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Family-Friendly Things To Do At Night in San Diego

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To those who have never even visited, San Diego conjures images of sandy-haired surfers, enticing weather, and fun under the sun. ‘America’s Finest City’ is, indeed, all of those things. With a median high temperature of 76 degrees and a low in the 50s year-round, the jewel of Southern California lures almost 36 million visitors annually, 85% of which visit strictly for leisure.

That’s, roughly, 30 million fun-seekers every year!

While much is made (and understandably so) of the copious amounts of solar vitamin D that fuels this gorgeous, seaside sanctuary, San Diego doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. And when it comes to family-friendly things to do at night..

It’s just getting started..

An Evening In Balboa Park

Spanning nearly 1,200 acres, this sweeping landmark, the largest urban cultural park in the United States, is arguably the most revered and beloved place in all of San Diego.

This massive green space encompasses 19 gardens, 17 museums, 13 recreation venues, 9 performing arts arenas, various attractions, restaurants, dog parks and walking trails. For nighttime family-fun, look no further.

Balboa Park comes alive at night with extended museum hours and special discounts. From June 5–September 25, 2020, more than a dozen food trucks flood the park each week for Food Truck Fridays. There is a lot going on here on different nights of the week, so make sure to fire up the Google machine for the very latest schedule.

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First Fridays At Liberty Station

When it comes to art, if you’d rather walk the walk than talk the talk, make sure to check out this monthly event.

This is San Diego’s biggest art walk and a great diversion for the whole family! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing District. As with much in this city, Liberty Station began life as a naval training center in 1923. Today, it’s a place to catch an outdoor concert or explore historic landmarks as you wander the spacious courts and plazas on a family-friendly, nighttime adventure. It’s also a great place for a delicious bite at the popular, Liberty Station public market. Open 7 days a week, this can’t miss market showcases a rustic environment with prepared foods, beer, wine and much more!

Ghosts & Gravestones Tour With Whaley House

For those who are curious about the existence of spirits, or just love a good scare, the Ghosts & Gravestones tour is one you won’t soon forget!

Take your seat aboard the Trolley of the Doomed and enjoy an evening of spine-tingling San Diego fun as your costumed ‘Ghost Hosts’ spin yarns about San Diego’s rough-and-tumble, gunslinging past. Enter the infamous Whaley House, said to be the most haunted house in America and walk through two cemeteries in Old Town, Pioneer Park and El Campo Santo, where residents of the area have reported strange paranormal activity. Despite the nature of the tour, it’s totally family-friendly!

San Diego Padres Baseball Game

You can’t spend a night in ‘America’s Finest City’ without enjoying America’s Favorite Pastime!

San Diegans have been enthusiastically rooting for ‘The Pads’ since 1969. A one-of-a-kind ballpark with undeniable San Diego personality, Petco Park is located in a picturesque section of downtown right on the water. It features Beer Alley, a row of beer stands each featuring suds from some of the many breweries around town and a sandy area, complete with lounge chairs, where kids and adults can play and relax in a family-friendly atmosphere while watching the game! (MLB season begins late March and runs through late September.)

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Old Town Trolley's San Diego City Lights Tour

Explore the Embarcadero’s bayfront views where you’ll see the Historic County Administration Building, Maritime Museum’s Star of India,  and the USS Midway Museum. You’ll also get to check out Balboa park, transformed at night by stunning buildings, fountains, and statues glowing bright that are equally as remarkable in the evening as they are during the day.

Visit the Historic Gaslamp Quarter and feel the energy of San Diego’s nightlife as the city’s buildings, fountains, and statues glow against a night sky. This one’s at the top of the list for things to do at night with the family!

San Diego Nighttime At The Zoo

Have a family-friendly sleepover adventure in one of 46 comfy, safari-style tents that border an expansive grazing area for giraffes, rhinos, gazelles, antelopes, and other exotic animals at the remarkable San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Book a Flightline Safari—strapped securely into a zip-line, you’ll soar as high as 130 feet above all the animals below! Also on offer are exhilarating Balloon Safaris and a Jungle Ropes Safari for kids seven and up to test their balance and jungle skills on rope bridges, tightropes, and more!