We are a family of 4, (kids 10 and 13) going to San Diego from Jun 18-30. DH has a conference at the Sheraton Marina from June 24-27. I'm currently planning to do a week car rental from June 18-25. My son (10) is a big Lego/Legoland fan so that is a must do. I was considering getting the San Diego Family Fun pass which included Legoland, San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and Harbor tour. I can also add on the Legoland Water Park for $12pp I think. We are currently booked at Homewood Suites Carlsbad from June 18-23 and at Homewood Suites Liberty Stn from 23-30. DS is a complicated eater so a kitchen is good as well the Liberty Stn one is near DHs conference.
So we arrive noonish on the 18th but will have been travelling for about 12 hours and 4.5 hours earlier in time difference. So we probably just want to get to Carlsbad and crash. Is there anywhere we want to pick up supplies/groceries and a quick bite en route. We do have a Costco membership. We will have luggage so it will probably just be me going in and getting things. For the Carlsbad days, we are looking at Legoland, Legoland waterpark, Shopping, Beach and maybe a short day trip to somewhere nearby.
On June 23, we head to San Diego and it's our last day together before the conference, and really the only one with a car (unless we get one at the end). We could drive by things on the way but again, we will have luggage in the car. We can also drop off at new hotel and go exploring. What should we make sure to do, that we need a car for? We also will want to top up groceries, where is good for that?
June 24 the conference starts, I should still have the car, but I usually don't drive on vacation, so it would have to be somewhere easy. DH will have tickets to the Padres that night and we may try to get some cheaper ones, as extras through conference are $85 each. For the other days of the conference I won't have the car but may want to do something with the kids, or else we will R&R by the pool. June 28 and 29 are main San Diego sightseeing days, but we do not plan to have a car. We fly home on the 30th. We want to see Balboa Park (not sure about the museums) and the San Diego Zoo, in the Enbarcadero Area - we could see the USS Midway and do the Harbor Tour in one direction (if we buy the pass mentioned above).
Any thoughts or suggestions on the above? Thanks