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Best of Family Fun Winners and Top Picks of 2013

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The results are in! San Diego’s rich with opportunities for family fun and playful, educational excursions. Once again, we’ve asked you to choose the County’s best places to go and activities to enjoy with your family. Here are your favorites, chosen by nearly 1,500 Family Magazine readers. Congratulations to our winners and top picks!

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Best family beach: Coronado

Top Picks:
La Jolla Shores    
Mission Beach   


Best place to stargaze: Anza Borrego Desert State Park   

Top Picks:
William Heise State Park, Julian    
Daley Ranch/Dixon Lake Escondido   


Best family campground: KOA San Diego Metro/Chula Vista   

Top Picks:
South Carlsbad State Beach
Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve   


Best horseback riding trails: Mission Trails Regional Park, San Carlos

Top Picks:
Sweetwater Regional Park, Bonita
Rockin L&D Ranch, Escondido


Best place to connect with nature: Mission Trails Regional Park, San Carlos

Top Picks:
Balboa Park, San Diego
Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista


Best lake (fishing, boating, etc.): Lake Murray, Mission Trails Regional Park, San Carlos

Top Picks:
Santee Lakes, Santee
Poway Lake, Poway


Best guided nature walk: Mission Trails Regional Park, San Carlos

Top Picks:
Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista
Tijuana River Estuary Wildlife Refuge, Imperial Beach


Best restaurant for little kids: Corvette Diner, Point Loma

Top Picks:
Chuck E. Cheese
Ruby’s Diner


Best family buffet: Souplantation

Top Picks:
Hometown Buffet
John’s Incredible Pizza Company              


Best kid’s menu: IHOP

Top Picks:
California Pizza Kitchen
Jungle Gym Café, Santee


Best “Kids Eat Free” deal: Denny's

Top Picks:
IHOP

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Best Sunday brunch: Hotel del Coronado

Top Picks:
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, Harbor Island
Marie Callender’s


Best Farmer’s Market: Little Italy

Top Picks:
Hillcrest
Ocean Beach


Best dessert spot: Extraordinary Desserts

Top Picks:
Heaven Sent Desserts
Moo Time Creamery


Best Street fair: La Mesa Oktoberfest

Top Picks:
Adams Ave Fair
Carlsbad Village Faire


Best annual parade: Mother Goose

Top Picks:
4th of July Coronado
Big Bay Balloon


Best hosted birthday party location: Kid Ventures

Top Picks:
San Diego Ice Arena
Jungle Gym Café


Best place to take visitors: Balboa Park

Top Picks:
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove/Shores   


Best seasonal attraction or event: San Diego County Fair, Del Mar

Top Picks:
December Nights, Balboa Park
San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo


Best historical adventure/place to connect with local history: Old Town State Park

Top Picks:
Natural History Museum, Balboa Park
Julian Mining Company, Julian


Best theater for children’s/family productions: San Diego Junior Theater, Balboa Park

Top Picks:
CYT (Christian Youth Theater)
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, Balboa Park


Best kid’s art studio: Ceramicafe, Del Mar/La Mesa

Top Picks:
The Hot Spot Pottery Painting, Point Loma
Art Soup, Encinitas


Best dance school: San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

Top Picks:
Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy
Ariel's Dance Studio, Oceanside


Best museum for kids: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park

Top Picks:
The New Children’s Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum


Best indoor place for active, rainy day fun: Kid Ventures

Top Picks:
SD Ice Arena
Build it Workshops


Best San Diego area amusement center or theme park: Sea World

Top Picks:
San Diego Zoo
LegoLand


Best outing for children with special needs: Jungle Gym and Cafe, Santee

Top Picks:
Rockin’ L&D Ranch, Escondido
Mon Petit Chateau, Chula Vista


Best Kid’s Night Out/Parent’s Night Out program: Jungle Gym and Cafe, Santee 


Top Pick:
Funbelievable


Best local blog: Mom’s Guide to San Diego

Top Picks:
San Diego Deals and Steals
San Diego Bargain Mama


Best “Daily Deal” site for families: Groupon.com

Top Picks:
LivingSocial.com
SanDiegoDealsandSteals.com


Updated: June 2013


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