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5 Things You Can Do in San Diego That Will Make Your Trip Memorable

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San Diego’s well known for parks, beaches, and a pleasant climate. Situated on the Pacific coast in California, expect warm sunshine and the outdoors. However, you will be amiss if you do not check out their art scene. Explore the museums, art galleries, and gardens as you pay a visit to this beautiful city. Plus, there’s that added touch brought by the harbor, home to a naval fleet. Here are five things you can opt to do in San Diego to make your trip special.


 1) Get Out On The San Diego Bay

Part of the fun about visiting the San Diego coast is getting out and about on the water. Many options are on offer in the area, from kayaking, through to harbor tours, whale watching, and even sailing excursions.

If you enjoy fishing, you could think about booking a half or full day fishing charter. You could even do some spearfishing if that’s more your sort of action on and in the water.

Others with a bit more of an adventurous side might enjoy cage diving, or perhaps speeding across the water in a speedboat. From ocean level, you can take in sights like the USS Midway from a different angle, view the Coronado bridge from below, and enjoy the fun of being out on the bay under a sunny sky.

2) Explore The USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is such a wonderful place, especially if you have any interest in the military post World War II. It’s a living museum because the USS Midway aircraft carrier participated in war operations. And, this is the actual ship, rather than a replica. Down in the deep-water harbor, being on the ship’s a very special experience.

It comes with an impressive range of planes and you can climb into the cockpits of some of them. Feel exactly how the US pilots must have felt as you look out. Plus, you are given the chance to head below decks. Take a stroll through the quarters where real people once spent their time whilst on the high seas during war or active peacetime operations.

The massive carrier started service just after the second world war and was finally decommissioned soon after the Gulf War. To make it more interesting, there are also some simulators aboard the vessel. The museum at 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA opens daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. You may guide yourself with a recording, or just with someone in your group who recalls those days.

3) Balboa Park

San Diego literally is the birthplace of California. It was here that European Settlers stepped ashore. Obviously, museums and cultural activities may be found in the area, given its rich history. For those wishing to take a break and enjoy the historic scenery, you really should put Balboa Park on your itinerary.

The park encompasses 1,200-acres and beautiful gardens lie all around. However, it’s much more than just a park. The park really makes for a one-stop shop to satisfy almost anyone. You will discover more than 16 museums in Spanish Revival buildings. Plus, performing arts venues often hold events and shows. Trails, where you can walk or jog, are abundant, and there you’ll also find the San Diego Zoo.

If you love art, then look out for the Spanish Village Art Center near the zoo. Here, San Diego hosts thirty-seven working artist studios. Many artists work there or display their artworks which range from jewelry to sculpture, photography, and more.


 4) Hike The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

You don’t need to travel far to find nature in San Diego. That’s because the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve lies within the city limits. You probably won’t find a better example of what the southern California coastline used to look like. With the lagoon, miles of beautiful beaches and forests, it’s the ideal place to get out and do some hiking. Depending on your fitness levels, or the abilities of your family, you could spend anything from a few hours to an entire day enjoying nature.

The park opens daily between 7.15 AM and 5.00 PM. Inside the park, you may choose between one of several trails that meander around the Pacific coast and through ancient Torrey Pines. The Nature Center’s also very interesting and presents some displays. Of course, you could pick up some mementos of your vacation in San Diego.

Definitely, you really need to head down to the Torrey Pines State Beach. Unspoiled and simply beautiful, take care not to litter. Keeping it beautiful explains the “pack it in, pack it out” philosophy of the pristine area. While you walk along the beach, the cliffs tower above you creating a grand vista. Keep an eye out, as you may see occasional cliff gliders sailing overhead.

The trails are well-marked and very well maintained. If you check in at the Visitor Center, updated notices explain if any of them are closed. Some of the trails don’t open during the rains to prevent soil erosion. Take along some water and sunscreen and enjoy the fantastic views, bird and plant life.


 5) Visit The Stunning Beaches Of San Diego

Of course, while you’re in San Diego, a great deal of your time will be spent on the lovely beaches. With many to choose from, you not only get to enjoy boardwalks, but also the sun, sand, and surf.

Coronado beach, often described as one of the best in the area makes for a fun outing. Getting there across the long 200ft tall bridge is part of the fun. Once you arrive, expect to be amazed at the beauty of the sand which literally glistens with mica. Enjoy picking up the abundant sand dollars in the area.

La Jolla Beach is great for families as the waves roll in gently. Scuba classes are available, or you can just relax and enjoy seeing the sea lions in their habitat. Or, make your way to La Jolla Cove where you can enjoy snorkeling in clear blue water full of attractive Garibaldi fish.

If it’s fun you’re after, Mission Beach brings the opportunity to try out the beachfront roller coaster. Bike or board your way along the boardwalk or catch a volleyball game. Part beach, part amusement park, there’s loads of fun for everyone.

Pacific Beach, otherwise known as ‘The Strand’ attracts a young crowd as there’s always a beach party on the go at night. Plus, it’s not far to restaurants and shops. The two-mile stretch of beach attracts lots of visitors during the day as well, and ablution facilities are available.


San Diego caters to the young at heart, families, outdoors lovers, and those of cultural inclination. Overall, your trip to the area will make some memorable moments for you to treasure. Hopefully, these five things you can do in San Diego will help to make your trip special. For more travel inspiration and destination guides, check out Trip101.

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