A year-round warm climate, miles of beaches and kid-friendly tourist attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland, make San Diego, California, a popular vacation destination for families. While the ocean water is a bit nippy, averaging 61 to 71 F, families enjoy plenty of splash time under the San Diego sun at hotel water parks. Water slides for toddlers and older kids seeking bigger thrills, interactive water playgrounds and other aquatic fun awaits in crystal clear water with temperatures that welcome all-day play.
Welk Resort San Diego
Welk Resorts San Diego, less than 40 minutes from Legoland, the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, is an all-suite hotel with water park features. Splash pads, water slides, interactive splash zones and the Welk Water Olympics keep kids busy and entertained. (Don’t feel like making a splash? Don’t worry, one of the resort's eight pools, the Melody Hill Serenity pool, is “grown-ups only”.) Weekly Dive-In Family Movie Night features a movie shown on the big 16′ x 9′ outdoor movie screen with the audience floating in the pool. Accommodations consist of one- and two-bedroom villa suites, which include sitting and dining areas, complete kitchens, patios or balconies, and free high-speed Internet access. Also available are new villas, each of which features a whirlpool tub and fireplace in the bedroom. Welk Resorts San Diego has an on-site restaurant, the Canyon Grille, as well as a fitness center, a 36-hole golf course and an 18-hole par-3 course.
La Costa Resort and Spa
Just minutes from downtown San Diego, Birch Aquarium and Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the La Costa Resort and Spa is an upscale hotel with an all-inclusive feel. Splash Landing, the water park at La Costa, features two 100-foot-long water slides, an interactive water play zone, a kids’ pool with a sandy beach, a toddler slide, a resort pool and the Splash Cafe. Available lodging consists of guest rooms, suites and villas with kitchens. Large flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access are among the amenities offered at La Costa. Restaurants on the property include the Legends Bistro, the Bluefire Grill and several poolside cafes. There are two 18-hole PGA championship golf courses, tennis courts and a fitness center with exercise classes offered.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
This spa and marina is close to San Diego attractions such as Mission Beach, the Wild Animal Park and Belmont Park. Recognized by Fodor’s Travel as a “Best Hotel Pool in the U.S.”, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina boasts a lagoon-style pool area with three free-form lagoon-shaped pools, each with its own water slide. There is a childrens' pool, and cabana rentals also are available. The Hyatt’s room options consist of smoking and non-smoking guest rooms, hypo-allergenic rooms, waterfront suites and corner suites. Dining options available in the hotel are the Red Marlin Restaurant, Bar and Terrace, Einstein Brothers Bagels and the Swim Bar and Lounge. The Hyatt has a waterfront health club and an eco-friendly spa.