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Discover the top San Diego activities and experience truly perfect family vacations at our San Diego resort

When you study the list of the best things to do in San Diego, you can truly appreciate that you’re in a city that’s ideal for a family vacation. With so many family-friendly activities in San Diego, you’ll never have to worry about keeping the kids entertained. Speak to our expert concierge service for suggestions, ideas, tips and a helping hand in arranging things to do near Kona Kai Resort & Spa.

San Diego is a rich environment for family-friendly exploration and adventure. Take to the water by visiting natural gems such as La Jolla Cove and San Diego Bay or take in custom-made water worlds by getting splashed by sea lions and killer whales at SeaWorld or hitting the water slides at LEGOLAND’s water park. For the landlubbers there’s the awe-inspiring San Diego Zoo, historic Balboa Park and charming Little Italy that are all worth visiting. Book a room at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa and find yourself near all of San Diego’s action.

Old Town San Diego

Historic Old Town

Featuring museums, art galleries and restaurants, the San Diego Historic Old Town offer modern day attractions only found in San Diego. Old Town features authentic Mexican food, along with historic (and haunted) houses. Be sure to stop and watch the tortilla making and bring some home to enjoy.

Gaslamp District San Diego

Gaslamp District

San Diego Gaslamp Quarter has plenty of both day and night activities. Located in the historic heart of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter features a variety of shops and boutiques, as well as restaurants, nightclubs and music venues. A highlight of the nightlife is that multiple bars and clubs have rooftop patios highlighting the amazing views. A great stop on the way to a summer Padres baseball game.

Seaport Village in San Diego

Seaport Village

Explore 14 acres of waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment in the heart of San Diego. Recreating a harbor-side setting from 100 years ago, Seaport Village includes 54 unique shops, 13 casual dining eateries and 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants.

San Diego's Little Italy

Little Italy

Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is a quaint and lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops and the beautiful Amici Park.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts and classes.

The best way to start your journey through Balboa Park is with a stop at the Balboa Park Visitors Center. Located across from The Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality, the Visitors Center has the most current and comprehensive information about the Park’s activities and attractions. Open from 9:30am-4:30pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day), the Visitors Center offers brochures, maps, audio tours, free guided tours of the Park, transportation information, dining advice, and more.


Point Loma

If you want to take in the sunset, beautiful views of the downtown skyline or watch the waves crashing off the cliffs, Point Loma is the neighborhood for you. Home to the Cabrillo National Monument commemorating the arrival of the Spanish in 1542 and Old Point Loma Lighthouse, the highest lighthouse in the world, Point Loma is many things to many different people. Choose who you want to be and Point Loma will deliver.

Spend some time with nature by exploring protected area tidal pools, catching waves at the various surf breaks or walking the one mile Point Loma Tidal Pools and Bluffs Trail. If shopping, eating and drinking are more suitable to your tastes, check out Liberty Station, a former naval center redesigned into a flourishing arts district with restaurants, shops and a waterfront park. Head to Point Loma Marina for more places to eat and shop situated next to chartered boat and whale watching tours. If you’re looking for a tranquil place to reflect, visit Sunset Cliffs Natural Park or pay homage to the thousands of identical grave markers at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.