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When planning a family vacation, the biggest challenge is finding a destination that works for everyone in your group. Luckily, San Diego offers one of the best vacations for families in the country, offering a wealth of kid-friendly attractions. Whether you want to learn something new at a museum, spend time at the beach, see exotic animals, or explore the great outdoors, there is something for everyone in America’s finest city. Your San Diego family vacation is made easy when you choose Rental With a View to host your getaway. We offer luxury properties in the heart of the city, so your family can easily access the top attractions in San Diego!

1. San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the country. This wildlife park spans over 100 acres and is home to over 12,000 rare and endangered animals. Purchase your tickets for the Safari Park at the same time and get up close and personal with animals like giraffes and rhinos.

2. Balboa Park

Balboa Park is the culture, nature, and science hub of San Diego. There are sixteen museums to visit here, including the kid-friendly Museum of Us, the Air & Space Museum, and the Fleet Science Center. Don’t forget to explore the beautiful gardens, ride the miniature train, and stop at one of the many local restaurants.

If you are interested in visiting a museum specifically catered to kids and learning, stop at the New Children’s Museum, just over a mile from Balboa Park!

3. Belmont Park

Belmont Park offers a historic beachfront amusement park, perfect for your San Diego family vacation! Start the day with some exhilarating rides before checking out exciting attractions like laser tag, mini golf, rock walls, and go-karts.

You can also find one of the best amusement parks just a 40-minute drive from San Diego in Carlsbad. Legoland California offers over 60 rides, a fun waterpark, and an interactive aquarium.

4. Mission Bay Park

Take your family to the largest aquatic park in the country that offers 4,500 acres of fun on water and land. Popular water activities include surfing, swimming, boogie boarding, kayaking, and jet skiing. There are also 14 miles of trails around Mission Bay, where you can take a leisurely hike or bike together.

5. Hiking Trails

If you are a family who loves the great outdoors, there are plenty of kid-friendly trails to explore during your getaway. Mission Trails Regional Park offers 40 miles of trails, and Torey Pines State Natural Reserve offers eight miles of trails that wind through rugged cliffs, rare pine trees, and salt marshes.

Family-Friendly Vacation Rentals in San Diego

These are just a few top things to do during your San Diego family vacation. Rental With a View is an excellent choice for your family with our spacious vacation rentals and special offers. When you stay four nights with Rental With a View, you will receive a $50 gift card to use at the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, or Legoland! We recommend our Urban Oasis property for smaller families and our spacious four-bedroom Casa Paradiso for large families. Whichever rental you choose, we look forward to hosting your family for a memorable vacation!

As the second-largest city in California, San Diego is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, attracting over 30 million visitors yearly! Those of you who have never visited San Diego are probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of attractions and things to do in the city. Luckily, Rental with a View is here to give you the inside scoop with our San Diego neighborhood guide, highlighting the must-see areas in the city for first-time travelers. Whether you are looking for a lively neighborhood with world-class museums or a neighborhood full of history, there is something for everyone in San Diego! 

Mission Hills

Mission Hills is a vibrant neighborhood in San Diego that offers one of the best places to stay in the city. Rental With A View offers luxury properties in Mission Hills, overlooking Downtown San Diego and the Bay. Staying in Mission Hills is within a ten-minute drive of all the major attractions, from Balboa Park to the Gaslamp Quarter. 

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a must-see in San Diego, a dynamic neighborhood where culture, science, and nature collide. The 1200-acre park features 17 museums, over a dozen gardens, performing art venues, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp is located in the historic heart of downtown San Diego. The city’s old charm is around every corner, with Victorian homes and gas lamps lining the streets. This area is also the city’s dining, shopping, and entertainment hub. Watch the Padres play at Petco Park or explore a historic aircraft carrier at the USS Midway Museum.

Old Town San Diego

If you are interested in San Diego’s history, we recommend visiting the oldest neighborhood in San Diego. Old Town features over 35 historic sites and museums, including the most haunted house in America. You can also find over 75 shops and 30 world-class restaurants here.

Little Italy

If you are a foodie visiting San Diego, then Little Italy is the San Diego neighborhood for you! Rich with Italian culture and cuisine, there are endless restaurants to choose from at the Little Italy Food Hall. Every Saturday, you can find one of the best San Diego farmers’ markets with the Little Italy Mercato market.

Hillcrest

If you are looking for a welcoming and open-minded San Diego neighborhood, pay a visit to San Diego’s LGBTQ+ central hub, Hillcrest. Here you will find an array of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, and unique boutiques to explore.

Luxury San Diego Vacation Rentals in San Diego

Rental With a View offers the perfect properties in Mission Hills for groups visiting San Diego for the first time. Our Mission Hills vacation rentals provide the best of both worlds with the privacy of a residential neighborhood and proximity to major attractions. You can find many places mentioned in our San Diego neighborhood guide just a 10-15 minute walk away, such as Balboa Park and Little Italy. Discover our luxury vacation rentals in Mission Hills and find the ideal place for your group vacationing in San Diego.