Life Love Larson: San Diego, CA (With Kids)


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

San Diego, CA (With Kids)

Hi friends! I walked my kids to their first days of 4th and 5th grade today! Time sure does fly when you're having fun! Now that school is back in session, I wanted to write a post about our family vacation this summer. We flew to San Diego for a few days in mid-July and had a wonderful time. The weather! Oh my gosh, the weather! We've had an extremely hot summer in KC, so 75 degree temps felt amazing! We took the kids to San Francisco last fall, and we've been to LA, so we needed to check out So Cal!

We arrived on a Friday night, checked into our hotel, and went for a night swim. We stayed at the Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina. It's a quick Uber ride from the airport and it's right on the water, so the perfect location! On Saturday morning we walked to the USS Midway Museum. This is a naval aircraft carrier that was in use for 47 years, that has since been retired and docked . It was turned into a massive museum and we all LOVED it! Highly recommend!

 There are volunteers on the ship that used to be in the navy and who spent time on the carrier. Such great info and so educational. Drew, our history and war buff, was in heaven!

That afternoon, we walked around near our hotel in the Marina District. There is a boardwalk area with shops and restaurants. It's busy, but a pretty view and good people watching! We stopped for some food and a beer along the boardwalk.
 Then we met up with Steve's brother, who lives nearby in Newport Beach, for an afternoon swim! It was fun seeing him in his neck of the woods! The pool at our hotel was so pretty, full of lush landscaping! Love the vibe here!

And finally that night, we had tickets to a Cubs/Padres game. We are Cubs fans! Steve and I born and raised, and our kids are now too. We also cheer for the Royals because they are our home town team, but the Cubs have our heart! You would have thought we were at Wrigley Field with the amount of Cubs fans in the stadium and walking around SD. Crazy fun!

 We walked to a CVS for poster board and markers to make this sign! It was spontaneous and fun for the kids and Kate even got a ball from the Cubs bullpen!
Sunday morning we took an Uber to the San Diego Zoo. It is huge! It takes hours! It was fun! And the landscape was gorgeous! My plant/cactus loving heart was happy to just take in the views!
 Cactus goals!

 A sweet moment with my boy.
 This was a favorite of our kids...a cheetah and dog companions!

Monday was our last full day in SD. We took an Uber to La Jolla. It was so gorgeous! The kids had a blast in the waves even though the water was cold. They could have done this for hours and hours and days and days. Such a special day! Love these memories!

 Sea lions everywhere! Cool sight, not smells! This guy was camped out right by us on the beach when we were snorkeling. He would bark if he sensed something was getting too close.
 So, so cold! I did it for the kids! Ha!
The final morning, we walked to have breakfast and the kids went for a final swim. We had gorgeous weather and no rain! I would say mid-July is a good time to go! For food, we walked to nearby neighborhoods (Marina, Gaslamp) and just popped into places we found on Yelp or that looked cute. And we ate outside as much as possible!

We probably could have spent two more days here, but we crammed in a lot on few days we had! We like to walk and pound the pavement and people watch and walk the streets. Comic-Con was getting ready to happen the following weekend right next door to the hotel, so that was fun to see them getting set up with all the sets and banners and posters and props. Everyone wanted to stay for it! Avoid it if you are not going there for Comic-Con though. Hotel prices the weekend after left were CRAZY EXPENSIVE!

We did not go to Sea World or Lego Land or the Safari Park. Our kids are too old for Lego Land, but the Safari Park and Sea World would have been a nice add on if we had more time. One last bit of advice...we purchased City Passes for the San Diego Zoo and the USS Midway Museum. City passes are customizable. We just added these two places and were able to get cheaper entrance prices. You buy them online and tickets go straight your phone. Super easy and worth it to save a few bucks! San Diego is expensive!! :)

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