San Diego

Things to do in San Diego – Local Guide on USA’s Finest City

Being a home to sandy beaches, exciting amusement parks, and wonderful museums, San Diego always makes its guest more than happy to visit again and again and again.

There are loads of exciting activities that you can do with your family and kids that will surely become a memorable vacation.

What San Diego is widely known for?

San Diego Legoland


San Diego Legoland offers a wide variety of attractions such as thrilling rides, interactive live shows, and memorable experiences for both kids and adults. It also features an impressive collection of sculptures and models made entirely out of Lego bricks.

Legoland is located in a beautiful coastal area of San Diego that offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, which can be a treat for nature lovers. If you are a Lego fan, it will be a paradise for you, Also you can enjoy theme parks, and fun family-friendly activities in San Diego.

How to book tickets: Legoland Official Website

Location: One Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, California

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego offers exhilarating attractions like the Manta roller coaster and Shipwreck Rapids in addition to its marine exhibits. I personally recommend the well-known Sesame Street Bay of Play for young children, making it one of the top family-friendly things to do in San Diego.

The Penguin Encounter, Turtle Reef, Otter Viewpoint, and numerous touch pools are some of SeaWorld San Diego’s additional features. Sea Lion Feedings is also the iconic spot at this destination where you can buy a tray of fish and feed sea lions. There live sea lion and dolphin shows, but the once-famous live orca displays have been replaced by stunning documentary videos of orcas in the wild on a three-story screen.

Ticket price: $99.99

How to book tickets: Seaworld Official Website

Location: 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego, CA

Things to do in San Diego with kids & family

As we mentioned 2 majorly popular destinations of San Diego above, here are also some of the other spots in the city that are worth your visit.

Bahia Belle Cruise

Bahia Resort Hotel

Mission Bay Cocktail Cruises are provided on the Bahia Belle. Guests can board the boat from Bahia Resort Hotel’s dock or the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa’s dock. While you cruise Mission Bay in elegance, do enjoy the best beverages, dancing, rooftop under the stars and of course the live music and DJs.

Pre-boarding cocktails at the Tangier Bar, famous for its San Diego-famous Bahia Mojito, are available to passengers boarding at the Bahia Resort. Passengers disembarking at the Catamaran Resort & Spa can enjoy additional entertainment and tropical drinks at Moray’s Lounge & outdoor patio before making the return trip for more celebrations and dancing the night away.

Price: $10 Only

Sunny Jim’s Sea Cave

Sunny Jim’s Sea Cave
Sunny Jim’s Sea Cave

This 75 million-year-old sandstone sea cliff is all you worth your visit if you enjoy the natural beauty. Don’t forget you must have to be a part of an authorized La Jolla Kayaking tour group to enter this place. La Jolla Shores beach is where the tours start. The largest cave on the western end, The Clam’s Cave, and occasionally Arch Cave are visited by tour groups depending on the tide and weather. Although they may be seen from the ocean, the other caverns are typically too risky to access.

Ticket Price: Approx. $10

San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum | Image: Geoffrey Morrison/CNET
San Diego Air & Space Museum | Image: Geoffrey Morrison/CNET

A fantastic spot for aviation and space exploration located in Balboa Park. San Diego Air & Space Museum is one of only 10 aerospace museums in USA to have affiliated with Smithsonian Institution.

Highlights of the museum includes Lockheed A-12 Oxcart, Convair YF2Y Sea Dart, Apollo 9 command module Gumdrop and etc.

Ticket price: $19 – $23

Location: Pan American Plaza, San Diego


Embarcadero | Photo By John Bahu
Embarcadero | Photo By John Bahu

Embarcadero Marina is a colorful maritime heritage that offers a scenic waterfront with a shopping & dining experience surrounded by many ship museums and an unforgettable city’s skyline.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach in San Diego offers great diverse activities to its visitors. Surfing, sun bathing, Swimming, sunset watching etc are the very enjoy worthy activities here. But also apart from that guests prefer to do fishing and bonfiring with shopping and dinning experience offered here.

Most Photogenic Place in San Diego

Patato Chip Rock

Potato Chip Rock | Photo: Contemporary Nomad
Potato Chip Rock | Photo: Contemporary Nomad

I think the Potato Chip Rock is the most photo-worthy spot in San Diego. Just make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks. This insta darling spot is usually filled with visitors who wants to click a pic on this rock. Remember to carry enough water as this hike is quite long and if you are travelling with kids it becomes unavoidable.

Top Romantic Spots in San Diego

Café Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla
Cafe Sevilla

The welcoming employees at Cafe Sevilla serves you delicious food at the place founded in 1987 by owners Rogelio and Janet Huidobro. They started to treat customers fantastic food, live music, and a taste of old-world Spain. This restaurant is a great choice for couples to have a shared meal because it offers more than 30 little fish and meat dishes, or tapas.

Botanical Building, Balboa Park

Botanical Building, Balboa Park | gosandiego
Botanical Building, Balboa Park | gosandiego

This spot in the city is photographed from outside many times but very less from the inside. There are numerous peaceful corners including babbling waterfalls around the plant garden where you can share a private kiss with your partner.

Guy Fleming Trail bench, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Guy Fleming Trail bench

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve seems to be made by the god of love. When you climb the hill to the reserve, the trail is the first thing you encounter. The trail’s shortest path from the beginning is to the right after the initial fork. 6/10ths of a mile makes up the entire loop.

Is San Diego good for kids?

San Diego is a beautiful year-round family destination of USA that you can visit any time of the year with kids and family as well. Apart from the exciting destinations, kids are very much safer in the city as the local authorities are very good at keeping the city safe and secure. San Diego is counted as the 6th best city in the USA to raise kids.

How much is enough time for a vacation in San Diego?

As you are aware now how beautiful and vast this city is, is will take you a minimum 4 days and 3 nights to experience everything amazing in this city. In this way, you can also see the city’s historic areas and major landmarks, which is particularly useful if you only have time for a quick stop during your road trip or if you want to remain for two days to visit a theme park.

Budget For a San Diego Vacation

For a 4D/3N vacation in San Diego, you must have a budget of around $1500 to pay for everything to experience in the city.

Logan Smith

I'm a wanderer rooted in California, USA. My love for traversing the globe fuels my mission: crafting travel guides and tips that empower fellow explorers. Drawing from my personal escapades, I aim to equip readers with practical advice for seamless journeys. Let's embark on transformative adventures together.

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