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San Diego Fun Things to do with your Family

Taking a family trip to San Diego, here is a list of family friendly things to do.

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Spectator Sports
Padres Tickets: (619) 283-4494
Chargers Tickets: (619) 280-2121
Gulls Tickets: (619) 224-4625

San Diego is home to baseball’s Nation League Champions San Diego Padres and the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers. Charger games can be viewed at QUALCOMM Stadium in Mission Valley and the Padres play at Petco Park found downtown. The San Diego Sports Arena hosts the San Diego Gulls Hockey Team as well.

Also check out the San Diego teams on the menu for more information!


-Oceanside Yearley Sailboats: (760) 722-4940
-Seaforth Boat Rentals: (619) 223-1681; 239-2628

Yet again, San Diego’s famous weather of fair winds, sunny skies, and amazing climate creates the ideal site for boating, power-boating, and sailing. There are multiple marinas if you need to rent a boat or even take sailing lessons. The boat-launching ramps are numerous as well.

Military In San Diego

-U.S. Naval Surface Shop, Public Information Office: (619) 437-2735

Whether your heritage is from a naval family or not, the U.S. Navy officers supply naval surface tours of numerous different ships. One can have a ball viewing guided missile cruisers, guided missile destroyers, destroyers, guided missile frigates, amphibious assault ships and even amphibious landing ships. Visiting the U.S. Naval ships can be a wonderful activity for anyone and everyone.

San Diego Missions

-Junipero Serra Museum
  2727 Presidio Dr., San Diego (619) 297-3258
-Mission San Antonio de Pala
  Pala Mission Rd., Pala (760) 742-1600
-Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
  10818 San Diego Mission Rd., San Diego (619) 281-8449
-Mission San Juan Capistrano
  Two blocks west of Hwy. 74 and I-5,
  San Juan Capistrano (714) 248-2048
-Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
  4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside (760) 757-3651
-Mission Santa Ysabel23013
  Highway 79, Santa Ysabel (760) 765-0810

The Spanish heritage of San Diego is thriving, alive, and well; this area’s amazing missions serve as a preservation of the hispanic culture. Mission San Diego de Alcala presents daily services in the originally built chapel of Father Junipero Serra. The largest of 21 California locations, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside frequently is home to weekend affairs. Near Palomar Mountain is Mission San Antonia de Pala which, along with Mission Santa Ysabel near Julian, even serves as a place of worship for local Native Americans.

Shopping in San Diego (Not just for clothes!)

Horton Plaza – Fashion Valley – Mission Valley
Mira Mesa – College Grove – La Mesa - Escondido
Bonita – Chula Vista – La Jolla – Carlsbad

One of the most exciting pastimes in San Diego is enjoying the numerous shopping venues throughout the city. Major malls are available at all of the above listed locations, as well as outlet stores in Carlsbad, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Alpine and Temecula. San Diego also has numerous specialty districts such as Solana Beach (off Lomas Santa Fe and Cedros) where one can find stores for interior design and home furnishings. In Hillcrest (near downtown) you will located many bookstores. The Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town features Mexican art, clothing and jewelry. Coronado Island is well-known for its Ferry Landing Marketplace and Orange Avenue (between First Street and Dana Place) where an increasing 200 stores line the streets. Lastly, the famous Prospect Street in La Jolla is the “Rodeo Drive” of San Diego.

If swap meets are what you seek, look in National City, Oceanside, Santee, Escondido, South Bay, Spring Valley, and the Sports Arena in San Diego. But, if fresh produce is what you’re looking for, go see one of the city’s MANY farmer’s markets where the corn you buy was picked from the fields earlier that day.

Whale Watching
San Diego Harbor Excursions: (619) 234-4111
Seaforth Sportfishing: (619) 224-3383

For a calmer and more serene vacation or pastime, in the months between December and March, you can examine the California gray whales make their way down the San Diego coastline. The whales are taking their 7,000 mile trip from Alaska to the warmer waters of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. In Baja the whales give birth to their newest members of the migration, their calves.

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