Located south of downtown San Diego and just north of the Mexico border, San Diego’s South Bay is home to a number of exciting experiences that have Kids FREE savings now through October 31.
On the south end is Imperial Beach and the Tijuana Estuary, the largest salt-water marsh in Southern California and another great spot to see migratory birds and local wildlife. North of the Estuary, located on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, is the Living Coast Discovery Center, a family-friendly aquarium and nature center with walking trails. Chula Vista is also home to the San Diego region’s newest theme park, Sesame Place San Diego. And just a short drive away, you’ll find the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center that houses the Bonita Historical Society and over 2,000 objects connected to our region.
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
October is a great time to visit the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center. Kids can explore a new exhibit about the ancient fossils of South Bay San Diego. Explore what the area was like when San Diego was under water through touchable fossil layers. Also, find a gem pocket of local tourmaline and quartz. Bonita also will be hosting the Chula Vista Art Guild Exhibition this month along with Blooming Art and Dia de los Muertos. Get your Kids Free coupon here.
Chicano Park Museum & Cultural Center
Located in Barrio Logan, the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center is a great place for kids to learn about Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigenous culture and history. Check the calendar for a variety of fun educational classes and activities in arts, literature, science and history. Get your Kids Free coupon here.
Living Coast Discovery Center
At the southern end of San Diego Bay is the Living Coast Discovery Center, a zoo/aquarium dedicated to connecting families with coastal wildlife. Get face-to-face with endangered sea turtles, explore Raptor Row and Eagle Mesa (featuring hawks, falcons, owls and even an American Bald Eagle!), touch friendly rays in the Shark & Ray Experience and see all types of fish, octopuses, jellies, reptiles and amphibians in the Aquarium Galleries. Get your Kids Free coupon here.
Sesame Place San Diego
There’s only one place in California made just for your little ones. The all-new Sesame Place theme park in Chula Vista. Where the imagination of Sesame Street® comes to life. And small moments feel larger than life. Where story time becomes a story itself. And big wishes are within arm’s reach. Splashes, rides, and hugs all included. New Sesame Place San Diego. Find your Kids Free Coupon Here.
While in South Bay, plan a visit to the Tijuana Estuary in Imperial Beach, the “most southwesterly city in the contiguous United States.” It is always free to visit this National Estuarine Research Reserve and Visitor Center, which features hands-on, interactive activities for all ages to learn all about the biological diversity of our coastal wetlands. Go on a guided nature or bird walk or explore the kid-friendly hiking trails on your own. Get your Kids Free coupon here.
Halloween FUN Guide
It’s officially “Spooky Season” in San Diego and local museums are ready to help you celebrate! There’s plenty to check out for kids, adults and families. Just view our NEW fun guide for the best of Halloween and Día de los Muertos events throughout San Diego. Find the FUN here!