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With the presence of many theme parks all over southern California, as well as miniature golf courses, zoos, and kid-friendly destinations, there are many attractions that offer discounts for adults on vacation with their children.
Fun Family Vacation Ideas
Besides the obvious theme parks and Hollywood tours, consider taking the kids to some of the more-cultural attractions. For instance, in the Miracle Mile District in Los Angeles, you'll find the famous La Brea Tar Pits. The adjacent George C. Page Museum abounds with dinosaur skeletons and other ancient beasts and is located right alongside bubbling pits of tar.
Southern California is generally a kid-friendly place to visit. Most restaurants offer high chairs or a kids menu, or even “kids eat free with mom and dad” deals. In fact, most of the mid-price-range hotels in the area offer “kids stay free” deals, so long as the little ones (usually ages 3-12) share a room with mommy and daddy. Usually, the same sort of discounts one might find regarding children in a hotel or a restaurant are generally also available from rental car agencies.
If traveling with children in southern California, take time out to carefully plan your driving excursions. As traffic can be quite heavy, it may pose a real issue for car travel with small children (“Are we there yet?!”).
In general, southern California is a very child-friendly place. Most of the theme and amusement parks, and the adjacent hotels, are specifically geared toward families traveling with children. There are also many zoos and natural sites, such as beaches and mountains, to explore with the kids. If it happens to rain in sunny southern California, not to worry - there are many indoor attractions in the region, like museums and aquariums, which will beguile children.
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