San Diego is a wonderful place to visit in the winter. It’s a nice, warm escape from winter weather for people all over North America and beyond. Although many people hear the name “San Diego” and immediately think of the zoo, SeaWorld, or LEGOLAND, there are plenty of family-friendly activities off the beaten path. Don’t overlook these unique adventures when you’re planning your family trip to San Diego.
Do you want to know the secret to the best whale watching in San Diego? It’s that whale watching in this town knows no season. It’s true. Whether it’s June or January whale watching San Diego can’t be beat. Winter is when gray whales make their annual migration to breed off the coast of Baja Mexico, but summer is when blue whales hang out in the area to feast and bask in the beautiful water of the Pacific Ocean. Because the weather is always nearly perfect in San Diego, it’s always a good day for going out on a boat to look for whales. This is one vacation the family will never forget.
Checking Out the Local History
While you’re in town, don’t miss the historic Gaslamp District. Although known for its nightlife, there are lots of family-friendly activities in this neighborhood during the day. Take the Old Town Trolley to see the many Victorian buildings in this district. If maritime history is more your thing, be sure to take the kids to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, where you can tour several historic vessels and learn about the golden age of sail.
For a taste of San Diego’s Spanish Colonial era, head to Old Town and check out the Mission. You can also visit the Junípero Serra Museum at Presidio Park. This landmark building is historically significant because it is on the site of the first permanent European settlement (established in 1769) in what is now the state of California. The current structure was built in the late 1920s to display artifacts collected by the San Diego Historical Society.
You can’t go to the coast and not get out on the water, can you? And, if you’re headed out for a cruise, what better option could there be than a classic sailing yacht, especially if you’ve just immersed yourself in the rich sailing history of the area. When you’re looking at your options for San Diego boat tours, think about the memories you want to make. Instead of bumping along on a noisy, smelly motorboat, seize the opportunity to go on a wind-powered cruise. Take the kids along and settle in for a leisurely, non-seasick-inducing pace of around seven knots (that’s approximately eight miles per hour). You’ll feel the wind on your face and smell the salty sea air, and for a moment you’ll be united with generations of sailors who have made their living at sea in these very waters.
San Diego is the perfect destination for families all year long. However, there’s something special about San Diego in winter. It feels like a secret getaway when much of the rest of the country is covered in snow. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your San Diego escape today.