Family-Friendly Guide to Visit San Diego for Spring Break

Family-Friendly Guide to Visit San Diego for Spring Break

Last Updated on March 1, 2023

If you’re planning a trip to the West Coast, you have your pick of beaches, boardwalks and parks. Spring is San Diego whale watching season, but there are plenty of other family-friendly activities to keep you entertained. Check out these 10 ways to have fun when visiting San Diego in spring break but first, let´s answer some questions we keep being asked.

What is the best month to visit San Diego?

Once spring hits, the temperatures in San Diego stay in the mid-50s to mid-60s. April is primarily sunny, making it a wonderful time for outdoor activities.

Can you swim in the ocean in San Diego in March?

Swimming in the ocean in San Diego in March and April is completely possible. The weather in San Diego in spring is mild and you can swim in the ocean.

Now let´s did into what to do & see if you visit San Diego for Spring Break with your family

When you vacation as a family, you need to find attractions everyone enjoys. Fortunately, San Diego has a lot to offer.

1. Go Whale Watching

The morning is the best time of day to whale watch, so prepare to get up bright and early. Make sure you dress for the cold, as the windy waters are much chillier than land.

2. See Tide Pool Wildlife

When the tide goes out, it leaves pools filled with sea life along the beach. You can watch these colorful ecosystems up close and personal.

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3. Travel to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse

A well-loved part of San Diego’s history, Old Point Loma Lighthouse is a fun tourist destination. In spring, it’s surrounded by blooming flowers, creating lovely photo opportunities.

4. Swim at La Jolla Cove


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A small, protected cove, La Jolla is a beautiful place to swim. The tall cliffs create a striking image you’ll want to photograph.

5. Plan a Day at Carlsbad Ranch

There’s something for everyone at Carlsbad Ranch:

• Tractor rides

• Flower crown workshops

• Yoga classes

The main attraction is the fields of flowers in full bloom during the spring.

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6. Have Fun at the New Children’s Museum

Are your kids excited about art? Then they’ll love the New Children’s Museum, which is specifically designed so kids can learn as they play. Even adults are in awe of the beautiful exhibits.

7. Ride a Rollercoaster at Belmont Park


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Opened in 1925, Belmont Park has thrilled visitors for nearly 100 years. You can ride on roller coasters, drive bumper cars and eat ice cream on the boardwalk.

8. Make Memories at Legoland

At Legoland, you can enjoy the water park, explore the world of the Lego movies and even stay overnight. Parents and kids are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild in this colorful park inspired by the famous toy.

9. See Amazing Animals at the San Diego Zoo


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The San Diego Zoo covers 100 acres, so you may need a few days to see everything. Kids can learn about over 650 different animal species, and adults can enjoy the delicious food offered at restaurants and kiosks alike. Afterward, you can take a relaxing stroll among the zoo’s botanical collection.

10. Ride the Old Town Trolley

If your kids love rides on vintage trolleys, you should check out the Old Town Trolley tour. You’ll hit several famous, historic locations:

• Little Italy

• Seaport Village

• Gaslamp Quarter

Whether you’ve planned a San Diego whale watching cruise or want to spend the day at the zoo, you’re sure to have a great time at America’s Finest City. Spring is the perfect time to take a vacation with your family, so start planning now.

About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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