3-Day Fall Family Itinerary in San Diego

With fewer crowds and lingering warm weather, fall is the favorite time of year for many San Diego locals. Extend your summer and explore our picks for an unforgettable 3-day fall itinerary with your family.


Family of four enjoying a boat ride on Mission Bay on day 1 of their 3-day fall itinerary in San Diego


Family 3-Day Fall Itinerary: Day 1

Morning
Sleep in — you're on vacation after all! When you're ready to get moving for the day, stop by the Grab 'N Go Airstream café by the lobby for a quick breakfast and delicious caffeine fix.

Afternoon
The Bahia’s bayfront location is ideal for a day well spent on the water. Our on-site partner Action Sport Rentals gives your family options to paddleboard, kayak, or even rent a boat to explore the calm waters of Mission Bay.

Evening
Get into the spirit of Halloween with a variety of events at some of San Diego’s most popular attractions. Conveniently located on Mission Bay, SeaWorld is hosting Spooktacular for all-ages enjoyment as well as the spooky Howl-O-Scream for older kids. LEGOLAND San Diego is also hosting their annual Brick-or-Treat event for additional family fun.



Family of four relaxing on the beach and playing in the sand on the private beach at the Bahia Resort Hotel on day 2 of their 3-day fall itinerary in San Diego.


Family 3-Day Fall Itinerary: Day 2

Morning
Plan a photo-worthy day trip the whole family will love. Approximately an hour from the Bahia sits Julian, a charming mountain town that feels extra special during the fall season. Visit one of many surroundings orchards for an interactive family activity: apple picking. Afterward, reward yourself with a slice of tasty apple pie at a bakery in town.

Afternoon
After a busy morning out and about, take some time to relax and recharge back at the Bahia Resort Hotel. Put on your swim gear for an afternoon poolside or head to the Bahia’s private beach to build sandcastles and lounge in a shaded cabana.

Evening
During October, embrace the many Kids Free San Diego offerings throughout the city. Along with complimentary entry to museums and other major perks, kids can eat free at a variety of participating restaurants. We suggest heading to the nearby Oceana Coastal Kitchen for a delicious family meal with a stunning bay view.



The roller coaster and shops at Belmont Park, the perfect spot for day 3 of the 3-day fall itinerary in San Diego.


Family 3-Day Fall Itinerary: Day 3

Morning
Spend the morning exploring Mission Bay by land via bikes, a surrey, or your own two feet. Comprised of 4,600 acres, Mission Bay is the largest man-made aquatic park of its kind and is surrounded by more than 10 miles of flat pathways.

Afternoon
After a leisurely morning, head just a couple of blocks over to Belmont Park. At this iconic oceanside amusement park, you'll find everything from a historic wooden roller coaster and bumper cars to souvenir shops and sunset-facing restaurants.

Evening
On your last day, soak up all your San Diego memories with a relaxing evening with Bayside Bonfires. Complete with your personal firepit, chairs, and s'mores, Bayside Bonfires sets up a private luxury experience for enjoying time with your loved ones with your toes in the soft sand.


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