Stay & Play or Getaway

Ideas for summer vacations and staycations.


By Gretchen Pahia


Whether you are looking for a vacation or staycation this summer––here are some great ideas, especially if your visit includes a stop in San Diego, California.


Where to Stay


Paradise Point Resort: A private 44-acre island on Mission Bay, just minutes from downtown and adjacent to SeaWorld San Diego. There’s a world-class spa, fitness center, and more than 450 guest rooms on site. They also offer an array of family friendly activities like cooking s’mores on the beach!


Mission Bay Resort: This beautiful property offers several options for the family from on-site pools, sports activities, and a spa & fitness center. There’s also a Kids Kamp, beach games, bike rentals, and more for the family.


If you’d like to check out other properties in the area, a great resource is Discover Mission Bay. For more information, visit  


Where to Play


Petco Park: Home to the San Diego Padres, Petco Park is a one-of-a-kind experience for everyone in the family.


SeaWorld San Diego: An animal lovers delight! SeaWorld is home to dozens of animal species, animal performances, and shows, as well as cool thrill rides.


Where to Eat


Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar: Known locally as Puesto, the family owned restaurant has nine locations and is a must-eat spot. Menu items include chicken taquitos, a variety of burritos, tacos, plates, and more.


White Rice: No trip to San Diego is complete without visiting White Rice. This rice bowl food stall is located in the historic Liberty Public Market food hall, and the menu features a diverse array of rice bowls.


Barbusa: Located in Little Italy, this spot is known for its delicious menu. Options include pastas, pizza, and a variety of specialty main dishes. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time as they fill up quickly.


Staying closer to home? Here are a few staycation ideas:


Where to Stay


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Enjoy a summer getaway, without leaving the Valley. The Fairmont Princess is offering a wide array of kid friendly activities all summer.


Arizona Grand Resort: A super family friendly resort and staycation option, the major perk of staying on property is the Oasis Water Park, which offers slides, a giant wave pool, Wild Cat Springs for the younger kids, an active river, and more.


Where to Play


Chase Field: Home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field offers a family friendly day at the ballpark. Fireworks are scheduled certain nights and there are many delicious food options.


Children’s Museum of Phoenix: Voted one of the top children’s museums in the nation, the museum is a great place to stay cool and have fun all summer long.