Museums in SAN DIEGO with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in San Diego, California, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in this The Golden State city offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick! Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in San Diego…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • The New Children's Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Unstructured play to encourage healthy bodies and active minds at this San Diego children's museum!

  • San Diego Air And Space Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Celebrate... Educate... Inspire! Celebrate aviation and space flight history through preservation of significant artifacts, presentation of dynamic exhibits, and commemoration of the men and women ...

  • San Diego Automotive Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    An amazing collection of world-class automobiles, located at Balboa Park in San Diego.

  • Maritime Museum of San Diego

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Visit one of the finest collections of historic ships, with exhibits and artifacts depicting the fascinating maritime history of San Diego!

  • USS Midway Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Come aboard and visit 40 different stops around Midway and learn how this immense ship operates.

  • The Reuben H Fleet Science Center

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Over 100 interactive exhibits all about science in eight fun galleries, as well as always changing experiences! Science can be fun in San Diego!

  • San Diego Natural History Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Discover lost civilizations, come face to face with ancient fossils, and explore geology and nature at this fascinating San Diego museum of the natural world!

  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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    (12 miles) San Diego

    A one of a kind Marine Aviation museum, with the most complete and largest collection of vintage aircraft flown by Marine pilots - in the entire WORLD!

  • San Diego Toy and Doll Museum

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    (19 miles) Poway

    A fun museum in San Diego that encourages play, interaction and learning through very cool toys and dolls from various times!

  • Escondido Childrens Museum

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    (29 miles) Escondido

    Pack a lot of fun into 4,500 square feet in Downtown Escondido! We're all about lifelong learning, and not just for the kids! Great idea if you're looking for fun places for kids in California

  • San Diego Childrens Discovery Musum

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    (29 miles) Escondido

    Kids can explore, experiment, imagine, learn and play in this fun children's discovery museum in San Diego! Family fun filled with hands-on exhibits for all ages.

  • Orange Empire Railway Museum

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    (71 miles) Perris

    The Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) is a railroad museum founded in 1956 in Perris, California as the "Orange Empire Trolley Museum." The museum also operates a heritage railroad on the museum ...

  • Pretend City Childrens Museum

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    (72 miles) Irvine

    A children's museum in Irvine that's ALL about the imagination, with interactive exhibits and activities that inspire kids to create, learn, and make believe!

  • ExplorOcean

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    (75 miles) Newport Beach

    Kids can learn about the ocean with exciting hands-on activities at this Newport Beach experience, so roll up those sleeves and dive-in!

  • Marconi Automotive Museum

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    (77 miles) Newport Beach

    First opened in 1994 by Founder Dick Marconi, this Non-Profit Museum and Special Event Venue has an impressive 30 million-dollar collection of historical, exotic, and classic cars. Discover the ...

  • Catalina Island Life Museum

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    (81 miles) Avalon

    The Catalina Island Museum celebrates the Island\\\'s rich cultural heritage. Current exhibits include an award-winning exhibit featuring the romantic era of Catalina\\\'s steamships, Native ...

  • March Field Air Museum

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    (81 miles) Riverside

    A fascinating museum home to over 70 historic aircraft, a dedicated in-house theatre, and thousands of artefacts from 1918 to present day. There are plenty of daily take offs and landings from the ...

  • Bowers Kidseum

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    (83 miles) Santa Ana

    An interactive and hands-on children's museum where families can learn about art and culture. Great art activities too! Museum fun in Santa Ana

  • Childrens Discovery Museum of the Desert

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    (85 miles) Palm Springs

    We hope that by visiting the Museum and participating in its programs or special interest activities you will be provided with an opportunity to better understand your child's interests and discover ...

  • Palm Springs Air Museum

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    (85 miles) Palm Springs

    The Palm Springs Air Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and operation of America's legendary fighters, bombers and trainers. It contains one of the world's largest collections of ...

  • Heritage House

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    (86 miles) Riverside

    An 1891 mansion that depicts Victorian life in Riverside.

  • Riverside Art Museum

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    (88 miles) Riverside

    Learn and be inspired by the art world at this Riverside Art Museum filled with exhibits from artists from all over the world.

  • Riverside Metropolitan Museum

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    (88 miles) Riverside

    Over 100,000 artefacts covering natural history, history, and anthropology relating to the amazing city of Riverside…with FREE entry!

  • Mission Inn Museum

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    (88 miles) Riverside

    An interesting local museum which tells the story of the Mission Inn Hotel, and the impacts it had on the Riverside community

  • Long Beach Museum of Art

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    (93 miles) Long Beach

    It's an art filled day to encourage creativity and inspire the whole family in Long Beach!

  • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

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    (94 miles) West Side

    The Intrepid's permanent flight deck exhibits include an A-12 Blackbird, an F-14 Super Tomcat, a British Scimitar, a French Entendard and a Polish MiG-21 among other many other fixed-wing aircraft ...

  • The Childrens Museum At La Habra

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    (95 miles) La Habra

    The Children's Museum at La Habra shows how important play is to learning. Through play, children develop skills, express creativity, discover the larger world and learn to work with others.

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  • San Diego Speed Boat Adventures

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    (3 miles) San Diego

    Enjoy a guided and narrated your of San Diego Harbour with a twist on these speed boat adventures!

  • Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching

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    (60 miles) Dana Point

    Memorable fishing and breathtaking whale watching experiences for the whole family in Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline!

  • Daveys Locker Sportfishing and Whale Watching

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    (75 miles) Orange County

    We offer 2.5 hour whale watching excursions as well as a full 5 to 6 hr fishing excursions out of Newport Beach, CA. Davey.

  • Newport Landing Whale Watching

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    (75 miles) Newport Beach

    Incredible family experience of witnessing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.

  • The Queen Mary Tours

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    (93 miles) Long Beach

    Ghost tours...submarine tours...history tours...all on that infamous ship The Queen Mary!

  • Harbour Beach Whale Watching Tours

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    (94 miles) Long Beach

    Harbor Breeze Cruises has been providing public Whale Watching, Worldport, and charter cruises for over 18 years in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Our experienced Captains provide a ...

  • San Diego Zoo

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    One of the largest zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals - San Diego Zoo has all your favorite animals, animal encounters and special experiences!

  • Seaworld

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    (5 miles) San Diego

    Explore the creatures of our oceans at SeaWorld San Diego - with sea lions, dolphins, orcas and sharks all ready to play!