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!


5 MUST HAVE Disneyland tips for your first visit. Find out where to stay, how to get around and whether you should pay for the Park Hopper pass | | Southern California | Anaheim | summer vacation | spring break

Disneyland tips for first-timers

Don't put off your Disney trip because your children are young! There are lots of ways for families with young children can make lasting memories at Disneyland. Tips for visiting Disneyland with young children | | Southern California | Disneyland with infants, toddlers, babies | family vacation

Tips for visiting Disneyland with young children

The BEST rides at Disneyland - and how to get on them without waiting in long lines! | | California | family vacation | Disney tips and tricks | Anaheim | summer vacation | spring break

Best Disneyland rides 

Best rides at Disney's California Adventure (and how to get on them FAST!) | | Disneyland | Cars Land | Disney tips and tricks | Southern California | Anaheim | family travel | spring break

Best rides at California Adventure

Five rookie mistakes to AVOID at Disneyland | | Disney tips | spring break | travel | Southern California

5 rookie mistakes to AVOID at Disneyland

10 MUST HAVE items for your Disneyland Packing List. Plus FREE printable packing list! | | Disney | what to pack | what to wear at Disneyland | packing | checklist | what to take

10 MUST HAVE items for your Disneyland Packing List

Use this ONE simple trick to avoid crowds at Disneyland any time of year! | | family vacation | Disneyland hacks | Disneyland tips and tricks

Tips for making the Disneyland calendar work for you 

Everything you need to know about the Disneyland app | | Disney tips and tricks | Disneyland characters | Disneyland wait times | Southern California | California Adventure | vacation ideas | family travel

Tips for using the official Disneyland app

Tips for getting into the NEW Frozen show at Disneyland! You won't want to miss this Broadway quality musical. | | Frozen Live at the Hyperion

Tips for getting into the new Frozen show at Disneyland

Everything you need to know about the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland | | luxury | family vacation

Resort review: Disney’s Grand Californian

Review of Anaheim Hilton Garden Inn for families |

Hotel review: Anaheim Hilton Garden Inn

Our readers’ BEST tips for Disney parks

Disneyland, The Unoffical Guide

Star Wars Season of the Force, 2016

Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland!

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

20 Tips for Doing Disney on a Budget

Los Angeles Area

Looking for tips for visiting the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood? We've got them! | | summer vacation| California | spring break | summer vacation

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Tips for taking a Warner Bros. Studio Tour with kids | | Hollywood | California | things to do in Los Angeles | travel | vacation with teens

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Top tips for families at Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California | | best rides | near Disneyland | Buena Park | Orange County | spring break | family travel

Knott’s Berry Farm

Santa Monica Beach – Santa Monica

San Diego County

The 6 BEST beaches in San Diego, California for families - from those who have been there. | | spring break | summer vacation | travel

Best San Diego Beaches

7 tips and tricks for visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo | | Southern California | family vacation | spring break | summer vacation | travel

San Diego Zoo

7 MUST HAVE tips and tricks for visiting the San Diego Safari Park in Escondido, California | | spring break | summer vacation | fall break | family vacation

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Tips for visiting SeaWorld San Diego with kids |

SeaWorld San Diego

Kids stay, eat and play FREE in San Diego in October! Learn more in this post | | Kids get in FREE to LEGOLAND California, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, USS Midway Museum and many more. Hotel and restaurant deals too!

Kids get in FREE in San Diego every October

Want to see sea lions and seals on your San Diego vacation? They are easy to find if you know where to look. This post includes tips for visiting La Jolla Cove and taking a San Diego SEAL Tour. Both are fun activities for families who want to see wildlife in San Diego. | | spring break | travel | summer vacation | San Diego with kids | California | Southern California

Find seals and sea lions in San Diego

Balboa Park – San Diego

Cabrillo National Monument – San Diego

La Jolla Caves Ocean Kayak Tour – San Diego

La Jolla Cove – 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

11 tips for visiting LEGOLAND California |

LEGOLAND California

Have questions about LEGOLAND Water Park at LEGOLAND California? We have answers. Here is everything you need to know to have a great day | | Carlsbad | San Diego | summer vacation | travel | spring break


Tips for visiting SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California. It's included in many park hopper and BOGO tickets! | | Carlsbad | San Diego | spring break | summer vacation | family vacation

SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California

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

5 expert tips for visiting Joshua Tree National Park in California with kids | | spring break | fall break | outdoors | nature | desert

Joshua Tree National Park