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30 Things to Do in San Diego

San Diego is everything good about California—amazing weather, gorgeous beaches, an active lifestyle and friendly people. In “America’s Finest City” you’ll find green space and stunning vistas around every corner, enticing everyone from avid hikers and surfers to casual dog owners and families outside.

  1. Visit the USS Midway Museum, located in the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century.

  2. Snap a photo by the 25-foot “Unconditional Surrender” sculpture, and recreate your own with your special someone!

  3. Jog along San Diego Bay with the convention center as your starting point.

  4. Rent electric scooters to get around town by activating them with your smart phone.

  5. Take your kids to the New Children’s Museum downtown.

  6. Shop for souvenirs and grab an ice cream at Seaport Village.

  7. Take the elevator to the Top of the Hyatt for spectacular views of downtown and the bay.

  8. Dine on gourmet Mexican fare outside at Puesto at the headquarters.

  9. Take your dogs for a swim at Mission Bay Park.

  10. Peruse the local boutiques on Orange Avenue in the beautiful town of Coronado.

  11. Stay for a matinee at Lamb’s Players Theatre.

  12. Walk through the historic lobby of the Hotel del Coronado, known by locals as simply the Del.

  13. Spend the afternoon at Coronado Beach off Ocean Boulevard.

  14. Explore the gardens and attractions at Balboa Park, the cultural hub of city.

  15. Spend a half day at the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

  16. Visit the Cabrillo National Monument, commemorating the European discovery of San Diego in 1542.

  17. Hike down to the Point Loma Tide Pools and peek inside the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

  18. Post your next Instagram from Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

  19. Get a tee time at Torrey Pines, one of the most spectacular city courses in the country.

  20. Watch the surfers from the Ocean Beach Pier.

  21. Down a burger at Hodad’s on Newport Avenue.

  22. Scream your head off at SeaWorld on the Electric Eel, the city’s tallest, fastest roller coaster.

  23. Visit the picturesque town of La Jolla and see the resident seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove. (Sea lions bark and have visible ears, seals do not!)

  24. Channel your inner Goonie inside the Sunny Jim Sea Cave.

  25. Hike along the cliffs from The Cave Store toward La Jolla Shores for incredible views.

  26. Refuel with great coffee and avocado toast at Brockton Villa.

  27. Hang out at the repurposed 1920s military barracks, Liberty Station, and catch a concert or an outdoor movie.

  28. Enjoy an authentic meal at Little Italy.

  29. Cheer on the Padres at Petco Stadium while soaking in the views.

  30. End the evening with an old fashioned at The Whiskey House in the Gaslamp Quarter.


San Diego harbor and skyline ©iStock/Ron_Thomas

“Unconditional Surrender” on the downtown waterfront, La Jolla coastline, La Jolla Cove sea lion, La Jolla surfers, Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo Monument, Outdoor dining at Liberty Station ©Laura Anders Lee