San Diego is the perfect destination for families where you can easily mix a day in the great outdoors and still take in a museum or two. It is known for its beautiful year round weather where the average daily temperature is 70.5 degrees Fahrenheit (21.4 degrees Celsius). What makes San Diego an even more perfect vacation destination is, that within a very short traveling distance, you can enjoy coastal, mountain and desert environments all in the space of one day.
What better way to unwind and relax than on the San Diego beaches? San Diego boasts 70 miles of beach where families can swim, surf, snorkel, play volleyball, or just lie in the sun, a perfect spot for both parents and kids to enjoy a vacation day.
However, if the beach is too low key for you, San Diego has many other attractions to choose from.
LEGOLAND California, is a 128-acre theme park featuring more than 50 interactive attractions and rides that kids can push, pull, steer, pedal, squirt, climb, or build their way through a wonderland of activities.
SeaWorld San Diego, located on Mission Bay, is a 189-acre park featuring six major shows, fascinating attractions and dozens of exhibits containing marine life from around the globe.
San Diegoâ€™s Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the United States. It has been referred to as the â€œSmithsonian of the West.â€ The park is the home to 85 cultural attractions, including 15 museums, 8 gardens and the San Diego Zoo. The Old Globe Theatre, modeled after Shakespeare’s Old Globe in London, is located within the park. The theatre has 3 stages, including an outdoor theater, where 15 plays and musicals are presented each year including its highly-regarded Shakespeare festival.
Also inside Balboa Park you will find The San Diego Zoo. The zoo is a world-famous 100-acre tropical garden that houses 4,000 animals of 800 rare and exotic species. Popular zoo activities include a three-mile guided bus tour, sky tram, children’s petting zoo, and baby animal nursery.
Parking at Balboa Park is free, but space fills quickly on weekends and during the summer. Overflow parking can be found on the streets surrounding the heart of Balboa Park on Park Blvd and Sixth Avenue. No matter where you park, the walk to the park is great but if you prefer to ride, free shuttles are available, just look for the signs.
Hillcrest, the Gay Heart of San Diego, is only minutes from Balboa Park with just a short drive from the downtown area. Also downtown is the Historic Heart of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter. Here you will find Petco Park which is the home of the San Diego Padres. This area is primarily straight, but gays feel welcome.
Located 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park is a 1,800-acre preserve where wild animals roam free over vast expanses as they would in their native habitats of Africa and Asia.
If shopping is your form of entertainment, you will not be disappointed. Fashion Valley is the best, with Mission Valley only a few miles away. Horton Plaza (The heart of downtown) is a must see for the architecture. Also, there is the Las Americas Outlet mall located right next to the border of US and Mexico, and outlet malls at Vejas casino.
For all you Wizard of Oz fans, L. Frank Baum, who was the author of the book, did much of his writing at the Hotel Del Coronado. It is said that he based his designs for the Emerald City on the hotel. Baum is also credited with designing the crown chandeliers that hang in the Crown Room of the hotel.
Other must sees: the small “island” town of Coronado and La Jolla. In La Jolla you will find the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Main Gallery, upscale shopping and restaurants, and the seal pool which is a cove where seals nurse their pups.
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