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Fun Facts About San Diego

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San Diego Facts

Everyone knows that San Diego has the most beautiful beaches, the most perfect weather and is home to some of the most laid-back, friendly folks in the nation. But there are a lot of other really cool and interesting facts about America’s Finest City that you may not know. Read on for fun facts about San Diego.

Discover the magic of wintertime in San Diego and embark on a historical “Transportainment®” adventure!

Bridges with Presidential purpose.

Ronald Reagan was the first person to drive across the Coronado Bridge when it opened in 1969.

Protect the jackrabbits!

In San Diego, it’s illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar.

Bah humbug… after February 2.

There are fines issued for leaving your Christmas lights up past February 2nd.

Go Navy!

The top employer in the city is the United States Navy.

Marine life rules!

San Diego is home to the largest oceanographic museum in the USA, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Historically thrilling!

The Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, is the only roller coaster in the United States to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

Get your fill of this super food!

San Diego produces the most avocados in the United States.

How many farms does your city have?

San Diego has the largest number in the U.S., approximately 7,000.

Oh the Thinks you can Think in San Diego!

The University of California, San Diego’s Geisel Library in La Jolla is home to the largest collection of original Dr. Seuss manuscripts and other materials in the world.

Just say NO to hypnosis!

The act of hypnosis is banned by public schools in San Diego.

Even the famous folks have farms.

Celebrity singer Jason Mraz has a 5.5 acre avocado farm in San Diego.

It’s a flea circus!

San Diego has more fleas than any other city in the USA.

They’re a thirsty group.

San Diego imports 168 million gallons of water a day. That’s enough, if put into water bottles, to circle the earth more than one and a quarter times.

It’s a city of skateboarders.

Well, at least two famous ones. Both Shaun White and Tony Hawk hail from San Diego.

Tony Hawk has a holiday named after him.

May 29th is Tony Hawk Day in San Diego (the post offices and banks don’t close, though).

Anytime is a good time to visit the city.

San Diego has the most ideal climate with temperatures averaging 70 all year long.

The city is home to many stars.

Including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, The Star of India, which resides in the port of San Diego.

Don’t go jump in a lake!

It’s illegal to swim in any of the lakes in the city; but since they’re all man-made and there are 70 miles of shoreline to enjoy, it’s no biggie.

O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree!

The Hotel Del Coronado is not only the oldest wooden structure in the USA, it was the first to feature an electric lit outdoor Christmas Tree in 1904.

Tuna anyone?

From the early 1930s to the late 1970s, San Diego was the tuna capital of the world.

Squeaky doors get oiled in San Diego.

WD-40 was invented in San Diego by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953.

Would you like fries with that?

The first drive-in restaurant in the United States was opened in San Diego by the man who later founded Jack in the Box in 1951.


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