What are some kid-friendly things to do in San Clemente? Well, here are some ideas for ways to play in San Clemente for families.
This was part of my 2021 Summer Play Trips BINGO game that I ran on my @ocplayparks Instagram and also through my weekly email list.
Each week, I covered a variety of options from beaches to parks to walks to restaurants or picnic spots. All are designed to be very simple and hopefully easy to access without a lot of trouble. When something costs $, I’ve tried to add an alternative that is free.
There are two restaurant options to pair with these San Clemente experiences, although there are countless more restaurants in San Clemente. Del Mar is the main street running through town and that’s where you will find the majority of eating establishments. Here are the restaurants I picked for this week:
Even though parking can be impacted, it’s pretty easy to find a spot at the Outlets at San Clemente and run in to grab an Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel for a snack. There’s also a Ruby’s Diner, Bowlology, Blaze Pizza, u-swirl frozen yogurt, among others.
Moulinis perfect for a picnic! It’s right near North Beach and Pico Park. Grab a sandwich or breakfast to go.
The last square on the BINGO card that isn’t covered by its own post is “Find a Sunset View.” There are a lot of potential sunset views in the posts from the list below.
12 Ways to Play All Day Near San Clemente
San Clemente was my choice for a themed week of Summer Play Trips during Summer 2021. This is the southern-most city in Orange County so why don't we start here?
San Clemente Pier is at the center of the beach park here and it's a pleasure to stroll along in the sea breeze (sometimes wind - so bring a jacket) and see San Diego to the south and Dana Point to the north.
North Beach is at one end of the trail for hanging out at the playground. Calafia Beach is at the south end of the trail for a perfect summer beach day. Parking is easy for families and the walk to the sand is super short.
Again, this one is in Dana Point - above Dana Point Harbor. If you are ended your day with a barbecue or park picnic, then this is a great spot to see the sunset. It also has a recently updated playground -- so even if you've been before then maybe the playground will be new to you?
San Clemente Fast Facts for Families
Is San Clemente family-friendly? San Clemente is full of outdoor spaces to enjoy together as a family. It’s also fun to stroll along Del Mar, visit the Friends of the Library bookstore, walk the pier, and spend days at the beach.
How far is San Clemente from Los Angeles? San Clemente is about an hour from LA.
How far is San Clemente from San Diego? San Clemente is also about an hour from San Diego. Closer for North County residents.
Hope you enjoy discovering all these kid friendly things to do in San Clemente!