Spouse & Family Activities

Family Activities

The Children’s Museum

The New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museum; its mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.

PETCO Park

Enjoy a baseball game at PETCO Park with the family!

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a magnificent cultural oasis that includes 17 museums, tranquil gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. At 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in North America and a must see on any visit to San Diego.

San Diego Zoo

An urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California.

Explore

The Bayshore Bikeway – San Diego 24-mile Bike Route

The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s recommended route along the San Diego Bay is a 24-mile bicycle circuit, which includes about 13 miles of car-free bicycle paths. The rest of the route consists of on-street sections designated as either bicycle lanes or bicycle routes.

Don’t want to hassle bringing a bike on your trip? There are many bike rental shops in and around Downtown and Coronado. Search for “bike rentals” on this site or on the route map below to find your preference.

San Diego’s Embarcadero

Located adjacent to Downtown San Diego along the Big Bay, San Diego’s Embarcadero is a testament to the region’s colorful maritime history, complete with historic ships, museums and harbor tours, as well as a working fishing harbor, cruise ship terminal and plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops.

Barrio Logan – A Hidden Hub for Art

For years, the Barrio Logan neighborhood has been one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. An epicenter of the city’s Mexican-American culture, this neighborhood is quickly becoming a hotspot for cutting-edge art and authentic local culture.

USS Midway Museum

Visiting the USS Midway Museum is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a historic aircraft carrier. Activities for all ages include self-guided audio tours, theater, flight simulators, climb-in aircraft, ejection seats and cockpits, guided tours of the bridge and more. Enjoy spectacular flight deck views of the downtown skyline, San Diego Bay Bridge and active U.S. Navy ships! Midway is an opportunity to experience the uniqueness of San Diego, original home of Top Gun.

Dining

Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

The heartbeat of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. San Diego’s thriving urban center offers an abundance of options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions, all easily accessible by foot, bike, car or public transportation. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where modern architecture and Victorian-age buildings stand side by side, you’ll discover eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets.

Little Italy

Experience the delicious food San Diego has to offer in Little Italy. A slew of luminary chefs have gravitated to Kettner Boulevard, giving it the moniker of “Top Chef Alley,” with distinctive eateries, including Born & Raised, Juniper & Ivy, The Crack Shack, Herb & Wood and Kettner Exchange. India Street is lined with restaurants featuring cuisines of both Southern and Northern Italy, including the classic Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, featuring an old-fashioned Italian dining experience, along with a delicatessen and market, which offers everything from prosciutto to mascarpone.

Hillcrest

Located only a few miles north of San Diego’s bustling downtown, the vibrant uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest stands as San Diego’s LGBTQ+ central hub, offering an array of bars, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques and unique shops.

Lauded for its welcoming vibe and pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalk patios, the area’s east end is marked by a towering rainbow Pride flag just off Hillcrest’s main thoroughfare of University Avenue, at the corner of Normal Street.