My last visit to San Diego was when Baby was 3-months-old (check this post for tips on road tripping with a baby). It lasted three days, which was plenty of time to explore and relax in the sun. The weather is gorgeous year-round and we were fortunate enough to be able to stay downtown. That meant I barely had to drive anywhere, and instead spent tons of time exploring on foot with my little one. We stayed at the fabulous Manchester Grand Hyatt - they provided us with a pack'n'play and were overall very accommodating. The beautiful views of downtown and the bay/marina made our stay even better.
|Looks like this little dude is not afraid of heights|
FIVE FAMILY-FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS (NOT SEA WORLD):
1. SEAPORT VILLAGE
This inviting outdoors shopping and dining area was just across the street from our hotel, by the bay. With baby nice and cozy in his Ergobaby (affiliate link). I must have walked around for 2 or 3 hours enjoying the ocean view and fresh air. I walked north passing the Pier Cafe (where we had dinner later that night), the Fish Market, and headed toward the USS Midway Museum.
|Pier Cafe @ Seaport Village|
|Unconditional Surrender sculpture|
3. PETCO PARKThere are tons of family events at the park, aside from baseball games, of course! Check the Padres Kids webpage for more information and a full calendar of events.
4. LA JOLLA
|La Jolla By the Sea|
|Sea lions, seals and birds galore!|
|In love with California sunsets|
We headed to the beach on our last day in San Diego. There's a ferry that leaves from downtown but we were on our way back to Arizona, so we drove across the bridge. We bypassed the famous Hotel Del Coronado and went straight to the shore before heading home. The beach was vast and fairly empty for a Sunday! Toes in the water = happiness.
San Diego might be one of the funnest places I've been to in a while, and I can't wait to go back!