What else to do in San Diego?

Discussion in 'Southern California' started by abby, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. abby

    abby Abby's Mom

    Feb 17, 2005
    I am planning our third trip to San Diego in late March. Me and dd almost 7. We are planning sea world, the zoo and legoland. We have done the wild animal park and we have been do DL twice.

    What else should we do in the San Diego area? Are the harbour cruises any good for kids this age? Just wanted to show her something new..... :rotfl: :Pinkbounc
  2. ScooterL

    ScooterL DIS Veteran

    Dec 16, 2005
    There's the tidepools down near Cabrillo Monument if she likes ocean critters...There's still some pretty good low tides at that time of year.

    Have you taken the ferry from the embarcadero (near the Star of India) to Coronado? It's a nice ride. Once you get to the other side there's a small shopping/dining area to wander around before taking the ferry back.

    How about touring the Midway aircraft carrier? It's a pretty cool museum. Or the Star of India. I believe you can also take a harbor tour on the "HMS Surprize" - it's the ship that was used in the film "Master and Commander". All of that is down at the embarcadero.

    Or there's LOTS of museums and stuff in Balboa Park. The Science Center at the Reuben Fleet Space Theater has lots of interactive exhibits - you can just do the science center without seeing the movie. I think the Natural History Museum has some kid-type exhibits, too.
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  4. sgttpepp

    sgttpepp Earning My Ears

    Feb 24, 2002
    I agree with ScooterL, Balboa Park is a must see.
  5. captaincrash

    captaincrash <font color=darkorchid>!!!Surrender over yer LOOT!

    Feb 23, 2005
    Copied from one of my prior postings on San DIego...


  6. tikifanatic

    tikifanatic Avid Bird Watcher and Tiki Collector

    Sep 9, 2006
    My partner and I moved here a little over a month ago after numerous visits and the area constantly amazes us with the multitude of things to do. Here's a brief list of our favorites.

    1) Balboa Park - there's the Zoo, many museums and on Sundays there is a free organ concert at the Spreckel's Organ Pavillion. Also the Japanese Tea Garden is great for a snack.

    2) Coronado Beach - The Hotel Del Coronado. You can stroll the grounds and enjoy the beach WITHOUT being a registered guest. Also the Moo Time Creamery Ice Cream Store in the hotel is great, grab a sundae (enough to shar) and head to the benches along the beach!

    3) Embarcadero - Anthony's Fish Grotto, a great piece of San Diego history and the prices aren't too bad. Lines can be long so call ahead for priority seating - (619) 232-5103. The meters are free if you go after 6pm, good luck finding an empty one Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
    Star of India a great tall ship and the USS Midway an historic aircraft carrier are both fun.

    4) Lindburgh Field - If anyone in your group likes planes, drive over to the intersection of the PCH and Laurel, park where you can and just wait. The planes come right over you, very low, very loud and a lot of fun, if you dig planes.
  7. Steamboat Bill

    Steamboat Bill Mouseketeer

    Feb 10, 2004
  8. ExPirateShopGirl

    ExPirateShopGirl <font color=blue>My posts are sanitized for your p

    Feb 20, 2005
    Unfortunately, there's no real place to park at the corner of PCH and Laurel. A great alternative is to grab a sandwich (the grilled cheese feta is my personal fave) at Grab n' Go, at the corner of India St. and Hawthorne. They have a lovely outdoor patio with an excellent view of landing aircraft. Also, there's a lot at the corner of North Harbor Dr and Laurel where you can park your car nose to nose with the airfield perimeter fence. Aircraft taxiing for takeoff head right towards you as they hold short of the runway as they line up for take off. While you won't be located right UNDER the flight path, it's a great place to watch them take off and land.

    There used to be a great second story restaurant located at the private jet facility at the corner of Laurel and PCH called the Windsock. It was featured a couple of times in the movie Top Gun (not the bar where they played the piano) but it was scrapped a few years ago.

  9. Tink33

    Tink33 Disneyland Parade High Kicker

    May 3, 2000
    You might want to check out the San Diego GO Card

    It would include your admission to Legoland and the Zoo. You could also take a whale watching trip, visit the museums at Balboa Park and the Birch Aquarium.

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