1. Old Town San Diego is definitely the place to be if you want to learn how much of an impact the area had on the West Coast. Here your family can travel back in time and enjoy live mariachi performers, dancers, historic tours, museums, top-notch restaurants and more than 100 boutiques.
2. One unique feature of San Diego's geography is the abundance of sea creatures in the neighboring Pacific Ocean, like gray and blue whales. You can take your family to Newport Beach and book a tour at A Whale Adventure - Newport Landing Whale Watching, which also offers first-hand experiences with dolphins and sea lions during the summer.
3. It can sometimes be difficult to find unique restaurants in an unfamiliar city, but a tour known as A Taste of San Diego can give your family the chance to sample neighborhood restaurants and authentic cuisine.
4. If you have a strong appreciation for the great outdoors, the Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve on the Pacific Coast might be the best place for you. Here your family can enjoy extensive trails along the cliffs and the exotic scenery.
5. Although most people associate jazz music with cities like Memphis and New Orleans, you might be surprised to realize how vibrant the scene is in San Diego. On April 13 and 14, you can take the family to the San Diego Symphony's Tribute to Ray Charles.