What's open ON Thanksgiving Day to Take Family in San Diego (2021)


photo: Hornblower City Cruises


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. Below are some favorite places to venture out ON Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Weekend. (Don't forget Green Friday, details at the bottom.💚 )


What's open and where to go ON Thanksgiving Day in San Diego (2021)?

Start new traditions and make some memories by exploring somewhere new to spend the holiday. From museums to theme parks, cruises, gardens, hikes, playgrounds and beaches...there are plenty of places to go ON Thanksgiving Day and Weekend. If you have out of town visitors or if your family is just driving you crazy, a change of scenery always puts everyone in a good mood.

(Anything can change, so check hours, info & safety policies before you go. ;)


Quick at a glance info, click the name for more details!

🦃 = open ON Thanksgiving Day


--TOURS--

🛳 HORNBLOWER CITY CRUISES (Embarcadero)

🦃 Hrs: several cruises avail Thur-Sun


🛳 FLAGSHIP CRUISES (Embarcadero)

🦃 Hrs: several cruises avail Thur-Sun


🤙 TIKI TIME BAY TOURS (Shelter Island)

Hrs: closed Thur, 2:30pm Fri-Sun


🚌 SEALS TOURS (Seaport Village)

Hrs: closed Thur, several tours avail Fri-Sun


🚃 OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS (Old Town)

Hrs: closed Thur, several tours avail Fri-Sun



--DOWNTOWN-- 💦 WATERFRONT PARK (downtown)

🦃 Hrs: Park dawn-dusk; Fountain Jets 11-7


🛍 SEAPORT VILLAGE (waterfront)

🦃 Hrs: 11-5 Thur, 11-7 Fri-Sun


--GARDENS & PARKS--

🌺 SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN (Encinitas)

🦃 Hrs: 9-4 Thur-Sun


MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK (San Carlos)

🦃 Hrs: 7-5 Thur-Sun (*gates CLOSE at 5pm!)


🤸‍♀️ PLAYGROUNDS, 🌳 PARKS & 🏖 BEACHES

🦃 Hrs: dawn-dusk or check the tides



--BALBOA PARK--

🦃 Hrs: open 24 hrs/day to walk around outside


🔭 FLEET SCIENCE CENTER (Balboa Park)

🦃 Hrs: 10-5 Thur-Sun (go watch the new Ghostbusters in IMAX on Thanksgiving!)


JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN (Balboa Park)

🦃 Hrs: 10-6 Thur-Sun; psst...kids 6 and under are FREE!


🚂 BALBOA PARK MINI TRAIN RIDE (Balboa Park)

🦃 Hrs: 11-4:30 Thur-Sun


🎠 BALBOA PARK CAROUSEL (Balboa Park)

🦃 Hrs: 11:30-5:30 Thur-Sun


🦕 SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

Hrs: closed Thur, 10-4 Fri-Sun


🚂 SAN DIEGO MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

Hrs: closed Thur, 11-4 Fri-Sun


🚗 SAN DIEGO AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

Hrs: closed Thur, 11-5 Fri, 10-5 Sat & Sun


🚀 SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

Hrs: closed Thur, 10-4:30 Fri-Sun



--THEME PARKS--

🎢 BELMONT PARK (Mission Beach)