|Ten Great Things to Do in San Diego|
San Diego is the second largest city in California and is home to a wide range of activities and attractions that both tourists and residents can enjoy. Here are ten of the great things to do in San Diego on your visit, whether it's admiring animals in the zoo or tearing it up on a San Diego golf course.
1. Balboa Park
Balboa Park is one of San Diego's greatest jewels. Located in the heart of downtown, Balboa Park is home to a number of attractions including museums, performing arts centers, gardens, and so much more. It's also the perfect place to take a stroll, ride a bike, and admire the intricate Spanish-Renaissance architecture.
2. San Diego Zoo & Safari Park
No trip to San Diego can be complete without a visit to the world-famous zoo. The biggest attraction at the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park is definitely their giant pandas, but with over 4,000 rare and endangered animals covering some 800 plus species, there's plenty more to see.
3. Sunset Cliffs National Park
Hop in the car and take a drive out to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park where you can enjoy the dramatic sandstone cliffs and hike through pristine vegetation. It might take a little extra effort to get out of town, but the fiery sunsets make it well worth the trip.
4. La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove is the best place in San Diego to play in the water. Have fun kayaking, snorkeling, and diving along this gorgeous piece of coastline where caves and calm waters make a safe home for rays and even leopard sharks.
5. Harbor Cruise
Hop on a harbor cruise downtown to catch views along Point Loma, Coronado Bridge, the Navy Seals Training Base, and downtown. The cruises leave from the waterfront near downtown and you can enjoy brunch or dinner on the boat.
6. Mission Beach
The beach is part of San Diego's culture and you won't want to miss Mission Beach, a 2-mile stretch of white sand that perfectly fits the SoCal palm tree/surfer/bikini beaches from the movies. It's one of the most popular shorelines in the city, even the Pacific seals come here to hang out.
7. Coronado IslandCoronado Island is actually a peninsula, but regardless of the name, it's packed with fun activities. Take the Coronado Waling Tour or just stroll along the beach, stopping by the classic Hotel Del Coronado to grab an ice cream cone.
8. Cabrillo National Monument
If you're looking for a hike or nice drive, check out the Cabrillo National Monument ten miles southwest of downtown at the tip of Point Loma. This statue commemorates Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to navigate the California Coast. Situated 422 feet above sea level, it's also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and occasional whale spotting opportunities between December and February.
9. USS Midway Museum
Learn what life is like aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in a visit to the USS Midway Museum. There are 60 different exhibits to explore on this ship, the longest-serving American aircraft carrier in the 20th century.