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What activity to do other than Legoland?

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What activity to do other than Legoland?

We (family with 2 kids under 6) will be arriving at 7am at LAX off a long haul flight from Australia. Our first night is at Del Mar (day 2 at LEGOLAND) and then subsequently we move hotels to San Diego and then Anaheim.

Given the time difference and jet lag, I haven't planned anything for that day, other than picking up the rental car and driving to Del Mar. However, I'm having second thoughts and thinking we should probably have some light activities in the afternoon and then an early dinner and a good sleep.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we can do in the area? Something that will keep us awake but not too involved/ strenuous...

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1. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

Hang out at the beach? Drive along the coast, walk around Torrey Pines, see the hang/paragliders.

Edited: 21 July 2015, 17:23
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2. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

Besides beaches...

The Flower Fields.

Oceanside Pier, Oceanside Harbour.

Old Mission San Luis Rey.

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3. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

Water park at legoland

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4. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

Let the kids get over a little jet leg. Go to to beach. Take a stroll, build a sand castle. Have a meal.

The rest of the time sounds busy.

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5. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

Great!

Any recommendations for a family friendly place for lunch / dinner?

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6. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

Ruby's Restaurant at the tip of Oceanside Pier. Very nice view.

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7. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

Pizza Port at Solano Beach is nearby.

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8. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

The Poseidon on the beach in Del Mar.Beach front, playground right next door, casual and good food.

http://www.poseidonrestaurant.com/home.html

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9. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

I would keep it really light on that first day. Considering you are staying in Del Mar and not Carlsbad where Legoland is I'd keep it simple. I wouldn't go further than Del Mar personally. So I wouldn't go to Torrey Pines. I'd just get to your accommodation. Drop off your luggage and keep it simple. Visit the beach. Have a meal. Maybe drive a little bit up or down the coast if everyone isn't falling asleep.

I wouldn't plan any activities, per se.

Oceanside is before Del Mar and I, personally, wouldn't stop with all my families luggage and computers, etc in the car just to walk the pier to eat.

When is this trip? This summer or fall? The flower fields may be barren and not worth anything to see in Carlsbad.

Like I said, I'd get to my hotel. Then venture out depending on how everyone is feeling. Just drive the Coast Drive up or down and you have enough for that first day, imo.

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10. Re: What activity to do other than Legoland?

Early Sept. Yes, the flower fields will probably be barren. =P

Is Oceanside not a safe place to stop for a few hours? It would be good if we can stop somewhere to stretch our legs and have a walk, lunch etc. Then make our way down to the hotel. Though I suspect from there, we will probably just want to sleep.

I didn't think about the luggage. Generally, is it safe to leave the luggage in the car boot on our road trip?

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