Best things to do in San Diego?

I'm considering a vacation to San Diego this August. What are your favorite things to do and see in the area? Any recommendations for areas to dine, places to party or grab a few drinks (in late 20's so nothing too young), and attractions to see would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for all your help in advanced!

6 Answers

  • Joe C
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.

    Mission and Pacific Beach are your best bet for fun in the sun.

    La Jolla offers great views, great food, and shopping.

    Check out the surfers at historic Winansea Beach. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food and Alfonso's. Then head to the Birch aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It has a spectacular view of the bluffs over the Pacific Ocean.

    For nightlife, the Gaslamp Quarter offers dining, drinking and dancing. It's also the home of Petco Park and the San Diego Padres major league baseball team.

    In July and August the Del Mar Racetrack is open.

    The Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument offers great views of the dowtown skyline, San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico.

  • luvSD
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    What you wish to do depends on whether you are visiting or if you are local. For me (local), I like to go to the beach because it is free, it is fun and basically - I dont' do anything except lounge around for free. For your age group, Pacific Beach would be your best bet. See here for info:

    But if you are a tourist and want to go home and brag about having visited SAn Diego, then there are a couple of Must Do's:

    The San Dieog Zoo is world famous: must see panda bears - they are not exceptionally exciting, but they are rare, and in that respect, you gotta see them. Polar bears are really cool. New Elephant exhibit is pretty good. See here for details:

    When friends (older friends who are beyond the theme park age) come to visit, I like to take the to Balboa Park (lots of free gardens, not-free museums, and cool architecture here). Old Town is also a nice place to walk around along with Presidio hill is nice green space.

    For dining, see here:

    For grabbing a drink and chilling out, try Gaslamp Quarter:

    Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    hit the beach during the day. its the best place to meet people and explore the boardwalks and stuff. For the night there a lots of places to go. Ideally ask people at the beach cuz thats where everyone goes in the summer. hope that helps.

  • Ancel
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago


    -La Jolla

    -Del Mar


    -Point Loma

    -Imperial Beach

    -Imperial Beach

    -Silver Strand

    -Pacific Beach

    -O.B. etc.

    Animal Attractions:


    -Animal park

    -Sea World


    -Balboa Park

    -Sea port village


    -Old town

    -Point Loma lighthouse


    -Del Mar fair (summer)

    -Julian in the north (pies)

    -Belmont Park

    -Coronado Hotel

    -Coronado island itself

    -La jolla


    -fashion Valley


    -Otay Ranch Mall

    -Horton Plaza

    -Plaza bonita


    Music places:

    -house of Blues



    -Hard rock hotel

    -the Ivy



    down south:


    up north:

    -Orange County, LA, etc.

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  • 1 decade ago

    if you like to swim with fish you could go to la jolla cove- its fun there.

    the zoo

    if your going to the beach and like japenese food you could go to itchebans its really good- but there closed on sundays the place next door to itcheban is world curry and if you havent seen naan bread made-ask they'll let you see the cook make it

    Source(s): me i have been to all these places
  • Ewok
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    go to the san diego zoo, its supposed to be the best in the worlld

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