Things to See and Do in San Diego
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Known for its pleasant year-round weather, San Diego offers visitors plenty to do before and after participating in the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo. From beautiful beaches and stunning golf courses to the world-famous SeaWorld, San Diego won’t leave you disappointed.
Explore Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre complex that includes eight gardens, more than a dozen museums and the San Diego Zoo. Things to see in the park include a botanical building and lily pond that are home to 2,100 plant specimens, a world-renowned rose garden and a butterfly garden. Park admission is free, although some attractions in the park have fees.
1549 El Prado
If ocean life has always intrigued you, SeaWorld is a can’t-miss stop. The park features shows starring dolphins, sea lions and more. While visiting, check out Turtle Reef, a 280,000-gallon habitat that is home to dozens of turtles.
500 SeaWorld Drive
If you’re an American history buff, head to the USS Midway Museum, located on the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Museum admission includes a self-guided audio tour to more than 60 locations from the engine room to the control tower, narrated by Midway sailors.
910 Harbor Drive
Located just north of San Diego, Hike Bike Kayak allows you to do all of that and more, including snorkeling and surfing (weather permitting). HBK’s kayaking trips often get visitors up close and personal with dolphins, harbor seals and leopard sharks.
2222 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA, 92037
View San Diego’s gorgeous waterfront with Classic Bay Cruise, a fleet of comfortable and memorable picnic-style yachts. All of the yachts are electric, providing a quiet, relaxing and fume-free experience.
955 Harbor Island Drive
Want to enjoy a sunny day on the water? You can’t go wrong with sailing. Check out San Diego Sailing Tours for a “stress-free mini vacation.”
1450 Harbor Island Drive
Dreaming of reeling in a big one? Point Loma Sportfishing might be exactly what you’re looking for. Let experienced captains take you to some of the area’s most productive fishing grounds.
1403 Scott St.
Get sand between your toes at the 3-mile-long Torrey Pines State Beach, located north of San Diego. For the athletic-minded, the beach offers access to two challenging hiking trails: one in the state park and another beginning at the Glider Port.
12600 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA, 92037
Located in the heart of San Diego’s Mission Valley, Riverwalk Golf Club features three separate nine-hole layouts, nearly 100 bunkers, four lakes and the San Diego River – creating both strategic diversity and a stunning backdrop for golf lovers.
1150 Fashion Valley Road
If luxury is what you’re after, the Grand Golf Club at the Grand Del Mar delivers. The Grand Del Mar provides not only natural beauty, but also an 18-hole, Tom Fazio-designed golf course; 5-star spa; and wine tastings – among other offerings.
5200 Grand Del Mar Way
For some retail therapy with a stunning view of the Big Bay in downtown San Diego, visit Seaport Village. With more than 50 places to shop and 17 restaurants, everyone can have a good time here – and score a few souvenirs along the way!
849 W. Harbor Drive
For breathtaking views, fresh seafood and sizzling steaks, make a reservation at the elegant Island Prime Restaurant. Resting on stilts over San Diego Bay, this restaurant is sure to impress.
880 Harbor Island Drive
Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, check out Snooze. With menu items such as breakfast pot pies, wild mushroom eggs benedict and strawberry-rhubarb pie pancakes, what’s not to love?
3940 Fifth Ave.
Satisfy your sushi cravings at local favorite Sushi Ota. Regarded as one of the top sushi restaurants in California, enjoy seaweed salads, fresh sashimi and various handmade rolls.
4529 Mission Bay Drive
Information gathered at www.sandiego.org and www.tripadvisor.com.