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Things Parents Need to Know about Vacationing in San Diego

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Parents Guide to San Diego

A San Diego vacation with the kids can be a terrific experience. This amazing city has something for every age from toddlers to teens. With the proper planning, your San Diego vacation can be affordable, with some sights and attractions not costing you a single dime. Here are a few things that all parents need to know about San Diego before they visit.

  • Freebies – The best way to save is to take advantage of all the free activities. Fortunately, even some of San Diego’s top attractions offer freebies throughout the year. For example, the San Diego Zoo offers free admission to children during October. On select Tuesdays you can get in free to a handful of museums at Balboa Park, and Old Town walking tours are always free of charge. Don’t forget to hit the beach for some cheap fun in the sun and if you visit from December through March, head to Point Loma’s Whale Overlook to catch a glimpse of the seasonal whale migration and stop by the tide pools for more up-close and personal exploration opportunities.
  • Accommodations – Do some research before booking your stay. San Diego has several hotels located close by the major attractions. This makes it convenient to take a nap break during the day with little ones. For instance, look for cheap hotels near the San Diego Zoo which will be centrally located to all of downtown San Diego, and be sure to look into additional amenities such free wireless internet, parking and in-room amenities such as microwave and refrigerator which can go a long way in keeping food costs down if you’re enjoying an extended vacation.
  • Food – Embarcadero is an excellent family spot. This mile long stretch by the bay is home to Seaport Village. Along with souvenir shops and a carousel you’ll find great family friendly casual restaurants. The San Diego Burger Company has children’s nuggets and burgers along with more adventurous dishes for Mom and Dad. Asaggio serves up kid friendly pizzas with a fantastic view from their outdoor seating and prices are affordable as well. Not sitting down at full service restaurants for every meal can help lower food costs during your trip
  • Theme Parks – Children are more tolerant of adult activities if they know they’ll have their day too. San Diego has many theme parks suited just for kids. Sea World has hands on exhibits and thrilling shows by Shamu and all your marine favorites. Click here for affordable hotels near SeaWorld San Diego. Legoland is another great option and is one of California’s top family destinations where you’ll find more than 15,000 LEGO structures intermixed with creative play areas and thrilling rides.

With these tips in mind, you can plan a successful family vacation that everyone is sure to enjoy and remember for years to come. If you’re not sure of where to stay, look for affordable hotels near the San Diego Airport and Gaslamp Quarter district which will give you access to major parts of the city. Interested in making a hotel reservation right now? Contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about the affordable accommodations at the Marina Inn and the hotel’s wonderful location in the heart of downtown San Diego.

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