Try out your pirate “arrrgh,” get the hang of “hanging ten,” and have plenty of waterfront playtime!
Trip length: 2-3 days
Total distance: 85mi
CARLSBAD (3mi/9min): At LEGOLAND California’s new Pirate Reef, blast water cannons and man a 40-foot-long LEGO pirate ship. At SEA LIFE Aquarium, check out the latest and greatest displays.
ESCONDIDO (21mi/25min): Ride trams and ziplines to see wild animals at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In nearby Kit Carson Park, explore Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Garden.
LA JOLLA (6mi/13min): When tides are low, spy sea anemones and other creatures in crystal-clear tide pools south of Casa Beach. In town, browse in appealing shops.
BALBOA PARK (9mi/14min): Get a free guide to kids’ activities, like the 1910 carousel and miniature railroad, from the park’s visitor center. At the San Diego Zoo, feel mist, wind, and even snow in the new 4D theater.
SEAPORT VILLAGE (4mi/11min): Dine outside at Buster’s Beach House and watch the yachts sail by.
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