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Tink33
04-05-2001, 06:29 PM
A few people have expressed interest in things to do while visiting San Diego. I will compile a list of things to do and places to visit. Check back as new ideas are added.

<font color=blue><font size=4>THEME PARKS</font>

<font color=red>Legoland</font> Carlsbad
www.legolandca.com (http://www.legolandca.com)

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<font color=blue><font size=4>ANIMAL/SEA LIFE ADVENTURES</font>

<font color=green>The San Diego Zoo</font> San Diego
www.sandiegozoo.org (http://www.sandiegozoo.org)

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/images/sec_top2.jpg

<font color=green>The San Diego Wild Animal Park</font> Escondido
www.sandiegozoo.org (http://www.sandiegozoo.org)

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/images/wap/wapheader_bakimage8.jpg

<font color=green>Sea World</font> Mission Bay
www.seaworld.org (http://www.seaworld.org)

http://www.attractionsamerica.com/nrb_1stopsandiegohotels/images/shamu.gif

<font color=green>Birch Aquarium at Scripps</font> La Jolla
www.aquarium.ucsd.edu (http://www.aquarium.ucsd.edu)

<img width = "500" SRC = "http://www.aquarium.ucsd.edu/images/header.gif">


<font color=blue><font size=4>WATER PARKS</font>

<font color=royal blue>Knotts Soak City USA</font> Chula Vista
www.knotts.com/soakcity/sd/index.shtml

http://www.knotts.com/soakcity/sd/imgs/collage_sd.jpg

<font color=royal blue>The Wave</font> Vista
www.wave-waterpark.com/

http://www.wave-waterpark.com/images/wave_logo-sm.jpg

<font color=blue><font size=4>MUSEUMS</font>

<font color=orange>Balboa Park</font> San Diego
www.balboapark.org (http://www.balboapark.org)

http://www.balboapark.org/images/balboahomemid.jpg

<font color=orange>San Diego Children's Museum</font> Downtown
www.sdchildrensmuseum.org (http://www.sdchildrensmuseum.org)

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<font color=orange>San Diego Maritime Museum</font> San Diego Harbor
www.sdmaritime.com (http://www.sdmaritime.com)

http://www.sdmaritime.com/images/montage.jpg

<font color=blue><font size=4>SAN DIEGO HISTORY</font>

<font color=purple>Mission San Diego De Alcala</font> Mission Valley
www.

http://www.cuca.k12.ca.us/lessons/missions/Diego/diego_front.GIF

<font color=purple>Mission San Luis Rey de Francia</font> Oceanside
www.sanluisrey.org/

http://www.sanluisrey.org/images/imagemap.gif

<font color=purple>Old Town</font> San Diego
www.gothere.com/sandiego/oldtown (http://www.gothere.com/sandiego/oldtown)

http://emporium.turnpike.net/~walk/sandiego/oldtown/photos/Image1.jpg

<font color=purple>Cabrillo National Monument</font> Point Loma
www.nps.gov/cabr/tide.html (http://www.nps.gov/cabr/tide.html)

http://www.nps.gov/cabr/lighthou.jpg


<font color=blue><font size=4>SAN DIEGO FROM ABOVE</font>

<font color=ff69b4>Hot Air Balloon

http://www.sunballoon.com/intro.jpg

<font color=ff69b4>Airplane
www.barnstorming.com

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<font color=ff69b4>Hang Glide / Parasail</font> Torrey Pines
www.flytorrey.com (http://www.flytorrey.com)

http://www.flytorrey.com/web/images/hgflight1.jpg

<font color=ff69b4>Mt Soledad</font> San Diego

http://www.vsandiego.com/p/MtSoledad/aab.jpg

<font color=ff69b4>Palomar Observatory</font>
www.astro.caltech.edu/palomarpublic/

http://www.astro.caltech.edu/observatories/palomar.gif


<font color=blue><font size=4>SAN DIEGO MILITARY</font>

<font color=white>Navy Ships' Open House
www.airpac.navy.mil/tours/index.html

Call 619-532-1430 for availability


<font color=blue><font size=4>BEACHES</font>

www.sannet.gov/lifeguards/beaches/

http://www.sannet.gov/lifeguards/graphics/covephot.jpg


<font color=blue><font size=4>NIGHTLIFE</font>

<font color=94000D3>The Gaslamp</font>
http://www.gaslamp.com/

http://www.gaslamp.com/images/street_sml.jpg


<font color=blue><font size=4>SHOPPING EXPERIENCE</font>

<font color=ee00ee>Horton Plaza</font> Downtown
http://gothere.com/sandiego/horton/index.htm

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<font color=ee00ee>Seaport Village</font> San Diego Harbor
www.spvillage.com (http://www.spvillage.com)

http://www.spvillage.com/images/thelighthouse.jpg

<font color=ee00ee>Carlsbad Company Stores</font> Carlsbad
www.carlsbadcompanystores.com (http://www.carlsbadcompanystores.com)

http://www.carlsbadcompanystores.com/images/storedirectory/storedirectoryheader.gif

[This message was edited by Tink33 on 04-13-01 at 10:29 AM.]

JenniferWooster
04-06-2001, 06:08 AM
Thanks for the great ideas!

Jenn

FairyGodfriend
04-06-2001, 11:27 AM
Wow! Balboa Park is incredible! Thanks for all this great info, it was exactly what I needed to know. Half the fun is in the planning! :)

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snoopylovertoo
04-06-2001, 06:19 PM
I think another great place is the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma. It has a beautiful view of the city and ocean and was one of my favorite places to take visitors when I lived there. :)

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Luv2Roam
04-07-2001, 08:26 AM
Point Loma is really neat. Great place to check out. The only downside is that you cross government military to get to it. They close the park early because of this. (5 or 6 pm I think)
We are hitting the Wildlife Park, by-passing the zoo this trip.
But in San Diego, we always eat at least one meal at Miguel's! Mmmm..... Good and very reasonably priced, multiple locations.
For shoppers, there is a wonderful, large outlet shopping center just around the corner from Legoland.

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ceejay13
04-08-2001, 10:09 AM
We also love going over to Coronado, and we always go down to the Children's Pool in La Jolla. It is a protected cove and there are always seals and sea lions up on the beach sunning themselves.

TnRobin
04-08-2001, 10:29 AM
We stopped at Capistrano on the way to San Diego. If you are into historical things it was great.

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Mary Jo
04-09-2001, 02:12 PM
http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/flowerface.GIF <font face="Comic Sans MS"><font color=#6600CC>We've only had a taste of Balboa Park; almost went there yesterday, but time was getting short & we had to get home. San Diego has a lot to offer.

Thanks, Tink33! :D

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Michelle
04-09-2001, 02:33 PM
This is GREAT, Tink, thanks so much for taking the time to put this together! :)

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C
04-12-2001, 09:14 PM
Thanks, Tink, for your effort in compiling the information! We have just completed booking our Anaheim and San Diego trip for this October, and it gives us some great ideas.

I have a question for you. Do you know anything about the Solana Beach Courtyard by Marriott? And can you describe Solana Beach for us. We're anxious to know because we've booked 3 nights there.

Tink33
04-13-2001, 06:47 AM
<center>Solana Beach</center>

Here is a link to the hotel. www.pacificahost.com/hotels/sandiego/marriott/index.html (http://www.pacificahost.com/hotels/sandiego/marriott/index.html)

Here is a site that describes the history and location of Solana Beach. http://www.stockteam.com/solana.html

In case you decide that you don't want to leave: www.hribar.com/commsolana.htm (http://www.hribar.com/commsolana.htm)

There is an amtrack station in Solana Beach if you want to explore San Diego by rail. And right next door is the most affluent area of San Diego - Rancho Santa Fe (or The Ranch as locals call it).
If you want to see how the rich and famous live, make sure to visit The Ranch.

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[This message was edited by Tink33 on 04-13-01 at 10:58 AM.]

teri
02-07-2002, 11:45 PM
Hey, this deserves a bump. :)

Tink33
02-09-2002, 09:52 AM
Beaches, Waterparks and Nightlife added

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Cara
02-10-2002, 05:03 PM
Thanks, Tink!!! Would any of you SD experts be willing to rate the top three things to see/do for a family with one 7.5 year-old DD? I can't wait until our Anaheim/San Diego trip this fall!

Cara

sbrownell
02-13-2002, 09:22 PM
I live in San Diego (actually North County Carlsbad/Encinitas). I have two kids ages 9 & 10. Would love to give you any input on things to do. Can you give me an idea of what you like (beaches, amusement parks, theatre, etc.) I love the wild animal park in San Diego, and the zoo is the worlds best zoo. However with that said, not sure if these are things your are into. The beaches here are pretty amazing too. Please email me with specifics.

Cara
02-17-2002, 04:39 PM
We love theme parks, and my daughter loves "going and doing." We are considering Legoland for part of a day and a full day at San Diego Zoo. We are interested in something "nature related" for our first afternoon. I would love to walk on a beach and see the Sea Lions I hear so much about. Any tips would be appreciated. I am thinking we may not do Sea World, since we will probably visit the one in Orlando in a couple of years.

Thanks.
Cara

Tink33
02-17-2002, 06:58 PM
The sea lions are at the Children's Pool in La Jolla.
Sea Lions (http://www.sannet.gov/lifeguards/beaches/pool.shtml)

Planogirl
02-21-2002, 11:45 PM
Wow, this is a great list! I'm making lists like crazy. :D

I plan to try to see the Whaley House while we're there. Is anyone familiar with it?

Tink33
02-22-2002, 09:36 AM
Here is some information I found:

Whaley House (http://www.viewzone.com/whaleyhouse.html)

Whaley House Photos (http://members.aol.com/GEISTweb/SCPRG/whaley.htm)

Official Site - Whaley House (http://www.thewhaleyhouse.com/)

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Planogirl
02-22-2002, 10:41 PM
Wow, what cool websites! Yes, I am definitely going there too. :D Thanks!!!

Jakk
03-08-2002, 10:24 PM
Thanks Tink. I lived in San Diego back in the 80's and that certainly brought back some warm memories. I'm planning a trip for later this year so the info really helped!

Marla Hellwig
03-13-2002, 07:20 AM
Great job Lesley

teri
03-13-2002, 10:34 AM
Very nice. Looks like we will be headed to San Diego for a few days during the spring break next month. :sunny:

Nutsy
03-31-2002, 08:22 PM
Thanks for all the great info..........:)

My family & I are going to be visiting LA. Anaheim & San Deigo in September from Down Under. We are planning on visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm & San Deigo Zoo. The info on the zoo is amaziing..............so informative..........:bounce:

Thanks so much.......it's really going to make our trip so much easier.

You're a legend:cool:

Maria395712
12-14-2005, 06:33 PM
anybody have the website by a guy all about san diego he lived there for many years and had info about everything
maria

yupikgal
04-06-2008, 12:07 PM
Just wanted to keep this thread going!:thumbsup2