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If you’re craving a fresh place to take the crew for the day, but don’t want to travel too far from home, Point Loma is a hidden gem set along coastal San Diego. From tide pooling and Kid Ventures to craft brews and flavorful food, we’ve uncovered the best places to go with the kids in tow. Scroll down for the road map to this historic naval neighborhood.

Photo: Nikki Walsh

Tide Pooling at Cabrillo National Monument
Shore-ly there’s no shortage of coast to explore in this maritime town. Drive out to the point, and you’ll come across the breathtaking panoramic views at Cabrillo National Monument. Little seafarers can take a scavenger hunt to identify the local history, while you drink in the sights of the ocean, Coronado Island and the San Diego Skyline. Try on the armory at the Visitor’s Center, then stroll up the paved path outside and discover the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Then, hop in the car and take the winding road down to the famous tide pools.

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92106
Online: nps.gov/cabr

Photo: Nikki Walsh

Discover Kid Ventures
Let little imaginations soar at this sweet play spot located in Liberty Station. Meet a friend at this almost new Kid Ventures and have crafted coffee and lunch while the wee ones play. Or take advantage of their Friday night drop-off (from 4-8 p.m.) to take a yoga class next door or steal a date night with the hubby. Everyone will be smiling after a visit to this cool kids place.

2865 Sims Rd.
San Diego, Ca
619-573-9625
Online: kidventuresplay.com

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Lunchtime at Stone Brewery
Looking for a craft brewery that’s kid-friendly too? The Stone Brewery at Liberty Station has an urban feel with airplanes flying overhead, a great outdoor patio and bocce ball courts. Little diners can munch on lunch while you and your pals (or husband!) sip craft beer and dine. If wee explorers get fidgety they can run around outside by the giant boulders and along the graveled paths. What better way to pass a quintessential San Diego day in the sunshine than drinking craft brew (with the crew)?

2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116‎
San Diego, Ca
619-269-2200
Online: stonelibertystation.com

Photo: Regina A. via Yelp

Explore Liberty Public Market
Foodies delight in the 25 artisan vendors at the relatively new Liberty Public Market at the former Naval Training Center. From lobster rolls and vegan (or regular!) burgers to confetti cake and French patisseries, you won’t go home hungry. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating and free parking make this marketplace a convenient and inviting family destination.

Liberty Station
2640 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, Ca 92106
Online: libertypublicmarket.com

Where do you take your crew in Point Loma? Tell us about it in the comments below.

— Nikki Walsh