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4 Things to see and do in San Diego

San Diego is full of fun activities for everyone!  This is a short list of attractions that you can enjoy based on my own experience in visiting San Diego for just three busy and exciting days. 

Balboa Park: Balboa Park is a large urban sanctuary in the middle of the city.  It offers large open lawns which are perfect for picnicking, or for spending the day reading a book on the soft grass.  The park also contains several gardens, walking paths and trails, museums, theaters and the San Diego Zoo.  

Historically, the park is one of the oldest in the country and dates back to 1835.  It is currently maintained by by the city.  Spend a day strolling through the many gardens, pathways and some of the many museums and galleries.  

San Diego Zoo: Possibly the most famous attraction in the city, many will find themselves visiting this large urban zoo.  The zoo, which is located in Balboa Park has a collection of nearly 4000 animals.  

This place is massive! Plan on spending an entire day here.  The zoo is known for its open air cages where animals seem to have more room to roam in a recreated environment. 

The star attraction is the giant panda exhibit, which can have huge crowds.  If you want a chance in seeing a panda, arrive early and avoid the crowds.  The zoo offers a guided bus tour which covers most of their collection.  You can alternatively see the zoo on foot (the best way to get up and 'close' with the animals) or by taking the "Skyfari" gondola for an arial view.  Don't jump out, you may be eaten! 

Sea World: Along with the zoo, there is the aquatic branch of animal tourism known as SeaWorld.   The theme park contains large aquariums, and cetacean demonstrations, rides, play areas and shows.  

Many come here to see "Shamu" the killer whale show which offers information on how to train and care for whales in aquariums.  Shamu, the actual whale has been gone since 1971, but the whale show lives on in her name. 

Ocean Beach:  If playing it low key is your style, you may enjoy the relaxing neighborhood of Ocean Beach.  This coastal area is 7 miles northwest of downtown and contains a large collection of independent shops and restaurants.  Spend some time meandering down Newport Avenue's antique shops and picking up some quirky souvenirs.  You can even buy hermit crabs in brightly painted shells.  Good luck bringing them through customs if you live outside of the U.S. 

Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is the longest concrete pier on the west coast and jets out into the Pacific at nearly 2000 feet in length.   The pier is open 24 hrs and is a great place to see the sunrise and sunset. 

There are countless activities in this beautiful city.  These are just suggestions of some of the many things you can do when you explore sunny San Diego. 

 

 

Royalty free image of Balboa Park by Pixabay.com

 

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