Planning a Side Trip to San Diego?


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May 3, 2000
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

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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


<font color=green>The San Diego Wild Animal Park</font> Escondido


<font color=green>Sea World</font> Mission Bay


<font color=green>Birch Aquarium at Scripps</font> La Jolla

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

<font color=royal blue>Knotts Soak City USA</font> Chula Vista


<font color=royal blue>The Wave</font> Vista


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

<font color=orange>Balboa Park</font> San Diego


<font color=orange>San Diego Children's Museum</font> Downtown


<font color=orange>San Diego Maritime Museum</font> San Diego Harbor


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

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


<font color=purple>Mission San Luis Rey de Francia</font> Oceanside


<font color=purple>Old Town</font> San Diego


<font color=purple>Cabrillo National Monument</font> Point Loma


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

<font color=ff69b4>Hot Air Balloon


<font color=ff69b4>Airplane


<font color=ff69b4>Hang Glide / Parasail</font> Torrey Pines


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


<font color=ff69b4>Palomar Observatory</font>


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

<font color=white>Navy Ships' Open House

Call 619-532-1430 for availability

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


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

<font color=94000D3>The Gaslamp</font>


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

<font color=ee00ee>Horton Plaza</font> Downtown


<font color=ee00ee>Seaport Village</font> San Diego Harbor


<font color=ee00ee>Carlsbad Company Stores</font> Carlsbad


[This message was edited by Tink33 on 04-13-01 at 10:29 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! :)


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. :)


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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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.
We stopped at Capistrano on the way to San Diego. If you are into historical things it was great.


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<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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This is GREAT, Tink, thanks so much for taking the time to put this together! :)

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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.
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Here is a link to the hotel.

Here is a site that describes the history and location of Solana Beach.

In case you decide that you don't want to leave:

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.


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

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.
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.

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?
Wow, what cool websites! Yes, I am definitely going there too. :D Thanks!!!


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