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San Diego Car Trip: 6 Perfect Sights to Go with Kids

San Diego is a city where thousands of travelers wish to go. Located in Southern California, it’s striking in its diversity – here you will find unique amusement parks, stunning scenic nature, iconic historical sights and other popular destinations.

Those who have had the opportunity to visit it always speak well of their experience. Yes, San Diego is made for relaxation and fun, and for children to have a happy childhood.

If you are an avid traveler, find a dozen reasons to pick up a roomy 7 passenger car rental and enjoy an unforgettable family journey to San Diego. You can book it online or through a simple car rental app. 7-seat vehicle is perfect for your trip, as it can accommodate both your large family and your luggage.

So, still want to know where to go in the sunniest city in California this summer? Keep reading!

Balboa Park

Where: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

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First of all, you should head to Balboa Park – the heart and soul of San Diego. It’s the largest city park in the entire United States. There are numerous museums in the park. They are built in a colonial style, so you get the impression that you are in provincial Spain.

The majestic buildings, wonderful fountains and picturesque ponds, gardens with tropical plants and green lawns are truly impressive. You will also admire the traditional Japanese rock garden with a pond full of goldfish, a rose garden, a cactus garden, an orchid garden, and an incredible palm canyon.

If you come there in a rental car, you will have a lot of time to explore the park. You can walk there all day, and admission to the gardens is free of charge.

In order to make your excursion through the park informative, visit one of the 18 museums that are located in the huge museum complex, or see the works of contemporary artists in the Spanish Village Art Center. In the evening, head to one of the park’s theaters for a live performance you can choose between the Old Globe Theater, the Ballet Theater and the Drama Theater, as well as a children’s puppet theater. The open-air organ is also a real miracle of Balboa Park.


San Diego Zoo

Where: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

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San Diego is world famous for its zoo, which is home to about 4 thousand species of animals. Therefore, you just need to rent a car and go there during your family trip.

Pandas are the favorites of adults and children. The zoo is so huge that it’s simply impossible to walk around it in a single day. For convenience, buses and the Skyfari cable car run through the park. It is divided into several zones, and almost all animals live in the same conditions to which they are accustomed in the wild.

The zoo is located nearby the Safari Park, which is part of the San Diego Zoo and approximately 20 themed mini parks.


Sea World

Where: 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

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This is another gem in the San Diego entertainment choker. Located in a picturesque bay, the world famous SeaWorld Marine Park is a great reason to make a stop on your car rental trip. Here you can’t only see all kinds of inhabitants of the sea depths – rays, sharks, colorful fish, turtles, which will swim over your heads under the glass dome of the aquarium, but also visit a fascinating show of killer whales and dolphins, fur seals, sea lions and walruses.

This is actually an impressive performance. You will see giant marine predators emerging from the water and making flips in the air, as well as three killer whales simultaneously jumping out onto the platform. Your children will be delighted with what they see.

You can easily swim with some of the inhabitants in the outdoor pool, visit water attractions, swim in a boat on a reservoir with steep waterfalls in the Atlantis Palace or rush at high speed through a pirate cave. Themed exhibitions and educational programs are also held daily at the Sea World. 


San Diego Safari Park

Where: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

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The safari park is a must-see. It’s located 50 kilometers from San Diego, but you won’t have any difficulty finding it with your rental car. In the park, you can see more than 300 varieties of various animals – in total, there are two and a half thousand species.

In order to see the entire zoo, you will have to spend about six hours. The most popular attraction is Tram Safari. You will travel on a large tram in an open area where animals walk free. This place also hosts a large number of performances with animals. The Cheetah run show with the participation of a cheetah is especially popular.


LEGOLAND California

Where: 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Legoland Park was founded over 20 years ago in the small town of Carlsbad near San Diego and is located on an area of ​​130 acres. Tens of millions of LEGO bricks were used to create it. Southern California has a special climate, which is why the park operates throughout the year. This is very good news for you, as you can rent a car at any time and go there with your children!

The park includes more than 50 different shows and attractions, including Miniland USA, which shows seven regions of America assembled from 20 million multi-colored LEGO bricks.

On the territory of the park there are special rides and playgrounds, where children can build their own sculptures and expositions, as well as a wonderful water park with slides and pools.


USS Midway Museum

Where: 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

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Driving your rental car to the city coast will allow you to find a unique open-air museum. The old USS Midway Museum is the largest military museum in San Diego. It’s a real heavy aircraft carrier containing 25 US military aircraft and helicopters. It’s so huge that it can hold up to a hundred aircraft. The guides in the city-museum are former military men who served on this aircraft carrier.

They will conduct an entertaining tour of the museum, as well as tell interesting facts and many informative stories about the fate of this ‘floating city’, for example – about its participation in the bombing of North Vietnam or about Operation Desert Storm.