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A Memorable Family Trip to the Golden State

Where to go to California on family trips?

Taking a family trip to California? The Golden State has a lot to offer for a fun-filled vacation. California is a nature lover's paradise, filled with parks and forests to explore. Sun worshippers won't have to travel far to find the perfect beach. Attractions abound throughout many areas of the state. California has it all.

Hotel del Coronado in San Diego
Luxury Hotel del Coronado is a beachfront hotel in the city of Coronado, located across
the San Diego Bay, offering something for everyone on your family trip to California.

Explore some of its offerings in the following three cities in California, where you will find some of the best family holiday attractions and entertainment.

Carlsbad

Close to the city of San Diego, Carlsbad is an affluent city resort, ideal for one of your California family trips.

LEGOLAND California Resort

Wondering what to do in Carlsbad? LEGOLAND is the main attraction in this small, affluent community. The resort includes a theme park, water park, and the Sea Life Aquarium. The various parks have more than 60 rides and a variety of shows, including 4D movies and interactive, cutting-edge rides. The Sea Life Aquarium features over 5,000 sea creatures and an interactive experience with active, hands-on learning and opportunities to get close to octopi, rays, and sharks.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

A very beautiful site in Carlsbad is a fifty-acre ranch that features themed gardens of various flowers. The lush gardens are located on a hillside with great views of the coastline. Many of the best resorts in Carlsbad CA are close by, making the Flower Fields an ideal stopping point on the way to the beach. There are greenhouses for growing poinsettias and orchids. Children will enjoy running through a maze, exploring Santa's playground, and riding on a tractor driven wagon. The ranch also hosts special events for all ages.

Carlsbad beach in California
Carlsbad hosts seven miles of spectacular beachfront facing Pacific Ocean, that's very
popular with families, surfers, divers, runners and cyclists.

South Carlsbad State Beach

Locals and tourists visit this beautiful stretch of coastline for swimming, surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. This beautiful, white sand beach is perfect for basking in the sunshine or a bit of beachcombing. Coastal bluffs are located above the beach and are available for camping. A large campground contains picnic areas and bathrooms with showers. Water, electricity, and wi-fi are also provided. A camp store is located on-site for supplies.

Anaheim

As part of the Los Angeles greater area, Anaheim is home to many popular family attractions, including Disneyland Resort and Knott's Berry Farm.

Disneyland Park

A must see in California is the Disneyland Park in Anaheim. This park has grown into more than just a theme park since its opening in 1955. Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Hollywood, Disneyland has eight different areas known as U.S.A., New Orleans, Square Mickey's Toontown, Adventureland, Main Street, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Frontierland.

Cars Land attraction at Disneyland
Cars Land is one of theme rides at Disney California, that's been inspired by Pixar's franchise,
Cars, opened in 2012, as one of great family fun rides at Disney's Adventure Park.

It's every child's fantasy to experience the real-life fairytale that is Disneyland. There's something for everyone, young and old.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Situated on the border between Anaheim and Buena Park, Knott’s Berry Farm is only seven miles away from Disneyland and provides a more traditional amusement park experience. With 35 rides spread across 160-acres, there is more than enough fun to go around for the whole family. A day ticket at Knott’s is less expensive than a day pass for Disneyland, which is something for families on a budget to consider.

San Diego

One of the major cities in California, San Diego is another great destination for family trips in California, with two of the best family attractions - SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Zoo.

Pink flamingos at San Diego Zoo
Pink flamingos are only one of over 600 species found at San Diego Zoo, spread over 100 acres

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld at San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park. The park was founded in 1964 and features aquatic attractions, rides, and exhibits. A visit is also an educational experience where you can learn about marine animals. Shows include Killer Whales, Dolphin Days, Cirque de la Mer, Pets Rule, One Ocean, and Sea Lions Live. Seasonal shows include Shamu´s Celebration: Light up the Night and Dolphin Island Christmas.

San Diego Zoo

This world-famous zoo showcases a wide variety of nature’s largest, smallest, exotic, and most endangered creatures in over 100 acres of land. This includes more than 3,700 animals representing over 800 species. San Diego Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world and features beautiful landscaping and lush replicas of the animals' natural habitat. The zoo offers educational activities for children like the kinder program and wildlife sleepovers. It's a must-see attraction in Southern California, especially for families with children.

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