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Having Fun for Yourself in in San Diego, California!

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Getting Out there and into it in San Diego, California!

ryan rotors cape cod1) Visit Balboa Park - this is a sprawling outdoor destination with 1200 acres making up the city cultural mecca, located in the heart of downtown San Diego; this park has 2 leash free dog runs open 24/7/365, and it is a great place for a picnic and people-watch; wander through the gardens and admire the intricate Spanish-Renaissance architecture, and enjoy the many free attractions! Balboa Park in San Diego contains the San Diego Zoo and 17 other different museums, gardens, and historic sites, watch a show at the Old Globe Theatre, take the klds to the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, or enjoy the arts at the Casa de Balboa (includes 3 separate art museums and the Spanish Village Art Center; TripAdvisor Links - Yelp Link - Buy Tickets for Balboa Park Attractions from TripAdvisor!
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2. Ticket Network Tickets for Sports Games, Concerts, and Theater in San Diego!

toad hall classic sports cars in cape codCheck out for tickets to San Diego Events!

Baseball Tickets for the San Diego Padres!

Basketball Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters, San Diego State Aztec Tickets, and San Diego Toreros Tickets!

San Diego Hockey Tickets for the San Diego Gulls!

Tickets for Concerts at the Valley View Casino Center, House of Blues San Diego Tickets, Music Box, Balboa Theatre, Humphrey's Backstage Live, Copley Symphony Hall, Divic Theatre, and more!


3. Let's Go to the Beach! (Spend 1/2 the Day here!)

beaches cape codMission Beach at Mission Bay Park overlooks the Pacific and is one of the most popular shores in San Diego with 2 miles of white sand, surfers, sunbathers, a boardwalk packed with skaters and bicyclists, and more!

Share the waters with the seals and visit the Giant Dipper Rollercoaster in Belmont Park on the Northn Edge of the Beach!

**Dogs allowed at the Dog Beach on Mission Bay and on Fiesta Island

Mission Beach (Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor)

Mission Bay Boardwalk (Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor)beaches cape cod

Mission Bay Park - Park is FREE! Open 7 days (Map - TripAdvisor - Website)

Belmont Park attractions are NOT free (Map - TripAdvisor (Tours/Tickets Link) - Website) - Giant Dipper Rollercoaster TripAdvisor

Pacific Beach (Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor (Tours/Tickets Link)

**Parking may be a challenge, so walk or bike if you can; additional parking at Belmont Park, Santa Clara Point, and South Mission Beach Park


4. Watch the Sunset at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park! - Free!

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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a great place to catch panoramic views of the sunset and ocean, with natural cliffs, sea caves and arches, and intricate coastal bluffs, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and beaund on the right day you can see the dolphins and whales migrating up and down the coast from the Bering Sea to Baja California!

The park spans 68 acres along the Pacific Shoreline, bordering the Point Loma's western edge; there is an 18 acre linear section west of Sunset Cliffs Blvd and a hillside section that is 50 acres with a multi-species conservation area that links to the 640 acre Point Loma Ecological Reserve to the south.

(Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor - Website)

5. Seaport Village

cape cod sportsmenVisit this special San Diego place and explore the diverse shopping stores with 50+ shops, 17 eateries, and outdoor entertainment!

The Seaport Village in San Diego hosts the Busker Festival in the Spring, which brings street acts from across the country to perform bizarre talents. If you don't know, a Busker is a street performer known for unusual acts and comedy that performs for tips, talents might include standing statue-like painted in gold, juggling unicycles, sword swallowing, pogo stick tricks, and more!!!

Hours: June-August: Daily 10a-10p

September-May: Daily 10a-9p

(*Restaurant hours may vary)

Seaport Village Website: Restaurant Options, Shopping Stores, Entertainment & Music Schedule

(Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor - Website & Live Music Schedule)



cape cod rail trail6. Get the Go San Diego Card (starting at $84 each): this is a pass that will save you TONS of money on San Diego attractions, tours, and activities. The Go Card provides entry/access to 43 of San Diego's best attractions and tours, restaurant and shopping discounts, and a full color guidebook with city navigation maps and instructions.

TripAdvisor Link to Buy Go San Diego Card!



Buy a Go San Diego Card on TripAdvisor!


7. Visit the Gaslamp Quarter (2 hours up to half day) - FREE

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The Gaslamp Quarter is a very popular and busy neighborhood you want to visit if you're looking for a very "hip" scene, with 16 blocks of different shops, galleries, trendy restaurants, and great nightlife and entertainment venues all housed in Victorian-style buildings. The Horton Plaza outdoor shopping center is the best place to start your expedition and exploration of the area; you can hop on the Old Town Trolley Tour, or, if you're a night-owl, there are many outdoor patios and rooftop lounges in the neighborhood to experience.

The Gaslamp Quarter is located Southwest of Balboa Park

*Parking can be a hassle, alternatively, use the public transportation or park at Hoerton Plaza where there is 3 hours of FREE parking with validation

(Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor Tours, Tickets, and Reviews - Website)



8. Visit Old Town San Diego State Historic Park: wellfleet bay wildlife sanctuary

Old Town is the historic heart of San Diego, dating back to 1769 when San Diego was California's first settlement with just a mission and a fort, now a well-preserved historic state park with 12 acres of museums, boutique shops, art galleries, and delicious Mexican food restaurants. Stroll around this historic area through lush gardens and shop in specialty stores with treasures from all over the world! Dance to the wandering mariachis, stop and reflect at the Fiesta de Reyes fountains, and explore the Bazaar del Mundo. The original core historic buildings fronm the interpretive period are complemented nicely in this park with reconstructed sites and 20th century building.

Five original adobe buildings are part of the park and feature museums, distinctive retail boutiques, and a few restaurants. Visitors can explore the historic plaza, enjoy music, pet the park's "burros," and become acquainted with the culture and life that propeled San Diego from a Mexican "pueblo" into an American settlement.

Hours: Oct-April: Mon-Thurs 10a-4p, Fri-Sun 10a-5p

May-September: 10a-5p

Park Restrooms Open 10a-Dusk
Museums closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day

Old Town San Diego Website's: Museums and Shops and Restaurants Page Links

Old Town Brochure (PDF)

(Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor - Website)



9. Visit the House of Hints!

chatham pier and fish marketNo matter your age or education level, friends and family will enjoy solving this virtual escape game, straight out of the CSI crime shows, this place will get your heart pumping (without being too physical) and lets you bond with your kids without outside distractions (everyone is so focused on the phone they won't even miss their phones)!

The trick of the game is team work and using communication to complete tasks, although 2 teams can complete against eachother as well in separate rooms.

Link to Video Tour

(Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor - Website)



10. USS Midway Museum

island queen ferry in cape codDiscover what life is like aboard one of America's longest serving U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier, the USS Midway. The museum welcomes visitors to delve into the life histories and experiences of the 225,000 sailors who lived aboard this floating city, serving our country and fighting to preserve freedom and peace. The USS Midway Museum is great for families, with more than 60 exhibits, 29 restored aircraft, very knowledgable volunteer docents and a self-guided audio tour, and flight simulators making a visit here an unforgettable adventure.

Located 1/2 mile South of the Maritime Myseym on N Harbor Dr.

Open daily from 10a-5p, last admission at 4p (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Days)

Admission: $20/adult, $17/senior, Kids(6-12) & Retired Military $10

Buy SKIP THE LINE USS Midway Museum Tickets on TripAdvisor

(Map - Yelp - TripAdvisor - Website)

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