2016 marks the centennial celebration for the San Diego Zoo. You’ll still find your favorite exhibits, the double-decker bus tour (always free with admission), plus we discovered some new play areas in the Children’s Zoo.
If you are looking to fill a day, or a couple, Balboa Park is the ultimate San Diego destination. I don’t think as a kid I realized how extensive the area was. Museums upon museums for every interest, an original grab the ring carousel, and the world’s largest outdoor Organ. We got lucky and caught a concert celebration in the Spring, so much fun!
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a fresh Sea Breeze. All along the coast there is something for everyone. From the ultimate surf spot to the perfect place to build a sandcastle.
A favorite for the whole family. Stop by late afternoon, walk around a bit, then grab some dinner at one of the restaurants right on he water. It’s a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.
Just a short drive across the bridge, Coronado is a great place to enjoy the beach, shop, or take in a bit of History at The Del.
With just a few days to explore, a couple places didn’t get checked off our San Diego bucket list. Here’s a few more ideas that hit the top of my list:
Cabrillo National Monument
October is the perfect time to visit this historic monument. The first weekend in October commemorates 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arriving at Ballast Point. Enjoy Cabrillo Festival with activities for the whole family. Bring your binoculars as this is also a great place to spot Grey whales.
Point Loma is also home to some pretty awesome tide pools. During our visit low tide was before sun up; so we missed it. Alas October is another great time to visit this area as tide is predicted to be in the evening.
Though traditional whale watching is in the summer months, there are still great opportunities for whale excursions. Note: the great Blue Whale migration happens every fall and summer. Try booking a specialized tour to increase your chances of viewing, as Blue Whales are further out from the coast then their grey whale cousins.
Though any time of the year is a great time to visit San Diego, pack a bag and head out October 1-31 for the ultimate kid-friendly vacation. For details and participating partners checkout Kids Free San Diego.