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Six Great Outdoor Activities Everybody Can Do While Vacationing In San Diego

by on Jan.18, 2013, under Travel

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San Diego is the one of the world’s best vacation destinations. The San Diego Bay teems with life and surprises – its near-perfect weather make exploring it fun and interesting. You can take a moonlight paddle in a kayak, watch every-evening fireworks at Sea World or visit seventy miles of palm tree lined beaches to swim, surf or just chill. Following are six activities and things to do in San Diego that should not be missed on your visit.

1. The Gaslamp Quarter is San Diego’s vibrant dining, entertainment and shopping district. A walk through this eighteen-square-block in historic downtown San Diego takes you by modern restaurants and nightclubs inside turn of the century architectural buildings, complete with gas lamps and brick sidewalks. Explore avant-garde art galleries, historic theaters, unique boutiques and shops, more than a hundred restaurants, chic bars, hot nightclubs and a hardware store founded more than 100 years ago. One of San Diego’s best travel destinations, the Quarter is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive, from Fourth to Sixth Avenue.

2. Get Culture And Fun: Take in an organ concerts at 2 p.m. any Sunday at the famous Spreckels Organ Pavilion in pastoral Balboa Park. The Organ Pavilion features one of world’s biggest outdoor pipe organs and has been a San Diego landmark since 1914. Here you can see organists from all over the globe play their traditional favorites and fun show tunes on the huge thirty-two-foot pipes. A fun time will be had by all.

3. Star Watch from Balboa Park on the first Wednesday of each month courtesy of the San Diego Astronomy Association who sets up their big telescopes to offer guests a great view of stars, planets and the rings of Saturn in the night sky. One of the greatest thrills for anyone is to view the heavens through a telescope. Have you ever seen Jupiter’s moons? How about star clusters? Join them after dark outside the Reuben Fleet Science Center on the first Wednesday of each month.

4. Surf’s up! Head up to Oceanside and visit the California Surf Museum. Antique and classic surfboards along with profiles of famous surfers are give you an insider’s look at this unique SoCal sport. The museum is dedicated to archiving and displaying surfboards, surf art, skateboards, surf memorabilia, photographs and historical videos. Their “timeline of surfboards” exhibit includes wooden boards from the early 1900s all the way to today’s modern boards. There is something surreal in combining education with what is considered the ultimate beach bum sport.

5. Explore the tide pools just north of Swami’s Beach in Encinitas when the tide is low and see things most people never see: Hairy hermit crabs, willowy sea anemones, yawning barnacles, and perhaps even a two-spot octopus are a few of the many species that might be discovered in the nooks and crannies of tide pools. Low tides during convenient daylight hours are most common in the winter during full and new moons. San Diego travel tip: check the newspaper tide tables.

6. How can we not mention the beach? With over 65 miles of coastline, this best part of San Diego is absolutely free – and all the beaches are just perfect for trying your hand at surfing or boogie-boarding.

Terry Hunefeld retired in 2007 from his job as a CEO to pursue his passion of sailing the Pacific Ocean to census pelagic seabirds and marine mammals. Hunefeld and his wife own and operate the delightful Inn At Moonlight Beach Bed and Breakfast in the San Diego area. For more information visit: Bed and Breakfasts in San Diego or Encinitas Hotels.

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