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Nicole Davis

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Maritime Museum

1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, California

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Visited: May 2012 | Submitted: Oct 26, 2012 | I traveled with little kids (3-5) and big kids (6-8)

"Pirate Ships" and Submarines

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My six year old just discovered pirate ships, so when I saw the Maritime Museum on MiniTime, it seemed like a great new destination for our third annual trip to Sea World... and kids under 5 are free! My little one was a bit scared to go below decks on the sailing ships, but otherwise we had a great time. The Soviet sub offers lots of late 20th Century history for the grown ups -- if you're into that sort of thing.

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Bring snacks and skip the over-priced restaurants nearby.

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Hyatt Regency Hotel Mission Bay San Diego

1441 Quivira Road, San Diego, California

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Rollaway beds available
  • Kids stay free
  • Babysitting
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Outdoor pool
  • Kids' pool


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Visited: May 2012 | Submitted: Aug 29, 2012 | I traveled with little kids (3-5)

Perfect location

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This hotel is in such a great location. They even have a water shuttle that takes you directly to Sea World! The shuttle only runs during high season, so if you visit off-peak it's still super easy. The park is less than a 5 min. drive from the hotel. It's also just 10 min from the San Diego Zoo. The hotel itself is great. Nice pools with a couple of slides- one for bigger kids and one for little ones. You can usually find a good rate with breakfast included at their on-site restaurant called the Red Marlin. Good buffet style breakfast with all the kids' favorites. The restaurant staff is so friendly and we always have a great experience. Staff at the hotel is great- very accommodating and gave me some great tips on how to save money at both Sea World and Lego Land. They also offer discounted tickets. Highly recommend it for an easy family weekend trip.

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Ask for a room in the tower, but make sure it's not next to the elevator.

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Chichen Itza Restaurant

2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, California

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Visited: June 2008 | Submitted: Jun 9, 2012 | I traveled with little kids (3-5)

Great for kids and up

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Chichen Itza can be overwhelming for kids due to its size and heat and crowds. But if you can get there early in the morning -- and ideally not in peak season -- the main pyramid can be a source of wonder for kids 5 and up. Also keep in mind that there are few guard rails and other safety features you would expect at a kids attraction in the states. For younger kids, be sure to bring a back pack carrier, water, hats and sun screen and take it easy! If you only get to the main pyramid and the ball court, its still worth the trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

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Get there early before the tour buses arrive!

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Tulum

Carretera Cancun-Tulum Km. 133, Tulum, Mexico

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Visited: June 2008 | Submitted: Jun 8, 2012 | I traveled with tots (0-2)

Well worth the trek from Cancun

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The Riviera Maya is anchored by Cancun and to a lessor extent, Playa del Carmen. But if your kids can handle slightly more down-market accommodations, Tulum is well worth the 1.5 hour trek south. Back in the day, accommodations in Tulum were literally beach huts, but now those "huts" are increasingly up-market and more expensive. Anna y Jose leads the way, but there are many others. For kids 5 and up, the Mayan ruins are wondrous, like a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean. For younger kids, consider a back pack carrier and get there early or late to avoid the midday heat and lack of shade.

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You're there for the beach, but don't miss the ruins.

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Legoland

1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, California

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Visited: March 2012 | Submitted: May 9, 2012 | I traveled with little kids (3-5)

Great for smaller kids

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Something for everyone- but maybe not teenagers. My 2 small kids ages 3 and 5 had a blast and my husband and I enjoyed seeing the intricate lego creations. The park is big and we could not get to everything in our first visit which I think is great because we can see new things next time. I don't think the kids will outgrow this part until they are 10 and 12.

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If you visit when it is warm be sure to bring a swim suit and towel for the kids or at least an extra set of dry clothes. There are some great water features included in the regular admission and if you don't mind paying extra there is a water park as well. I was impressed with the food choices- they seemed healthier than what you find at most amusement parks.

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