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Things to do in San Diego, California


November 13, 2022

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Visiting San Diego soon and wondering what there is to do in America's Finest City? Never fear, we've got you covered with 10 things to add to your itinerary. From soaking up the sun at one of our many beaches to exploring the historic Gaslamp Quarter, there's something for everyone in San Diego. So without further ado, here are some of the best things to do in San Diego.

Visit Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a must-see for anyone visiting San Diego. This beautiful park is home to museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Take a stroll through one of the many gardens or explore a museum; there's something for everyone at Balboa Park.

Eat at Lucha Libre Taco Shop

One of San Diego's most popular taco shops, Lucha Libre is known for its unique atmosphere and delicious food. Be sure to try one of their famous "Surf 'n Turf" tacos while you're there!

Take a sightseeing tour of Coronado Island

Coronado Island is home to some of San Diego's most beautiful beaches as well as the lavish Hotel del Coronado. Take a ferry over from downtown San Diego and spend a day relaxing on the beach or exploring the shops and restaurants on Orange Avenue. 

Visit Old Town

Old Town is the site of the first European settlement in California and is now home to museums, shops, and restaurants. Be sure to walk down original brick sidewalks and visit some of the historic adobe buildings while you're there. 

SeaWorld San Diego

No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to SeaWorld! See Shamu perform aerial tricks, watch penguins waddle around, and get up close and personal with sharks. You can even take a ride on one of their roller coasters if you're feeling brave. 

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is one of San Diego's most popular tourist destinations thanks to its stunning views and crystal clear water. It's perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach with a good book. 

The USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is perfect for anyone interested in maritime history or aircraft carriers (or both!). Board the ship and explore what life was like for sailors stationed aboard her during her 47 years of service. 

The Embarcadero

The Embarcadero is a 4-mile long promenade along San Diego Bay that offers stunning views of the waterfront skyline as well as plenty of opportunities for dining, shopping, and people watching. Be sure to stop by Seaport Village for some unique souvenirs before heading back to your hotel room. 

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

If you love animals, then you'll definitely want to add the Safari Park to your list of things to do in San Diego! See exotic animals from all over the world roaming freely in their natural habitats on one of their many safari tours or Encounter experiences.

Go whale watching

Whale watching season in San Diego runs from December through April, so if you'll be visiting during those months, add it to your list! There are several companies that offer whale-watching tours departing from locations all around San Diego bay.

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