Spring break is just around the corner and many families are starting to plan their vacations. If you’ve already booked your cheap San Diego hotel room and have your flight reservations in hand, the next thing to do is pick out fun activities to enjoy while you’re in town. While your trip may include stops at the kid-friendly San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland California, take advantage of the season and check out these fun springtime activities that are perfect for individuals of all ages.
- Balboa Park – During the springtime, Balboa Parks offers an outdoor adventure unlike any other. Get lost in the parks winding pathways and lush tropical gardens and check out the acres of beautiful flowers that are in full bloom. On Saturday mornings, the park hosts a free hour tour, which is a great way to see the top gardens including the stunning Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden. After enjoying the spring sunshine, head to the Ruben H. Fleet Science museum, a top rated attraction that cleverly combines learning with interactive activities for an afternoon of family fun.
- Belmont Park – A beach day wouldn’t be complete without heading to San Diego’s only beachfront amusement park. Belmont Park is located in Mission Beach and offers arcade style games in a carnival like atmosphere. The boardwalk is also home to a giant roller coaster for thrill seeking families, and there are plenty of other activities to enjoy such as miniature golf, rock climbing and laser tag. Admission into the park is free, you simply pay as you go for the activities you want to participate in or opt for their family package which offers tickets and tokens for the various attractions at a discounted price.
- Maritime Museum – On a clear day, there’s nothing better than gathering up the kids and hitting the high seas on one of the sailing vessels at the floating maritime Museum. From enjoying the daytime tours where kids are able to experience the sea like a true pirate to overnight adventures on the famed Star of India, there are plenty of family-friendly adventures to choose from. March and April Ocean Adventures Sails are now available so call ahead and make your reservations before they fill up.
- Whale Watching – With just a month left of the whale watching season, those headed to San Diego for spring break will be here just in time to hop aboard a whale watching cruise. Most tours have a guide who will explain the migration process and can help you spot the giant creatures of the sea. Depending on which cruise line you go with and how long the cruise is, ticket prices can range anywhere from $25 to $60 a person so if you’re on a budget, be sure to do your research first.
The above activities are catered to families who are staying near downtown San Diego because affordable hotels near the Gaslamp Quarter will offer families the most convenience. However, if you are willing to venture a bit further from the city center, other popular springtime destinations include the La Jolla Cove, the Botanical Gardens in Encinitas and the Carlsbad Flower Fields.
If you are still in need of accommodations for your upcoming San Diego adventure, don’t hesitate to contact the Pacific Inn & Suites in downtown San Diego. We are located within 3 miles of the San Diego International Airport and are in close proximity to a handful of family-friendly tourist destinations. Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager and don’t forget to ask about current hotel specials and deals.