When it comes to family travel, San Diego tops most people’s list because, frankly, it’s kid heaven. We’ve got beaches, tide pools, amusement parks, animal safaris, train museums, rollercoasters, water sports, surf camps, dolphin shows, koalas, pandas, fast boats, beach bonfires, seaside horseback riding, ziplines, go-kart racing, skate parks, Tony Hawk, LEGO villages, laser tag, water parks, a wave house, whales frolicking offshore and more.

Not to mention, the sun shines more than 300 days a year, and there’s 70 miles of coastline, 248 museums in the county, 90 golf courses and 18 state parks! Whether you’re a toddler, teen or old-timer, San Diego appeals to all. If the small fry are tagging along, hotel stays can become very pricey with all those $ 100 breakfasts, expensive poolside snacks and steep nightly rates. But you can’t deny the kids a fantasy trip to Legoland or a wild Manta rollercoaster ride at SeaWorld and the chance to see dolphins and sea lions clowning around. When people ask me where to stay in San Diego, I frequently suggest Carlsbad as it’s got expansive, family-centric beaches, pretty parks, kid-friendly eateries, gorgeous flower fields and easy access to Legoland.

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