So you’ve only got one day to spend in San Diego, and you want to know how you should do it? Well, inside this post we’re going to talk about some of the must-see places.
Try and get to them all but if you don’t make it- no worries- you can plan to see them on your next trip.
Are you ready?
You could easily spend all of your time getting caught up in Balboa Park- and no one would blame you. It’s a gorgeous, 1,200 acre-park that offers a little of something for everyone from gardens to museums to the Old Globe Theater to the San Diego Zoo!
It’s got a lot going on. And most of it is free to the public. Guests are free to enter and enjoy the gardens, trails, and playgrounds.
The attractions and museums do charge admission fees. But, if you are a resident (or plan to visit with one), they rotate to offer free admission every single Tuesday of the month.
On your way out, stop by the Balboa Park Carousel. It’s been inside of the park since 1922!
You can’t visit California and skip the beaches. Well, you could. But, why would you want to? It’s one of the top reasons people love visiting California.
If you’re looking forward to a more laid back vibe like laying out and catching the rays while watching your dog frolic in the waves, Ocean Beach is where you want to be.
It’s a great little beach located near a Bohemian neighborhood. It’s got surfers, cute antique shops, local fishing spots, and stunning pier views.
Now, if you’re looking for more of the party scene, you will love Pacific Beach.
There you’ll dive into the rowdier, all-day drinking, sand volleyball playing, nighttime club-hopping crowd.
On the ritzier side of town, you can wander around the Open Aire Market in La Jolla (pronounced “La Hoya”) every Sunday morning from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm and enjoy fresh bites, locally grown produce and handcrafted items from San Diegan artisans.
When your belly is nice and full, head over to La Jolla Cove for an unforgettable seal watching experience on the beach.
Gas Lamp Quarter
Uncover more nightlife tucked inside of the Gas Lamp Quarter- also known as the Historic Heart of San Diego. It’s a well-kept downtown area with beautiful Victorian architect, world-class dining and a ton of rich history.
There you can choose from a variety of entertainment including local events, nightclubs, comedy clubs, theatres and more.