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Things to Do in San Diego, CA

September 18, 2017

Mission Beach is considered one of the best beaches in San Diego

The Plymouth of the West is a great year-round destination, offering countless opportunities for recreation.

  1. San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, 2929 Zoo Drive
    San Diego Zoo is one of the biggest and most popular zoos in the United States. Meet the bears, leopards, and penguins that call this 100-acre place their home. The zoo boasts over 3,500 rare and endangered species from around the world.  The Giant Pandas, Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu, are perhaps the zoo’s most popular residents. Watch these furry creatures up close, and meet animal ambassadors at the breakfast and dinner buffets.  Located in Balboa Park, the zoo lets you make the most of your visit by offering guided tours and other packages.
  2. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado
    The San Diego Zoo is just one of many highlights at Balboa Park. Here you’ll find the highly acclaimed San Diego Museum of Man, as well as the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, the longest continuously running theater of its kind in the country. Other cultural venues include the Sam Diego Junior Theatre and Civic Arts Dance. Drop by the Spanish Village Art Center, ride the miniature train, and admire the exquisite garden that surrounds Sefton Plaza. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is named after the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
  3. SeaWorld San Diego, 500 Sea World Drive
    Feed dolphins, watch box turtles, and learn about orcas at SeaWorld. This family destination offers kiddie rides, delicious food, and jaw-dropping shows featuring sea lions, dancers, and acrobats. Come here for a day you won’t forget – at 77 hectares, you’ll have plenty of ground to cover in this beloved theme park.
  4. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, Mission Blvd at Garnet Avenue
    The interconnected shorelines of Mission and Pacific Beach are a popular stop surfers and sunbathers, while the boardwalk is a favorite among bicyclists and inline skaters. Bring your board and ride the waves – this surf spot is beginner friendly, but it offers enough challenge for seasoned surfers. Belmont Park, an amusement park that straddles the two beaches, is filled with fun rides and arcades. Its wooden roller coaster, the Giant Dipper, is more than a century old and is a National Historic Landmark.
  5. Coronado Beach, 920 Ocean Boulevard
    Also called Central Beach, this 1.5-mile stretch of sand is less crowded than Mission and Pacific Beach. The gentle waves make it perfect for families with children. Go on a stroll, build sandcastles, and admire the gorgeous scenery. Hotel del Coronado, a historic landmark, is just a stone’s throw from the beach. Stay the night and don’t miss the fantastic shops and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
  6. Torrey Pines State Reserve, 12600 North Torrey Pines Road
    Outdoor enthusiasts will love this protected area. Populated by rare Torrey pines, maritime chaparral, and numerous threatened plants, the reserve is home to one of the last remaining salt marshes and waterfowl sanctuaries in Southern California. Explore the trails and admire the sandstone ravines and pine forests that form the landscape.
  7. Gaslamp Quarter, Fourth Avenue
    Located downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter is San Diego’s premier nightlife destination. Party at the trendiest bars and restaurants, and drop by for the annual Mardi Gras Parade. It’s also a great place to visit during the day – spanning 16 blocks, this pedestrian-friendly area is lined with galleries, specialty stores, and stunning Victorian-style buildings.

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