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Kids get in free in October

Fleet Science Center is participating in Kids Free San Diego month.

Fleet Science Center

During the entire month of October, kids eat, stay and play free at more than 100 spots throughout the county.

San Diego hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions and transportation companies are offering everything from free meals and admissions, to special amenities at hotels.  Kids can even learn to surf or play golf for free, with a paying adult.

Most deals are available to youngsters between the ages of 2 and 12 – but age limits and other restrictions vary by venue.

The county’s headliner family attractions – the Zoo, Sea World and Legoland – are participating. All kids 11 and younger get free admission at the Zoo and Safari Park. With each paid adult admission, SeaWorld is giving free admission to a child between the ages of 3 and 9. At Legoland, one child 12 or younger gets a free Hopper ticket, when an adult buys a Hopper ticket.

Up close to sharks at Living Coast Discovery Center

Up close to sharks at Living Coast Discovery Center during Kids Free San Diego Month.

Up close to sharks at Living Coast Discovery Center

Nearly 40 county museums are participating. Kids 12 and younger get in free everywhere from the Birch Aquarium and the Fleet Science Center to the  USS Midway Museum and the Living Coast Discovery Center.  Go to SanDiegoMuseumCouncil.org to print out a free coupon. (Two youngsters admitted per paying adult.)

 Two kids can cruise free with each paying adult on one- and two-hour Hornblower cruises.   Every adult who buys an Old Town Trolley Tours ticket can take along a youngster between 4 and 12 for free. Same thing goes aboard Seal Tours.

Even Amtrak has joined the fun, providing one free fare for a rider 2-15 years old with each paid adult fare aboard Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner between here and Oceanside.

 Learn more at SanDiego.org/KidsFree. Some venues require coupons available on the site.