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Top 10 Attractions for Kids in San Diego

  1. San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is a top attraction among visitors of all ages. It is one of the most highly regarded zoos in the world. The zoo is home to an incredible selection of animals and works toward protecting endangered species. The big difference between this and other zoos is the way animals are kept. At San Diego Zoo animals are housed in areas which replicate their natural habitats. You can see diverse animals in the zoo, like koalas, camels, grizzly bears, tigers, porcupines and flamingos! However, the most famous residents of the zoo are the giant pandas! The antics of the pandas are sure to make your kids laugh.

 

  1. Old Town California
Old Town California

Old Town California is known as the birth place of California as we know it today. This is where the first Spanish people arrived in the 18th century. This is also where they built the first mission of the state. Today, you can take a walk down the streets and wander at the historic buildings. There are about 15 of them along with shops selling everything from soap to souvenirs. Don’t forget to take your kids to the ‘Whaley House,’ which is popular as a ‘haunted’ building. It was also the first ever building in San Diego to be made with bricks. Once you get tired of all the walking, you can visit any of the 25 restaurants in the neighborhood and feast on delicious Mexican fare.

 

  1. Carlsbad Flower Fields
Carlsbad Flower Fields

The Carlsbad Flower Fields are a sight to behold. Visitors flock to see the fields burst into a riot of colors every spring. Standing among thousands of these flowers of various colors is an unforgettable experience. Other than gaping at the flowers, you can also try your hand at riding a tractor! The fields cover an area of more than 50 acres, so touring it on a tractor makes sense.  The flower fields also include ‘Santa’s Playground,’ which is the play area for kids. This playground was actually a part of the ‘Santa’s Village’ amusement area which was located at Lake Arrowhead.

 

  1. San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Botanic Garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden is a complete feast for the kids. It is actually not one but a collection of several gardens. Spread over 37 acres, it is home to more than 12 gardens which are based on various themes. There is the ‘Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden’ which is meant for children in kindergarten. The ‘Hamilton Children’s Garden’ is for the bigger kids. Then there is the ‘Australian Garden,’ which includes plants from Australia. Other popular gardens include the ‘California Garden,’ the ‘Mediterranean Garden’ and the ‘Native Plants and Native People Trail.’

 

  1. Balboa Park
Balboa Park

No visit to San Diego is complete without a visit to Balboa Park. It is a massive and gorgeous outdoor park with many different attractions. There are more than 15 gardens and museums inside the park. The park also has playgrounds and swimming pools inside it. A very popular attraction is the ‘Children’s Ethnobotany Garden’ which is home to organic vegetables, herbs and fruits. It is especially good for teaching the importance of the environment and plants to children. Another popular attraction is the ‘Bird Park at Upas’ which is meant for toddlers. Then there is the ‘’Pepper Grove Playground,’ which is for kids of all ages. Along with all this, there are tennis courts, a shop selling cupcakes, and a café.

 

  1. Birch Aquarium
Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium is located at La Jolla. This popular attraction is located 13 miles from the city of San Diego. The aquarium is part of the ‘Scripps Institute of Oceanography’ at the University College of San Diego, a world-renowned institution. The aquarium is home to many varieties of fish, seahorses, invertebrates, coral reef and sharks. As a visitor, you can watch shark catch live prey (although that may not be recommended for kids). The interactive exhibits teach you about the latest findings by the oceanographers of the institute.

 

  1. New Children’s Museum
New Children’s Museum

The New Children’s Museum is home to various art installations created in collaboration with artists. The installations include towers which kids can climb and also playhouses. Kids can engage with the exhibits as they would with their toys at home. Along with these, the museum also displays works of art and exhibitions based on various themes. All of them are geared toward evoking children’s curiosity.

 

  1. Safari Park
Safari Park

Safari Park is home to various animals kept in open spaces. They roam around freely, like they would in their natural habitats. The park offers tours  in open-air trucks to see the animals. By taking the tour, you get to see animals like rhinoceros, lions and tigers up close. And of course, your kids can feed the giraffes. The ‘Kids’ Caravan Safari’ offers kids a chance to feed friendly giraffes.

 

  1. Legoland
Legoland

Legoland is yet another San Diego attraction you shouldn’t miss. Located half an hour from the city, it is a park filled with massive Lego installations and rides. There are also several entertaining shows, and creations entirely made out of Lego bricks. Take your kids to see installations like the 32-foot dinosaur which is entirely made up of Legos. Take part in the ‘Enchanted Walk’ with your kid.  This gives you a chance to walk with lifelike animals made with Lego bricks. Other than these, the park is home to popular rides like the ‘Pirates Shore,’ ‘Fairy-Tale Brook’ and the ‘Lost Kingdom.’

 

  1. Belmont Park
Belmont Park

Belmont Park is an amusement park filled with arcade games and giant roller coasters. The atmosphere of the park gives you the feeling of being in a fairground. The park also offers rock climbing and old fashioned rides. The most popular ride is the ‘Giant Dipper’ which is a massive roller coaster. Other popular rides include ‘Control Freak’ and ‘Beach Blaster.’ There are also bumper cars (massively popular with kids) and mini golf. Once your kids get tired of the rides, you can take them to relax at the Boardwalk area which is spread over 30,000 sq feet. It offers amazing views of the ocean and has many restaurants.

 

Originally posted 2017-06-20 06:31:15.

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