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Fun Things To See And Do When Visiting San Diego

Last updated on October 11th, 2018 at 02:07 pm

San Diego is a fabulous city and you’d be very fortunate to end up here on a cruise, whether for a short or even an extended timeframe. There are plenty of things to do and see!

So, to give you a better idea of what to do when visiting the area, we created this useful guide – hopefully it will help you out.

downtown san diego from the sky

Visit The Sunset Cliffs Neighborhood

Towering above the ocean, the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood in San Diego provides breathtaking views. This area is a particularly popular gathering spot for watching the sunset. The neighborhood itself is filled with incredible mansions. It also backs up next to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. This amazing outdoor area spans 68 acres, offering visitors a chance to view incredible rock arches, beautiful sea caves, and breathtaking bluffs. Taking a walk on the path that follows the top of the cliff is a wonderful way to take in the beauty of your surroundings.

Drop By The USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is based on a giant U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that can be found on the harbor near the downtown area.

When the ship was taken out of service, it was transformed into a museum where visitors can learn about the history of the US military.

This is a place where you can view incredible stories featuring real people. It is also an excellent place for children to explore. The entire ship provides a hands-on experience for kids, allowing them to see what it is like to sit in the chair on the bridge or to sit in the cockpit of one of the many jets on display while they play with the knobs and switches.

What makes the experience especially unique is that the docents are veterans, with experience starting as far back as World War II. If you happen to meet one of these incredible volunteers, you will quickly discover that they have fascinating stories to share.

When standing on the flight deck, you can see amazing views of various parts of San Diego including the downtown area, San Diego Bay, Seaport Village, Point Loma, and Coronado Island.

Go Whale Watching

Few things are more incredible than seeing a whale in its natural habitat. Fortunately, a lot of whale watching adventures are based out of San Diego. If you are interested in seeing blue whales, plan your trip during the period between June and September. To view gray whales, try visiting later in the year, ideally sometime between December and April. Tickets for these trips cost $48 and are offered throughout the year by San Diego Whale Watch.

Blue whales are the biggest animals on the planet, measuring as long as 100 feet and reaching weights of as much as 200 tons. Pods of these beautiful creatures are often seen just off the coast of San Diego.

Pay A Visit To Balboa Park

Balboa Park is an outdoor area that is filled with things to do. From amazing museums and restaurants to stunning outdoor spaces, there are a lot of activities and attractions in the area. Located in the middle of the city, this 1,200-acre park is also home to the San Diego Zoo. Make sure to leave plenty of time in your schedule to explore this park since there are so many attractions to see.

San Diego coastline with a train

Check Out The Whaley House Museum

If haunted houses are your thing, be sure to check out the Whaley House Museum in Old Town San Diego.

This house, which was built in 1857, is located on the site where the gallows was in the original town. The house belonged to a wealthy family by the name of Whaley. This family had a lot of money but also had a lot of troubles. Today, people say that some of the members of the Whaley family still haunt the house. Some people also believe that certain victims of the gallows stayed behind to haunt the area after their untimely deaths.

Plan A Stop At The San Diego Air And Space Museum

This museum, which can be found in Balboa Park, features historical items related to exploration and aviation. In terms of its size, it ranks as the third largest in the US when compared to other similar museums.

The museum features a wide range of aircraft, ranging from old planes from World War I and World War II all the way up to modern-day vessels that are designed to go to space. Notable exhibits include a Kitty Hawk replica as well as the landing module that was used on the Apollo 9 mission.

There are also flight simulators available, allowing visitors to experience what it might be like to fly some of the amazing planes on display.

Don’t Miss The San Diego Zoo

There is a reason why the San Diego Zoo is so famous – it is an amazing place to visit. You can find the zoo in Balboa Park. Be prepared to spend some time exploring the area since the zoo is home to more than 3,700 animals. In fact, you can find 650 different species and subspecies of creatures at the zoo living in beautifully-designed natural habitats.

The creatures at the zoo come from every part of the world including Asia, Africa, and Australia. From lions and tigers to hippos, pandas, rhinos, bears, reptiles, monkeys, and birds, you can see a stunning array of creatures. Be sure to leave plenty of time in your schedule to fully explore the zoo so you can see all of the displays.

When visiting San Diego you may need a visa if travelling from abroad – if so visit here – they can help you out.

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San Diego Highlights

Last updated on January 20th, 2020 at 01:28 pm

There are many incredibly cultured and captivating cities around the world, but few have the overall comfort and class that San Diego embodies. If perfect was a good way to describe anything, I would use it to describe this destination. Boasting over 250 plus sunny days per year, with activities for the lover of the outdoors, as well as the indoors, San Diego is both a visitor’s paradise and a local’s dream. Here are 10 highlights for this Southern California city.

Best Bar For Beer with a Unique Vibe:

Located a short distance from Little Italy, Craft + Commerce serves up unique cocktails and a plethora of beers . The surrounding decor boasts books and walls of Wyoming Wood that display quotes penned by the likes of Steinbeck and D.F. Wallace.

Craft + Commerce
675 W. Beech St. San Diego, CA 92101

 

Best Neighborhood For Flaunting International Flair:

Little Italy was once a predominately Italian fishing neighborhood, and now holds the reputation of being one of the most active downtown districts with many street festivals, farmers markets, and other community events. Take an afternoon to enjoy a good espresso, gelato, or pizza at one of the many restaurants.
Little Italy
Between W Ash St &  W Laurel St (South-North)
Between Pacific Hwy & San Diego Freeway (West-East)

Photo: Kara Mulder
Photo: Kara Mulder

 

Pick Of The Day:  Balboa Park on Tuesdays:

As a public service to San Diego, most of the park’s museums, and galleries offer free admission on Tuesdays every month. Not every venue is free, but the museums offer a rotating schedule. Any special event, attraction, or traveling exhibit is not included in Free Tuesdays. For more information, visit this website.

 
 
 
 
 
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Not To Miss- The San Diego Zoo:

Known to be one of the best zoos in the nation, The San Diego Zoo is a great activity for all ages. Along with seeing the animals, you can ride The Skyfari, a ski lift style tram, that takes you from one side of the park to the other. Board at the far entrance where the lines are significantly shorter.

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Photo Credit: Kara Mulder
Photo Credit: Kara Mulder

 

A Wonderful Place For A Jog: La Jolla Cliffs & Torrey Pines State Reserve:

For about three miles it will be you and nature, only surrounded by the Beautiful Pacific Blue, cliffs, and trees.
The trails in this area extend much further than three miles, and depending where one goes, tide pools, beaches (some clothing optional), and high reaching sandstone cliffs can be discovered.
La Jolla Cliffs

 
 
 
 
 
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Most Unique Restaurant Décor:

Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar is eye catching with one wall decorated by Piranha jaws. Designers also paid intricate attention to the look of the bar, seating, and complete style of the space. The happy hour is quite nice as well.
Ironside Fish and Oyster Bar
1654 India St

 
 
 
 
 
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For A Leisurely Afternoon:

Coronado Island offers art galleries, souvenir shops, play houses,and nice beaches. It’s a must visit for out of towners and a makes a leisurely afternoon for locals.
Coronado Island
http://coronadovisitorcenter.com

 
 
 
 
 
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 Best Tortillas:

If you haven’t tried the tortillas at Cafe Coyote, take a few hours to explore Old Town San Diego. Cafe Coyote is one of San Diego’s Landmark Restaurants, laying claim to a corner of the older part of San Diego for over 20 years. After a few of the hot and fresh made-on-site tortillas, enjoy a nice walk through this part of the city.
Cafe Coyote
2461 San Diego Ave

Photo: Kara Mulder
Photo: Kara Mulder

 

Favorite Activity For The Sports Fan or Non-Sports Fan:

Since it’s always sunny in San Diego, why not spend an afternoon at the ballpark and watch a Padres Game? It makes for an enjoyable afternoon, and to round out the day, stop by one of the many bars or restaurants that are located near the stadium in The Gaslamp District.
San Diego Padres
100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA

 
 
 
 
 
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Best Way To Start Your Day:

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is located in La Jolla, and communicates a beachy, laid back vibe, much like the city in which it is set. The small company has a big impact on the San Diego coffee scene, offering some of the best flavors from beans roasted in house, 50 percent of which are organic.
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
5627 La Jolla Blvd, San Diego, CA 92037
Instagram @birdrockcoffeeroasters

 
 
 
 
 
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About Kara Mulder

In 2009, Kara unexpectedly began her career as a flight attendant after post-college unemployment left her confused and uncertain. In 2011, she launched ‘The Flight Attendant Life.’ Kara has traveled to over 40 countries, and her writing has been published in the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, Matador Network as well as other newspapers and magazines. She also founded apilotlife.com and inflightdietitian.com. Kara dreams of living in a foreign country someday, plans on learning a second, and maybe a third language, and is most happy when kite boarding in Maui, or riding her road bike along the Southern California Coast. Connect with her on Instagram @TheFALife.