San Diego is just a quick drive south for us here in Orange County so my family and I travel there often. There are big-name attractions such as LEGOLAND California, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, and more. The beautiful weather in San Diego makes it an ideal travel destination year round, but if you have a big family and want to save some money while having fun then October is the best month to visit.
30 years ago the San Diego Zoo decided to celebrate the month it was founded by admitting children free throughout October. Then the San Diego Museum Council—made up of more than 30 museums—got on board, and now there are 100+ partners. Throughout the month of October, kids can stay, and play for free all over San Diego. You can visit the website Kids Free San Diego to review a complete list of all participating hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions, and more.
Tips before you travel:
- Check the Kids Free San Diego website before you go. Every establishment has its own terms for this promotion. Some require that you purchase online, some require you present a coupon upon arrival.
- Look at hours/days of operation. When looking at museums to visit I noticed a lot were closed on Mondays.
- Map your trip. Many of the participating locations are very close to one another. You might be able to visit several locations in a day or weekend trip.
- Plan accordingly when you get closer to Halloween. Several locations, especially the larger attractions, have special events for Halloween and may have shorter hours or require additional tickets for these events. Plus, these locations will probably be much busier during these events.
Here are a few of the offers that my family and I will be taking advantage of:
KIDS GO FREE with Paid Adult Ticket to LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE® Aquarium. Purchase this offer at LEGOLAND.com/LLCKidsGoFree and Enter Promotional Code 17025. Or you can purchase this offer at a LEGOLAND California Resort Ticket Booth, along with this printed coupon which must be present to receive ticket offer at LEGOLAND. This offer is only valid August 14, 2017 – October 31, 2017.
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights requires a separate event ticket and is excluded from this offer. Visit LEGOLAND.com for more event details.
Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo! Join us, and let your wild ones meet ours. Kids Free presented by Mission Fed continues a long-standing dedication to youngsters by providing free admission for the month of October to every child ages 11 years old and younger, a maximum 10 children free per each supervised ticketed adult. Throughout the month, Saturdays and Sundays at the Zoo will feature special interactive activities and experiences to help kids connect with wildlife and nature.
Bring your wild ones to meet ours! Coupon not required for free kids entry.
During the entire month of October kids (ages 3-9) get in FREE to SeaWorld. It’s a 1-to-1 ratio, one free child single-day admission per full-paid adult single-day admission. Kids FREE Single-Day Admission can be purchased by online* at SeaWorldSanDiego.com, by calling (619) 222–4SEA or at the park.
Children 12 and under receive free entry with the full price paid admission of at least one accompanying adult. Valid for 2 children per paid adult. Does not apply to specially ticketed events, Maker Faire San Diego, special exhibitions/exhibits, field trips or group visits. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon. Please download coupon here www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.
Must Download Coupon from the San Diego Museum Council Website. With the coupon children 12 and under receive free entry with a paid admission of at least one accompanying adult. Valid for 2 children per paid adult. Does not apply to specially ticketed events, Balboa Park Maker Faire, special exhibitions/exhibits or field trips and cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or coupon.