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San Diego
Hotel Del Coronado - A favorite San Diego landmark is the Victorian-era Hotel del Coronado, with its delightful red-roofed towers and turrets. L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz, was a frequent visitor to the "Hotel Del," which is thought to be the inspiration for the Emerald City. For a splurge, take the kids for Sunday brunch at the hotel.
Central Beach - Central Beach extends north of the Hotel del Coronado for over a mile. This white, flat sand beach is perfect for kids to build sand castles or boogie boarding (lifeguards are on duty). Look for dolphins in the water, and "pelican parties," pelicans diving into the waves. At low tide, in front of the Hotel del Coronado, wade in the tide pools. There are fire rings on the beach, so bring your hot dogs, and have a picnic on the beach at sunset.
Glorietta Bay - Rent pedal boats (Seaforth Boat Rentals) and pedal around to your heart's content. At Glorietta Bay Park, there is a playground, grassy area and small sandy beach.
Tidelands Park has a playground large climbing structures and slides, picnic tables, and great views of San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge. A bike path goes along the water.
Ferry Landing Marketplace - Ferry Landing Marketplace has shops and places to grab a bite to eat. Spend time watching people on the fishing pier or feeding the ducks in the pond. Or, take your beach buckets for the kids to play on the sandy beach, and wade in the water.
Coronado Ferry Tickets - Take the ferry across the bay to Broadway Pier in San Diego. Lovely views of the harbor from the upper deck. Click here for the ferry schedule.
Rent bikes or surreys - From Ferry Landing Marketplace, follow the bike path down to Tidelands Park, all the way to the Coronado Bridge! You can rent bikes and surreys (2,4, or 6 people) at Bikes and Beyond (on First St.) Kid's bikes are available and helmets are provided.
Spreckels Park in the center of Coronado has band concerts on Sundays (in the summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day) and there are free music concerts in the evenings. This grassy park with large shady trees also has a playground and picnic tables.

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