1. The Beach
Coronado beach is one of our favorites because the waves tend to be a little calmer, and in my opinion, it is the most beautiful. It can be a bit of a trek from the strand to the water when you’re carrying a bunch of gear, but it’s worth it because you have much more space. La Jolla shores is really nice and very family friendly during the off season, but gets very crowded during the summer months. Del Mar is great if you have a lot of beach gear, because the distance from the start of the sand to the water is not far at all. There are some beautiful north county beaches, but that will be a topic for another day!
2. Hike Torrey Pines
This is my absolute favorite San Diego activity! Get some exercise in while taking in the incredible views!! Grace loves to ride in our Osprey Poco child carrier now, but when she was smaller we would take her with us in the ERGO. Once we make it down to the beach she loves to get out, play in the sand, get her toes wet and chase the seagulls. Try going on a weekday, if you can, to avoid crowds. The cliffhanger cafe and board and brew are great nearyby spots to grab a casual lunch!
3. Bike Ride Mission Beach
Biking along the boardwalk in mission beach is another one of my favorite San Diego activities, and you can do this year round! It is another activity I would recommend doing on a beatiful day in the offseason to avoid the peak season crowds.
4. Playgrounds with a View
There are so many amazing parks in San Diego! One of our favorites is Powerhouse Park Playground in Del Mar. We love grabbing breakfast at Stratford Court Cafe, or lunch/dinner at Del Mar Pizza, both closeby to the park. This one is great for sunsets!
Another favorite is Kellogg Park in La Jolla. The playground is awesome, and you can go back and forth between sliding and swinging at the park, to playing in the sand and the waves at the beach. There is a large parking lot closeby (fills up quickly on summer) and lots of street parking. Shorehouse Kitchen and the Shore Rider are our favorite spots to eat within walking distance.
5. Waterfront Park
This place is so much fun during the warmer months when the kids can run and play in the water. The park is so big, with lots of space and a playground. There’s a large open grassy area where you can lay down a large blanket, bring a lunch and spend a whole afternoon enjoying the view and the fun fountains!
6. Stroll along the coast in La Jolla
A very touristy San Diego experience, but lots of fun in the area for the little ones. Gracie loves to bark with the seals and watch the waves roll in. Our favorite spot to have brunch nearby is the cottage. Park along La Jolla’s coast boulevard near Ellen Browning Scripps park and enjoy!
7. San Diego Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens offers free admission to San Diego residents (don’t forget your ID) on the first Tuesday of every month! The gardens are beautiful and there’s a large play area for kids in the back. It’s a bit of a walk to get to the back, but on a beautiful San Diego day, it’s worth every step!