Travel with Children

Tiny hands down, San Diego is one of America's best destinations for family travel. Here are some highlights to jump-start your vacation.

Do the zoo; it’s everything they say and more, and while you’re there spend another day enjoying the rest of Balboa Park, one of the nation’s best collections of museums. The Reuben H Fleet Science Center, Model Railroad Museum and Natural History Museum are all tailor-made for kids, and the plazas, fountains and gardens offer plenty of space for them to let off steam.

Kids elementary-school age and older will appreciate Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and the Mexican restaurants nearby.

Along the coast, SeaWorld is another national landmark (look for specials and combo tickets to keep costs down). Coronado is a calming getaway for the Hotel del Coronado and the kid-friendly public library. Views from Cabrillo National Monument inspire awe and its museum tells of the Spanish explorers, key to local history.

Teens will be in their element among the surfers, bikers and bladers in Mission and Pacific Beaches, while up the coast in La Jolla the Birch Aquarium entertains as it teaches. More active kids can go snorkeling off La Jolla Cove.

In northern San Diego County, Legoland is the place for the 12-and-under set (and their parents will thrill at the workmanship of the millions of little bricks). Inland, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will have the kids roaring.