Activities For When the Family is In Town

San Diego’s sun-kissed beaches and diverse neighborhoods serve as the perfect playground for friend and family gatherings — especially at the holidays when we’re already getting together for “Friendsgivings”, Thanksgiving dinners and holiday celebrations. “America’s Finest City” offers a variety of activities that cater to all ages. When your loved ones are in town, why not explore the city’s eclectic mix of attractions? Let’s dive into a curated list of family-friendly adventures to make the most of your time together.

Plan A Beachfront Group Getaway To Pacific Terrace Hotel

In San Diego, group getaways become more than just moments; they become cherished experiences. With an array of activities that cater to diverse interests, San Diego ensures that every member of the family finds joy in the city’s coastal charm and vibrant culture. If you’re looking to experience a holiday escape everyone will love, Pacific Terrace’s Group Getaway Offer is the perfect way to travel with the whole crew! This winter, when you book a group stay of 10 rooms or more, you’ll enjoy special rates and perks including 1 complimentary night in our Coastal Living Suite, welcome snack basket with assorted beverages and a goodnight treat. There is no better way to create lasting memories with your loved ones than a relaxing beachfront escape to our Pacific Beach paradise.

Explore Liberty Station

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Located on the site of a former Naval Training Center, Liberty Station has blossomed into a hub of creativity and culture. Everyone will have a great time wandering through the artsy corridors, exploring art galleries, and discovering unique boutiques. With a variety of dining options, it’s also an ideal spot for a leisurely family lunch or dinner. Don’t miss the Liberty Public Market, a bustling marketplace offering a diverse range of local treats and artisanal goods.

Delight in a Winter Wonderland at Belmont Park

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For a classic San Diego experience with a holiday twist, head to Belmont Park. This iconic boardwalk amusement park in Mission Beach, transforms into a holiday haven during the yuletide season. Enjoy festive decorations, twinkling lights, and seasonal treats as you explore the rides, attractions and adjacent bars and dining options. It’s the perfect blend of coastal charm and holiday magic for the whole family.

Visit Seaport Village

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Seaport Village offers a charming escape for families, situated along the scenic San Diego Bay. Stroll along the waterfront, indulge in local cuisine, and explore the diverse shops. With its carousel, live music, and scenic views, Seaport Village is a delightful destination for a leisurely afternoon. Keep an eye out for unique souvenirs and gifts, making holiday shopping a breeze.

Explore La Jolla

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Nearby La Jolla, known for its picturesque coastline, is a multifaceted gem. Visit the Children’s Pool to see the adorable resident seal colony basking in the sun. Explore Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to delve into marine wonders. La Jolla’s Village is a haven for small-business shopping, offering a chance to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Basking in the coastal beauty and the vibrant community spirit is the perfect way to spend a family day out or an afternoon with friends.

Bring The Adults on A Brewery Tour

As the Craft Beer Capital of the US- San Diego’s beer scene is something worth exploring. If you’re planning a friend or family getaway, book a brew tour and hop around the city to the best hops in town. If you’re visiting with the 21 and under crowd-you can still tour…but explore the best tacos, brews and views with @TacoTourSD! Because San Diego is not only known for our beer scene, but our taco scene also can’t be beat.

Wow Your Group With Winter Whale Watching

Perhaps one of the most unique and exciting winter activities in San Diego, takes place out on the water! From December through April, get up close and personal, to witness the gray whales migrating from Alaska to Baja California! Bring your group on one of San Diego’s various whale watching tours for an experience you will not soon forget! Visit our friends at Triton Charters to book a group experience your loved ones will be talking about until next Thanksgiving!

Shop at Maker’s Arcade 2023 Holiday Fair

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Venture to the Maker’s Arcade 2023 Holiday Fair pop-up at Broadway Pier for a completely unique shopping experience. Discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures, artisanal goods, and unique gifts from local makers. It’s a festive fair that showcases the creativity and talent of San Diego’s vibrant artisan community.

Enjoy it All From Pacific Terrace Hotel

Before you head out to explore our variety of San Diego group activities, start your day with a picturesque breakfast by the beach right here at Pacific Terrace Hotel. Indulge in a variety of delicious options, from classic breakfast fare to coastal-inspired specialties. Our picturesque oceanfront setting creates a serene backdrop for a leisurely meal with your loved ones, setting the tone for a day of relaxation and exploration.

So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of adventure, and come create unforgettable memories with your loved ones in San Diego this winter!