Summer is officially here and the kids are out of school. Chances are they have already complained that they are bored. Luckily, San Diego has a LOT of things to keep the kids occupied this summer that won’t break the bank. Here are some our favorite cheap San Diego summer activities for the family
Waterfront Park Fountains
A few years ago San Diego renovated the county building to add in water fountains across the front. Not only do they offer a beautiful addition to the waterfront area, on hot days they are the perfect place for the kids to play. The best part, it is totally free! All you have pay for is parking. Plus, there is a lovely playground on the premises. It’s a great way to spend the day cooling off.
Balboa Park Museums on Tuesday
When the heat gets too much, nothing is better than getting in an air conditioned building. Why not cool off and learn a little at the same time. Every Tuesday select museums offer free admission to San Diego residents. Depending on the day, you can visit the Fleet Science Center, The Nat. San Diego Air & Space Museum and even The Comic-Con Museum. Check the schedule for more information on what museums are open:
Explore Old Town San Diego
Old Town is not only a wonderful place to get a bite to eat, but it also offers a wonderful glimpse into San Diego’s history. There are a variety of buildings with exhibits inside that are completely free. You’ll learn a ton about San Diego’s history and maybe take home a souvenir or two. After all, dipping candles is a San Diego tradition!
Cabrillo National Monument
There is no better view of San Diego than at Cabrillo National Monument. It only costs $20 per car to visit and that pass lasts you a full week in case you miss something (which you will). During the summer, the monument stays open on weekends till sunset to give you plenty of time to explore the exhibits, lighthouse and the tide pools. Plus, they also have a Junior Ranger program your kid can be a part of!
Take a Ride on the Trolley
San Diego started a pilot program this summer allowing free rides to all youth 18 & under. All you have to do is sign up online and you can take the family anywhere from La Jolla to Santee. Get off somewhere you’ve never been before and explore! (Sorry parents, you still have to pay)