San Diego Kids Summer Bucket List

Summer is here and the living is easy...especially if you're a kid in San Diego! There are lots of summer buckets lists out there online, but none quite as unique as what San Diego has to offer for the little ones. You'll find over 100 things to do in San Diego on my San Diego Kids Summer Bucket List below. (I even left some out!) And since summer weather pretty much lasts all year long in San Diego, you can use this list throughout the year.

These are grouped generally by activity, so pick one from each section or try to do all of them in one category. It's up to you how you spend your summer, but you don't want to miss out on these epic activities that for some only San Diego can offer.

I know there are a TON more that I could have included, so add in comments what your favorite places in San Diego are to spend the summertime!

Here you go.....


SeaWorld at night!

Ride the SkyTram over Mission Bay

Sesame Street summer weekend parade

Awe at the Electric Ocean Show

Watch the fireworks shows: 4th of July & Labor Day weekends

Zoo at Night!

Ride the Skyfari Tram over the zoo

Night time parade & special events

Safari Park at Night!

Caravan through the Safari Park

Zipline over the rhinos and try not to scream (ages 8+)

Balboa Park

Play in The Backyard: Natural History Museum, it’s their brand new feature!

Walk inside the Packing Tape Tunnels at the Fleet (2018)

Find the moon rock: Air & Space Museum

See a puppet show: Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

Climb on the green dragon: in front of the Mingei Museum (currently out for restoration)

Dance to the Sunday concerts: Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Ride the mini train & grab the Brass Ring on the carousel: just outside of the Zoo

Friday Night Food Trucks & Museums: Balboa Park

Climb the California Tower: Museum of Man (ages 6+) (currently cancelled for retrofitting)

Seaport Village/Headquarters

Ride the carousel

Get locked up: jail cell at The Headquarters

Belmont Park

Eat a Dole Whip

Lots of rides for tots too

Cabrillo National Monument

Climb to the top of the