Insider’s Guide to San Diego Attractions Without the Crowds

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People, people, everywhere! Have you ever wanted to go somewhere, but decided not to because you thought it would be too crowded? Living in a large city means constantly competing with others to participate. And when you have little kids with you, it makes that competition a bit more challenging. By planning ahead and using these insider tips, you can still enjoy all San Diego has to offer with fewer crowds to battle.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most kid-friendly and fun ways to spend your days. Kids love watching the new baby gorilla,  exploring the Discovery Playground in Discovery Outpost, and especially riding the Skyfari ride across the park.To steer clear of the crowds, arrive when the Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and leave the weekends and special events to tourists. October is a crowded month since admission is free for kids ages 3-11. We suggest sitting out that month, and enjoying less-crowded times like January and back-to-school September. And if your kiddo is at a “wearable” age, go for it and avoid maneuvering a stroller through the park.

2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92101

What are some ways you and your family avoid the crowds? Tell us your insider tips in the comments below!

— Brooke Hausman

Photography by Brooke Hausman unless otherwise noted

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