Amusement parks are unbeatable for classic fun and adventure, and San Diego has 5 of the best in the country. From water parks to the ultimate rush of over-the-top coasters, San Diego has excitement all over the county. Visit one or all these fun-filled amusement parks to make family memories you and your kids can cherish for years to come. To help you plan your next adventure, here are our picks for the top five San Diego amusement parks:
1. San Diego Zoo Safari Park:
Elephants, zebras, and tigers, oh my! Experience a safari firsthand, right here in San Diego – no passport needed. At San Diego Zoo Safari Park, you will be immersed in experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with wild animals from afar. From the safari itself to animal encounters and hot air balloon tours, there are plenty of ways to indulge your wild side. On your journey you will have the opportunity to take pictures, learn more about these exotic species, and contribute to conservation efforts.
2. SeaWorld San Diego:
Another famous animal-based attraction is SeaWorld San Diego. If you love sea creatures, this is the place to explore to your heart’s content. With live shows featuring whales, dolphins, and more, exhibits and aquariums, and interactive opportunities, you have the opportunity to learn all about and engage with majestic sea life of all types. Not only that, but SeaWorld has several rides like Electric Eel coaster that cater to thrill seekers as well as fun rides for kids like Abby’s Sea Star Spin and Aqua Scout.
3. LEGOLAND California Resort:
LEGOLAND is a theme park, waterpark and aquarium all wrapped into one. At this LEGO-themed amusement park, there is no shortage of excitement – from adrenaline-spiking rides to live shows and 4D movies. Your kids can even meet their favorite LEGO characters at one of the various meet and greets throughout the day. Your LEGOLAND ticket gives you access to all aspects of the park, so you can split your time between the theme park and water park to cool off as needed.
4. Aquatica San Diego:
Everyone knows one of the best ways to beat the summer heat is at a waterpark. At Aquatica San Diego, you can have your perfect waterpark experience with rides and slides, pools and rivers, and even cabanas and loungers for rent. There are plenty of opportunities to ride together, like the Walhalla Wave and Tassie’s Twister, or ride solo. After you have your fill of thrilling rides, head to the pools to relax, catch the waves, float along the lazy river, or take the kids to the Slippity Dippity pool to play in the waterfall.
5. Belmont Park:
For those who want beachside views and that cool ocean breeze during their day of family fun, Belmont Park has that to offer and more. With a variety of rides like roller coasters, tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars, drop rides, and more this little amusement park packs a lot of fun. It also has an arcade, plenty of places to eat including the famous Dole Whip, and shops to browse. Plus, you can walk right onto Mission Beach once you have had your fill of Belmont Park to make the most of your day.