Southern California and San Diego are famous for their water sports and water activities. If you’re planning a vacation with your family, you’ll want to find fun and creative ways to stay cool as you explore famous neighborhoods like La Jolla, Mission Beach, and the rest of San Diego County.
Tour water-themed San Diego attractions that are ideal for kids, including some of the city’s best theme parks and waterparks. With the Go City San Diego pass, you’ll save when you bundle activities like full day snorkel rentals in La Jolla or 90-minute kayak rentals with admission to top kids’ attractions like the San Diego Zoo, the Safari Park, and the museums of Balboa Park.
For the true themed waterpark experience, San Diego has you and your family covered! Two of our favorite water based theme parks, LEGOLAND® Water Park and Sesame Place San Diego (previously known as Aquatica), can be reserved in advance to make sure you’re planned out and ready to go when you arrive.
We love these parks because they offer wholesome fun for kids of all ages, including young children. You can expect shows, character meet and greets, water and splash areas and more!
Speaking of water activities, taking advantage of San Diego’s beaches, which become water parks for kids and adults alike, is an excellent choice. From Mission Bay to Ocean Beach, try out water sports with private lessons or beginner-friendly tours. Once kids know the ropes, you can rent a surfboard, kayak, or paddleboard and explore the ocean together.
Family Surfing Lessons at La Jolla Shores
Experience San Diego's surf culture at La Jolla Shores. Family-friendly lessons for all levels include safety and basics, offering a fun and educational time on beginner-friendly beaches. Get gear rental discounts with a Go City San Diego pass
Since these activities all take place in or on the water, many of them are only suitable for children over 5 years old who are strong swimmers. Do keep in mind that some water sports like snorkeling tours and surfing lessons require all participants to know how to swim, and depending on the activity, you may need to wear appropriate safety gear.
However, not all water activities require kids to be skilled at swimming! Boat tours, such as whale watching and sailing around the bay, are fun for all ages and skill levels. Similarly, water parks offer another way to cool off that’s accessible to anyone, though certain rides and attractions may have height requirements.