Five reasons why San Diego is a great family holiday destination

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What makes it a place worth travelling to?

Full of sunshine and friendliness, beach-side San Diego is a must-visit holiday destination for the whole family. San Diego local, Joe Timko of the San Diego Tourism Authority, says these are the city's main drawcards.

Joe has lived there many years, and lists the beautiful beaches, lovely weather and stellar locals as the reasons making it a great place to reside and visit. He says it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the United States and one of the top destinations in the country to visit.

Listen to Joe’s interview on Kinderling Conversation: 

Joe shares with us a few of his favourite family activities in his hometown:

1. The beaches

There’s no shortage of beach time in this seaside city. Coronado Beach has been dubbed the ‘best family beach in North America’, with lots of room for all-day stays and activities like kite flying, sandcastle building and volleyball. La Jolla is another long, spacious beach, with a big grassy park great for picnicking.

The three-mile boardwalk that connects Pacific Beach and Mission Beach is a popular for skateboarding, inline skating, runners, and cyclists. You can then head in for surf or a swim wherever you stop!

2. Balboa Park

San Diego’s answer to New York’s Central park is Balboa Park. It’s the largest urban cultural park in the United States, covering 1400 acres with 17 museums. Family highlights include the Air & Space Museum, the Model Railroad Museum, the Natural History museum and a variety of theatres.

The entire area is infused with Spanish revival architecture and it’s a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a picnic amidst one of the outdoor concerts that happen every Sunday afternoon year road. You’ll also find a stunning carousel for the kids, a velodrome and a golf course there, meaning there’s really something for everyone to discover and enjoy. 

3. San Diego Zoo

While it’s a part of Balboa Park, the zoo deserves its own recognition. Commemorating its 100th year, San Diego Zoo is a fascinating day (or two!) for all. With bioclimatic exhibits for monkeys, apes, tigers, amongst others, you can also see polar bears, giant pandas and wander through the 100-acre space to see the other 4000 animals of many different species. The zoo’s Safari Park is located 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. It’s the preserve where wild animals roam free, as they would in their natural habitats in Africa and Asia. 

4. Sea World

Set on Mission Bay, Sea World San Diego has a range of rides and animal interactions. Noted for its conservation of marine life, there are dolphins, rays, whales and many more to get up and personal with. There are thrilling rides and calmer activities too, for kids of all ages.

5. The food

The entire city has a strong influence from the first Spanish settlement there in the sixteenth century. This extends into their cuisine and today the city is most noted for their Mexican food, more specifically the fish taco. Joe says it’s like their hamburger! Popular dining areas include the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego and the Old Town. 

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