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San Diego is a thriving city constantly welcoming visitors from around the globe. With its endless sunshine, ocean waves, countless trails and picturesque shoreline, visitors flock to America’s finest city for relaxation, reinvigoration and rest. Some come for the laid-back atmosphere while others come for the outdoor activities. Some come for those destination celebrations while others come to check out the sights. Many bring their special someone to share in their joy.
Keep Your Spirits Open and Wallets Shut
Nature reigns supreme here in America’s finest city. If you’re willing to park a bit further (or you have the California state parks pass), the only thing you’ll spend on these outings is time with the one you love. At any time of year, head out into the world to experience Mother Nature’s wonders of sand, sea, earth and sky.
San Diego’s epic green space is filled with concert spaces, picnic spots, hiking trails, ponds, picturesque sights, museums and more. Free.
Wiggle your toes in the sand beside the Pacific Ocean. Check out the views of the Hotel del Coronado, stroll the boardwalk from navy base to navy base and smile at the puppies as they run free on Dog Beach. Free.
Spend the day along the rocky cliffs of the Pacific. Watch the gliders, hike the trails, walk the beach or check out the history of The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Park outside the park or free with state park pass.
Bring a picnic, watch the surfers and catch the sunset as it sets the sky aflame each night. Free.
Here you’ll discover boardwalks, piers and some of the best people-watching spots around the entire city. Free.
Hang with the sea lions and seals, grab a kayak to explore the hidden caves and spend your day watching the colors of the sea ebb and flow as artists stand on the footpath trying to capture the essence of the moment. Free.
Head out of the city and into the orchards of a time gone by. Check out the Julian Pie Company for spectacular apple pie, grab some cider, hike a mountain or contemplate life while enjoying this mountain town. Free.
Activities In and Around Downtown
Want to explore the sights, hold your partner’s hand and enjoy an afternoon of learning and experiencing new? San Diego has more than its share of theme parks, museums and activities to keep your hearts and minds open. Find a four-legged friend, spend your day on the water or watch the glittering lights of the city sparkle as you traverse the streets in style.
Spend your day with animal friends at either Balboa Park’s San Diego Zoo or Escondido’s Safari Park. You can hang with the orangutans, awe at the giraffes, check out the tigers or wile away the afternoon watching the elephants play, eat and sleep. The safari park will even let you spend the night in one of their ‘roar and snore’ tents.
Spend some time exploring naval history aboard a decommissioned aircraft carrier. Check out the planes and helicopters, learn about life aboard this floating city and discover a small slice of what it takes to land a flying piece of metal aboard a moving vessel.
Spend some time at the national park in San Diego. Here you’ll learn about San Diego’s history, get a fantastic view of the city, be able to hike some trails, explore a lighthouse, wade in the tide pools and wait to see if you can catch a glimpse of the whales along their journey from here to there.
Hop aboard historic vessels of the sea. Turn the wheel of the Star of India or check out what life might have been like aboard both an American and Russian submarine. Get your sea legs under you as you spend the day jumping from one floating medium to another.
From feathered friends to wildlife wonders – SeaWorld San Diego has it all. Bring your special someone to spend the day with creatures of the deep as they invite you to experience a small part of their wonderful world.
Jump on board the Old Town Trolley to check out the sights and sparkle of San Diego at night. Learn the history of the city, check out the spectacular glow from street and city lights and spend the evening meandering the lanes of America’s finest city.
Shop, Cruise, Watch, Dine, Drink, and Stroll
Visit the downtown historic quarter of San Diego. This 16.5 block radius is filled with history, nightlife venues, restaurants, bars, stores, coffee shops and wine bars. Spend some time on the Martin Luther King Jr. path, experience the hauntings of some of the original buildings and take in the lights and love of this special city.
Hold your special someone as you float through the aisles of these homes on the sea. With the bay to one side and the ocean just a fingertip away, you’ll be floating along in the middle of natural and man-made magic.
Brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks alone – however you choose to cruise the waterways of the San Diego Bay – do so with a harbor cruise. Watch as some of the giant cruise ships make their way into port, check out the columns under the Coronado Bridge and spend a few hours enjoying life on the water.
Mother Nature meets shopping mecca … On the shore of San Diego Bay, you can wander the pathways of Embarcadero Park to fly a kite, take in a weekend extravaganza or have a perfect view for the sunset over the USS Midway. At Seaport Village, spend some time shopping for souvenirs, setting your sweet tooth loose on cupcakes and ice cream and grab some dinner at the seaside dining of your choice.
For the couples who love the views, sights, smells and tastes of the vineyards, Temecula is for you. Here you’ll find heaps of wineries offering tastings, treats and tours galore.
Take in an evening treat at this hotel’s ‘Dive-In’ movie. Grab your favorite person and spend an evening at an outdoor movie under the stars.