Family Travel Question:
Q | What are some good places to take toddlers in California?
What are some good places to take a two- and a four-year-old in California? -Jess, CA
A | Toddler-friendly fun in the Golden State
With a state as massive and diverse as California, it is easy to travel the state and never run out of things to do with toddlers. I could easily write an entire book on the subject but instead I will just give you some Southern California and National Parks highlights.
San Diego: Visit the San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, Sea World, the multitude of museums in Balboa Park, the calm beaches of Mission Bay, the picturesque tide pools in La Jolla and Cabrillo National Monument, and the fun that awaits in Legoland.
Orange County: Mickey Mouse reigns as king in these parts but besides Disneyland, there are beautiful toddler-friendly beaches in Crystal Cove; trains, horses, playgrounds, and even a zoo in Irvine Regional Park; great hiking in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park; and great imaginative fun at Pretend City.
Los Angeles: Travel Town in Griffith Park, the historic charm of Olvera Street, seaside fun at the Santa Monica Pier, the Los Angeles Children’s Museum, the LA Zoo, and the tide pools at Leo Carrillo are all great for toddlers.
National Parks: the jaw dropping beauty of Yosemite, the massive trees in Sequoia, the fun of rock climbing at Joshua Tree, the sand dunes perfect for rolling down in Death Valley, the geological wonders of Lassen, and otherworldly tall trees of Redwood National Park. There is no better place to take your toddlers than to the wonders of the great outdoors. They are free to run, climb, and explore which is what toddlers love to do best.
Photos courtesy of Sharlene Earnshaw