San Diego, CA – The thermostat here seems to be permanently set at a mild 72 degrees, the sun is always shining but never glaring, and palm tree fronds rustle gently from the cool sea breeze. San Diego has something for everyone as you will see in this list of the top 5 things to do here.
1) Balboa State Park – This 1,200-acre park is the official home the world renowned San Diego Zoo. Balboa park is also a great place for an afternoon stroll, a picnic or a bike ride. If you are not in the mood for a lazy afternoon though, there are plenty of other fun things to do.
Check out a show at the Old Globe Theatre or absorb the culture at the Casa de Balboa or the Spanish Village Art Center. Check out the website.
2) Mission Beach – “Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Mission Bay Park in northwestern San Diego, Mission Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the city. This two-mile stretch of sugary-white sand fits the SoCal beach stereotype to a T: throngs of surfers and bikini-bearing sunbathers crowd the shores every summer, while the nearby boardwalk is usually packed with inline skaters and bicyclists.” Learn More.
3) Gaslamp Quarter – If you are looking for entertainment, nightlife, and a nice neighborhood atmosphere then look no further than Gaslamp Quarter. The area covers 16 city blocks and is accented by Victorian-style buildings that house quaint shops, tony restaurants and lovely art galleries.
It is also important to mention that some of the most trendy nightlife hotspots are located here. Check out the neighborhood’s website.
4) Cabrillo National Monument – Jutting up into the sky from the southernmost tip of Point Loma is the Cabrillo National Monument. It is a statue that represents Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who, in 1542, was the first European explorer to sail up the Californian coast. The monument towers 422 feet above sea level and provides for some amazing views! You may even spot some whale if you are there at the right time of year, which is typically between December and March.
5) Maritime Museum of San Diego – San Diego, in it’s former glory days, was a bustling seaport that provided goods and commerce for a large portion of the United States. The Maritime Museum of San Diego pays tribute to this earlier, more simple time period. Here you can tour all types of 19th century seafaring vessels.
The Museum is located on the San Diego Bay just south of the International Airport.