North County. Sun- and sea- worshippers congregate in coastal La Jolla, Del Mar, and Solana Beach, where migrating California gray whales can be seen in winter. View the gentle giants or learn about local marine life at the Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
In Del Mar, cruise Del Mar Plaza, an eclectic collection of boutiques and restaurants, and visit the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for horse racing. Horticulturists delight in the flowers of Encinitas and Leucadia and the 3,000 species at the Quail Botanical Gardens. In Carlsbad, see the mineral springs and quaint seaside downtown area, or golf on the excellent courses. Tour 1798 Mission San Luis Rey, or go surfing at Oceanside.
Carlsbad is also the home of Aviation Adventures which offer flights to the public in a historic World War II aircraft. The kids may be more interested in LegoLand with endless hands-on fun and rides.