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Kids Go Free to 100+ San Diego Attractions, Restaurants & More in October

Get out and explore San Diego with kids for less

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October is the perfect time to visit San Diego as both residents and tourists can enjoy the annual Kids Free San Diego offers. These cover many of the best things to do in San Diego with kids, including over 100 museums, attractions, tours, hotels, and restaurants in 2019.

Based on the feedback and questions I get from readers, the offers below are among the most popular.

How to Take Advantage of Kids Free San Diego

You’ll need to read the terms and conditions of each offer. Sometimes, you’ll only need an adult ticket and a child can enter free with you. Other venues will require that kids also have a printed voucher.

There are also limits on how many kids per adult can go free in addition to age restrictions. The most important thing is that you carry an eligible ticket as some sightseeing passes don’t qualify for Kids Free San Diego promotions.

Discounted adult tickets for select attractions that are eligible for Kids Free San Diego are available at aRes Travel. This means you’ll save even more in October. Most of these discounted tickets offer the ability to print and go straight to the gate. In some cases, you may also need to print an eligible child ticket.

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San Diego Zoo

A ticketed adult can take up to 10 children for free to the San Diego Zoo between October 1–31, 2019. This offer is valid for children 11 and under and a coupon is not required for free kids entry.

Simply purchase an adult ticket and you’re good to go. Buy your adult tickets at aRes Travel at a discount for further savings. If three or more adults are visiting together, click to call 1-888-795-3715 for our exclusive savings.

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

A ticketed adult can take up to 10 children for free to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park between October 1–31, 2019. This offer is valid for children 10 and under and a coupon is not required for free kids entry.

Simply purchase an adult ticket and you’re good to go. Buy your adult tickets at aRes Travel at a discount for further savings. If three or more adults are visiting together, click to call 1-888-795-3715 for our exclusive savings.

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LEGOLAND California (Available Now)

LEGOLAND California is incredibly popular during October anyway because of its Brick-or-Treat party nights. And, Kids Free is already in effect so enjoy it during August, September and almost all of October.

The Kids Free San Diego (one child ages 12 and under goes free with a paid adult) offer is valid now through October 31, 2019 and kids do need a printed voucher. Get it below.

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SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica (Available Now)

Children ages 9 and under go free with a paid adult at both SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica San Diego starting now.

The SeaWorld San Diego promotion is valid now through October 31, 2019. Aquatica San Diego closes for the season on October 6, 2019 and is open on select dates until then. Check the Aquatica calendar for details.

SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica San Diego Kids Free Offers

Belmont Park

Belmont Park participates in Kids Free San Diego promotions but you’ll need to sign up for their newsletter to find out what the deals are.

Belmont Park Kids Go Free Deals

See also: 12 Things to Do at Belmont Park


Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Up to two kids ages 12 and under go free with a paid adult to Birch Aquarium. Download the coupon from the San Diego Museum Council.

See also: Guide to Birch Aquarium at Scripps


USS Midway Museum

Up to two kids ages 12 and under go free with a paid adult to USS Midway, our famous aircraft carrier museum.

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See also: Tips for Visiting the USS Midway

Kids Eat Free at Some San Diego Restaurants

A variety of restaurants and San Diego hotels are offering kids the opportunity to eat for free. Here are a few highlights.

Galaxy Taco in La Jolla Shores offers kids combos complimentary for a maximum of two kids ages 12 and under per adult. We love the tacos, which have a gourmet spin and it’s a nice place for a margarita, too.

Up to two kids ages 12 and under per paying adult also eat free at Carnitas Snack Shack Embarcadero in downtown San Diego. This is one of our favorite places to eat should you be visiting the USS Midway Museum, Maritime Museum of San Diego, or taking a San Diego Bay tour (like the Coronado Ferry, whale watching or Patriot Jet boat) departing from right here.


Kids Cruise San Diego Bay Free

San Diego Bay tours are the best things to do in San Diego for tourists but something that we residents usually don’t take advantage of enough.

Flagship Cruises & Events is offering six free children per paid adult on all 1- and 2-hour San Diego Harbor Tours during the month of October. Plus, the adult tickets are even at a slight discount.

Kids cruise free on any daily San Diego Speed Boat Adventures Harbor Cruise that is valid with the purchase of two adult tickets. One free child per boat is eligible between October 1-31, 2019.


Kids Travel for Free

Families traveling across the U.S.–Mexico border can now save time and money with the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), a unique pedestrian bridge connecting the Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) with San Diego. When flying into TIJ, children ages 12 and under, can get a free single trip CBX ticket from Tijuana to San Diego with purchase of an adult ticket. The offer is not available online and you must ask for the promo at CBX counters at TIJ and also present proof of a reservation in a San Diego hotel or attraction.


Kids Free October at San Diego Museums

Up to two kids ages 12 and under can go free to the below list of museums with a paid adult.

To participate, families need to download the free coupon for every museum they wish to visit and present it at the participating museum’s admissions desk.

A Museum Mash-Up event in honor of Kids Free October will be held at New Children’s Museum Park on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coupons can be downloaded online now from the San Diego Museum Council.

San Diego Museum Council Kids Go Free Coupon

For local families, this is a fantastic opportunity to check out a new museum.

See also: A Local Kids’ Guide to the San Diego Natural History Museum

Here’s the list of San Diego Museums participating in Kids Free October:

Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
California Center for the Arts Escondido
California Surf Museum
Coronado Museum of History & Art
Fleet Science Center (Galleries only)
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
La Jolla Historical Society
Living Coast Discovery Center
Lux Art Institute
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Marston House Museum & Gardens
Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
Mission San Luis Rey
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts
New Americans Museum
Oceanside Museum of Art
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Art Institute
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat)
The New Children’s Museum
The San Diego Museum of Art
The Water Conservation Garden
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
Timken Museum of Art
USS Midway Museum
Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
Visions Art Museum
Warner-Carrillo Ranch House

Visit the San Diego Tourism Authority for the full list of offers.

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Kids go free in October to over 100 San Diego attractions, hotels, restaurants, tours and more.

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