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Best ways how to spend a weekend in San Diego
San Diego is a beautiful city with so much to offer. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, explore the local culture, or get outdoors and enjoy the temperate climate, there is something for everyone in San Diego. Here are some ideas of how to make the most of your weekend in this sunny southern California city.
If you are looking to relax on the beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are both great options. For those wanting to catch some waves, surf lessons are available at both locations. If laying out in the sun is more your speed, Coronado Beach has been rated one of the best beaches in America for its cleanliness and amenities. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
For those interested in exploring the local culture, Balboa Park is a must-see. This massive urban park houses 17 museums, as well as gardens and walking trails. The Museum of Photographic Arts offers free admission on Saturdays from 10am-5pm while The Timken Museum of Art always has free admission. Be sure to check out what special exhibitions might be going on during your visit too. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting on a Tuesday evening between 5pm-8pm many of the museums offer free admission then as well!
Outside of Balboa Park, The San Diego Zoo is world-renowned and also offers a Safari Park where you can get up close and personal with some incredible animals (for an additional cost). Seaport Village is another great spot along the water with shops and restaurants housed in historic buildings – it’s especially pretty at night when it’s all lit up!
For those wanting to get outdoors and enjoy the temperate climate, hiking trails abound in San Diego County. There are easy hikes like Cabrillo National Monument where you can see tidepools teeming with sea life or more challenging ones like Iron Mountain that reward hikers with stunning views at the top. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has eight different trails ranging from easy strolls to strenuous climbs – definitely something for everyone!
And no visit to San Diego would be complete without seeing La Jolla Cove which can best be accessed via kayak or standup paddleboard for an unbeatable view (and workout!).
Whatever interests you most, spend your weekend doing what makes you happy in sunny San Diego!