What to do in San Diego?
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After the series “what to do in Mexico” we now begin the series “what to do in America.” And the first in that series to be discussed is the list of “what to do in San Diego”. A lot, if you ask us! Because we actually ran out of time in our week in San Diego to get everything done. This is perhaps our favorite city in America. Find out now what to do!
1 Balboa Park
Balboa Park has so much to offer. Beautiful Spanish buildings, a stunning indoor botanical garden, the largest outdoor organ in the world and a host of workshops you can attend (for a fee). And that makes for a very cozy atmosphere that you might not immediately expect in America. And then again, the biggest advantage to Balboa Park is that admission is completely free (outside of workshops). If that isn’t fun!
2 San Diego Zoo
The San Diego zoo not only belongs in the list of what to do in San Diego but more importantly in the list of what to do in your life. Because this is without a doubt the most beautiful and fun zoo in the world. The range of animals here is just impressive with pandas, hippos and even polar bears. Although in this park it is more than just animal spotting. So you also have cable liftsthat transport you across the park or a 4D movie. People who regularly visit an animal park can only be recommended to visit this one as well. The only disadvantage though is the cost, because at $54 for a day ticket, this is definitely not cheap.
3 Downtown San Diego
The streets of Downtown San Diego can be described in a word as cozy, especially towards the evening. When all the music and lights of the bars come on. Although it is certainly worth visiting during the day as well. Especially at the Fashion Valley Mall, you can shop till you drop. And then focus especially on the side streets, because sometimes you really have some gems of stores there.
4 San Diego Padres
When you think of America, you think of sports and, consequently, baseball. And that’s exactly what you absolutely must go see in San Diego. Even if you don’t like sports because baseball is more than just sports. It’s a total package, from the singing of the national anthem before the match to the oversized Cokes and burgers during the match to the fun atmosphere around the stadium after the match. There is nowhere better to discover this sport than here at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. It is a huge stadium that seats 42 000 and, above all, has good weather most of the time. This is where we really started to love baseball.
One of the things we unfortunately did not see in San Diego due to lack of time were the beaches. But then again, there is so much to do in San Diego. What we can say, however, is that the beaches of San Diego are highly recommended because of its beautiful rocks that are there on some parts of the beach. Fun beaches in San Diego include Pacific Beach, La Jolla Beach and Mission Beach.
6 Old Town
In the list of “what to do in San Diego?”, Old Town can not be missed. This city catapults you back in time. At times it is like walking through a western movie set only to find yourself a 100 yards away in an old Mexican village. And it is not only the scenery that makes this place unique, but also the authentic stores and bars that are located in these special houses. Also, the fact that Old Town is completely free to visit makes it a real winner!
7 USS Midway Museum
We ourselves did not visit the USS Midway Museum because we are not that interested in the military and everything related to it. But from the outside, this was an impressive place to see. And in fact, at Tripadvisor, it ranks number one among excursions in San Diego. So a visit can’t be bad in our opinion. A ticket will cost you as much as 21 Dollars though you can save as much as 2 Dollars when purchasing online.
8 Seaport Village
Perhaps lesser known but definitely worth a visit when spending a week in San Diego is Seaport Village. This is ideally combined with the USS Midway Museum because it is within walking distance of each other. Seaport Village is a small outdoor shopping center where you will find fun unique stores. Like, for example, a Christmas store that is open all year round or a store where you will find delicious cupcakes from the winner of the famous TV program Cupcake Wars.
9 Whale spotting
In San Diego, you can go on a whale watching expedition. The chances of spotting a whale here are very high. For example, with many tour operators you get the guarantee of seeing whales. If you don’t spot one then you can just go for free next time. Most tours depart from Mission Bay.
10 Biking through San Diego
Exploring San Diego by bike is also an excellent way to get to know the city better. Cycling is especially enjoyable at the harbor, by the sea and in parks. In addition, you will come across a lot of nice stops in these neighborhoods where you can eat or drink something. So you wouldn’t expect it but cycling definitely belongs in the list of what to do in San Diego.