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Updated: Jan 1

Exploring the island with your kiddos soon? You picked a great spot - Coronado is filled with family friendly activities for the laid back days spent at our sunny beaches and the adventure packed ones filled with surfing and venturing across the bay on the ferry!

Planning a vacation can be a little bit stressful, so here's a list of kid-approved activities, restaurants, and shops to help you out :)


Every kid is unique, but you're sure to find something they'll enjoy in Coronado! Here are some of our recommendations for year-round activities your kids will love.


I'm not just biased - golf carts are always a family favorite! Play some music and cruise around Coronado like a local. Easy on and off makes golf carts the most convenient and fun way to get around! You can start the day off at our beautiful beach (we offer beach packages to rent too!) and head down to the ferry landing for a bite to eat all while enjoying the island scenery around you. And if a furry friend is a part of your family, they're more than welcome on the carts as well! Do keep in mind that children ages 2-8 years old must be in a booster or car seat, and we do provide those free of charge. Unfortunately, children under the age of 2 cannot ride on the carts.


Another great option to check out while in Coronado will actually take you off the island. Head down to The Coronado Ferry Landing and buy tickets to ride the ferry which will take you across the bay to Downtown San Diego! The San Diego Convention Center and The Broadway Pier are the two ports downtown you can depart from and arrive at. The Convention Center port will bring you a bit closer to the Gaslamp Quarter, but I'd recommend taking the Ferry to the Broadway Pier for more family friendly options. As soon as you dock you'll be right next to the historic USS Midway, The Star of India (the world's oldest active sailing ship!), and plenty of restaurants to eat at. You're also close to Seaport Village, a San Diego staple for visitors and locals - enjoy some Mr. Moto's pizza and watch the sunset.


ls there a more beautiful spot to learn how to surf? The mild waves in Coronado make it an ideal surfing spot for beginners. It might seem a little bit intimidating, especially if you've never done it before but there's no shortage of amazing surfing classes here! Ages 6 and up can take private or group surfing lessons at The Hotel Del Coronado, a convenient option for those staying there. Coronado Surfing Academy is also a trusted local business for those ages 6 and up who want to learn how to ride the waves. Choose from private or group instruction- surfboard and wetsuit included in the cost!


Coronado has shops for everybody - here are some of the best to stop by that your kids will love!


Family-owned Geppetto's Toys is a has been a San Diego staple for over 40 years, and we're lucky to have a location right on Orange Avenue. Drop on in to check out board games for the whole family, arts and crafts, the newest LEGO sets, the cuddliest stuffed animals, and more! You'll probably see some classic toys amongst the new ones too (Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, Stretch Armstrong, and Colorforms, to name a few).

Even if you don't grab anything, it's such a fun store to spend some time in!


And in classic Coronado style, Fuzziwig's Candy Factory is just a few doors down from Geppetto's, making these local favorites super easy to visit in one trip! This candy shop may be small, but it's filled with absolutely every sweet treat you can think of. Opt for some house-made fudge, caramel apples, or maybe fill up a bag with their wide selection of taffy. There's more sour candies than you can try in one visit - I love trying out a new flavor of sour belts every time I stop in. Fuzziwig's also has a selection of novelty toys! You can find toys to pull pranks, fidgets, and stuffed animals all in this little shop - don't miss out on this one!