dvma_camera2-8158Because of our exceptional weather year-round, there’s always something fun to do in Del Mar. Our locale near the beach, with plenty of parks and hiking trails nearby, makes for endless activities to do with the whole family.

Family time is precious, but sometimes it’s hard to get everyone to agree on what they want to do. Thankfully, Del Mar offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or visiting for just a day, you can guarantee that your better half and your little ones will remain happy.


Wave Hello to Del Mar!

Del Mar is known as a great surfing spot. At Del Mar Powerhouse Park, you can surf a mellow reef break, or you can head over to the end of Dog Beach and have an epic session. If the entire family isn’t well-versed in surfing, surf lessons are offered year-round—or just basking in the sun and playing in the waves is always enjoyable.

A Little Gift for Your Little One

What’s a better place to begin your family vacay then at a family-run business? From children’s books and toys to imaginative crafts, Sandcastle Tales will surely provide everything you need to keep your tot entertained.

Mini Golf, Mega Fun

Whether your tot is truly a tot, or just still one in your eyes, mini golf is always a good decision. Pelly’s Mini Golf, located across from the Fairgrounds, is open from 8am to 9pm on weekdays and until 10pm on weekends. Explore the ocean adventure-themed courses, complete with a pirate ship and breeching “whales.”

Take Flight

Get in touch with nature at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary, which is open seven days a week. You and your loved ones can see colorful winged friends up close, and even interact with several of them. If you’re looking to expand the family, a few of the parrots are looking for a forever home.

More Than Fair

At the Del Mar Fair, you’ll surely feel like a kid again. In late June and early July, the family can fill up on the indulgent fair food, interact with farm animals, experience the thrill of a few carnival rides and maybe even catch a free concert during the San Diego County Fair, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Say Cheese!

Pizza is one thing everyone can agree on. Del Mar Pizza offers some of the best slices around, with vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh garlic. Had a long day in the sun? You can even order online to avoid waiting in line. A slice a day keeps the doctors away… right?

Sounds Sweet

After enjoying a few slices, a short walk down Camino Del Mar will take you to Seaside Yogurt, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop. Choose from a plethora of different toppings, such as circus animal cookies, almonds, caramel sauce, and fresh fruit. Your tot will surely enjoy the freedom to create their own crazy combination of sweets.

If you’re visiting or planning a trip in December, do your holiday shopping in the Village. If you spend $75 at participating stores before January 1st, you can receive a $15 dining voucher to use at any participating Del Mar Village restaurant. With so many restaurant options to choose from, you can easily create a special family night out with dinner and a seaside view.

For more information on things to do and ways to explore in Del Mar, or for help with planning at trip, visit Del Mar Village Association online.

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