Family Time – On a Budget
Visiting San Diego for the first time can be quite an overwhelming experience because it has so much to offer! Between the beaches, museums, parks, shopping, spectacular dining, and all the scenery it almost seems impossible to see everything! There are endless possibilities in the city of San Diego, and we want to make sure you get the most out of your experience. This is why we have created itineraries for you and your family to follow. That way you don’t have to worry about a thing! We have it all mapped out for you. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of San Diego and all it has to offer.
Get a little exercise to start the day right! Head to Torrey Pines State Reserve – the only natural environment of the Torrey Pine. Park entry is free, and parking along the beach is free (you’ll have to pay if you want to park in the lot). Walk along the beach until your reach the trails and go hiking in the Reserve. You’ll walk along beautiful bluffs overlooking the ocean, and the kids will have fun playing in the natural caves.
Next, venture into La Jolla to the Children’s Pool. Here, you’ll find a beach full of seals! Walk along the protective sea wall and watch the seals play, nap, and swim around. Don’t miss this unique attraction that children will love.
Few things in life are completely free… One San Diego attraction that’s always free is The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. The museum tells the story of Marine Corps aviators and ground crews who flew and maintained the aircraft. Enjoy and admire nearly 30 vintage aircraft, numerous artifacts that date back to the earliest days of the Corps, and an amazing trophy display.
Once you have your fill of marine aircraft and artifacts, head to Old Town State Park, the “birthplace of California.” Historic (and free) landmarks at Old Town include Mason Street School, the first public schoolhouse in San Diego, and Casa de Estudillo, a Spanish adobe house with beautiful courtyard.
Pile the whole family into the car and head down to the South Bay Drive-In. Watch the same movies that are playing in theaters for a fraction of the cost – a double feature costs $7 for adults and only $1 for kids. For a family of 4, that’s only $16 for an outing that would normally cost around $50. The best part is that you can enjoy the movie from the comfort of your own car, or in the back of your pick-up truck and all you need is a working radio!