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Kids Free October in San Diego (Master List)

kids free october san diego

In celebration of a calm down in the tourist season, San Diego rewards its most important residents (kids) for their patience in sharing our amazing city. The entire month of October is packed with FREE admissions, meals, and activities to make your next fall “staycation” that much sweeter. Because we all needed a lovely reminder as to why San Diego is one of the most family-friendly cities in the world.


 kids free attractions october san diego

Safari Park (North County)

Been dying to feel the breeze as the cheetah reaches 70 miles per hour in 4 seconds? Now you can with lesser crowds during the fall months and save on tickets. Get a free child’s admission with a purchase of an adult ticket. While you’re there, see the giraffes up close and personal as well during the safari cruise experience. Check the schedule for a variety of special events during the month such as goat petting, elephant training, and a variety of animal encounter events daily.

Legoland (North County)

Buy an adult ticket and kids get in free to this local favorite. Hit it on the right warm fall day and you can enjoy getting wet at the splash area with the kids. Brick-or-Treat decorations will be up for you setting the Halloween mood (*tickets to this special event are separate).

San Diego Zoo

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the iconic San Diego Zoo gives you the sweetest deal yet: up to 10 kids under the age of 11 are free with one paid adult.


The latest renovation to Sea World is a must-see; Virtual Reality dubbed Deep SeeVR ORCA 360. The new kid’s area boasts five new kids rides and three new animal encounters. Check it all out with one free child (3-9) admission with the purchase your adult ticket online.

Birch Aquarium

Where else can you scope out over 5,000 fish in over sixty habitats while staying dry? This local favorite offers some stunning views of the La Jolla coastline as well. Children 12 and under get in free with paid admission of one adult with coupon you can download here

Flagship Cruises

Check out the San Diego Harbor on their kid-friendly cruises that include: the Nightly Dinner Cruise, Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride, Harbor Cruise, or the Sunday Prime Rib Dinner Cruise. Mark your calendar for the Fleet Week Parade and Whale Watching, which both start up on the 14th. Two children free per paid adult on all one and two-hour San Diego Harbor Tours. Valid for children 12 and under. Call (619) 234-4111 for reservations

Hornblower Cruises

Combo sight seeing and wildlife watching on these one or two-hour tours which depart six times a day. Kids 12 and under cruise free on the one or two-hour harbor tours. Ticket Booth is located at 970 N. Harbor Drive, or call 619-430-2338

Old Town Trolley Tours:

Come check out why this quaint little SD favorite has been awarded the Top Rated Trip Advisor Tour badge. Jump aboard and enjoy the Old Town Trolley Tours, San Diego SEALS, and Old Town Trolley’s La Jolla and San Diego Beaches Day Tripper Tours. One child gets to ride free of charge (12 and under) per paid adult.

  • Multiple locations and Depots to board and purchase tickets. Visit them online at or call (866) 754-0966 for more information.

The Gondola Company

Let your kids get the Italian experience without the expensive flight, giggles guaranteed. Up to four kids free with a full paid adult admission. Advance reservations required by calling 619-429-6317.

Maderas Golf Club (North County)

Start them young and get them out on San Diego’s Top Rated course. They’ll swing away all that excess energy for free with the purchase of an adult lesson or tee time.

San Vicente Resort

This gorgeous property boasts an Equestrian Center, spectacular views from all the rooms at the Inn, live weekend entertainment, and a refreshing pool to splash around in. When you visit this quintessential country lifestyle resort you can get your kids out on their championship golf course for free with an adult paid reservation.

Bike and Kayak Tours

Get your adventure on with a bike or kayak tour. For each adult full-priced kayak tour or rental ticket, one child is free. One child per kayak in a single or get upgraded to a double for no additional cost. Advanced reservations are required at both the La Jolla or Coronado locations

Surf Diva Surf School

With the swell a little less crowded it’s a great time to gain some confidence in the water. Surf Diva encourages their confidence and love for the water with free lessons. Call ahead for reservations: 858-454-8273.


kids free museums october san diego

The San Diego Museum Council and ScholarShare came together and created this amazing opportunity to encourage San Diegans and tourists to explore and enjoy art, culture, and science. This program is the true behind-the-scenes hero that kicked off free October for kids in San Diego.

Get your free printable coupon for the 41 museums here: Valid for 2 kids 12 and under for each paid adult.

With over 41 on the list, you would be hard-pressed to get to every single one; a few that stand out and are particularly kid-friendly are:

Museum of Making Music (North County)

Show your kids you’re still hip with an interactive tour of all things music. While taking a trip through time and exploring the history of jazz, folk, rock n’ roll, pop, early 1900s and even today’s sounds; the whole family will learn the foundation of the industry.

Visit their website and download the coupon on their homepage for free admission for kids 12 and under.

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (North County)

Indoor and outdoor venue to experiment, imagine, explore and create in this hands-on museum with art, science, and world culture exhibits. Check the website for events and contact them directly for party space rentals.

As with all Museums in San Diego, this offer is valid for 2 kids 12 and under per paid adult. Download the offer at

Oceanside Museum of Art (North County)

Famous for housing contemporary art exhibitions this venue also holds classes, lectures, tours, parties, and concerts. Check their schedule at

As with all Museums in San Diego, this offer is valid for 2 kids 12 and under per paid adult. Download the offer at

California Surf Museum (North County)

Only in San Diego would you find a surf museum; so take advantage of this cultural past time and learn about the dynamic history of our beloved sport.

As with all Museums in San Diego, this offer is valid for 2 kids 12 and under per paid adult. Download the offer at

San Diego History Center

Ever wonder where San Diego got its cultural influences? Curious about the story of our region: past/present/future? Learn all about the infusions from Indigenous Kumeyaay and the Spanish and Mexican settlers, and how early trade was established and resources were uncovered.

Fleet Science Center

Watch them investigate, explore and interact with over 100 exhibits designed to encourage a passion in the sciences. Also home to Southern California’s only IMAX Dome Theater, you’re in for a treat!

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

The world’s largest indoor model railroad exhibit is proudly chugging and choo-chooing away right here in San Diego. At 28,000 square feet this fully operating model contains four enormous scale and model layouts to preserve the heritage of railroading.

The full list of participating museums here:

  • Barona Cultural Center and Museum
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • California Center for the Arts Museum
  • California Surf Museum
  • Coronado Museum of History & Art
  • Fleet Science Center (Galleries only)
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  • Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
  • Heritage of the Americas Museum
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • La Jolla Historical Society
  • Living Coast Discovery Center
  • Lux Art Institute
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Marston House Museum & Gardens
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • Museum of Making Music
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • New American Museum
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Archaeological Center
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum (Nat)
  • Serra Museum
  • The New Children’s Museum
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • The Water Conservation Garden
  • Tijuana Estuary
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
  • Visions Art Museum
  • Warner-Carillo Ranch House
  • Women’s Museum of California


kids free food october san diego

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar (North County)

Kids eat free the whole month of October at this warm and inviting resort filled with your favorite southern Californian charm.

Rancho Bernardo Inn (North County)

Kids eat free among other enticing deals at this vast resort property. Head down on a Friday night and even enjoy live music!

Master list of all hotels/resorts that kids eat free:

  • Bahia Resort Hotel
  • Bay Club Hotel and Marina
  • BW Premier Collection The Dana on Mission Bay
  • Catamaran Resort Hotel
  • Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown
  • Double Tree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
  • Double Tree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown
  • Embassy Suites La Jolla
  • Empress Hotel of La Jolla
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Old Town
  • Glorietta Bay Inn
  • Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront Resort and Spa
  • Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside
  • Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley Stadium
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside
  • Hotel Karlan San Diego A DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Kona Kai Resort and Spa
  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort
  • Omni San Diego
  • Paradise Point Resort and Spa *BONUS: kids get a card with a $50 “island allowance” to spend on ice cream, the gift shop, or rentals
  • Residence Inn San Diego Mission Valley
  • San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
  • Sheraton La Jolla
  • The US Grant
  • Town and Country San Diego
  • Quality Suites Mission Valley SeaWorld Area
  • Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Your Turn…

Which deals are you most excited about?!

Crystal Hilsley: Crystal also writes at Crystal Clear Health and Crystal Clear Kids and lives in Encinitas with her “mini – me”; they are both proud advocates for kids teaching them the difference between real food and fake food. You’ll find her tearing up San Diego: sweating it out in hot yoga, kicking sand at the beach, wake surfing, and savoring a craft latte which is a daily habit she has no intention of giving up. Ever.