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101 Family Day Trips and Day Trips Around San Diego

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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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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Fork and Plow Lavender Farm
Balboa Park Gardens
San Diego Botanic Gardens
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens


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

Sesame Place 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
Ontario Museum of History & Art


Explore These Cities

La Jolla
San Clemente
Mission Viejo


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

  Antique Steam and Gas Engine 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

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
Mira Mesa Lanes 
Pelly's Mini Golf
Stadium Golf Center and Batting Cages
Barnes Tennis Center 


Treat Yo' Self

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


Connect with Nature

The Rocky Intertidal Zone - Cabrillo National Monument

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
Ninja Factory


Challenge Yourself

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


Shop Your Heart Out

  The Library Shop
The Book Catapult
Seaport Village

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