Chula Vista, California, is close enough to San Diego you can check out their sights, but you can still fill your days with family fun by staying in Chula Vista proper. Explore one of their many parks, get a close look at their sea creatures, and enjoy some Mexican cuisine. Here are the best things to do in Chula Vista with kids.
Kids Attractions in Chula Vista
Bowlera Chula Vista features 48 lanes and a full arcade, plus plenty of deals on bowl time, games, and food depending on what day you plan your visit. Bowl a game for $2.22 on Tuesday night (and reward yourself after with a $2.22 taco) or come in on Sunday nights for $3.24 games.
Jump Around Now has a different attraction for every possible way you might want to get airborne. Beyond their massive trampoline collection, they also host bungee jumping, foam pits, and an indoor ropes course.
At Living Coast Discovery Center kids can visit with green sea turtles, leopard sharks, and diamond rays. Beyond the animal offerings, you can also get a close look at the flowers native to the area in the Center’s Native Plant Garden.
Play City features areas to entertain your youngest through preteens. Kids under three stay safe in a toddler zone while older kids can explore the bigger slides and jungle gym equipment.
Best Restaurants in Chula Vista for Kids
Italgo Pasta Bar offers main course dishes like pork loin and herb salmon for only $10. All entrees come with a side, and there are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Tacos El Gordo serves tacos, tostadas, and sopas with an authentic Mexican style. While the filling possibilities seem endless, you’d be making a mistake if you didn’t try at least a little of their homemade guacamole.
Mexipino Craft offers a taste of both Mexican and Filipino cooking. Their chicken and waffles is a guest favorite.
Family House of Pancakes has a massive menu that will impress anyone who loves breakfast (or has a sweet tooth). Even the kids menu is pretty extensive, and all meals come with a drink.
El Captain Cocina is proud to be a “family and friends” owned business. All kid’s menu items come with a juice box and a choice of rice, fries, beans, or chips.
Best Hotels in Chula Vista for Kids
El Primero Hotel is a family-owned and charmingly old-fashioned—Art Deco, to be exact. Opened in 1930, amenities include free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Comfort Inn Chula Vista San Diego South has a big screen TV with HBO in every room for crucial between-outings downtime. It’s a smoke-free hotel, and a hot breakfast is included with every reservation.
The Sofia Hotel is an official historic hotel, so you can enjoy knowing you’re lounging in a piece of history. Check out the in-house spa where you can get a massage, facial, or body treatment.
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa is all about the view—the hotel is on the water surrounded by palm trees. Take a swim in the hotel pool, which also offers the waterfront view, or book a manicure at their in-house spa.
Outdoor Activities in Chula Vista for Kids
Ballistic Bubble Soccer might look a little rough for family entertainment, but they offer kid-size bubbles (including glow in the dark bubbles) for kid-friendly gentle contact sports. If you’re still nervous about the crashing and bashing the sport involves, check out their giant “foot darts” board for contact-free recreation.
Aquatica San Diego features the massive water slides and relaxing floating pools you’d expect to find in any waterpark along with one major addition—their flamingo encounter. Get a selfie with the birds as you learn fun facts about the animals.
Chula Vista Marina isn’t just a destination for boat owners. The picturesque docking station is the perfect spot for sunset pictures, and boat watching for young aspiring captains.
Parks in Chula Vista for Kids
Bayside Park has everything you picture when you dream of a California getaway, from an ocean view to palm trees. It also features a bike path and plenty of food stands to get a bite while you enjoy being out in nature.
Mount San Miguel Park’s main attractions are its gazebo and dog park. If you’re planning to bring a large group for a picnic or BBQ, you can even rent tables and grills.
Santa Venetia Park boasts a basketball court, extensive playground, and its own skate park. But the biggest draw is probably the pony rides you’ll see throughout the park.
Heritage Park is so jam-packed with activities you could easily spend the day there. Visit the duck pond, have lunch in the picnic area, or get some exercise on the walking trails and playscape.
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