California Dreaming: Top 5 Things To Do On A San Diego Vacation

Published on 2019-05-10
Beach in San Diego

You're planning a trip to one of America's treasured cities - San Diego. Congrats!

There are so many incredible sights in San Diego, and myriad ways to make your San Diego vacation an incredible one. 

But it can also be tough to figure out what to do there if you have a limited time frame.

That's why we put together this post of the top 5 things to do in San Diego.

That way you can rest assured you're getting some of the best of what the city has to offer.

Sound interesting? Keep reading to find out more.





  1. Balboa Park

No trip to San Diego would be complete without a visit to Balboa Park.

For starters, it's the largest urban cultural park in the country. It has 15 museums scattered among theaters, cafes, and gorgeous gardens. 

Plus, it's walkable, so you can easily spend an afternoon seeing it, without having to park your car multiple times. 

Check out the San Diego Museum of Art and The San Diego History Center. And don't miss the Museum of Man, which features the 200-foot tall California Tower. 

From its top, you can see all of San Diego, as well as a clear view into Mexico.

  1. LEGOLAND California

If you are bringing kids, you'll make their day with a visit to LEGOLAND. 

It's full of games, rides, and all the LEGO's you and your children could every play with. 

Within the park are themed areas like Land of Adventure, Pirate Shores, and Castle Hill. Plus there's an area called Miniland that has LEGO replicas of famous cities and other places.

And LEGOLAND also has a water park that's great for the whole family.

  1. San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is world renowned for a reason. It has more than 3,700 animals! 

It features a bunch of different cultural zones, which each have both animals and plant life from that area. There are areas representing Africa, Australia, Asia and more.

In addition to the tigers, elephants, hippos, reptiles and tons more, you should be sure to see their Giant Pandas.

  1. The Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp is the hub for all things San Deigo nightlife. It's a 16-block neighborhood that features skyscrapers standing side by side with Victorian-era architecture.

It's one of the older areas in the city, with most of the buildings up since the 1800s. Which might feel familiar, coming from Europe.

But it's not just for the history buffs. There are a ton of great restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp. And many of them turn into dance clubs and late night spots when it gets dark. 

  1. La Jolla

As you move along the San Diego coastline, you'll find La Jolla. It's a perfect spot for a day trip along the oceanfront. 

Known as the jewel of San Diego, La Jolla has gorgeous beaches, fun restaurants, and great hotels.

It also has the Museum of Contemporary Art in addition to its many public murals painted by famous artists.

The Perfect San Diego Vacation

Hopefully, this list of things to do on a San Diego vacation will whet your appetite for all of the amazing parts of the area.

Once you've sorted out all the logistics for making the trip abroad, we're sure you'll find San Diego lives up to its great reputation.

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