Where to Take the Kids on Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 2019


What's open on Thanksgiving Day, where you can take the kids out to run and play?


We all know that kids' energy doesn't take a holiday! It might even be best to run them around before or after the big meal. Here are some of our favorite places that are open on Thanksgiving Day! (Don't forget Green Friday, details at the bottom.💚)

(Disclaimer: Hours may change, so check before you go. ;) 👇


San Diego Zoo 🦁

Hrs: 9am-5pm 

Balboa Park Miniature Train (next to Zoo) 🚂

Hrs: 11am-4:30pm 

Cost: $3/pp ages 1+




Balboa Park Carousel (next to Zoo) 🎠

NOT open ON Thanksgiving Day, but open all other days the week of 11/25-11/29

Hrs: 11am-5:30pm 

Cost: $3/ride or 4 for $10

SeaWorld 🐬

Hrs: 11am-7:30pm 

Legoland 🔹

Hrs: 10am-5pm 

Belmont Park 🎠

Hrs: 11am-6pm 


The Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park 💫

Hrs: 10am-5pm 



Balboa Park ⛲️

Hrs: open 24hrs/day 


What: most of the museums may be closed (except for the Fleet as noted above), but Balboa Park is a fun place to let the kids run aroun and bring a picnic lunch. 


Seaport Village 🎠

Hrs: 10am-9pm 

Waterfront Park Downtown 💦

Hrs: jets are on 11am-7pm 

San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas 🌿

Hrs: 9am-5pm 



Don’t forget that your local playgrounds are open too! 👫


The Friday after Thanksgiving, the San Diego Parks & Rec are encouraging everyone to swap their day of shopping for a day in the park! They're waiving the day use fees and even partnered with Lyft for Free rides to select parks. See website for details!



On the day after Thanksgiving, County Parks encourages San Diegans to swap shopping plans for outdoor experiences. We celebrate the 'upside of outside' with family-friendly activities in parks and preserves across the region, on a holiday we’ve coined Green Friday! 


Green Friday promotes fitness and fun in County parks. From ranger-led hikes and bike rides to touch tables and birds-of-prey expos, events are both active and educational – aligning with County Parks’ mission to balance recreation opportunity with efforts to protect and preserve land and local wildlife.


This year we’re taking things to the next level with new activities, partners, sponsors and expanded reach by partnering with  Live Well San Diego!  


Green Friday events are open to the public and there is no cost to attend. In fact, even the day-use fees (at parks where they are collected) are waived. 




We’re so THANKFUL to live in such an AMAZING city that has so many FUN and stimulating places for KIDS! 💛





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