Things to do in San Diego?


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  • Joe C
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Hotel Circle has dozens of moderately priced hotels and is close to the Zoo, Sea World, the beaches, Old Town and downtown.

    Mission and Pacific Beach are your best bet for fun in the sun. Belmont Park has a vintage wooden roller coaster (one of two remaining seaside coasters on the west coast) as well as other rides. There is a boardwalk that runs the entire 3 mile length of both beaches. It's a great place to rent a bike or skates.

    Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.

    My favorite museum in the park is the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. It has some of the largest model layouts in the world. Kids get in free.

    North County San Diego is home to the Zoo's Wild Animal Park. There are multi acre enclosures where herds of wild animals roam plus lots of hiking trails.

    The Quail Botanical Gardens are in Encinitas

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

    Check out the surfers at historic Windansea Beach. At low tide you can walk out onto the tide pools. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food at 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.

    Old Town has a state park that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. There are also a lot of restaurants in the area. Pizza Bella has the best pizza in town as well as homemade Italian food.

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

    The USS Midway is an aircraft carrier turned into a museum

    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.

    Pacific Beach also has some great nightlife.

    Check out these sites for discount coupons and other info

  • 1 decade ago

    Balboa Park & the Zoo

    Old Town & Little Italy

    the Bay / Embarcadero / Maritime Museums / Sea Port Village

    Cabrillo National Monument / Point Loma Lighthouse

    drive the Coast Road, from Torrey Pines State Reserve up to Oceanside.

    see the seals in La Jolla

    check out Pacific, Mission and Ocean Beach.

    Gaslamp / East Village / Downtown.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you can afford it, I'd recommend you try for a hotel on the beach or with a view of the ocean. This is especially true if you don't live near the ocean. Hotels are generally higher near the ocean. Take a look at San Diego's best beach hotels here:

    I go to San Diego often to visit my daughter. It's convenient to stay at the hotels in Mission Bay. They have views of the Bay and they are centrally located just off the freeway for easy access. The Hyatt in Mission Bay often has weekend deals on their own website that are cheaper than you'll find advertised on hotel booking sites. They even have a waterslide!

    Their website:

    Also in Mission Bay with a view of the Bay is Hilton San Diego. You can book a room with its own private fire ring for roasting marshmallows on the beach. It's a lovely hotel that rents various watercraft right there and the hotel. If you have children, they have outdoor movies by the pool on certain nights. Their website:

    The zoo, Wild Animal Park, Balboa Park, and Sea World (and Lego Land if you have young children) are all fun places that tourists want to visit. Learn how to get discounted tickets to all of these at

    Less touristy things to do:

    Lots of great can even hike down to a swimming hole and swim beneath the waterfall at Cedar Falls. For directions on how to get there:

    If you are really adventurous, you might want to try hang gliding. You can fly tandem with an experienced pilot over the beautiful cliffs along the coast in La Jolla. It's also fun just to watch.

    Learn more about the Torrey Pines Gliderport at:

    Take a Haunted Ghost Tour in Old Town:

    There are lots of places in Mission Bay where you can rent bikes and various watercraft. Take surfing lessons. Take the ferry from downtown San Diego to Coronado Island - 15 min. ride for around $4. Go wine tasting - lots of wineries in the Ramona/Julian area. Explore Old Town. Relax on a beach. Have a fabulous dessert at Extraordinary Desserts. Their website:

    Have a great time!

  • luvSD
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Definitely check out the beach. Most people do the zoo, SeaWorld, and legoland. But there's lots of other options. Check here:

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  • Cammie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    This is the Ultimate San Diego Hotel.If you can't afford to stay there, go visit and have lunch one afternoon.

    Just look up "San Diego Tourism "and you will find great ideas.

    There are beaches, great drives and loads to see and do.

    Have fun.

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