The Best San Diego Family Activities

When it comes to family-vacation destinations, it’s hard to beat San Diego, with its year-round sunshine and plethora of family-friendly locales. Here’s a guide to seven such spots throughout the city, from a national monument to an award-winning children’s museum.

H&M Landing

H&M Landing runs three-hour boat tours from November through April, putting families up close with majestic creatures such as dolphins and sea lions, plus gray, blue, fin, and humpback whales. For those with a taste for adventure, it’s possible to book an extended expedition to Baja.

(0.8 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

Cabrillo National Monument

A tribute to the namesake Spanish explorer, The Cabrillo National Monument is home to the Point Loma Lighthouse, rocky tidepools, and a favorite among children — dramatic sandstone cliffs that afford views of migrating dolphins and Pacific gray whales.

(4.6 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

Balboa Park and the Fleet Science Center

Balboa Park’s Fleet Science Center boasts an IMAX theater and exhibitions such as “Sun, Earth, Universe” — perfect for astronauts-to-be — and “Dream! Design! Build!” for aspiring engineers. It resides within famously family-friendly Balboa Park, which additionally holds a model-train museum and a puppet theater.

(4.8 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn) and

Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a shopping, dining, and entertainment district that holds American Nostalgia gift shop, the California Candle Company, FROST ME Gourmet Cupcakes, and other establishments for kid-friendly treats and souvenirs. The artists-in-residence here host monthly kids’ workshops.

(5.4 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

New Children’s Museum

The only children’s museum to win the prestigious 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, The New Children’s Museum serves as the site for installations that include “Wobbleland,” an indoor sculpture garden inspired by food; a wonder-inspired labyrinth; and the three-dimensional “Whammock!” hammock. 

(5.6 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo needs no introduction. With its cheetahs, meerkats, anacondas, bonobos, and dozens of other majestic mammals and reptiles, it has become a fixture of Best Zoo lists across the world.

(7.8 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)