What are some must things to do while in San Diego area?

In March, my husband and I along with my parents and children are going to California for vacation. We are spending half of the vacation at Disneyland and the other half at San Diego. I was wondering if there were some "must sees" in San Diego or the surrounding area. It will be my first trip so I want to get the most out of my trip.

Depending on your interests, I would recommend the following:

1. The San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, and Legoland. Legoland is located in Carlsbad about 30 miles north of San Diego and is a favorite for young children. The zoo is fabulous and the Wild Animal Park lets you view the animals in a more natural environment.

2. Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad for a great view of San Diego and the coastline. This is not far away in La Jolla.

3. Take a bay cruise or the ferry from downtown San Diego to Coronado Island. It’s a great view of San Diego from the water. (costs only $6 per person roundtrip). Once in Coronado you could browse the shops, play on the beach, or rent surreys or bikes to ride along the coast.

4. Have a bonfire on the beach. Most San Diego beaches have fire pits for this. Bring some marshmallows for roasting.

5. Kids enjoy eating at the Corvette Diner in the Hillcrest Area. This is a fun, 50s style diner with a live DJ and a corvette parked in the middle of the restaurant.

6. Kayak through the caves in La Jolla. It’s best to go early in the morning. There are a number of guided trips leaving from downtown La Jolla that have all of the supplies you need…including wet suits.

5 Comments

  • Sydney

    Every Spring Break, I do the same thing. I spend four days in Disneyland and four days in San Diego. Some of the great things are: Coronado Island. A very small, sweet little island. The people are very friendly. They have a bookstore, many many many little shops, some small restaurants, and some great beaches. Very fun, not too pricey. Not to be cliche, but the San Diego Zoo is great. Especially if you are going during a warmer part of their year. Its great for kids and families. Set up like heaven for parents. A great restaurant in San Diego is an old Irish pub. Its called The Field. The ENTIRE restaurant was SHIPPED slowly to the U.S. and put together in San Diego. Great Irish food with great choices for kids as well. Ir your husband loves sports, they ahve a great bar area set up with sports playing constantly. You can ask for seating upstairs, which is usually where families with kids go, and your kids can walk around upstairs (its very small and constricted so you can see them at all times). These are only my suggestions, but all are great fun and not very expensive at all.
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  • Charlie

    check out this website and it will give you great info. It’s the Reader magazine, which is a free local mag that has all the local happenings as well as great info on dining, events, special deals, and even coupons. I have been reading it weekly for years to find out what is going on in the area.
    http://sdreader.com
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    san diego native

  • Kathy H

    Depending on your interests, I would recommend the following:

    1. The San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, and Legoland. Legoland is located in Carlsbad about 30 miles north of San Diego and is a favorite for young children. The zoo is fabulous and the Wild Animal Park lets you view the animals in a more natural environment.

    2. Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad for a great view of San Diego and the coastline. This is not far away in La Jolla.

    3. Take a bay cruise or the ferry from downtown San Diego to Coronado Island. It’s a great view of San Diego from the water. (costs only $6 per person roundtrip). Once in Coronado you could browse the shops, play on the beach, or rent surreys or bikes to ride along the coast.

    4. Have a bonfire on the beach. Most San Diego beaches have fire pits for this. Bring some marshmallows for roasting.

    5. Kids enjoy eating at the Corvette Diner in the Hillcrest Area. This is a fun, 50s style diner with a live DJ and a corvette parked in the middle of the restaurant.

    6. Kayak through the caves in La Jolla. It’s best to go early in the morning. There are a number of guided trips leaving from downtown La Jolla that have all of the supplies you need…including wet suits.
    References :
    http://www.sandiego-romantics.com

  • Rob B

    San Diego Wild Animal Park. It is about a 45 minute drive from downtown, but it is worth it. Everyone I’ve taken there has liked it better than the zoo because it’s so different. Give yourself a day and bring good walking shoes.
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  • MEW

    Firstly in March, I would bring an umbrella, just to be safe.
    There are the obvious must do’s: Coronado, Sea World, Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.

    Then there are the less obvious ones: Julian, Anza Borrego, Palomar Mountain, Point Loma light house and tide pools, brunch at Karl Strauss…the Sorrento Valley location, downtown La Jolla, and I was gonna say Mt Solidad, but that’s in the process of sliding down the hill, so never mind that.

    Since you’re bringing the kids, take them to Corvette Diner one day for lunch or dinner.
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