San Diego, CA Things to Do

Whether visiting or living in this California destination, there are many things to see and do. Here are attractions, activities and events of interest:

Attractions

San Diego Parks and Recreation Facilities, California

San Diego Museums

Point Loma Lighthouse and National Historic Points of Interest

Mission San Diego Historic Place San Diego, CA

San Diego County California State Parks List

Wild Animal Park San Diego County Escondido California

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido California

Pacific Beach California City of San Diego

Swami's Surfing in San Diego, California

Star of India San Diego, Ca

San Diego County Casinos and Gambling in California

Casinos
San Diego County Casinos and Gambling in California

Commerce
San Diego County California Top 10 Farm Crops Annually

Events

San Diego Fair in Del Mar, CA

San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade

Kearny Mesa San Diego Egg Hunt Annual Event

Clairemont Mesa Egg Hunt

San Diego California Ballet Company Nutcracker

San Diego Parade of Lights Christmas Boat Parade

St. Patrick's Day San Diego Shamrock Festival Gaslamp Quarter

Ocean Beach Spring Egg Hunt

Festivals

San Diego is nothing without its festivals. Among them are the cultural events that take place on the streets of with names such as India. Believe it or not, the Italian and Sicilian cultures are celebrated on India Street!

San Diego Little Italy Festa

San Diego Brazil Carnival

San Diego Heritage Day Parade & Festival Weekend

Mardi Gras San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Annual Event

San Diego Ocean Beach Kite Festival

San Diego Pride Parade and Festival in July

San Diego Psychic and Healing Arts Festival

San Diego St. Patrick's Day Festival

St. Patrick's Day San Diego Shamrock Festival Gaslamp Quarter

Shopping

Sports

San Diego County Coastal Rail Trail California

San Diego County Golf Courses and Resorts

Vacations


San Diego is California's top beach destination, thanks to miles of manmade beaches and bays that were created simply for man's pleasure.
From the long arm that spreads down the coast to Tijuana, Mexico and includes Coronado Island and Imperial Beach, to the city's favorite beach destinations such as Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach and La Jolla, this is a city that loves the ocean, the beach and nearly every place you stay or everything you do as a visitor or local is near the ocean or in it.

San Diego is one of California's oldest cities, and a monument on Point Loma pays tribute to an explorer credited with finding San Diego and spreading the word, Juan Cabrillo. The national monument at an overlook allows visitors to see the entire city and miles beyond...it's a great photo opportunity and best way to get an overview of all the places you are going to or where you have been. Next to the Cabrillo Monument is the Cabrillo Lighthouse and interpretive center, open to the public for touring.

For vacations in San Diego, you quickly learn that seniors love to retire here, but it is actually a kids vacation paradise that draws tourists. Four theme parks focus on sea life and animals of the world—San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and Legoland California's new Aquarium all pay tribute to nature. All are worth a visit during a trip to San Diego. The zoo contains some of the world's finest diplomats and favorite creatures to visit and see—the Giant pandas from China.

In addition to the theme parks, the shining glory of the city for anyone who loves art, history, trains, sports, airflight, geology and natural history is Balboa Park with around 14 world class museums all in one park, and all accessed in an easy walk. You can purchase the Balboa Park Pass to see quite a few, or take in an a la carte approach and stroll the grounds, just visiting one or two instead on a pay-as-go. Several museums offer free admission days. Inside the park is the Tea Pavilion with a Japanese garden where you can relax, or at The Prado at Balboa Park you might want to enjoy a delicious lunch in a lush setting. There are around a dozen places to eat inside the park. Admission to Balboa Park itself is free, as is the Botanical Building and most of the gardens. If you hear a glorious sound, head for the outdoor Spreckels Organ Pavilion in the park where free concerts are sometimes featured. For plays and stage performances, be sure to check out The Old Globe (theater) in Balboa Park, as well. balboapark.org

Things to see, things to do in San Diego:

Balboa Parkincludes 14 museums, 13 restaurants, and a day filled with fun.
Belmont Parkis an old-fashioned amusement park with The historic Plunge swimming pool.
Hotel del Coronadois one of the most sought after hotel stays, rekindling the early days of San Diego with its opulent, high ceilings, elegant decor, film location lore, and even ghosts. Best of all, it has a wonderful public beach.
Bahia Bellesternwheeler boat takes visitors around the bay for evening rides. Inside is a cocktail bar and sometimes live bands perform.
Pacific Beachis a region of the city with the famous Crystal Pier. Tourists love the beach vibe, the sports, ocean views and of course the amazing San Diego beach people!
Seaport Villagefronts the bay and convention center, and is filled with shops and restaurants to entertain you, feed you and provide opportunities to buy souvenir gifts.
Old Town San Diegois an historic portion of the city with actual buildings from the late 18th and early 19th century. Mariachis perform around the plaza, and there are some unique restaurants, shopping, and museum tours, plus ghost tours.
Horton Plazais a downtown San Diego shopping mall with everything you could want...clothes, shoes, sunglasses, food, cosmetics.
Waterfront ships & museumsalong the bay include the Star of India Cement Ship and historic USS Midway guests can tour.
Petco Parkis home to the San Diego Padres baseball team andQualcomm Stadiumis where the San Diego Chargers football team plays.
Torrey Pines Golf Courseis a public two-course golf destination where the US Open was hosted.
Gliderportin La Jolla next to the Torrey Pines Golf Club teaches hang-gliding and provides a launch point for the sport.
San Diego Harbor Cruisesinclude narrated boat tours, fishing boat trips, dinner cruises, special events cruises and the public ferry boat to Coronado Island.
Gaslamp Quarterincludes a vibrant dining and shopping district with a lively night scene. Among its restaurants is Croce's, owned by the wife of famed singer/songwriter Jim Croce.
Theme Parksinclude SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park and Legoland California (in Carlsbad)
San Diego Missionincludes beautiful grounds and a replica building of the original mission (one of 21 in California) located there.
Sports Activitiesinclude Jogging Paths, Bicycling, Surfing, Volleyball, Hiking, Wind, Kite and Paddleboarding, and professional and regional sports games to participate in and/or watch.

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