get the most out of this wonderful destination.

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Day 1 San Diego Zoo

Where else can you see a grizzly bear, a herd of elephants and giant pandas in one place? The San Diego Zoo is home to over 4000 animals, including many rare and exotic species, housed amid 100 acres of tropical gardens. Other popular activities include a three-mile guided bus tour, sky tram, children’s petting zoo and baby animal nursery.

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Day 2 Living Coast Discovery Centre

Uncover the wild habitat of green turtles, sharks, stingrays and coastal birds in San Diego Bay at the Living Coast Discovery Centre, a not-for-profit zoo and aquarium. Explore the amazing array of animals and plants that make this coastal region home through lots of living and interactive displays.

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Day 3 Seaworld San Diego

Learn about the ocean’s fascinating creatures from beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins to penguins through interactive displays, rides, educational close-ups and six daily shows…it’s all happening within the 189-acre SeaWorld San Diego park.

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Day 4 Balboa Park

It’s America’s largest urban cultural park, home to 15 major museums and art venues, eight lush gardens and several renowned performing arts venues. Kids will love the San Diego Air & Space Museum, home to one-of-a-kind displays of historic aircraft and spacecraft, the mummies and shrunken heads at the Museum of Man and Kid City at the Fleet Science Centre.

Balboa Park

Day 5 USS Midway

For a change of pace, go step aboard USS Midway, a real aircraft carrier. It’s been voted a Number 1 attraction in the Trip Advisor Awards and has something to offer the whole family. Climb aboard an aircraft and sit in the cockpit. Ride a flight simulator or try an ejector seat. Take the family to sea without leaving the port!

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Day 6 New Children’s Museum

Kids can paint, draw, design, build and create at The New Children’s Museum for families with hands-on fun to stimulate inquisitiveness and learning. The museum is downtown San Diego’s first public ‘green’ project with environmentally friendly architecture including the use of recycled building materials, water-saving devices and natural convection cooling.

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