San Diego is beautiful all year round, but summer is often idyllic with an abundance of sunshine and warm temperatures as well as lots of fun, and even free, events and activities to take part in.
Visiting San Diego’s spectacular beaches should be a must on any visitor’s list, particularly in the summer. Coronado is not only the area’s very best, it was named the best in the entire country by Dr. Beach in 2012. Here the sand is made up of a delicate powder that feels heavenly to walk on, and it literally glistens due to its mineral content. The water is an intense blue shade, creating a scene that feels like something out of a movie. If you plan to spend most of your time at the beach, consider staying at Hotel del Coronado. Here you’ll be able to walk just steps from your room to enjoy it, just like Marilyn Monroe and many of Hollywood’s classic stars did back in the day.
Watch the Grunion Run
All summer long you can watch the grunion run, featuring thousands of little silvery fish mating under the light of a full or new moon. The best places to see this incredible display is at Coronado Beach near Hotel del Coronado, La Jolla Shores and Ocean Beach, between the Mission Bay Channel and the pier.
Visit Balboa Park
Some say Balboa Park even beats a visit to Disneyland – and it’s all free. On warm summer nights, bring a picnic and a blanket to enjoy a free film just after the sun goes down right in the heart of the park. During the day, wander its paths and watch the buskers, made up of all sorts of talented musicians, artists and musicians, or take a stroll through the stunning botanical gardens. The park is also home to 15 major museums and a classic carousel dating back to 1910 that features the old brass ring game and two original European-carved animals.
Catch a Padres’ game
Summertime means baseball, and watching the home team at Petco Park offers a great chance to get a more local perspective at a beautiful stadium with some of the best food vendors in the major leagues. Before the game, there is usually at least one fun activity going on, like a beer fest or wine tasting.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is known as one of the top zoos in the country, if not the entire planet. It’s famous for pioneering the concept of cageless exhibits, recreating the animals’ natural habitat, and it’s also one of the few in the world that can boast a giant panda. During the summer, visitors can roam the park until 9 p.m. and take part in special events specific to the Nighttime Zoo program, with this year’s theme focusing on the Australian Outback Exhibit, putting on an Australian acrobatics show, a hoola hoop contest, magic acts, and more.
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