Question by Heather: Ideas for a vacation in San Diego?
My bf and I are going on vacation to San Diego in September. We’re looking for ideas of things to do there and in the surrounding area. We would like to spend some time on the beach or doing outdoorsy type things. We also like to go out in the evenings. Any ideas?
Answer by Joe C
September has the best weather of the year. Good choice.
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Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.
North County San Diego is home to the Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. There are multi acre enclosures where herds of wild animals roam plus lots of hiking trails.
Mission and Pacific Beach are your best bet for fun in the sun.
La Jolla offers great views, great food, and shopping.
Check out the surfers at historic Winansea Beach. At low tide you can walk out onto the tide pools. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food and Alfonso’s. Then head to the Birch aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It has a spectacular view of the bluffs over the Pacific Ocean.
For nightlife, the Gaslamp Quarter offers dining, drinking and dancing. It’s also the home of Petco Park and the San Diego Padres major league baseball team.
NFL Football will be in full swing and the Chargers play at home Sept. 20 and 27 (Ravens, Dolphins) Individual game tickets just went on sale last Friday.
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument offers great views of the dowtown skyline, San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico.
Take a dinner cruise on the harbor.
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