UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2016
San Diego is one of my favorite vacation destinations. It has everything: beaches, major theme parks, top zoos, excellent museums and just about anything else your family might want to do under the sun. That reminds me of another of my favorite things about San Diego. The weather is beautiful year-round.
Families have one more good reason to visit San Diego in October. Kids get free admission and meals all over the city, all month long! We're talking about free admission to BIG attractions like LEGOLAND California, the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.
More than 100 theme parks, museums, restaurants and hotels are offering freebies for kids. Here are some of our favorite free-for-kids destinations in San Diego in October.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is one of the best zoos anywhere and there is no limit to the number of kids under age 11 that get in free with at least one paid adult. Save $34 per child, ages 3-11. Read our tips for visiting the San Diego Zoo here.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
This sister park to the San Diego Zoo is located a few miles north of San Diego, and it's different from any other zoo I've visited. Like the San Diego Zoo, all kids under age 11 get in free with just one paid adult in October. Here, it's a savings of $36 per child, ages 3-11. Check out our full review of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Kids get in free with paid Adult tickets to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. This is a savings of $76 per child, ages 3-12. Google gives our LEGOLAND tips a top ranking. Here's what you need to know before you visit LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
SeaWorld San Diego
Kids get free admission, free meals with Shamu and free admission to the dolphin interaction programs with a paid adult at Sea World San Diego. Read more about visiting SeaWorld San Diego here.
USS Midway Museum
This retired aircraft carrier is a hands-on history lesson for families. All kids ages 12 and under get in free with at least one paid adult. This is a savings of up to $10 per child, ages 6-12. Read our review of the USS Midway Museum here.
Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Kids eat free with each paid adult at The Atoll restaurant at the Catamaran and kids stay free at the hotel. The Catamaran sits on the beach at Mission Bay and is just one block from the ocean. Rides on the Bahia Belle steamboat are complimentary for all guests of the Catamaran, but if you do stay elsewhere, kids ride free with a paid adult. My family stayed at the Catamaran last October. Here is my full review.
Visit SanDiego.org to get details on these deals and many more.
Disclosure: We received free admission or discounts at some of these destinations. Tips for Family Trips is an affiliate of Get Away Today. We receive a small referral credit for each vacation booked through their links on our site. Thank you!
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