San Diego Zoo
Situated in Balboa Park, the Zoo is home to over 3,500 animals. There's a number of ways to see the exhibits in the zoo including a bus tour, golf cart tour, and an aerial cable car. The zoo also has several designated play areas where kids can work off some extra energy.
USS Midway Museum
Previously a naval aircraft carrier and now a museum. Take a guided tour of the ship or explore on your own. There's plenty to see amidst the mess rooms, sleeping quarters, the ship's surgery, and the bridge. On the flight deck, kids can sit in some of the historic aircraft that can be found here.
A theme park offering a variety of rides and attractions that cater to the whole family, and is particularly great for families visiting San Diego with kids. Children can get their Legoland driver's license, ride on rollercoasters, get wet with water cannons, and take part in Lego-building competitions. Spend a few hours marvelling at the miniature replicas of famous cities, all built with the famous plastic toy bricks.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
There are eight trails in the park, with the Guy Fleming Trail being a popular route for families. The trail is just under a mile in length, and offers fantastic views of the ocean. At the end of the hike, hit the beach to have a splash in the waves.
SeaWorld San Diego California
Family-friendly SeaWorld includes theme park rides, an oceanarium, aquarium, and marine mammal park. The sea lion and otter shows will leave you in splits. There are also thill rides and roller coasters for adrenaline junkies.
La Jolla Cove
Come here to catch families of sea lions creating a spectacle. Enjoy the cliff views, ice cream, and quirky souvenir stalls, and consider kayaking, snorkelling, or diving. La Jolla itself is charming and well-worth a visit.
Despite being close to downtown, Balboa Park is America's largest urban cultural park. it houses 15 museums, performing arts venues, gardens, and a handy visitor's center. See it all using the free open-air tram.