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Things to Do in San Diego

This city by the sea is a coveted vacation destination for anyone with wanderlust. San Diego has it all: natural beauty a buzzing nightlife plenty of food and more adventure sports than you can tackle in one trip. Whether you’re hoping to soak in some sun on the beaches or eat your way through the Gaslamp District

travellers of all types can find fun things to do in San Diego CA. From the mountains to the sea San Diego activities appeal to the heart of anyone eager to experience Southern California.

Areas & Neighbourhoods

San Diego neighbourhoods cover the gamut of city attractions and vibes. From historic sites in Old Town to trendy wine bars in South Park all visitors will feel right at home in America’s Finest City.

North Park — This central neighbourhood is teeming with new restaurants and trendy craft breweries. It’s also quite walkable so you can park near 30th Street and University Avenue and trek until you find a place that looks appetizing.

Balboa Park — Balboa Park has more than a dozen museums and plenty of public gardens. It’s also home to restaurants event venues and the San Diego Zoo.

La Jolla — Whether you want to hit up some of the more hidden-away patches of sand along the San Diego coastline or check out trendy boutiques La Jolla is a good pit stop for your itinerary. Of course you can also jump off a cliff during a hang-gliding session here.

Hillcrest — This gay-friendly neighbourhood is full of local coffee shops lots of nightlife and unique eateries. You’ll be sharing the sidewalks with plenty of San Diegans but the vibrancy of the area makes the crowded conditions well worth it.

East Village — Sitting east of the famous Gaslamp District East Village is the place to go if you want to catch a San Diego Padres™ game or attend a free community event for bloggers. It’s also within walking distance to many downtown clubs and restaurants.

What to See in San Diego

Before you get busy with water sports and other active pursuits check out some of the fun things to see in San Diego. Go to the Cabrillo National Monument to view the best panoramic scene of the city and then head down the mountain to look at sea life in the tide pools. Watch the sunset from the shores of Coronado in front of the famed Hotel Del Coronado or spend time on just about any other local beach. Attending the Old Globe Theatre is a relaxing way to end your day or you can watch the nightly fireworks going off over SeaWorld® in the summer months.

Things to Do & Attractions in San Diego

While a day at the beach is practically obligatory here fun things to do in San Diego also include visiting the world-famous zoo hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve and meandering through sensory pleasing farmers markets in nearly every neighbourhood. San Diego amusement parks also abound ranging from the oceanfront rides at Belmont Park in Mission Beach to LEGOLAND® in North County. Cap off any day with dinner in the Gaslamp District or a sunset cocktail at La Jolla Shores. You’ll find that San Diego has activities up its sleeve for all types of visitors.

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Where to stay in San Diego

Pacific Beach

Relax in beachside cafés in the morning, surf clean breaks in the afternoon and dance with a youthful club crowd at night at this coastal San Diego strip.

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Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego’s historic heart has shed its seedy past to emerge as one of the city’s premier dining, shopping and entertainment hubs.

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Downtown San Diego

Known for its fantastic nightlife, fascinating museums and beautiful waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Downtown San Diego. Top attractions like Port of San Diego and B Street Cruise Ship Terminal are major draws. Catch the metro at America Plaza Trolley Station or County Center - Little Italy Station to see more of the city.


Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is beloved for its stunning beaches. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Ocean Beach Pier and Ocean Beach Park.

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Mission Valley

Known for its stunning beaches and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Mission Valley. Check out top attractions like Hotel Circle and SDCCU Stadium, and jump on the metro at Mission Valley Center Station or Hazard Center Station to see more of the city.

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Little Italy

Visitors to Little Italy love its captivating waterfront views, and you can check out Waterfront Park and Maritime Museum of San Diego. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at County Center - Little Italy Station.


A City Video Guide of San Diego

A video guide to San Diego, California, including the best things to do in the city.

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