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Tony Hawk's San Diego Plan for Active Families

He's the greatest skateboarder of all time. He's also one rad dad—and he and his sons are ready to take you for a spin around their side of town. Let's roll! Home base is Carlsbad, a cozy seaside community north of downtown San Diego.

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Destinations: Carlsbad · San Diego · Coronado · Encinitas · Escondido

Inspired by: Tony Hawk's Secret San Diego — by Sean Mortimer, Published Sep. 2004

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    Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

    Formerly Four Seasons Resort, Aviara

    This seaside Spanish colonial has rooms with terraces and an Arnold Palmer–designed golf course. 

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    Carlsbad Inn

    This hotel, just a block from the Pacific, has a rustic California design with stonewalls, numerous gables, and a front terrace planted with palm t

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    Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

    Immensely appealing for both kids (playroom, water park, and Guitar Hero-equipped teen center) and parents (43,000-square-foot spa and holistic cen

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    Omni San Diego Hotel

    The Omni San Diego is a glass and steel high-rise in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. It is distinct in that it adjoins the major league baseball stad

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    Hotel del Coronado

    Sepia photographs of bowler-hatted crowds on the boardwalk hang in the lobby of the Hotel del Coronado, attesting to the 120-year-old hotel’s deep

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    Vinaka Cafe

    The local coffee shop is filled with skaters, surfers, and the odd pair of senior citizens playing checkers.

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    Linda's Frozen Yogurt

    For beach picnics, grab a sandwich and ask for vanilla ice cream in your smoothie.

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    Mariah's

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    Spirito's Restaurant & Pizzeria

Activities (10)

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    Lou's Records

    A mainstay on Highway 101 since its opening in 1980, Lou’s Records carries more than 150,000 CD’s and 50,000 LP’s. Housed in a single-story, gray-c

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    Richman Gallery

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    The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum

    Located in downtown San Diego right on the water in the city’s scenic bay, the USS Midway is the first aircraft carrier to be built after World War

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    SeaWorld San Diego

    This marine-inspired theme park has activities for kids of all ages, including several water rides like Shipwreck Rapids, a tube-style rafting adve

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    Kit Carson Park

    Set in a verdant valley, this public park is named after the scout who assisted Captain John C. Frémont during the government exploring expeditions

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    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    White rhinos, Sumatran tigers, and California condors are among the 3,500 residents at this renowned safari park, an 1,800-acre extension of the Sa

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    Balboa Park

    Besides trails, dog parks, and play areas, the historic Balboa Park is home to such attractions as the world-famous San Diego Zoo and the San Diego

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    Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

    Located on 20 acres in Ecke Sports Park overlooking the ocean, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA is one of the largest and most active YMCAs in the co

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    Self-Realization Fellowship

    Spiritual seekers find refuge at Self-Realization Fellowship’s temples, ashrams, and meditation centers around the world. Its Mount Washington site

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    Legoland

    A celebration of the famous childhood toy, LEGOLAND California was the first amusement park of its kind to open and the first in the United States.

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    San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline has always lured visitors, but in the past several years, the urban landscape has started to rival the natural one. Neighborhoods are developing, restaurants are o

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