San Diego’s robust history
San Diego was Spain’s first settlement in what’s now the United States, and the Old Town State Historic Park offer tourists a glimpse of what life was like in the 19th as the city transitioned from Mexican independence all the way to Californian statehood. On a hill above Old town is Presidio Park, where father Junipero Serra established the first of California’s famous missions. Old Town also offers great shopping and dining options, and there are other historical attractions throughout the city.
Miles upon miles of beaches
There are more than 70 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast in and around San Diego. Coronado Beach is considered one of the best beaches for families in the country, with plenty of room for playing beach volleyball on the glistening sand. La Jolla Shores is a mile-long beach with relatively sheltered waters, which makes this a great place to take younger kids and Shell Beach is one of the best spots to go tide pooling in southern California.
Plenty of options for the more adventurous
If you want to take an unusual tour of the city and San Diego Bay, you should try the San Diego ducks. These amphibious vehicles offer tours of downtown by land, and then they become boats for a peaceful excursion on the bay. Another option is visiting the enormous Coronado Skate Park. It has large bowls, half-pipes, and even a street course. If you come during summer, Knott’s Soak City is the perfect place to get drenched, and is a great place to take the family.
San Diego offers plenty for families to enjoy
Speaking of families, LEGOLAND California is a popular stop for many families, and not only has plenty of incredible Lego statues, but also offers plenty of rides for all ages and thrill preferences. The original Sea World is also in San Diego, and offers not just great rides, but their famous dolphin and whale shows.
The San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, and it’s Safari Park to the north of the city, is the largest in the world. With more than 7,500 animals at both locations, a large petting zoo, Cheetah Run at the Safari Park, and so much more, this is perhaps the most popular place to visit while in San Diego.