San Diego is indeed America’s finest city, where you’ll find plenty to keep you busy, whether you love the outdoors, beaches, partying, fitness, eating well or drinking great local brewed beers. There is always fun and entertaining events going on throughout the year. The average daily temperature is 70.5° F and with plenty of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and breweries, San Diego is one of the best places for a vacation. Check out the 5 best places to visit on a San Diego Vacation.
First, a piece of advice: there is a lot of walking in San Diego, especially around the beaches. You will want to look for a bicycle rental shop, and if you are hitting the beach, rent a surfboard or paddleboard. It’s way more economical to rent your equipment than to buy it!
1. Sea World San Diego is the California outpost of the ocean-themed chain of parks. Everyone knows who the main attraction is here: Shamu, the killer whale (orca) – or over the years, a succession of Shamus. Shows are central to the Sea World Experience and there are many of them, but you’ll also have opportunities to see marine creatures close up and in a few cases, you can touch and feed them. In recent years, Sea World has added a few rides and a kids’ water play area. It takes a half day or longer to see everything and in summer, a good strategy is to arrive in early afternoon, staying until the fireworks display.
2. Founded in 1916, the San Diego Zoo has been a destination in San Diego for nearly 100 years. Located adjacent to downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, the Zoo is 100 acres in size and is home to more than 4,000 animals. You can spend a full day walking around and enjoying the beautiful weather while looking at animals you only see in documentaries at the San Diego Zoo. Right next door is Balboa Park, which is a beautiful site with over a 1400 acre of historical buildings, numerous museums, gardens, and green space. The park was created for the Panama California Exhibition of 1915-1916 with most of the buildings in the park remaining from that event.
3. Legoland theme park takes its inspiration from Lego toys, those cute little bricks that snap together to build all kinds of fun things. It’s one of several Legolands worldwide. You’ll find life-sized traffic cops, dinosaurs and a dizzying collection of other creations made from Lego blocks all over the place, but they’re just the decoration that surrounds the park’s rides. At Legoland, little ones will find rides just for them, with age limits that keep the bigger kids from running all over them – and the adults get a kick out of all the great big Lego creations.
4. The beach is more than a boundary dividing land from sea, more than a place to swim or sunbathe. In San Diego, the beach is a way of life, a source of pride and joy, a defining influence in people’s lives. Head west from any part of San Diego and you’ll probably end up at a beach. When you get there, you can swim, surf, watch a sand castle competition, go for a walk, explore a tide pool or play with your dog. Renting a bicycle or a surfboard while at the beach is a must when in San Diego, nothing is more liberating than riding the bike along the boardwalk in mission beach, or enjoy the waves at the beach.
5. Gaslamp historic quarter is a must visit place while on vacation in San Diego. Whether you are in the mood for a carefully crafted cocktails, fine wines, craft beers, the gaslamp quarter is the ideal place for you. Nightlife in the gaslamp district is like no other, with 100s of bars, rooftops and nightclubs, you will find yourself enjoying a margarita on the rooftop of a hotel, looking at the bay and Coronado Island and feeling like you’re on top of the world. The best and highest rated restaurants in the county are located in the Gaslamp quarter. If you are hosting a big dinner, or want a romantic dinner, you will find something that will fit your needs.