So here’s a confession. We originally planned to go to Hawaii for this week. But, I just kept thinking about packing the double stroller, car seats and all of the things we’d need for a vacation and I started feeling anxious. So I changed our plans, plus I thought this trip would be a little more kid friendly. We started our week long trip in San Diego. We planned to start here for a few days then went to Anaheim. If you’re planning a weekend in San Diego with kids here’s a look at where we stayed, what we did and where we ate.
We have been big fans of using Airbnb. The last few trips we have taken we have skimmed Hotel sites, but have ended up booking through Airbnb. I think because we like the idea of getting up having a quick breakfast in and then heading out the door for our daily activity. This is one great way to save money while on vacation. Eating breakfast out can cost $7+ per kid and $10+ per adult…so that’s $40+ everyday day of your trip you can save. Depending on how long your trip is, this can really add up. I will say, one secret we have found to make a huge difference is to look for listing that seem to be made for rentals.
You guys this Zoo is huge! But, I have to say there are so many amazing animals to see! We got there early, around 9:30 am. I have a friend who works at a zoo and she always said go first thing in the morning. The animals are typically out then because it’s cooler and they’re usually being fed. The San Diego Zoo has a Guided Bus Tour available, which was perfect. We were able to see almost all of the animals on the tour. It’s a double decker bus, we sat on top so we could stand and stretch. I would definitely suggest this as a great way to start at the Zoo. Other fun are the Skyfari, Kangaroo Bus and play areas. The girls loved the zoo and seeing the animals. This is a little more on the expensive side for activities, but worth it. You could spend an entire day here because there’s so much to see and do!
I love this little place. Even though there isn’t a lot of fun things here and it was cool while we were there, I planned to go here with the girls because I thought they’d love to ride on the Coronado Ferry. Yep, I was right. They LOVED it. It’s a short ride over there, but the girl had a ball watching a cruise ship take off and seeing other boats on the water. We went in the evening and ate dinner at Peohe’s a great spot on the water right near the ferry dock.
SeaWorld San Diego
This was actually more of a theme park than I expected, but it was fun. There are great rides for the kids, like a little roller coaster, spinning cups and others. There are also a few roller coaster for adults that are great! Now I know these are controversial, but the Whale and Dolphins shows we’re so good! The girls were in awe of these amazingly beautiful animals.
Beaches to Visit
The house we rented was in the Mission Beach area and was right on Pacific Beach. This was such a great beach. The sand was soft and clean, not rocky like the beach we went to in Oceanside. One day was just a beach day. We went to Oceanside beach, right near Oceanside Pier. It was much busier than the one near us, and I’ll be honest, it was a very rough beach. The sand was filled with rocks and had a blackish tint to it. None the less, the girls, we’ll mostly Aria, had such a great time playing in the water and building things in the sand. One of the bloggers I follow loves in San Diego and did a Best Beaches in San Diego post if you’re looking for more recommendations!
Where We Ate
Have you guys been to San Diego? Comment below what your favorite things to do are, whether with kids or not! It’s such a great city with a ton of things to do!
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