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The Ultimate San Diego Family Guide ™


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San Diego Day Trips

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About 40 minutes from San Diego lies a charming town with many activities for families. Julian is best known for apple picking, but there are lots of other fun sights to see. Popular Julian attractions include:

Californian Wolf Center

See and learn more about North American grey wolves and Mexican wolves.

Off Highway 79, behind the K.Q. Campground. (760) 765-0030

Julian Pioneer Museum

Housed in an old brewery from the mid 1880s, view artifcats such as a lace collection, clothing, photographs, household and mining equipment, Victorian era pianos, an original Julian City buggy and sleigh, and Indian artifacts and animal and bird mountings.

2811 Washington St. (760) 765-0227

Julian Historic Walking Tour

Take a self-guided tour of an old schoolhouse, jail cell, cemetery, pioneer house and town hall.

Julian Mining Company

Pan for gold, see a revolutionary war reenactment, apple cider press, petting zoo, candle dipping, tractor-drawn hayride, butter making, pie making, kitchen garden, raspberry picking, pumpkin patch, interactive living history tour, throw tomahawks and roast marshmallows at the campfire.

4444 Hwy 78, Julian (951) 313-0166

Horse Drawn Carriages

Hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage and hear a narrated history of the town of Julian.

Corner of Main and Washington. (760) 765-0438

Mountain Beadworks

Indoor and outdoor activities for families, all focused on beads and jewelry-making.

4470 Highway 78, Julian (760) 765-3100

Pioneer Ways at Smith Ranch

One-mile train and gold mine tour, nature trails, war reenactment, care for the horses, try out colonial crafts, farming and home life, learn about pioneer families and more.

(760) 765-2288  

Big Bear Lake

Beautiful scenery, camping, water activities including wakeboarding, kayaking and canoeing and more are what make Big Bear a popular destination year round. Families can choose to stay at rustic cabins, vacation rentals, hotels, RV parks or tents and the dining options include fancy restaurants and cozy cafes. Favorite attractions include:


Big Bear Historical Museum

(909) 585-8100

Cantrell Guide Service

Fish with a professional licensed guide on a comfortable 24 foot pontoon boat. It has an 18 foot roof and a full enclosure that will keep you out of the wind and cold.

500 Paine Rd., Big Bear (909) 585-4017