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San Diego is a major city in Southern California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is home to multiple military duty stations and is a major spot for tourists on the west coast. Check out this list of the most popular things to do when you’re visiting San Diego or you’re stationed there because of the military.

The Best Things to Do In San Diego

  • USS Midway Museum
    • The USS Midway Museum is a real naval aircraft carrier. Guests of all ages can enjoy a self-guided audio tour featuring 60 exhibits highlighting this “city at sea” and 25 restored aircrafts. Explore galleys, officer’s country and sleeping quarters of a 69,000 ton ship.
  • Beaches
    • The most popular are the ones in La Jolla, Coronado, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach.
  • San Diego Zoo/San Diego Safari Park
    • About 30-40 minutes away from each other and they’re world famous!
  • Balboa Park
    • One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, with museums shopping and home to the San Diego zoo. Some museums offer free admission on certain days
  • Hiking
    • Mission Trails Park, Potato Chip Rock, and Torrey Pines are most popular
  • Old Town
    • A Historic site in that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872 with great shopping and dining
  • Sports
    • Major sports teams include the San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers. There are also college teams
  • Seaport Village
    • An oceanside shopping center with 75 specialty shops and eateries.
  • Check out the views
    • Cabrillo National Monument, Mount Soledad, Sunset Cliffs are the most popular
  • Legoland
    • An lego-themed amusement park 45 minutes away from central San Diego
  • Seaworld
    • An animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park.
  • Boats/Cruises
    • Dinner cruises around the bay are very popular
  • Birch Aquarium
    • The aquarium features more than 3,000 animals representing 380 species. The hilltop site provides spectacular views of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Shopping
    • Most Popular Fashion Valley Mall, Outlets, Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, North Park
  • Theater
    • Always a show on in the various theaters

What is your favorite thing to do in San Diego?

The Best Things to Do in San Diego