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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.
Ronald Reagan was the first person to drive across the Coronado Bridge when it opened in 1969.
In San Diego, it’s illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar.
There are fines issued for leaving your Christmas lights up past February 2nd.
The top employer in the city is the United States Navy.
San Diego is home to the largest oceanographic museum in the USA, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
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.
San Diego produces the most avocados in the United States.
San Diego has the largest number in the U.S., approximately 7,000.
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.
The act of hypnosis is banned by public schools in San Diego.
Celebrity singer Jason Mraz has a 5.5 acre avocado farm in San Diego.
San Diego has more fleas than any other city in the USA.
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.
Well, at least two famous ones. Both Shaun White and Tony Hawk hail from San Diego.
May 29th is Tony Hawk Day in San Diego (the post offices and banks don’t close, though).
San Diego has the most ideal climate with temperatures averaging 70 all year long.
Including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, The Star of India, which resides in the port of San Diego.
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.
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.
From the early 1930s to the late 1970s, San Diego was the tuna capital of the world.
WD-40 was invented in San Diego by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953.
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.