3 Day Weekend in San Diego (Kid-Approved)

A couple weekends ago my family and I visited San Diego and I feel compelled to write a blog on it because we honestly had a kick-ass time.

Yes, I just said kick-ass but it’s true. In the 3 days, we experienced so much of San Diego than I originally had planned. Go me.

As a kid, I remember taking a few San Diego trips but I’ve never really embraced San Diego as an adult so I thought it was time. Especially since I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life. I was surprised because it was so kid-friendly.

Because it’s still summer and the weather has been so beautiful, we had our days jam-packed. And I’ve created an itinerary that might be helpful if you’re planning to visit!

Day 1: Theme Park (SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, LegoLand)

I would highly recommend hitting a theme park on your first day since you’ll want to make it a full day. Theme parks are expensive and there’s so much you’ll want to experience so tackling this feat your first day is a no-brainer. Because kids are usually at peak energy levels at the beginning of the trip. FYI, San Diego Safari Park and LegoLand are more north of San Diego.

Day 2: Balboa Park, Seaport Village, Coronado Island

Before you think, whoaaa this is way too much. Yes, hitting these three places is a bit much, BUT my family and I did more on our second day and I’m breaking it up between day 2 and day 3 for you. It’s definitely doable and Seaport Village and Coronado Island are a close drive.

I’d recommend hitting a museum in the morning like the San Diego Natural History Museum which is in Balboa Park. And if you haven’t been to Balboa Park, it’s pretty amazing. Think of it as a ridiculously large park filled with museums, tours, gardens and shopping.

Next up, is Seaport Village which I recommend for lunch. There are restaurants but there’s also an outdoor food court which has plenty of places to choose from so everyone can eat what they’d like. And if you’re wanting to shop, there are a ton of cool shops! Plus, it’s a beautiful walk along the water.

Then It’s a quick drive to Coronado Island which is a must. Bring your beach gear so you can end your day with a little beach time. Even if you’re there for an hour or two before the sunset, it’s worth it.

Day 3: Belmont Park, Liberty Public Market or Drive up the coast

Belmont Park reminds me of Balboa Funzone in Newport Beach and a little bit of Venice Beach if you’re familiar with those. But if you’re not, it’s a fun little beachy amusement center. There’s restaurants and shops and within walking distance to hang out on the beach if you want to do that.

Then there’s Liberty Public Market which is sooooooo cool. It’s an indoor market and it has everything from food to clothing to jewelry. This is a must-do if you’re in SD. I was able to try monster Oreo cookies, empanadas, rice balls, just to name a few.

Now, if you’re scratching your head and thinking Day 3 sounds like too much and you’re ready to head home here’s another idea. Hop on to PCH (highway 1), drive up the coast to head home (depending if home is north) and you can always stop in Carlsbad Village for brunch. A ton of cute shops, cafes, and on Sundays they have a crazy cool farmers market.

And there you have it. That’s it.

My kids loved San Diego and they can’t wait to go back. I’m sure there are a ton of other things you could see in San Diego, it’s a huge city. But we really enjoyed these places and I think your family will too!



  1. Lisa Vee
    August 26, 2019 / 8:47 pm

    Great family vacation ideas for San Diego. Thanks for the itinerary.

  2. August 29, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    I always love to hear about new places I can visit that are kid-friendly. That’s definitely a must for me now as a mom. Did you drive there from home? California is definitely on my bucket list for places to visit soon so any info you can share I’d gladly take it all in!

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