Top 20 Must-Do Activities in San Diego

If you’re visiting San Diego, but haven’t quite figured out what to do in the area, check out these must-see things to do in San Diego!San Diego skyline

  1. Go to one of the many San Diego beaches. After all, a visit to Southern California just about requires a beach day — and with this weekend’s hot weather, it’s the perfect day to do it.
  2. Walk through downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for a laid-back afternoon activity. There’s art galleries, Victorian architecture, shopping and more to enjoy.
  3. Visit Old Town, with its 17 museums and historical sites, restaurants, boutiques, theatres, etc.
  4. Tour the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier — the most-visited naval ship museum in the world.
  5. Enjoy the scenery of Mission Bay Park, with its many trails near the shore.
  6. Visit La Jolla Cove. Kayak around the sea caves, enjoy the stunning sunsets, or snorkel the waters.
  7. Stroll through San Diego’s Seaport Village with its many shops, restaurants, outdoor entertainment, lagoon, marina, and more.
  8. Go to Mission Bay Park, a 4,600-acre aquatic park with the shoreline, waterways, inlets and islets to explore. Try kite surfing or another water sport, have a picnic picnic, go sportsfishing, and then finish off your day with s’mores around one of the fire pits there.
  9. Spend the day at SeaWorld San Diego, a marine life adventure park.
  10. Pretend you’re a old-time gold miner in Julian, a 100-year-old gold mining town in the Cuyamaca Mountains.
  11. Relax in your car as you take the 59-mile Scenic Drive, which will take you to all the must-see places in San Diego.
  12. Visit Balboa Park. There’s 15 museums, free daily park tours, public organ concerts on Sundays and beautiful gardens.
  13. Check out the Point Loma tidepools with your kids.
  14. Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad near La Jolla — you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view of San Diego, including the coastline.
  15. See the sea creatures at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. They have interesting exhibits and aren’t quite as busy as SeaWorld.
  16. Take the kids to Legoland; they’ll see a huge collection of creatures and displays made entirely from legos, with rides for the kids.
  17. Visit the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park. You can view packs, crowds, and families of wild animals, even taking a safari tour if you’d like.
  18. Take a harbor cruise – you’ll get views of downtown San Diego, the bay, Pacific Fleet and Coronado Bridge.
  19. Ride the trolley. It may not be a legitimate subway system, but it’s one way to beat the traffic and enjoy the sites.
  20. Go to Coronado Island – a peninsula between San Diego Bay and the ocean. It has a great beach and a little downtown area.

I know I missed some must-see places here in San Diego — after all, we have so much to offer in Southern California — so please let me know: what’s your must-do things in San Diego?

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