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A five-story erupting volcano, go-karts, mini-golf, bumper boats and laser tag draw families to this Orange Beach entertainment center, convenient to many area hotels and ...
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En route to see the elephants, pass along Big Cat Trail to see other African wildlife. The trail also passes by what will be the new Outback, showcasing Australian wildlife when ...
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This exhibition area introduces kids to various wildlife like lizards and porcupines....
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Families can enjoy a number of daily performances from aquatic wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions, otters, and, of course, Shamu, the star of SeaWorld....
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Get yourself and your family some fresh air for the day at Aquatica San Diego. There are multiple rides to choose from and even flamingos and freshwater turtles to visit. You can ...
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This 1,400-acre park proudly reigns as the largest cultural park in our nation. The park is home to 15 museums, botanical gardens, performance centers and the world-famous San ...
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Take a slow-moving ride across the bay in these sky cabs, featuring 360-degree views of San Diego....
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On the Point Loma peninsula, Cabrillo National Monument features a historic lighthouse, exhibits, and stunningly scenic overlooks and trails. What is bound to get kids most ...
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This museum is too cool for school. If you're ready for a crash course in an incredible sport that just hit the ripe old age of 101, it's worth your while to head out to Oceanside ...
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One of the best tour packages, the caravan safari is a scheduled safari into the African Plains and up to five field exhibits, where guests will definitely encounter animals, and ...
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In Carlsbad, Calif., The Coaster provides inexpensive transportation (and free Wi-Fi) to and from San Diego (Old Town and Santa Fe Depot), with stops in Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad ...
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Want to get out on the water in Carlsbad, Calif.? Head to Carlsbad Lagoon, which offers rentals for waverunners, wakeboards, waterskis, boats (including peddle boats), canoes, ...
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One of SoCal's many gems, Carlsbad State Beach stretches five miles, providing plenty of space to relax in between day trips to Best For: Tots (0-2)   Kids (3-6)   Kids (7-9)   Tweens (10-12)   Teens (13+)  
After a day at Carlsbad State Beach, stroll the tree-lined streets of Carlsbad Village, where you'll find antique shops and quaint cafes at every turn. The seaside village also ...
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The cart safari tours the Africa Plains or Asian Savanna from an open-air cart, seating eight people. The hour-long tour stops in the safari for a photo op and a chance to feed an ...
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Go medieval in Castle Hill, where the Dragon roller coaster is a highlight. Riders tour a castle's interior, filled with LEGO characters, and then zoom to an outdoor track with ...
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The Cheetah Safari gives guests a chance to meet a Cheetah in the African Outpost following a safari around the African Plains. The one-hour show include reserved seats at the ...
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This beach is obviously ideal for kids, but it's also another spot to watch the many seals and sea lions that spend their time in La Jolla. In fact, you'll likely see a ...
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This permanent Cirque de Soleil attraction features clowns walking on water and performing water acrobatics on a giant, colorful, floating stage. Audience participate makes this a ...
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Teens will enjoy this weekend nightclub that operates in the summer months. Located near the Journey to Atlantis water flume ride, the club is open Thursday to Sunday nights, 7 to ...
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For an additional fee, ride the park's carousel, which features animals that are endangered species....
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Named among the Best Beaches for Families, Coronado Beach is like no other -- the water is generally warm, and the air is ...
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If you have a few minutes to spare, stop at Coronado Visitor Center, located in the lobby of the Museum of History and Art. There, you'll find maps, discount tickets, brochures, ...
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The small Dino Island near the park's entrance features Coastersaurus (36" minimum), which serves as a good intro to roller coasters for some kids. At speeds up to 21 miles per ...
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This area of the zoo is the best for little ones, and is closest to the entrance so toddlers don't have to walk to far to see animals and play. Kids can see bugs and snakes in the ...
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Guests can meet bottlenose dolphins in a 10-minute touch and feed session with a trainer. The encounter is an additional fee, as is the Dolphin Interaction Program that allows ...
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If you have a toddler or preschooler, you'll get to know this vibrant zone well. In DUPLO Playtown, best for 2 to 5 year olds, kids can explore slides, playhouses and other ...
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Be the first to wish San Diego Zoo's pandas, Xiao Liwu, Bai Yun and/or Gao Gao, good morning on this small-group tour that happens daily from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. before the Zoo ...
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This 2.5-acre area of the zoo is home to the park's massive elephants from both African and Asia and big cats like African lions....
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This is the place to enjoy a picnic lunch or let kids run around, with stunning views of La Jolla ...
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This safari-themed playground is perfect for little ones who want to climb and run around. Located in the African Woods, the shaded playground is a new addition to the park....
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From March through mid-May, magnificent flowers bloom across 50 acres at Carlsbad Ranch, creating one of the most beautiful displays in Southern California. The Flower Fields are ...
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Fun Town is, well, true to its name. My daughter loved the Volvo Driving School, where kids can drive their own mini electric cars and practice steering, turning and braking. It ...
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The 16 blocks that make up San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter are allow visitors to step back in time to the city's original 19th Century architecture and style. Once a seedy part of ...
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After an afternoon at La Jolla Cove, stroll along Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, where you'll find a wide array of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and coffee shops, along ...
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Get a guided bus tour of the zoo, where you'll receive a narrated, 35-minute guide through most of the zoo's grounds. The tour is included in a one-day admission pass....
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The zippy, scream-inducing LEGO Technic Coaster is a top attraction for older kids. With the Aquazone Wave Racers, you can dynamically "power ski" along water (the loud boom ...
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This water flume coaster ride should get every rider wet, but if not, just stand near the final splash zone to "catch a wave." Riders will cruise through the ancient city of ...
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New to the park is a zip line safari, where guests fly over the Asian Savanna and a portion of the African Plains. The two-thirds of a mile zip line Flightline Safari Tour and be ...
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During low tide, you can explore a series of seven caves at La Jolla Cove, via kayak. You'll have a chance to get up close and personal with the seals and sea lions that frequent ...
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La Jolla Cove is quintessential SoCal, with gorgeous scenery and the sound of seals and sea lions that frequent the rocky shores -- plan to spend an entire afternoon (or more) ...
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La Jolla Cove doesn't offer an actual beach, but just down the road, you'll find a small ...
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This Land is great for kids 4 years and up keen on some excitement. On the dimly lit, sinister-esque Lost Kingdom Adventure ride, you aim at targets with laser guns. Though fun ...
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Legends Gallery of La Jolla features a rare collection of artwork by Dr. Seuss. The collection covers nearly seven decades in illustrations and taxidermy, much of it inspired by ...
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If you're in Carlsbad, Calif., just 30 minutes from San Diego, you can't bypass this mecca for everything LEGO. More than 60 rides, shows and attractions thrill everyone from ...
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If your child is anything like mine, he or she will long to spend every single mealtime in this charming little neighborhood. With pizza, pasta, gnocchi, and gelato at every turn, ...
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Take a walk down Easy Street into the Lost Forest, where zoo-goers can connect to the Hippo, Monkey and Tiger trails to check out the big cats, gorillas and monkeys and ...
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SeaWorld's newest ride is Manta, a spectacular rollercoaster filled with twists and turns as passengers glide through the sky as if gliding like manta rays through the sea. With ...
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Bring your swashbucklers to the Maritime Museum, where they can explore some truly impressive historic ships. Among the vessels to explore are the Star of India, one of the oldest ...
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The real shining star of the park, Miniland USA is replete with awe-inspiring reproductions, made with 20 million LEGO pieces, of various cities in the U.S. You'll see the White ...
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By night it's the turf of partiers, but by day, the popular Mission Beach is all about family-friendly fun. From surfing and kayaking to skateboarding and volleyball, the sky's ...
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Want an amazing picture that'll make all your friends on Instagram insta-jealous? Head to Mount Soledad, which offers 360-degree views of San Diego. This is where you'll also find ...
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This small museum is tucked inside the National Association of Music Makers. Just down the road from LEGOLAND, the museum ...
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Meet at this outpost throughout the day for animal encounters and to learn about various animals of the safari through Robert, the safari's interactive digital zebra....
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After passing through the Asian Passage, find the Northern Frontier with it's snow white fox, caribou and polar bears. The new 4D theater features not only a movie, but a chance ...
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Located in Balboa Park, the Old Globe Theatre presents plays and musicals, many of which are well-known. Past performances have included "Into the Woods," "Kiss Me, Kate" and "The ...
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To get a true sense of San Diego's beginning, visit Old Town San Diego, which features historic sites, bazaar shopping and some of the best Mexican food you'll find north of the ...
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Pass through the Asian Passage to get to Panda Canyon for it's Panda Trek past the adorable bamboo-eating pandas, and Eagle Trail, where majestic birds soar....
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Kids will get a kick out of seeing hundreds penguins swimming and wobbling about in this exhibit area of SeaWorld. Kids will see Emperor, Gentoo, Adelie, King and Macaroni ...
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The San Diego Padres have a homebase to be proud of in PETCO Park, their modern stadium on the edge of downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District. If you've got baseball fans in your ...
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See how "pets rule" at this special scheduled event, where pets perform their amazing tricks....
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Located in Nairobi Village, little kids will like the chance to pet and feed smaller animals. Feeding food is available for an additional fee....
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Ahoy! This zone will delight all the wee buccaneers. One attraction especially fun for families is Splash Battle, where riders twist, turn and otherwise journey through waters ...
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This special safari option is riding on your own personal two-wheeled Segway. The two-hour tour is for children 13 and up and takes visitors past wildlife with several stops along ...
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One of the many museums that make up Balboa Park, the San Diego Air & Space Museum tells the story of air travel, going as far back as the late 1700s. The museum us filled with ...
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One of Balboa Park's many museums, the San Diego Automotive Museum showcases a world-class collection of cars in both a permanent and revolving exhibition space. Some of the ...
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This is the perfect place for families looking to get out of the house for a day for some fun in the sun and learning. Kids can participate in activities such as scavenger hunts ...
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This museum, located in Balboa Park, is dedicated to the sports stars of both professional and amateur sports. More than 40 sports are represented, with exhibits celebrating the ...
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The San Diego History Center, located in Balboa Park, envelopes the city's history in more than 45 million documents and 2.5 million images that tell stories from each ...
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Outside of the San Digeo Zoo are two inexpensive attractions in Balboa Park that young kids will love. The Balboa Park Miniature Railroad is a half-mile,3-minute ride on an ...
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Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is the largest indoor model railroad museum in the world. Kids will love the toy train gallery where the conductor ...
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Balboa Park's Museum of Art is the oldest art museum in the area and features a permanent collection of Spanish and Italian masters, 19th and 20th century American paintings and ...
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Nicknamed "the Nat," San Diego's Natural History Museum is one of the many museums featured in Balboa Park. The museum showcases interactive exhibits to educate families on the ...
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Located in Balboa Park is the world famous San Diego Zoo. As the zoo sits on 100 acres with thousands of animals to meet, beginning your adventure on a comfy 35-minute bus ride ...
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Can't make your annual jaunt to Africa this year? Then San Diego Zoo Safari Park (the zoo's sister) is the next best thing. With 1,800 acres of natural habitat, half devoted to ...
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Cool off during a hot San Diego day at the park'¬ôs water play area, located at the Lion Camp....
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Especially if you have more than a day to spend at LEGOLAND, it's worth saving a little time for the Sea Life Aquarium, right next to the park entrance. The 4,000 marine ...
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SeaWorld's dedication is aquatic wildlife is showcased in its aquariums, including the World of the Sea Aquarium and the Aquarium de la Mer. The aquariums feature more than 5,700 ...
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SeaWorld San Diego is a 189-acre premier marine park packed with shows that are guaranteed to produce awe (ever pet a dolphin? fed a stingray?) and close encounters with polar ...
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For an easy, relaxed way to see Coronado, reserve a tour with Segway of Coronado. Two tour variations are offered: Coronado Tour Special and Coronado Deluxe Tour. Each of them are ...
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Little ones will especially like this area of SeaWorld, created just for them. The playground and water splash area feature beloved characters of Sesame Street. The playground ...
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It's not easy to access the Shell Beach Tide Pools with little kids -- there's a lot of climbing involved. However, if you can get there with big kids, dip your toes in the water ...
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If you didn't get wet on the Journey to Atlantis ride, you certainly will on these rapids. Riders go down the rapids in a nine-seat floatation that spins in the water and bumps ...
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Similar to Coronado Beach -- and just a few miles away -- Silver Strand State Beach is a pleasant stretch of white sand, and one that rarely feels crowded. Windsurfers, kite ...
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Get the best views of the zoo from this overhead tram ride over the treetops and various sections of the zoo....
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Take a ride to the top of the Skytower, where you'll receive a 360-degree, slow-spinning view of San Diego and Mission Bay....
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When you need a break from the beach or sightseeing in nearby San Diego, head to Spreckels Park, located along Orange Avenue in Coronado, Calif. It's a lovely place to take a walk ...
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Located in La Jolla, this is the largest oceanographic museum in the country. It puts you front and center with more than 3,000 fish. Check out the giant octopus, the two-story ...
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Located in Coronado, The Stephen Clayton Gallery features a Secret Art of Dr. Seuss Exhibit, with bizarre paintings and taxidermy. The Sea-Going Dilemma Fish especially captures ...
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On 2,000 acres between La Jolla and Del Mar, Torrey Pines State Reserve is home to one of the rarest pine trees in the world and droves of scenic beauty. Pristine beaches and a ...
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The most basic (i.e., cheapest) safari package is an open-air ride around the African field exhibits. The safari is only at the outer edge of the African Plains, so it is not ...
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The University of California, San Diego is where you'll find Geisel Library, named after Theodore Geisel Seuss -- Dr. Seuss. While the library houses a Seuss Collection, it's ...
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Enjoy a unique experience in the Urban Jungle by reserving a Backstage Pass, which is $99 per person, in addition to zoo admission. The one-and-a-half-hour experience gets guests ...
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This massive museum-ship proves fascinating for travelers of all ages. Adults and older kids can take in the fascinating military history on offer here, via the exhibits and ...
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The 5.5-acre Water Park opened at LEGOLAND California in 2010, and is equipped with colorful LEGO-themed attractions. Attractions with a 42" height minimum include 130-foot-long ...
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Choose from a helicopter simulator ride to "fly" to the artic exhibit, or skip the lines and take the more direct walking route, where you can watch the flight film landing in the ...
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