How to Spend a Family-Friendly Memorial Day in San Diego

May 16, 2022


Welcoming more than 35 million visitors to its shores every year, San Diego is a fun, exciting destination, especially over the Memorial Day holiday. From theme parks to family-friendly beaches, this sun-soaked city boasts a huge range of attractions to help you celebrate the start of the summer season. Not sure which activities to put on your must-do list? Below is our list of recommendations for what to do in San Diego during Memorial Day weekend, created especially for guests of Sunrise Inn San Diego.  


North Park Music Fest



Kick off the summer season at the annual North Park Summer Fest for two full days of live music, art, food, and fun in the heart of one of San Diego’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.

Featuring multiple stages showcasing local talent, as well as a wide selection of craft beers and mouth-watering international cuisine from over 15 local vendors, the North Park Music Fest is sure to delight your senses and keep you entertained all weekend long.

This year’s event will take place at the newly renovated North Park Mini Park and surrounding streets, located at 3812 29th St, San Diego, over Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 27th from 11am-10pm and Sunday, May 28th from 11am-9pm, and get your tickets now before prices go up!

Tickets are currently available on our website for $45 per day or $60 for a two-day pass, but act fast as prices are subject to change as we get closer to the event.


Have a Picnic at the Beach

Though it’s brimming with a variety of attractions, San Diego might be best known for its beaches. From those lining the Pacific Coast to the sheltered beaches tucked into Mission Bay, there’s a variety of places to set down a blanket and enjoy a picnic with your crew. 

If you’ve got little ones in tow, head first to spots like Playa Pacifica Park and De Anza Cove Park—these are some of the best family-friendly beaches in San Diego, thanks to calm, shallow waters and no worries about sea creatures lurking below the surface. Enjoy snacks on your picnic blanket while the kids splash just a few feet away. Looking for a sandy spot close to Sunrise Inn San Diego? Check out Grace Beach on Shelter Island, with views of the city skyline on the horizon. 


Check Out Belmont in Bloom

Belmont Park is a must-do when you’re spending Memorial Day in San Diego. With a carnival-like atmosphere, including games and rides, it transports you to the most fun, exhilarating days of summer. This year, the park will host again its annual Belmont in Bloom, a colorful flower-themed festival of photo opps, tasty treats, and public artwork intended to celebrate all things floral. When you’re not checking out the displays, you can be riding the Giant Dipper historic roller coaster, splashing in the Plunge swimming pool, or playing games in the arcade. 


Visit the San Diego Zoo

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What’s a San Diego summer getaway without a trip to the San Diego Zoo? As one of the region’s top attractions, it beckons animal lovers from far and wide. Get ahead of the dense summer crowds and visit during Memorial Day weekend, when mornings tend to be overcast and daytime highs are manageable. 

Though most people come to catch a glimpse of some of the 3,700 rare and endangered animals that it houses, don’t overlook the beautiful flora—more than 700,000 plants are peppered throughout the zoo’s 100 acres. If walking for hours with little ones sounds overwhelming, opt for the guided bus tour, which gives a great overview as well as drops off guests at various locations. 


Head to Sesame Place in San Diego

Sesame Place is  the perfect place to spend a warm summer day. In addition to a splash park, water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river, this park features family-friendly rides, including a roller coaster ride that’s perfect for first-timers. 

Sesame Place is located in Chula Vista to the south of San Diego and is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the weekend of Memorial Day, with the exception of Monday, when the park closes at 5 p.m. Tickets are $64.99 per guest, but children 23 months and younger are free. 


Clean guest rooms, and a great location in the heart of Point Loma Village, Sunrise Inn is a standout among San Diego family resorts. Choose this property as your base when you want budget-friendly accommodations near the best attractions in the city. 

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