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Things to Do at Night in San Diego

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Looking for something to do at night in San Diego?

Known for its year ‘round outdoor lifestyle and laid back vibe, this special city, nestled in the country’s southwest corner, has more to offer than a constant supply of vitamin D. Whether you’re hanging with the seals in La Jolla Cove, enjoying a sundowner at Coronado’s Hotel Del Coronado, checking out the city night lights aboard Old Town Trolley Tours or hiking the cliffs at Torrey Pines, San Diego has something for everyone.

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Even after the colors of the gorgeous sunset streak the sky with hues of pinks and purples, the excitement continues into the dark of night. Many visitors see a trip to San Diego as a chance to soak up sun, sand and sea. But there’s equally as much to do when the sun goes down. Check out the lights of downtown or spend an evening watching the stars glisten above the waves. Take in a movie, a sporting event or an outdoor community gathering. Grab your friends and window shop, enjoy a friendly fish taco or wander the gardens of Balboa Park.

Spend your San Diego nights surrounded by friends, enjoying fun activities and fantastic festivities.

Natural Habitats

hotel del coronado nightEvening excursions in San Diego are no exceptions to the easy access to nature rule. Whether you’re looking for a starlit picnic spot, a wander through the city’s epic green space or a fabulous spot to roast your most perfect marshmallow, San Diego’s got you covered.

  • Spend an evening with nature in Balboa Park
  • Take in the free summer concerts
  • San Diego Astronomy Association
  • S’mores on the beach at Hotel Del Coronado’s ROAST
  • Go ice skating at any of the city’s various winter outdoor arenas
  • Outdoor summer movies
  • If you’re in town around the holidays, check out the holiday lights aboard Old Town Trolley in the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown
  • Take a journey into nature’s surrounds
  • Live Entertainment

san diego spreckles organSan Diego days may be filled with sunshine, but nights are filled with outdoor entertainment and extraordinary evenings under the stars. Fill your nights with laughter, Shakespearean comedies (or tragedies), seaside orchestra extravaganzas and an organ pavilion like no other.

  • Giggles and blues – National Comedy Store and House of Blues/Belly Up Tavern
  • Shows at the Old Globe
  • Cinema Under the Stars
  • Dive in Movies at the Pearl
  • Humphreys by the Bay concerts
  • San Diego Symphony Bayside Nights
  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Culture and Couture

Views of San Diego at NightFor those interested in evening wanderings, adult beverages, history mixed with authentic Mexican cuisine and art of the contemporary kind, San Diego nights are for you. Meander the 16 ½ block radius of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, take a tour of the over 100 breweries in the San Diego, get your fill of all things San Diego on the night trolley tour or spend your after-hours checking out one of the many culture-filled museums of the city.

Activities and Amusements

san diego petco parkOur parks are open! Spend your nights at the zoo or safari park, support the Padres at the major league baseball stadium in the center of downtown, head to the sea to watch the grunion run, dance under the stars at The Headquarters, or take in the rides and mini golf course right next to the Pacific at Mission Beach’s Belmont Park. Whether you’re hanging with the animals, putting through the windmills or shaking your hips with your new friends, San Diego is waiting for you.

  • San Diego Nighttime at the Zoo
  • SeaWorld Summer Nights
  • Take in a baseball game
  • Watch the grunion run
  • Salsa under the stars at the Headquarters
  • Sleepovers – Roar and Snore at the San Diego Zoo, Star of India Sleepover, Sleep aboard the USS Midway
  • Belmont Park Amusement Park
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