California is hard to beat. Southern California has beautiful beaches, year-round warm weather and some of the nation’s great amusement parks. Northern California’s unique culture, rocky shores and towering Redwoods make it a beautiful and distinctly American destination.

Here are our favorite things to do in California for families. You may also enjoy our San Diego for Families and California for Families Pinterest boards!


Disneyland tips for first-timers

10 MUST HAVE items for your Disneyland Packing List

Disneyland’s BEST rides – and how to get on them FAST!

Use this ONE simple trick to avoid crowds at Disneyland

Our readers’ BEST tips for Disney parks

Disneyland, The Unoffical Guide

Tips for getting into the new Frozen show

Star Wars Season of the Force, 2016

Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland!

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

Disneyland, Frozen in 2015

20 Tips for Doing Disney on a Budget

Hotel Review: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Hotel Review: Hilton Garden Inn – Anaheim

Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Beach – Santa Monica


San Diego Area

6 best San Diego beaches for families – San Diego County

Kids stay, eat and play free in October – San Diego

Balboa Park – San Diego

Cabrillo National Monument – San Diego

La Jolla Caves Ocean Kayak Tour – San Diego

La Jolla Cove – San Diego

San Diego Zoo – San Diego

San Diego Zoo Safari Park – San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego – San Diego

USS Midway Museum – San Diego

Hotel Review: Catamaran Spa and Resort – San Diego

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay – San Diego

LEGOLAND California Resort – Carlsbad

SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California – Carlsbad

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND California – Carlsbad

Hotel Review: Homewood Suites Carlsbad – Carlsbad

Hotel Review: Omni La Costa Resort and Spa – Carlsbad

Hotel Review: West Inn and Suites – Carlsbad

Restaurant Review: Bistro West – Carlsbad

The Best of Carlsbad, from TMS Family Travel conference – Carlsbad

San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Escondido

Palm Springs

Joshua Tree National Park