San Diego, located in Southern California in the
United States of America, is here for you to enjoy.

Home of the most consistent and beautiful weather in the world. You can enjoy the fresh air from the ocean, or on many large and clean beaches. View the many spectacular sunsets that are created here. There are so many things to do in San Diego and all within minutes of each other by car or on the transit system. With so many things to
see and do in paradise you will want to make plans.

Here are ninety nine things to do, and most free, here
in the Sunny South West, San Diego, California.

Points Of Interest | Parks & Beaches | Day Trips | Free | Romantic

Quick Checklist

* Visit the beach *

* Peer into a tidal pool *

* Walk on a pier *

* Check out a park *

* Bird and animal watch *

* Hike a trail *

* Watch the Sunset *

* Catch a fire *

* See Fireworks *


Visitor Information Links

San Diego
Entertainment Calendar

Performing Arts in San Diego

Hotels Area and Pricing

Safety Information


(619) 231-7361
Balboa Park Visitor Center
(619) 239-0512
Birch Aquarium
(858) 534-3474
(760) 438-5346
San Diego Zoo
(619) 231-1515
(619) 226-3901
Wild Animal Park
(760) 234-6541
(619) 289-1212

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San Diego History ...

In 1542, Portuguese sailor Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo landed near the tip of Point Loma and claimed the Pacific coast for Spain. Some 227 years after explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo landed, the Portolá expedition built a presidio and Padre Serra founded California's first mission. On the site of that first settlement in Presidio Park stands the Junipero Serra Museum (2727 Presidio Dr. 619-297-3258. Closed Mon.; adm. fee), which focuses on the period before the American conquest. The city remained isolated until the transcontinental railroad arrived in 1885, then grew during World War I as a Navy home port.

The 1915 Panama-California Exposition took place at Balboa Park (Laurel St. between Park and 6th Aves. 619-239-0512), where fine Spanish revival buildings remain. (Visitor Center, Horton Plaza at 1st Ave. and F St. 619-236-1212) Highlights of San Diego Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá (10818 San Diego Mission Rd. 619-281-8449. Adm. fee) Dating from 1774, this plain white mission features a wall of bells and Padre Serra's original quarters. Built in 1769 under the direction of Father Junâpero Serra, and the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (4002 Wallace St. 619-220-5422), which dates back to 1821, shortly after Mexico gained independence from Spain.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (Off I-5 at Old Town Ave. Visitor Center at Robinson-Rose House. 619-220-5422) Surrounded by adobe-and-wood buildings, this plaza is an outdoor museum of mid-19th-century San Diego. Highlights include the 1867 Seeley Stable, with its collection of stagecoaches and Western gear, and the furnished 1827 adobe hacienda of a presidio comandante.

Gaslamp Quarter (Bounded by 4th and 6th Aves., Broadway, and Harbor Dr.) The 16-block national historic district known as the Gaslamp Quarter (Between 4th and 6th Aves. from Broadway to Harbor Dr.), with its many 1880s Victorian commercial buildings, was once the site of San Diego's notorious red-light district. In its heyday the Gaslamp Quarter counted more than 70 saloons and 120 bawdy houses, as well as opium dens, dance halls, and gambling houses. For information on walking tours, contact the Gaslamp Quarter Association (614 5th St. Suite E. 619-233-5227. Adm. fee). Saturday walking tours leave the William Heath Davis House Museum (410 Island Ave. 619-233-4692. Adm. fee), a New England saltbox house shipped around Cape Horn in 1850.

Cabrillo National Monument (1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. 619-557-5450. Adm. fee) Located on the lofty point where Cabrillo first made landfall are a Visitor Center focused on Spanish exploration and the 1855 Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which has been refurbished. Cabrillo National Monument commemorates Cabrillo's discovery; this is also a favorite spot to view the gray whale migrations in spring and fall.

In 1868, San Diego set aside 1,400 acres of cactus and chaparral as a public park. Today Balboa Park (619-239-0512), the city's most elegant public space, provides a lush setting for serene gardens, striking architecture, picnic grounds, golf courses, and the world-class San Diego Zoo (619-234-3153. Adm. fee), which showcases pygmy chimps, sun bears from Malaysia, and 22 new aviaries called the Wings of Australasia. This most famous Zoo in the World, features over 4,000 rare birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians await you, with over 100 acres of award-winning gardens, entertaining tours and shows. Another star attraction, the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center (619-238-1233. Adm. fee) houses an Omnimax theater and hands-on exhibits. Also on the grounds are the Museum of Photographic Arts (619-238-7559. Adm. fee), the Natural History Museum (619-232-3821. Adm. fee), the Model Railroad Museum (619-696-0199. Closed Mon.-Tues.; adm. fee), and the San Diego Museum of Art (619-232-7931. Closed Mon.; adm. fee).

Down on the Embarcadero waterfront, sailors will delight in the three historic ships moored at the Maritime Museum 1492 N. Harbor Drive. 619-234-9153. Adm. fee): the 1863 tall ship Star of India (the oldest iron-hulled vessel afloat), the 1898 San Francisco Bay ferry Berkeley, and the 1904 steam-powered yacht Medea.

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Free Tuesdays in
Balboa Park

First Tuesday:
Model Railroad Museum
Natural History Museum
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Second Tuesday:
San Diego Historical Society Museum
Museum of Photographic Arts

Third Tuesday:
Museum of Art
Japanese Friendship Garden
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Art Institute
Mingei International Museum
San Diego Museum of Man

Fourth Tuesday:
Aerospace Museum
Hall of Champions
Hall of Nations Free Film
Automotive Museum

Fifth Tuesday:
Museums Charge Regular Admission

Museums & Attractions
in Balboa Park

Aerospace Museum
Ancient History Museum
Automotive Museum
Botanical Museum
Fine art Museum
Local art, history, sports
International Craft
Model Railroad Museum
Natural History Museum
Photography Science
Veterans Museum

Japanese Garden
Marston House
World Music
Latin Culture
United Nations
Spanish Village

Old Globe Theater
Cassius Carter
Lowell Davies
Casa del Prado
Organ Pavilion
Puppet Theater
Starlight Bowl
Copley Auditorium
MoPA Theater
IMAX Dome Theater

Here is our 99 suggested things to do.
1 Leave a Foot Print in the Sand
2 Take a Harbor Cruise
3 Learn to Surf
4 Ride an Awesome Rollercoaster
5 Go Deep-Sea Fishing
6 Take a Glider Flight
7 Ride on a Biplane
8 Go to A Place of Refuge
9 Camp On A Beach
10 Get a Suntan
11 Hike The San Dieguito Trail
12 Ride Aboard A Hot
Air Balloon
13 Golf An Eagle
14 Feed the Seagulls
15 View San Diego From Mt Soladad
16 Hideaway at Black's Beach
17 Bike or Skate Along A Boardwalk
18 Hang Loose With The Canines
At Dog Beach
19 Take A Dinner Cruise
20 Go On An Trolley Tour
21 Visit The Coronado Hotel
22 Explore a Canyon
23 Learn To Skate
24 Sail Around The Bay
25 Learn to SCUBA
26 Swim in a Huge Pool
27 Take A Hiking Tour
28 Visit San Diego Haunted Houses
29 Whale Watch
30 Eat Really Good Pie
31 Explore Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
32 Cruise The Coastline
33 Experience Surf Kayaking
34 Fly Aboard a Biplane
35 Tour Aboard A Boatcar
36 Find Tranquility In the Quail Botanical Gardens
37 View The Carlsbad Flower Fields
38 Go Fly A Kite
39 Go On A 4-Wheel Drive Adventure
40 Go On A Land Tour
41 Tour The National Tropical Botanical Gardens
42 Browse Art Galleries
43 Walk Along a Lagoon
44 Parrot Watch
45 Experience SCUBA Diving
46 Take A Wagon Ride
47 Spend The Day In La Jolla
48 Go Shelling On a Beach
49 Tour SD Movie Locations
50 Visit the Harbor For The Day

51 Experience a Tiger
52 Ride The Coast Trolley
53 Go Eco-Trekking
54 Picnic At Arboretum
55 Ride aboard an Old Vintage Carousel
56 See Performing Arts
57 Lay Back In A Hammock
58 Go Seal Viewing
59 Take A Nature Hike
60 See The Sunset from Many Piers
61 Learn To Surf
62 Visit San Diego's Missions
63 Tour An Old Ship
64 Shop San Diego
65 View the Ocean from The Cabarillo Lighthouse
66 Buy Inexpensive Beach Items
67 Discover The Gas Lamp District
68 Walk Along A Trail Next To The Ocean
69 Take A Walking Tour Of Old Town
70 Visit A Museum
71 Attend A Church Service
72 Check Out Free Museums On Tuesday
73 Catch A Free Show
74 Wander Through Farmer's Market On Wednesdays In OB
75 Peer Into A Tidal Pool
76 Acquire Peace in The Japanese Friendship Garden
77 Visit Balboa Park
78 Ride A Horse
79 Go Wine Tasting
80 Experience the IMAX Superdome Theater
81 Go Bass Fishing
82 Take The Family To A
Family Park
83 Hunt For Deals At Swap Meets
84 Shop And Dine Seaport Village
85 San Diego On A Sightseeing Bus
86 Be A Kid At Legoland
87 Attend a Puppet Show
88 Ride Aboard A Miniature Train
89 Find Hidden Hideaways
90 Enjoy A Day At Horton Plaza
91 Hike To A Hidden Beach
92 Spend Time Peering From A Mountain
93 Take The Kids To A Lake or Park
94 Dream Away At The Bay
95 Take A Historical Journey
96 View San Diego
From Above
97 Go Camping In the Great Outdoors
98 Try A Taste Of Broadway
99 Dance The Night Away