With kid-friendly breweries, the beach in the winter, and plenty of outdoor activities to fill every weekend, San Diego is truly a parent’s paradise. In the spirit of being thankful, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on what makes our city the best place to live for parents and kids.

SurfDiva - girl on boardPhoto credit: Surf Diva

1. We get to enjoy the beautiful San Diego beaches and near-perfect weather all year long.

2. Our kids can eat free every day of the week.

3. You can learn about the history of San Diego and eat a delicious Mexican lunch in Old Town.

4. Not only do our local moms know how to cook, but thankfully they know how to blog, too.

5. There’s tons of free (or nearly free) stuff to do any day of the week.

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6. Lions, tigers and bears await at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

7. We’re a hotbed of theater for kids.

8. If you want to visit the mountains, simply drive east to the town of Julian.

9. We have plenty of great independent bookstores where we can get our fix. 

10. San Diego kids perfect their yoga poses.

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11. The Sanford Children’s Library is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

12. Fly a kite and ride a carousel in Seaport Village.

13. San Diego is the microbrew capitol of the country, and we have kid-friendly breweries, too!

14. Play in the sunshine at these awesome parks for kids.

15. Take flight with exotic birds in North County or goof around with monkeys in East County.

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16. Explore San Diego’s secret gardens and hidden caves.

17. In the South Bay community of Chula Vista, visit the Olympic Training Center, tour a nature center, and have a picnic at a local park.

18. There are some pretty amazing hiking trails to tackle with little hikers.

19. With the beaches come surfing! Kids can catch their first wave in surf lessons.

20. The San Diego Padres baseball team may not have made it to the World Series, but baseball season at PETCO Park can’t be beat!

What makes you thankful to be a San Diego parent?

— Leah R. Singer