The hardest part of your trip to Del Mar will be choosing what to do first. Parents can take in the peaceful, scenic views and fine dining in Del Mar Village while their children explore. Wherever you end up going you’ll never run out of things to do in Del Mar!
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Where the Turf Meets the Surf! Red Hot Racehorses and Cool Ocean Breezes. Opening Day: Friday July 15, 2016
San Diego Del Mar Fair
Mad About the Fair is the theme of the San Diego County Fair opening at 4:00PM on Friday, June 3 and continuing until Monday, July 4. (The Fair is closed on Mondays, except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays.) The Fair will be a grand-scale tea party featuring the renowned Lewis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, fused with influences from steampunk, cosplay, great literature, whacky machinery, and all the fun and magic you have come to expect. Get ready for outlandish landscapes, crazy rides, unique foods, fabulous festivals and enthralling entertainment. Appearances by your favorite Wonderland characters and more will start your summer of “adventure and imagination.”
Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary
Free Flight is a unique exotic bird sanctuary located in Del Mar, California -– open to the public 7 days a week. Their mission is to maintain a sanctuary that shelters, nurtures and re-socializes parrots, while educating the public to inspire a lasting concern for the well being of exotic birds.
SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California, United States.
An 8 feet wide LEGO® Star Wars™ Death Star Model Display made completely out of LEGO bricks has been to LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland. Also at LEGOLAND are Mia, Olivia, Andrea, Stephanie and Emma at the new LEGO Friends Heartlake City! Ride the carousel in Mia’s family ranch. Stroll through the LEGO horse stables. Sing with Andrea at her stage. Cool off in the Heartlake Fountain. The Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions and there’s so much to do. The resort is home to the expanded LEGOLAND Water Park featuring the LEGO Legends of CHIMA™ Water Park. Right next-door is SEA LIFE® Aquarium.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park immerses you in an active, hands-on safari experience where herds of animals roam natural habitats in a 1,800-acre reserve. Choose from a variety of exciting safari expeditions by caravan truck, cart, zip line—there’s even an overnight option. Everywhere you look, there are amazing views of lions lounging in the grasslands, antelope and giraffes mingling, rhinos wallowing in waterholes, storks and cranes on the march, and more. Engage in close encounters with animal ambassadors, explore walking trails that reveal beautiful vistas and endangered species like the Sumatran tiger, and discover the adventure of conservation in action at this leading-edge wildlife park.
Explore the wonders of the ocean at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Perched on a picturesque bluff in La Jolla, the aquarium features 60+ tanks of colorful marine life, including dazzling coral reefs, thrilling sharks, undulating jellyfish and three outdoor, living tide pools. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries on climate, earth and ocean science.
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The most popular boats, used for guided tours and widely available for rent here in San Diego’s temperate waters, are sit-on-tops: virtually-indestructible and ultra user-friendly, molded plastic kayaks that don’t require any formal training or experience. Couples and families with small children will particularly like the tandem models that can accommodate two or more paddlers. On any given day, hundreds of visitors and locals can be seen paddling these brightly-colored craft all around San Diego’s coves and coastlines. For those who want to learn the ropes from a pro, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers courses for beginning and advanced paddlers.
USS Midway Museum – a real aircraft carrier…fun for the family, once in a lifetime memory for everyone! Create a once in a lifetime memory exploring the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century! Imagine living aboard a floating city at sea with 4,500 shipmates, by exploring galleys, officer’s country, sleeping quarters and the 4 acre flight deck. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 locations from the engine room to control tower, narrated by Midway sailors who lived or worked in each. Family-oriented activities for all ages abound! Check out the new child’s audio tour with content geared specifically for 7-12 year-olds, take the kids and explore climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, walk through helicopters, ride three types of flight simulators, climb in bunks, sit in ejection seat theatre, listen to real pilot conversations during Desert Storm, take the family to sea without leaving port!
Aquatica San Diego is a lushly landscaped water park with up-close animal experiences, high speed thrills and the amenities of a beachside resort. For those who like life in the fast lane, the new Taumata Racer high-speed racing water slide will zoom riders down a 375-foot slide, around a 180-degree swooping turn, and in and out of tunnels before racing them across a finish line. Among dozens of other slides and rides at this whimsical, South Seas-themed waterpark is Big Surf Shores, one of the largest wave pools in Southern California, with more than 500,000 gallons of water to take a swim in and a huge sandy beach for basking in the sun. Adventurers should also check out HooRoo Run®, where they have a choice of two enclosed and two open-air slides that take them down an 80-foot descent. Caribbean flamingos and freshwater turtles round out the Aquatica experience, as only SeaWorld® can.
Petco Park is spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Architecturally magnificent, it celebrates the sea, the sky, the natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique spirit of our region. Innovative design features evoke the timeless traditions of baseball in an intimate setting, with state-of-the-art fan amenities to suit every taste and budget.
Sure to please the entire family, Belmont Park is located on the surf and sand of Mission Beach and offers free parking and free park admission. Belmont Park is a historic oceanfront amusement park located in the Mission Bay area of San Diego, California. The park was developed by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels and opened on July 4, 1925 as the Mission Beach Amusement Center.
San Diego Polo Club
Founded in 1986 by Harry Collins and Willis Allen, the San Diego Polo Club is an established institution recognized for excellence in the sport of polo. The San Diego Polo Club is beautifully situated on 80 acres of land in Rancho Santa Fe, California, offering five world-class class polo fields, including an exercise track, riding trails, a clubhouse and bar, a polo training school, and an outdoor lighted arena. The San Diego Club has one of the longest playing seasons in the country running from May through October. Sunday Polo matches are presented to the public every Sunday from May 29 -September 25, beginning at 1:00 pm.