San Diego is located at the bottom of the Golden State and enjoys year-round warm weather and sunshine, yet is often overlooked when it comes to cities to visit. However, San Diego has a slower pace, great outdoor culture and friendly people which makes it a perfect sunny getaway. In San Diego there is one of the greatest zoos in America, there are historical avenues, sunset sails where you can spot whales, dolphins, and a never-ending supply of those captivating sea lions. Read below for just a few of the great destination places and things to enjoy in San Diego.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,700 animals and over 100 acres to explore it will take an entire day to explore. The zoo is home to the sought-after Giant Pandas. The San Diego Zoo offers a multitude of additional experiences for the animal lover. Choose from breakfast with the Koalas, eat lunch on a treetop patio. Have a brew at the Zoo Brew or sign up for a private two-hour tour with the Giant Pandas or a twilight trek after sunset. This zoo has it all for adults and kids alike.
USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway Museum in San Diego is the most visited naval ship museum in the world. The exhibits range from sleeping quarters to the captain’s cockpit. There is a ship’s jail as well as twenty-nine restored aircraft. Get into a flight simulator, take in a short film. There are many interactive exhibits as well as aircraft to climb into for adults and kids alike. Head back into history and discover this floating city at sea.
The Gaslamp in San Diego’s National Historic District is the place to head for anyone looking for a little something extra. The Gaslamp is a collection of eclectic shops and restaurants spread over 16 city blocks. Everyone is encouraged to stroll down the streets and take in the Victorian architecture. Pull up a stool at a local restaurant and listen to some great live music. The shops are filled with blown glass, fine art galleries, and live theatre. If you enjoy the nightlife than the Gaslamp Quarter is where you want to be after dark. There are red carpet clubs, celebrity sightings, and private cabanas. All these places offer the greatest décor, sound systems, and service. So, regardless if you want to just shop some great shops and have a bite to eat or party the night away after dark, the Gaslamp has you covered on both scores and will not disappoint.
Petco Park is just a little way from the Gaslamp Quarter and is home of the Padres, San Diego’s Major League Baseball team. At Petco Park, baseball fan or not is a great place to visit. Grab a pair or $10 tickets and take in the game from the beach behind center field. Petco Park in San Diego is also known for the amazing behind the scenes tour where there is access to the press box, dugout, the bullpen, luxury suites and so much more. Tours are all year round.