Families looking for fun, safe diversions have reason to celebrate this fall: Kids Free San Diego, the October deals-fest from the San Diego Tourism Authority, has returned with more than 100 freebies and discounts at attractions, hotels, and restaurants in the Southern California city.
October has always been a great time to visit San Diego, with its summery temperatures and mellow pace. But 2020 has made a low-stress family getaway even more enticing. “There’s never been a better time to take advantage of Kids Free San Diego,” says Julie Coker, President & CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority. “With so many students doing distance learning this fall, Kids Free offers them and their families a chance to get outside for some hands-on activities at one of our attractions or museums. And, as always, the savings are substantial, which is something everyone can appreciate right now.”
The deals also reveal how much of San Diego has reopened with new safety protocols in place. Kids ages 3–11 get in free right now at San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, as well as the partially open SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California. All three are also offering Halloween-style entertainment and activities on weekends, bundled into your admission: the illuminated HalGlowEen at the zoo, SeaWorld Spooktacular at the marine theme park, and Halloween in Miniland at LEGOLAND.
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Kids can also enhance their distance learning with free visits to San Diego’s floating historic sites, the USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum, or by perusing the engineering feats at the San Diego Automotive Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum, both within the sprawling Balboa Park. For more outdoor fun, take the kids whale watching, or pedal a Surrey bike along the Embarcadero with a deal through Wheel Fun Rentals.
The freebies also apply to authentic San Diego cuisine. Kids eat for free at restaurants like Galaxy Taco or the Old Town classic Casa Guadalajara, and at lots of hotels, such as Bahia Resort Hotel and Rancho Bernardo Inn (where the whole family can also get a fourth night free). Kids score a welcome gift and scavenger-hunt kit when the family stays at La Jolla’s La Valencia Hotel or a $50 resort-credit “allowance” at Paradise Point, the laid-back, casita-style resort set on 44 acres along Mission Bay.
Exploring the San Diego Tourism Authority’s long list of special offers is the perfect way to start planning your family’s getaway. While you’re at it, be sure to visit our Responsible Travel Hub, which includes helpful Travel Alerts. Also, check out our What You Need to Know series for information on staying in a hotel, visiting state and national parks, renting a car, and more.