San Diego Things to Do

San Diego is so close to LA that if we want to go somewhere, but don’t want to go very far, it’s always the first thing we think of. We went there multiple times for different occasions, from birthdays to impromptu trips to school trips. Each time, we find something different about the city. Here’s a few of our favorites.

Food

Two of the places we recommend is Phil’s BBQ and Extraordinary Desserts. Phil’s BBQ has really good ribs and a nice atmosphere. The line is very long but the food is worth the wait. Extraordinary desserts is a wonderful place to sit and talk, with beautiful desserts and quirky souvenirs that you can spend hours exploring.

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Balboa Park

Balboa Park has great architecture and tons of things to do. There is the San Diego National History Museum with the great display about water and a giant screen theater showing an amazing dinosaur documentary. There are beautiful gardens and lovely dining places. There are performers and music all around. It’s like a whole city in itself. We will probably make a post dedicated to it.

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Safari

If there’s something everyone knows about San Diego, it’s the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The safari ride was both fun and enlightening. We saw some black rhinos and the guide told us that they were endangered, then proceeded to talk about conservation and breeding efforts.

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Downtown

Just walking around the streets of San Diego is so much fun. Visit the Gaslamp Quarter and its vicinity. Go to the Embarcadero. Try the many restaurants and cafés there, some of which opens until very late at night. Remember that parking in downtown is a hassle, so if you use public transportation it would help a lot.

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Seaport Village

Seaport village is a laid-back shopping and food place located by the water. I love just walking around the place, window-shopping, eating candies, and wine-tasting. If you like leisure bike rides, you can rent bicycles by the hour. Read more about what we think here.

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Old Town

This is probably my favorite place in San Diego. Every time we visit this city, we always have time to go to Old Town. If you go here, try to walk around the city because you will see more. Take the train…it’s a great experience. For more, see our previous post here.

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One thing that I love about San Diego is how ‘chill’ it is. There is no rush…everything seems laid back. The weather is also very nice, although sometimes it does rain a bit. But the thing I love the most is the fact that it’s only three hours away from LA and yet it is a completely different city.

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