Get ready for the ultimate family vacation! During the entire month of October, kids eat, stay and play for free throughout San Diego. Take advantage of great deals at over 100 participating partners including Amtrak, world-class attractions, museums, hotels, restaurants, surf companies, tour companies and more.
You do love San Diego, right? Of course you do! (Why else would you be reading this?) Here at sandiego.org we definitely *heart* our city, but we also know our fans are some of the most passionate, awesome people out there. So we think it is time we got to know you. We need YOU to show US what it is about San Diego that produces the biggest smiles and happiest memories. About time, right?
So whatever you are doing this weekend, grab your video camera and keep San Diego on your mind…you might be surprised by how many smiles you capture. 🙂
San Diego continues to put itself on the map as the place to play this Memorial Day – and all summer long! According to AAA, our sun-kissed city ranks second among its top 5 destinations for Southern California travelers. With 70 miles of coastline and a perpetually warm sunny climate, it’s easy to see why we’re such an enticing summer getaway.
Surf's up at Coronado Beach!
Speaking of sun, surf and sand, the June issue of Parents Magazine just hit newsstands with a feature story: “10 Best Family Beaches in America.” Coronado Beach nabbed the #4 spot! The mag said it ”has everything families could want: perfect weather…spotless white sand (the town even invented an environmentally friendly rake to clean up the kelp), and warm, gentle water.”
Sand dunes of Coronado Beach.
FamilyVacationCritic.com also rated Coronado Beach as its #5 pick for “10 Best Beaches for Families.” They called the sparkling stretch of sand “memorable” for its “long sandbar and fantastic waves to stoke any one of your little surfers.” Theyset their sights on San Diego’s bustling boardwalks too, calling Pacific and Mission Beach – home of Belmont Park and the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster – the #8 best boardwalk in their “11 Best Beach Boardwalks for Families.”
For families planning a summer trip to San Diego, following are some insider tips, courtesy of Eileen Ogintz, author of “Taking the Kids To Sunny Southern California.” Her San Diego chapter is full of fun facts and recommended activities, from animal encounters (“San Diego may be the best place in the country to meet and greet all kinds of animals”) and ship tours (“You can visit an aircraft carrier to see what it’s like to live and work on a floating city…At the Maritime Museum, climb aboard the century-old windjammer the Star of India… “) to Balboa Park’s bounty of cultural delights (“It’s got everything from the zoo to a merry-go-round, a miniature train and model train museum, a puppet theater—even an outdoor pipe organ” offering free Sunday concerts.).