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Family Activities
Family Activities

© Tim Briggs

San Diego caters to families, with its multitude of world-class theme parks and zoos, hands-on science museums, and the many parks, especially Balboa Park where you could spend entire days just exploring.

San Diego | Family Activities

Air and Space Museum
  • Air and Space Museum
  • The Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park features a collection of aircraft and space vehicles that covers five centuries of aviation history and illustrates the amazing advancement in manned flight.
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Aircraft Carrier Museum
  • Aircraft Carrier Museum
  • The San Diego Aircraft Museum is located on the USS Midway, a World War II era aircraft carrier retired in 1992 after almost 50 years of service. The lead ship of her class, she is more than 1,000 feet long and 250 wide.
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Archaeological Center
  • Archaeological Center
  • Dig in the dirt and you may find a piece of San Diego's history... or millions of pieces, which is what happened in the early 90's when various cultural anthropologists were busy discovering the rich historical significance of San Diego soil.
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Belmont Amusement Park
  • Belmont Amusement Park
  • With its historic Giant Dipper roller coaster and indoor swimming pool the Plunge, both built in 1925, Belmont Park is San Diego's offering to a nostalgic era where times were simpler, and the amusement park was where it all happened.
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Chula Vista Nature Center
Knott's Soak City USA
  • Knott's Soak City USA
  • The premier water park in San Diego County, Knott's Soak City USA is the quintessential water paradise with more than 20 featured rides.
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LEGOLAND California
  • LEGOLAND California
  • Anyone who has ever constructed a Lego castle, car, or any other item using the world's most famous plastic building blocks, will recognize that same sense of wonder and creative potential at LEGOLAND, the ultimate experience of all things LEGO.
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Marie Hitchcock Theatre
  • Marie Hitchcock Theatre
  • Some of the best performers are made of felt, wire and buttons. At Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, everyone from pre-schoolers to grown-ups can enjoy watching shows featuring a cast of...
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Model Railroad Museum
  • Model Railroad Museum
  • The San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park is dedicated to preserving the heritage of railroading and the history of model railroading.
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Natural History Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • The San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park is home of the San Diego Society of Natural History, an active research institution which is, in fact, the oldest scientific institution in southern California and the third oldest west of the Mississippi.
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New Children's Museum
  • New Children's Museum
  • Peter Pan said it best: "I will not grow up. You cannot make me!" If you are a true believer in fairies, then the New Children's Museum is for you (and your kids).
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Quail Botanical Gardens
  • Quail Botanical Gardens
  • Few locations in the world can boast as many horticultural habitats as the Quail Botanical Gardens located on over 35 acres in Encinitas 30 miles north of San Diego.
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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • On the first Wednesday of every month, The San Diego Astronomy Association sets telescopes up at the Rueben H Fleet Science Center to offer guests a great (and free!) view...
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San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • World-renowned as the home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals from more than 800 species and subspecies, the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park has long been a major attraction and...
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Just 32 miles north of San Diego, wild tigers, giraffes, lions, gorillas, all roam freely in their natural habitat. This is the wonder of the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park), the world-renowned, most authentic animal park outside of Africa.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography
SeaWorld San Diego
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • SeaWorld San Diego set the bar long ago for marine adventure parks, and remains just as fresh and exciting as it was when it opened in 1964. Located in Mission Bay, SeaWorld's 200 acres are filled with world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters.
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Stephen Birch Aquarium
  • Stephen Birch Aquarium
  • San Diego has long been renowned for its storied Scripps Institution of Oceanography where marine research and public education have always been twin missions.
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The Wave Waterpark
  • The Wave Waterpark
  • With something for all ages, the Wave Waterpark in Vista features water activities from the child-friendly Rippity's Rainforest and the Little Dipper Kiddie Slide to the...
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