Ready to make this summer unforgettable for your family? From roasting s’mores at the shores to cheering on the San Diego Padres as they embark on a promising season, we rounded up the must-do activities to put on your San Diego summer bucket list. With these awesome activities, you can get the whole family out to create some memories that will last a lifetime.
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Roast Some S’mores at the Shores
Nothing says summer nights more than ooey gooey s’mores as the sun sets over La Jolla Shores. Get down early to Kellogg Park and you’ll find a set of fire pits sitting on the beach ready for you to take in an amazing sunset. We suggest getting there early as it’s a first in, best dressed policy to reserve your pit. You need to bring your own wood and coals, but luckily there’s a hot coals disposal bin so it will make cleaning up a breeze. If you want to pick up any drinks or snacks, check out the cafes and shops along Avenida Del La Playa.
Camino del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Take the Kids to the Ballgame
The Padres are set to have a killer season this summer, so why not get out and show a bit of San Diego pride with an afternoon at the ball game. Have a family-friendly day at PETCO Park by visiting the Park in the Park area for a family-friendly experience. Put down your picnic blanket on the grassy hill, watch the game on the big screen and let the kids run around. Tickets are a very family friendly price of $10 – $17 per person. And better yet, kids under 36-inches are free. “Batter Up!”
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Catch the 4th of July Fireworks
There is nothing like the magic of watching your kids ooh and ahh at the Independence Day fireworks thanks to the Big Bay Boom. If you want to brave the crowds head down to Embarcadero, Shelter Island or the Coronado Ferry Landing to check out the all the action. Or if you’re looking for a much quieter spot locals love, Liberty Station NTC park is always less crowded than expected given the great view!
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Do Some “Berry” Good Berry Picking
Juicy and sweet, berries are the perfect summer fruit. Luckily for the good people of SoCal, we can not only eat local berry produce, we can grab the kids and pick our own at one of San Diego’s berry farms. Temecula Berry Company is great for blueberries, while several San Diego spots are perfect for strawberry picking. The kids can get out into the fields and pick their tasty treats, then you can take home the buckets you fill up.
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Take In an Outdoor Film
Put a hold on bath and bedtime, pack a picnic dinner and head out to your local park for the free Summer Movies In The Park film festival. With an emphasis on family this festival screens newer releases the kids will love like Home, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Big Hero 6. There are 117 screenings over the summer at a huge range of local parks all across the San Diego area. Check out their website for all the latest listings. All movies start at dusk but it’s best to get there early to get a great seat.
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Get Out On The Lake
Head over to Santee Lakes, San Diego’s best backyard, and you’ll be able to have your own family adventure on the water. There are plenty of options for getting on the open waters. You can hire a row boat or a 4-seater pedal boat if you’re after something more traditional (and perhaps easier to manage the mini sailors). Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, a kayak or canoe are the perfect way to explore the lake. All hires can be done at the General Store and life jackets for those 11 and under are provided with your rental.
9310 Fanita Pkwy
Santee, CA 92071
What’s on your family summer bucket list? Let us know in the comment section!
— Lenya McGrath