10 Best Things To Do in San Diego, California

Best Things To Do In San Diego

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Our 10 Best Things To Do in San Diego, California takes a look at an amazing city in California with so much to do on any day of the year. The city of San Diego is nestled along the Pacific Coastline of California. It is hands down one of the most beautiful cities in the United States to visit. From a weather standpoint, you can’t get much better than San Diego, California.

# 10 – San Diego Zoo

We open up Our 10 Best Things To Do in San Diego, California with a recommendation for all travelers who visit San Diego to take some time out to visit the great San Diego Zoo. This great Zoo is home to close to 4000 animals. This is no ordinary zoo. Listen to the sounds of Tasmanian devils that will send chills up your spine and try to catch a peek of the magnificent two-toed sloths. From leaping lemurs to clouded leopards, the San Diego Zoo has some of the rarest specious on the planet.

# 9 – San Diego Museum of Art

If your visiting San Diego and happen to stumble upon a rainy day, then there is no better place to spend the day then at the wonderful San Diego Museum. Explore magnificent works of art from all around the world. The museum has special attractions that change every couple of weeks. They also have wonderful programs for the kids. In fact, the San Diego Museum of Art is a very student centered museum. If you have kids, this is a great place to visit.

# 8 – Belmont Park

Want to go on a roller caster that’s over ninety years old? Come on, you know you do. Belmont Park is the home of the Giant Dipper; an old school roller coaster that you must try. It’s the main attraction at this very cool seaside park. And if your not the roller coaster type, there are plenty of more fun rides at Belmont park for you and your family. Check out their great bumper car rides like Krazy Kars and Overdrive Bumper Cars. Take a spin on the classic Tilt A World or dare to ride the Zero Gravity. There is a also a section for rock climbing and plenty of restaurants and snack bars. A sunny day in San Diego won’t be complete without a fun trip to Belmont Park.

# 7 – Sand Diego City

Sometimes it’s not about any one particular place but rather the entire city itself. The fabulous film shown below by Ryan Johnson defines exactly what we were talking about. One can spend an entire day just walking around and breathing in the spectacular views and sites of San Diego, whether it’s on foot or on skateboard. Watch this great film below, and you will understand what we mean.

# 6 –Seaworld San Diego

Possibly the number one place in San Diego to visit if you have kids is the wonderful SeaWorld San Diego. Imagine the look on your children’s eyes as they pet a penguin in the wonderful Penguin Encounter exhibit, or get up close with a friendly dolphin. There are so many wonderful exhibits at SeaWorld San Diego. Your children and even yourself will just be blown away by the creatures of the sea. Additionally, SeaWorld in San Diego has some amazing rides. The roller coaster is out of this world. There is so much to do at SeaWorld in San Diego. This is a place we highly recommend.

# 5 – Mission Beach

Mission Beach reminds me of the Jersey Shore in many ways. It’s a place like Atlantic City and Asbury Park which are famous for their boardwalks that line the beaches. If your looking for an exciting part of San Diego where you can enjoy a beautiful beach and an exciting boardwalk lined with restaurants, snack bars, fun shops, rides and vendors selling everything under the sun, than Mission Beach is for you.

# 4 – Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach is the opposite  of Mission Beach. This is a much calmer beach idea for families and couples who just want to relax in a more peaceful atmosphere than Mission Beach. There is no boardwalk here, just long stretches of sand that make up one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beach is also flanked by the wonderful and majestic Hotel De Coronado.

# 3 – San Diego Old Town

As we close in on our number one spot on our best things to do in San Diego list, we turn to one of the most enjoyable places to visit in San Diego, the classic San Diego Old Town. It’s not just called Old Town for fun, Sand Diego Old Town is the location of the birthplace of San Diego. The town is loaded with restaurants such as Barra Barra Saloon, Casa de Reyes Restarurant ,Cafe Coyote, Casa Guadalajara, Cosmopolitan Restaurant, Fred’s Mexican Cafe. Jack & Giulio’s Italian, Miguels Cocina, Old Town Mexican Cafe, Old Town Tequila Factory, Pizza Bella Italian Bistro and Rockin Baja. 

Buts its not just all about food. There are great attractions like the legendary Cygnet Theater, the fascinating Mormon Battalion Historic site, the Old Town Saturday Market, take a ride on Old Town Trolley Tours, visit The State Historic Park and the beautiful Whaley House. How about visiting some art galleries such as the Anita Sagarese Art Show and The Gallery at Bazaar del Mundo

There are also many places to stay in San Diego Old Town such as the, Best Western Hacienda, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Easy 8 Motel, Fairfield Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, La Quinta Hotel or Western Inn.  You can now see why we ranked Old Town San Diego so high on our Best Things to Do in San Diego list. 

# 2 – USS Midway Museum

Whether your a history buff or not, the USS Midway Museum is a must stop during your visit to San Diego, California. The Battle of Midway was one of the most historic moments in United States History during World War II making the USS Midway Museum one of the most important museums in the United States. Now’s your chance to step out onto this historic ship and take in some breathtaking history. The USS Midway was one of the biggest ships ever built. This is an experience you do not want to miss.

# 1 – Balboa Park

Balboa Park is the ultimate destination in San Diego, California. It is easily one of the best things to do in San Diego. In fact some of the other destinations placed on this best things to do in San Diego list are located within the grounds of Balboa Park. The park host seventeen different museums that are spectacular and cover such a wide range of topics and concepts. There are many sensational gardens and forests. There are rides, shopping, restaurants, wonderful exhibits, statues and performances spread all across the grounds. Balboa Park is a celebration of world culture in so many ways.

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