Fun Family Activities in San Diego

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Visiting San Diego with your family? Check out some of the best family-friendly attractions the city has to offer. No matter what type of budget you’re working with, you can have a great time with the kids and still go home with money to spare.

Belmont Park

San Diego’s only beachfront amusement park, Belmont Park offers midway games, rides, miniature golf, arcade games, and even simulated surfing opportunities at the Wave House — steps away from the beach.

With free admission and free parking, you can spend your cash on the numerous activities the park has to offer. Plus, shopping and dining establishments abound!

You can purchase individual ride tickets, but if you and the kids plan to spend a day there your best value is the unlimited ride band, which starts at $15.95. There are also packages available for mini golf, the Wave House and the swimming pool.

Kid Ventures

Kid Ventures is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. This huge indoor play area offers a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment for children to expand their creativity and use their imaginations from playing Nurse or Doctor to running a 50’s-style diner or riding a fire truck.

This indoor wonderland contains anything your child could ever possibly want to play with, and the cafe on Parent’s Island will allow you to relax and sip coffee or eat a pastry while keeping an eye on your kids.

Admission starts at $12 per day, but discounts and package rates are available.


With several locations across San Diego, Boomers is an inexpensive, fun way to spend the day with your kids. For small children, Kid’s County Fair (the mini theme park inside Boomers) offers several attractions to enjoy. Older children and adults can take a cruise on the Go Karts or Bumper Boats, play a round of miniature golf, or get your game on in the huge two-story arcade.

With so many specials and package prices, you can have fun with the kids for the entire day and still have money left over for food! Take advantage of an unlimited pass for $18.99, or check out their weekly specials or individual attraction prices for the deals that work best for you.

Snorkel and Scuba Adventures

Scuba San Diego offers the most comprehensive and wonderful scuba and snorkeling adventures in beautiful La Jolla Cove. Scuba tours require you to be professionally certified, but you can spring for private lessons to get your card and be ready to go.

If you’d rather go snorkeling instead, there are many packages available for you and your family to enjoy. All packages include snacks, beverages, and use of equipment. Prices start at $70 for the basic package; contact the company for group rates on their other adventure packages.

What better way to spend a day with your family than to get up close and personal with sea life?

These are only a small selection of fun family activities in San Diego, so take your pick and get ready to have a blast with your family wherever the day may take you!

What are your favorite family attractions in San Diego?

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