Many people have said that San Diego, California is a perfect city, and what’s not to love?
Avocados, baseball icon Ted Williams, LEGOLAND, Citizen Kane, Belmont Park and Mission Beach were all ‘born out’ of this amazing city. There is so much to see and do in San Diego that it’s quite intoxicating. Single, married, student or child, there is something incredible for everybody in this southern California city. Plus the climate is ideal! Even the U.S. Weather Bureau describes San Diego’s weather as “the most nearly perfect in America.”
Imagine this while you are walking around the birthplace of California:
The average year-round high temperature is 70ºF. The yearly rainfall is light, averaging only 9.45 inches. San Diego’s warm and sunny weather is one of its main attractions. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging about 58 degrees with summer temperatures ranging between 70 and 85 degrees.
So let us begin exploring San Diego!
San Diego Zoo. This is a no-brainer! The zoo known ’round the world is home to some 4,000 animals with more than 800 species. It’s simply an urban paradise (100-acres) that never grows old and a must-see for any folks making the trip to San Diego.
Balboa Park. It’s known as the landscape of art and culture, and easy to see why. Balboa Park houses 15 major museums, several stunning, performing arts venues and beautiful greenery like Rose Garden and historic Botanical Building. There is hiking and biking along Balboa Park’s 65-miles of trails, too!
Madame Tussaud’s “House of Wax”. It’s a famous landmark and so Hollywood. Take a stroll through the house and mingle with favorite A-listers like Johnny Depp, Nicole, Kidman, Clark Gable and many more. These gorgeous, wax re-creations of the rich and famous will have you doing double-takes; remember to bring along your camera!
Petco Park. If you love the San Diego Padres, then a stop at Petco Park is essential. This huge, open-air ballpark located in the city’s downtown is quite magnificent with plenty of room for fans- with a capacity for some 41,000.
Qualcomm Stadium. Addicted to the thud of the pigskin? Then a visit to Qualcomm Stadium is blast. The enormous, city-owned stadium is home to the San Diego Chargers, but also hosts sporting events, like college bowl games and international soccer matches.
Belmont Park. It’s an historic, oceanfront, amusement park with so much to offer! Stroll along the boardwalk, grab an ice cream and ride the Giant Dipper. Tons of fun and an arcade, too.
Mission San Diego de Alcala. There are a number of missions sprinkled across San Diego, and this is one of the finest. San Diego de Alcala is California’s first mission, established in 1769.
San Diego Beaches. Consider this- 70 miles of sand and surf! The beautiful Pacific Ocean is so inviting for everyone. The top five to dip your toes in: Mission Beach, Coronado Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla Beach and Imperial Beach.
San Diego’s Most Popular Eateries. All that fun in the sun makes one hungry for something yummy, and San Diego does not disappoint. According to Zagat’s, the top three restaurants include 1.Mille Fleurs, 2.AR Valentien and 3.Sushi Ota.
San Diego Symphony Orchestra. The famous SDSO is still going strong since its very first performance back in 1910. This excellent symphony orchestra plays 140 concerts a year, both indoors and outdoors. Home is the Historic Copley Symphony Hall inside the Jacobs Music Center.
SeaWorld. Need we say more? Have a ball all day long at this fantastic, marine paradise. Let enormous Shamu splash you. The kids will never want to leave SeaWorld. Check out Turtle Reef, Dolphins Point and Penguins Uo Close.
Gaslamp Quarter. Walk along the 16 1/2 block Gaslamp Quarter and take in the nightlife, dining and wonderful shopping along the way. Nice, Victorian and Art Deco architecture highlights the area. Fun festivals and parades are also held here.
United States Olympic Training Center. Enjoy a guided tour through the Chula Vista center and see how these incredible athletes train for excellence. The complex is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Sky Dive Perris. Why not really challenge yourself and take a freefall adventure at the only skydiving resort in California.
We’ve just touched the surface. San Diego is bursting with awesome things to do!