A giant panda eating bamboo at the San Diego Zoo.

The Best of Family-Friendly San Diego

Whatever your kids are into, there’s probably a little something to keep them entertained. The question you need to ask yourself as a parent is: how much can you handle? Fortunately, a few of these family-friendly San Diego attractions are parent-friendly, too.

A sailboat with a colorful rainbow sail cruises through San Diego's mission bay.

Exploring San Diego

San Diego is a golden-hued playground beckoning thrill-seekers, revelers, and soul searchers with its magnificent sunsets, sparkling waters, and promise of the good life. Explore its coastlines, neighborhoods, and communities.

Rhyolite’s well-preserved train station.

Five Death Valley Ghost Towns Worth the Trek

Deep in the Mojave Desert, where California fades into Nevada, the ragged remains of ghost towns are strewn across salt-crusted soil, lost at the ends of bumpy roads, and tucked into rocky mountain canyons. Here are some spots that are easy to miss—although you won’t want to.

A castle-like building amidst a vineyard in fall colors.

California Coast Family Road Trip Ideas

Driving the California coast is a classic family road trip, with a range of attractions for kids to enjoy. While some popular destinations are very much kid-focused, other attractions such as zoos, aquariums, and unique locales are truly family-friendly, offering a bit of fun for everyone.

Giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park.

Sequoia National Park’s Wuksachi Lodge

If you plan to overnight in style in Sequoia National Park, the best place to stay is the cedar and stone Wuksachi Lodge, a complex of three buildings including a restaurant. There are lots of perks included in your stay, such as free guided walks and talks that start at the lodge, and if you need a boxed lunch for a hike, you can order that too.


Moon California Road Trip Playlist

Whether you’re traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway or heading toward Yosemite National Park on Highway 41, you’ll need a soundtrack for the trek – and we’ve got you covered.

A sea otter holds its paws up to its face.

Visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

From the very beginning, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mission has been conservation, and they’re not shy about it: all the exhibits you’ll see contain only local sea life. While the aquarium is fun any time of year, week, or day, some things—such as feeding time, or when rarer species such as the great white shark are on display—are worth making the effort to plan out your visit.

Moon San Diego

Local surfer and writer Ian Anderson offers an insider’s view of San Diego, from surfing at San Onofre State Beach to exploring the expansive San Diego Zoo. Ian includes great trip ideas such as On a Mission, a tour of the city’s historical sights, and Surf and Turf, which covers recreational opportunities in and out […]

Moon West Coast RV Camping

Award-winning author Tom Stienstra covers more than 2,000 RV parks and campgrounds throughout Washington, Oregon, and California in Moon West Coast RV Camping. Stienstra provides a range of outdoor options that appeal to campers with kids, pets, or recreational equipment, as well as those looking for a beachfront, natural springs, or island retreat. Stienstra also […]