Ideas for a vacation in San Diego?

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Ideas for a vacation in San Diego?

Question by Heather: Ideas for a vacation in San Diego?
My bf and I are going on vacation to San Diego in September. We’re looking for ideas of things to do there and in the surrounding area. We would like to spend some time on the beach or doing outdoorsy type things. We also like to go out in the evenings. Any ideas?

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Answer by Joe C
September has the best weather of the year. Good choice.

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Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.

North County San Diego is home to the Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. There are multi acre enclosures where herds of wild animals roam plus lots of hiking trails.

Mission and Pacific Beach are your best bet for fun in the sun.

La Jolla offers great views, great food, and shopping.
Check out the surfers at historic Winansea Beach. At low tide you can walk out onto the tide pools. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food and Alfonso’s. Then head to the Birch aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It has a spectacular view of the bluffs over the Pacific Ocean.

For nightlife, the Gaslamp Quarter offers dining, drinking and dancing. It’s also the home of Petco Park and the San Diego Padres major league baseball team.

NFL Football will be in full swing and the Chargers play at home Sept. 20 and 27 (Ravens, Dolphins) Individual game tickets just went on sale last Friday.

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument offers great views of the dowtown skyline, San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico.

Take a dinner cruise on the harbor.

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  1. Avatar ducky aka Mr Duck says:

    any and/or all of the beach towns !
    from Coronado in the south
    to Carlsbad in the north

    Balboa Park & the Zoo

    The Bay / Embarcadero / Maritime Museums

    Cabrillo National Monument / Point Loma Lighthouse

    Old Town & Little Italy

    Torrey Pines State Beach & Reserve

    stay Out of the local desert ( it’s to hot in the summer )

    night time fun :
    Gaslamp / Downtown / East Village
    Pacific & Mission Beach
    on Friday & Saturday nights – North Park & Hillcrest.

    check out this site for great places to eat—mission-beach-san-diego

  2. Avatar Kathy H says:

    There are lots of romantic things to do in San Diego. It really depends on your budget, age, and interests.

    My favorite things to do are roasting marshmallows on the beach, kayaking the caves in La Jolla in a tandem kayak built for 2, and watching a spectacular sunset. If you are 21 or over, head to the Gaslamp Quarter for upscale nightclubs or to Pacific Beach for a younger more casual club scene.

    Check out for more ideas on things to do. You’ll find more info on my suggestions on this site, which focuses on romantic things to do.

  3. Avatar luvSD says:

    The beach is very nice, of course, you can read about them here:

    Seaport Village combined with walkign along embarcadero is pretty nice. If you like military stuff, go to the Midway (retired air flight carrier) or the Maritime Museum.

    Go hiking in Torrey Pines Nature Reserve, then head down towards the beach. There are a few good eateries a few minutes drive away on Carmel Valley Road It makes for a nice day.

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