Home to the major metropolises of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California also draws families with its gorgeous beaches, beautiful mountains, iconic theme parks, and more. Here are some of the top getaways with kids in sunny SoCal.
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Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, holds a special place in the hearts of Disney fans as the place where the magic began. Plan your getaway at the original Disneyland theme park and Disney California Adventure Park. You can stay at one of the three on-site resorts (Disney's Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel, or Paradise Pier Hotel) or explore options nearby.
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Universal Studios Hollywood
Open since 1964, Universal Studios Hollywood is the granddaddy of movie theme parks. About.com's Theme Park Expert gives the lowdown on how this park has evolved and expanded, adding exciting new attractions such as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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San Diego with Kids
Bring the kids to San Diego Zoo and Legoland California, of course, but be sure to mix as many free activities into your itinerary. After you explore some of the amazing beaches in the San Diego area, check out these free kid-friendly activities that will stretch your vacation budget.
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Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove
This rustic, woodsy Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark resort may at first seem like an odd fit in sunny Southern California. But keep in mind that it is impervious to the weather, offering either an appealing one-stop short getaway or a nice complement to a trip to Disneyland, which is just two miles away.
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Do your kids love Legos? The Legoland California theme park is devoted to the colorful bricks, with amazing landscapes made entirely of Legos as well as rides and a water park. Aimed at younger kids age 3 to 10, this is a bullseye for families with elementary school-aged kids.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The About.com California Travel Expert shows you around Catalina Island, a popular and beautiful getaway that's 22 miles off the Los Angeles coastline.
– Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
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