Summer in San Diego: 31 Things to Do with Your Kids

Summer in Southern California brings tons of sunshine and warm weather. It’s when America’s Finest City, San Diego, truly shines.

I specialize in fun things to do in San Diego with kids and San Diego family vacations, and think that the summer months are the best time to visit San Diego.

Plenty of people were looking in the rocks and wading into the shallow waters where there were sea anemones and fish. Check the tide calendar for low tides.

Check the Tide Pools

The chatty La Jolla Cove sea lions are pretty much always around. Stay on the sidewalk and keep your distance from the seals and sea lions.

Visit the La Jolla Seals at Children’s Pool and Sea Lions at La Jolla Cove Early

La Jolla is home to the largest aggregation of leopard sharks in the world, and it’s possible to enjoy them in even knee-deep water.

See the La Jolla Leopard Sharks

Visit the Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego, where  show-quality koi live or meet them online, and even download a fun worksheet to see which types you can see swimming in the ponds.

Spot Koi at Japanese Friendship Garden

Junior Ranger books and badges, maps, and visitor information are available at an outdoor station located next to the Visitor Center.

Get a Junior Ranger Badge at Cabrillo National Monument

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