Due to COVID-19, some information may have changed. Starting Dec. 1, 2020: Tours available Friday – Monday (closed Tuesday – Thursday).
If you’re a tourist in San Diego and you’ve already visited all the big shot attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, the haunted Whaley House and Old Town San Diego State Park, it’s time to explore some of the unique things to do in San Diego.
Everyone can speak the universal language of music – here’s a place where you can learn about its many facets and how it’s been made for centuries! See hundreds of vintage instruments, audio and video clips and a bunch of galleries that feature historic musical milestones, popular music and more. This museum is a secret gem that lets you bang a drum, play a guitar and perhaps discover your hidden rock star. There are permanent, rotating and hands-on exhibits including a really cool Beatles display featuring recording artifacts from Abbey Road. It’s a fun diversion from theme parks and great for kids and adults.
A 15 minute ride on the Coronado Ferry transports you to Coronado where you can spend the day exploring, strolling on the beach, shopping at a myriad of boutiques or indulging your appetite for delicious cuisine. The moment you arrive at the Ferry Landing you’ll understand why Coronado is a favorite spot among locals and visitors. Be sure to see the iconic Hotel Del Coronado that was built in 1888 and is known as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. Have lunch at the Sheerwater, the Hotel’s casual beachfront restaurant. They have a decadent baked goat cheese appetizer that will tantalize your taste buds, fresh seafood and a great kids menu.
With its beautiful views of the city, the Pacific Ocean and 40 acres of natural beauty, Presidio Park is where many folks come to enjoy a picnic and play on a sunny afternoon. The park has a rich history and is known as the place where the first European settlements were founded in 1769. Also here is Junipero Serra Museum that showcases the San Diego Historical Society’s collection of original artifacts from that era.
Ever thought about jumping off a cliff? At Torrey Pines you can do just that – with the help of a licensed and experienced professional guide. A beautiful and scenic spot in La Jolla, Torrey Pines is the most popular spot for thrill seekers of every level. They offer tandem flights in para-gliding and hang gliding. Imagine soaring above the Pacific Ocean with the wind in your hair and the sun on your cheeks. If you chicken out you can always sit back and watch the action. It’s a spectacular sight to see all the colorful hang gliders and para-gliders take flight from the cliffs. Call ahead to check out the weather before you go; the wind conditions have to be right to fly.
After you’ve taken the tours, seen the attractions and gone to the museums, take a detour to some unique places the locals love to frequent. It’ll be your most memorable San Diego vacation yet!