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  • Centrally located & great for our girls weekend getaway
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  • Best hotel in the bay area
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  • The Dana on Mission Bay adds a personal touch
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  • Exceeded expectations
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  • "We can't wait to return, and bring more family."
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For The Kids

October is Kids eat Free month! 

Stay with us from 10/1-10/31/14, recieve 1 free Kid’s Meal per Adult Entrée purchased in Blue Pearl and Firefly! Check our Packages page for more information.

Kids can have a blast at The Dana!

The Dana on Mission Bay is a perfect choice for kids!

Our San Diego hotel has a wide range of San Diego attractions for kids available including bike rentals, paddle boat & aquacycle rentals, ping pong & volleyball, two heated pools & Jacuzzis, and a great sand play area.

Aerial view of Mission Bay

The Dana on Mission Bay offers Dive-in Movie Nights on the weekends in the summer as well as seasonal pastimes like Ping Pong, Bocce Ball & Lawn Bowling! There are also great kids choices at the Blue Pearl and Firefly Restaurants.

The on-site Adventure Watersports facility offers summer youth classes. They are a great way for kids to be introduced to fun on the water. With a low student to teacher ratio, the kids will learn the basics of water sports and water safety with an hour in a skiboat where each student has a choice of waterskiing, wakeboarding, or tubing then 2 hours of a variety of fun that can include: Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Riding Aqua Cycles and/or Paddle Boats. Guests staying at The Dana on Mission Bay can enroll in the 3-hour class for the price of the 2-hour class!

Top Things to do in San Diego for kids

Kid’s Favorite Local Amusement Parks

Kids Tip: Dine with Shamu, try the Dolphin Interaction Program, Ride Journey to Atlantis & Shipwreck Rapids- and don’t forget to make time to watch the Shamu, Sea Lion & Otter, Pets Rule & Dolphin show!

SeaWorld's Aquatica Waterpark 

Kids Tip: Bring your swimsuits and sunscreen! Don't forget to check out Big Surf Shores. It's one of the largest wave pools in Southern California. Swim in more than 500,000 gallons of water with swells up to 5-feet tall!

The World Famous San Diego Zoo
Kids Tip: Visit the Children's Zoo during your visit, complete with a petting zoo and animal nursery. You may be able to feel a hedgehog's quills, listen to horned owls and watch zany science shows with Dr. Zoolittle.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Kids Tip: Take a photo caravan tour and you’ll be able to feed giraffes & rhinos. If you don’t feel like walking, take their segway tour!

Kids Tip: Bring your swimsuits! Pirate Shores in Legoland is an awesome place to get wet!

Sea Life Aquarium
Kids Tip: Watch the feedings! They feed the shark pups Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm and the giant octopus every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:15am.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Kids Tip: Visit Sea Horse babies in Birch Aquarium’s Sea Horse exhibit & nursery.

Belmont Park
Kids Tip: Buy a wristband and you’ll be able to ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster & all of their other fun rides like the spinning Chaos and bumper cars. They also have an arcade!

Kid's Favorite Local Museums

The New Children’s Museum

Kids Tip: Don’t depart without leaving your mark on Penelope, a large metal whale that everyone paints on!

Rueben H. Fleet Science Center

Kids Tip: After getting hands on with science in all of their interactive exhibits, watch one of their great films in their giant dome IMAX Theater.

San Diego Air + Space Museum

Kids Tip: Check out the Kids Aviation Action Hangar, a special play area for kids of all ages!

Hall of Champions Sports Museum

Kids Tip: Don’t miss the history of baseball and football exhibit!

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Kids Tip: Mac’s Kids Corner is open at the museum every Tuesday & Friday from 11am to 3pm. This is a great place to have fun, play games, listen to railroad stories and do railroad crafts.

Museum of Man

Kids Tip: The Children’s Discovery Center in the Museum of Man has an interactive ancient Egypt exhibit that teaches kids the importance of archeology.

San Diego Natural History Museum

Kids Tip: Every Sunday is Wacky Science Sunday with Ms. Frizzle & The Magic School Bus. 2 free performances every Sunday!

San Diego Maritime Museum

Kids Tip: Don’t forget to board the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship!

Midway Museum

Kids Tip: Try their flight simulators! The Strike Fighter 360 allows you to make rolls, loops and spin like a real fighter pilot!

Other Kid’s Favorites

Kid surfing activities

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