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San Diego is one of California's largest cities, and therefore is full of things to do for young families. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the city's many lovely beaches, kid-friendly attractions, multiple museums and ideal weather. San Diego is rich in both history and modern living standards, making it a carefree destination for any family trip. You will easily navigate this notoriously car-friendly region. Pack some sunscreen and brace yourselves for some serious family-friendly fun in this large SoCal city.

Park It

You and your family will want to head to one of the region's exciting parks. Offering a much-needed opportunity for little ones to stretch their legs after a long plane or train ride, San Diego's parks are varied and unique. A favorite thing is a trip to Belmont Park, an amusement park located just off the beach boardwalk. For kids who are so inclined, an old-fashioned wooden roller coaster offers thrills and amusement. If grassy meadows are more your style, head to Balboa Park. This 1,200 acre park is located in the heart of San Diego, and is home to several impressive architectural wonders of the city. If your family prefers completely natural settings, head over to Palm Canyon, which offers easy-to-walk trails, native wildlife and unmanicured, natural landscapes. The options are endless!

Beach it

No one should venture to San Diego without enjoying one of the area's many beautiful beaches. Because of the region's perennially great weather, beaches are easily accessible year-round. Beaches in the nearby town of Oceanside offer smaller crowds and a laid-back atmosphere, while neighboring Del Mar offers a typical family-friendly tourist vibe. Del Mar also offers two parks for kids who need more than just sand to entertain themselves. For the young or timid, the perfect waterway may be The Children's Pool, also known as the Casa. Here, a small beach is partially protected by a sandy seawall, offering security and peace of mind.

Watch it

Kids and adults alike will love the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater. This awe-inspiring puppet theater offers visual excitement and funny performances featuring elaborately dressed puppets. Adults will appreciate the kid-friendly nature of this unique location. For something slightly more grown-up yet still kid-friendly, drive over to Broadway San Diego, which boasts numerous shows and events throughout the year. Performances have included Jekyll & Hyde, Peter Pan and Billy Elliot.

Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park – with Dollar Rent A Car’s great rates on San Diego cars, you can experience the vacation of your dreams – without breaking the bank. Take a drive across the bridge to beautiful Coronado Island, bury your toes in the sand on Mission Beach, or listen to some jazz in the Gaslamp Quarter – whatever you decide to do

With its beautiful weather and lovely scenery, you might consider a convertible – after all, you’d be hard pressed NOT to find a scenic drive here. While you could spot plenty on your own, there’s an officially designated 52-mile scenic drive across central San Diego – just look for the road signs with the seagull. You’ll quickly find yourself cruising through the Embarcadero to Harbor and Shelter islands, Point Loma and Cabrillo Monument, Mission Bay, Old Town, Balboa Park, Mount Soledad, and La Jolla.

Make Dollar Rent A Car Your First Stop

Traveling on a budget? No problem. Whether you’re looking for a minivan, sedan, compact car or SUV, all of our San Diego rental car options come with our lowest price guaranteed. Plus, when you sign up for the Dollar EXPRESS Rental Program®, you’ll also get faster counter service, plus one free day’s rental for every 16 days you rent a car from Dollar. 

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