Known for its beautiful sandy beaches, SeaWorld, a world famous Zoo and Safari Park, 'America's Finest City' is one of the best temperate climate and popular tourist destinations in the company. But if you've already taken a trolley tour to cultural Balboa Park and the beautiful and historic Hotel Del Coronado, you'll soon find you've barely scratched the surface of things to do in this eclectic city.
Some of the best things you can do at no expense!
Culture comes free at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Every week, this open air venue's resident organist performs concerts open to the public and no reservations are necessary. Check the calendar for times.
Take a hike! With great weather year round, spend your day exploring some of the many trails around the city. One of the most scenic, Torrey Pines is a popular trail. But to avoid the crowds while still experiencing a similar outlook, trail the lesser known Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension. And unlike its more famous counterpart, you don't have to pay for parking!
If afterwards you feel like resting your feet, be an armchair athlete at the Velodrome where on certain nights of the week you can watch others doing the hard yards. This little known gem is serious business for competitors, but for spectators it's absolutely free!
Coffee at Starbucks?
Or for a more uniquely San Diegan experience, hang out with the locals at Claire de Lune coffee lounge in trendy North Park. With live bands and an eclectic vibe, this locally run business has a friendly and homely indoor/outdoor feel. If you happen to be in San Diego in Summer, head to Cinema Under The Stars in nearby Mission Hills afterwards. Complete with zero gravity chairs, the genres of movies aired vary so check the website or Facebook page of this tucked away venue to find something which appeals.
Or allow a friendly feline to choose a book for you at Adams Avenue book store. Especially if you're feeling lost, these well-read and perceptive felines will gladly point a paw in the right direction. At the risk of a scratch, would you dare to complain?
Dinner at Applebee's?
Not that there's anything wrong with that! Applebee's Grill and Bar is one of the most popular casual dining restaurants in the country for families, with a reliable menu, generous portion sizes and reliably good service. But if you're after something memorable and enjoy a bit of banter, try Dick's Last Resort where the motto is 'Eat, Drink, Laugh'. Wisecracking servers with attitude, expect to have your menus and napkins tossed at you from across the room! If you keep that tone in mind, you will likely giggle into your grub while wearing a tailor made, chef style paper hat throughout the evening.
You saved on your hotel so do something to make your friends really envious!
Sail San Diego provides small group excursions tours where you can see the city highlights on a three hour cruise, a three hour cruise (Forgive the Gilligan's Island reference). But we're sure you'll be find something from the range of cruises on offer to make your San Diego sojourn special.
There's so much to explore, you may need to spend more time!
The best way to start your venture is by hiring a car and embarking on San Diego's 59 mile scenic drive. While doing it in a day may seem ambitious, it's a good way to work out the places you would like to return for a second visit.
San Diego is also known for its folk art. If you have the opportunity to go further afield, Salvation Mountain is just two and a half hours north east the city. It's a place reserved for appreciators of folk art but without giving too much away, the setting is likely to be something you won't find anywhere else! If that sounds enticing to you, then spend a bit more time in the region and stay in nearby Brawley.
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