Families are drawn to San Diego's year-round idyllic climate and variety of attractions. Start with the renowned San Diego Zoo, home to six giant pandas, the most in any U.S. facility. The zoo and its companion Wild Animal Park have 4,000 animals and 100 acres to explore. SeaWorld has its famous Shamu the killer whale and opportunities to get close to marine animals.
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The zoo is part of Balboa Park, which bills itself as the "nation's largest urban cultural park." It also features restaurants, free concerts, gardens, and 15 museums — including the kid-friendly Fleet Science Center, Natural History Museum, and the Children's Museum.If you can't take a family vacation without visiting a theme park, there's Legoland, with more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions. In San Diego, shop and eat at the city's historic Gaslamp Quarter and waterfront Embarcadero districts. Want to just relax and play in the sun? San Diego has 70 miles of beaches to enjoy, especially the lovely Coronado Beach.