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101 Family Day Trips from San Diego

 

**COVID UPDATE: Maybe you've had to cancel that big vacation you've planned. Or you just want to dream up all the fun outings that the future holds for you and your family. One place to get started is our big list of day trips. Now, not every place will be open or operating quite as it usually does, but it's a quick link over to learn the details directly from the destination.

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from San Diego. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

 

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Get Wild on a Hike

  Crest Canyon
Doane Valley Nature Trail
Lake Cuyamaca Trails
San Elijo 

 

Time Travel Today

  Leo Carillo Ranch 
Estudillo House
Heritage County Park 
Heritage Park Village Museum
Julien Pioneer Park Museum
Mission San Diego

 

Make Life a Beach

La Jolla Shores Beach
Swami's Beach
Coronado Beach
Shell Beach 
Mission Beach
Fiesta Island Beach
Ski Beach Park

 

Splash into Some Water Fun

Aquatica San Diego
  SeaWorld San Diego 
The Wave Waterpark

 

Spend the Day at a Museum

  The New Children's Museum
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
San Diego Firehouse Museum 
San Diego Archaeological Center
Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society

 

Explore These Cities

  Coronado
La Jolla
Julian 
Carlsbad
San Clemente
Temecula
Mission Viejo

 

All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Antique Steam and Gas Engine Museum
Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Motor Transport Museum
Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
USS Midway Museum

 

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Wild Willow Farm 
Bates Nut Farm
Pumpkin Station Farm Rancho Bernardo
Corcoran Ranch Apple Orchard
Kenny's Strawberry Farm
Temecula Berry Company

 

Play Ball!

  San Diego Lawn Bowling Club
Kearny Mesa Bowl 
Pelly's Mini Golf
Stadium Golf Center and Batting Cages
Barnes Tennis Center 

 

Treat Yo' Self

  Mariposa Ice Cream
Moosie's Ice Cream
Handel's Ice Cream
Stella Jean's
Famous Oasis Ice Cream Parlor
Hammond's Ice Cream

 

Connect with Nature

Cabrillo Tide Pools
Balboa Park Botanical Building and Lily Pond
  Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Inez Grant Parker Rose Garden 
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 
Tijuana River Valley Park: Bird and Butterfly Garden

 

Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Belmont Park 
  Legoland California

 

Talk to the Animals

  Sugar Sweet Farm
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Oasis Camel Dairy
San Diego Zoo
ZooMars Petting Zoo
Living Coast Discovery Center
Children's Nature Retreat

 

Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Centro Cultural de la Raza 
Mingei International Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
Little Italy San Diego
Chicano Park 

 

Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Cedar Creek Falls
Los Penasquitos Falls
Cottonwood Creek Trail
  Maidenhair Falls
Copper Creek Falls

 

Get Active Indoors

  Kid Ventures
Rockin Jump San Diego
Uptown Jungle
Gymboree  
FUNBelievable
Ninja Factory

 

Challenge Yourself

  San Diego Symphony
City Ballet of San Diego
Museum of Contemporary Art
Lockdown Escape Rooms
Surfside Ranch Horseback Riding 

 

Shop Your Heart Out

  The Library Shop
The Book Catapult
Sandcastle Tales
Geppetto's

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!


Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown San Diego. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away