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October in San Diego is Kids Free Month!

Parents in the know understand that October is the very best time to visit San Diego. The air is cooler, the crowds are smaller, and it’s also “Kids Free Month” in the city! So if you’re traveling as a family, that means kids get to eat, play, and explore for free in many places. Throughout the month, many of the city’s top attractions offer free admission to children, making it an ideal time to create lasting memories without breaking the bank. Join us as we explore some of the must-visit spots during Kids Free Month in San Diego.


Explore and Learn With Old Town Trolley Tours (2.3 miles)

Old Town Trolley Tours

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Discover the historical charm of San Diego with Old Town Trolley Tours. During Kids Free Month, one child (ages 4-12) rides free with each paying adult. Hop aboard an iconic trolley and embark on a narrated journey through the city’s historic neighborhoods, including Old Town, Coronado, and Balboa Park. Learn about San Diego’s fascinating past and make stops at key landmarks and attractions along the way!

4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92101


Wild Adventures Await at San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

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Few attractions capture the hearts of children and adults alike quite like the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. During Kids Free Month, children under 11 can experience the wonders of wildlife without an admission fee. Families are welcome to immerse themselves in lush habitats and observe animals from around the world, from playful pandas to majestic giraffes. The San Diego Zoo offers a captivating introduction to the animal kingdom, while the Safari Park allows for animal encounters and thrilling experiences like ziplining, and the Flightline Safari.

San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 (3.1 miles)

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027 (29 miles)


Reach for the Skies at the Air & Space Museum (4.2 miles)

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Balboa Park is home to numerous cultural and scientific institutions, and that’s where you’ll discover the San Diego Air & Space Museum. This excellent exhibit hall invites young aviation enthusiasts to explore the history of flight and aerospace. During Kids Free Month, children 12 and under receive complimentary admission. Marvel at vintage aircraft, learn about the pioneers of aviation, and discover the thrill of space exploration. The museum offers a high-flying experience that will inevitably inspire dreams of soaring among the clouds.

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101


A World of Discovery Awaits at Fleet Science Center (4.4 miles)

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Also located among Balboa Park’s many excellent museums, the Fleet Science Center is a standout attraction for curious young minds. During Kids Free Month, children 12 and under receive free admission. Dive into interactive exhibitions that explore everything from space exploration to the wonders of human physiognomy. It’s an engaging and educational adventure that will ignite a passion for discovery in the whole family.

1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101


Go On a Marine Safari With San Diego Whale Watch (4.8 miles)

Embark on an unforgettable marine safari with San Diego Whale Watch. During Kids Free Month, children 3 to 12 can join a whale-watching cruise for free with a paying adult. Set sail along the stunning San Diego coastline and encounter majestic marine life, including whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more. It’s a chance to witness the wonders of the ocean and create memories that will last a lifetime.

1617 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109


Oceanic Thrills for All Ages Are at SeaWorld San Diego (4.9 miles)

SeaWorld San Diego is a paradise for aquatic enthusiasts and animal lovers. During Kids Free Month, children under 9 receive complimentary admission to the park. Witness awe-inspiring marine mammal shows, get up close with dolphins, sea lions, and penguins, and take a thrilling ride on world-class roller coasters. Plus, SeaWorld’s dual Halloween celebrations — Howl-O-Scream and the more kid-friendly Halloween Spooktacular — are happening at the park all October long! No matter when you visit, families always enjoy a day filled with oceanic thrills and educational experiences that will leave little ones wide-eyed with wonder.

500 Sea World Dr., San Diego, CA 92109


Get Into Some Classic Beachside Fun at Belmont Park (5.7 miles)

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Located adjacent to the picturesque Mission Beach boardwalk, Belmont Park is a seaside amusement zone that offers endless fun for families. During Kids Free Month, children 12 and under receive free unlimited ride wristbands with the purchase of an adult unlimited ride wristband. Enjoy thrilling rides, including the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, carnival games, and classic boardwalk treats like cotton candy and ice cream.

3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


Dive into Ocean Exploration at Birch Aquarium (11.1 miles)

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For a deep dive into marine life, head to Birch Aquarium, nestled on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean in beautiful La Jolla. During Kids Free Month, kids under 12 receive free admission to explore captivating exhibits showcasing seahorses, coral reefs, and vibrant fish species. The interactive touch pools and engaging displays provide a hands-on educational experience that will spark curiosity about the mysteries of the deep.

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037


Discover Whimsical Theme Park Adventures at Sesame Place (19.2 miles)

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Sesame Place is a must-visit family destination, especially for families whose kids love the timeless PBS “edutainment” show. During Kids Free Month, kids ages 3 to 9 enjoy free admission. Let your children’s imaginations run wild as they meet beloved Sesame Street characters, enjoy age-appropriate rides, and experience live shows filled with music and laughter. It’s an enchanting world where learning and play go hand in hand.

2052 Entertainment Cir, Chula Vista, CA 91911


Explore More From Days Inn

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Kids Free Month in San Diego offers families the perfect opportunity to explore a wide range of attractions without worrying about breaking the budget. Planning an October visit? Stay with us at Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle and let your children’s imaginations run wild! Our hotel not only has competitive rates, guest-friendly amenities, exceptionally comfortable spaces, and a whole host of autumnal activities to discover, but we’re centrally located — so everything here is easy to get to. Take a look at our exclusive offers to find the best rates for your visit!