Things to do in San Diego

Enjoy a cruising in style to see all San Diego has to offer.

Visit the Gaslamp District, Balboa Park, Petco Park, Little Italy & Seaport Village at your leisure in the comfort of your own golf cart.

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is beach community located between downtown San Diego and La Jolla CA. There is a long and wide beach popular with sunbathers, boogie boarders and surfers. You can walk to the end of Crystal pier, visit the trendy Tower 23 hotel and visit a host of bars and casual cafes along the boardwalk. The many bars draw a young, vibrant and beautiful crowd. Mission Boulevard runs North and South from La Jolla to Mission Beach. You will find a plethora of clothing stores, boutiques, beach wear, yoga studios. Also check out Kate Sessions Park which has panoramic views of Mission Bay and downtown San Diego. Pacific Beach is also the home a Campland RV recreation area on beautiful Mission Bay.

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Mission Beach & Belmont Park

Mission Beach is located just to the South of Pacific Beach. It is a small area between Mission Bay and The Pacific Ocean. It is best known as the home of Belmont Park amusement venue. Belmont Park is a fun mix of amusement games, rides and a classic wooden roller coaster built in 1925. This a very kicked back area with dive bars, cafes and water sports rentals. It is a longtime favorite on the sand beach volleyball tournaments, surfers and sunbathing. There are two large parking lots at Belmont Park.

Old Town

Old Town San Diego is said to be the Birthplace of California. Old Town is the historic heart of San Diego where it all started in 1769 as California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort. Old Town San Diego is the home to a variety of shops with a plethora of trinkets from around the world including old West souvenirs. It seems like Cinco de Mayo everyday as there is a strong Mexican influence of Mexican heritage with many restaurants, strolling mariachis, traditional dancing groups, cold margaritas and beer and much more. Check out the famous Bazaar del Mundo and numerous of the local historic sites, haunted buildings and museums. Old Town is the place for tasty Mexican dining, folklore, and western town fun and games.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a great place to visit as it has something for everyone’s interest. Natural areas, San Diego Zoo, classic architecture, fine dining, walking trails, over 17 museums, Organ Pavilion, gardens, World learning cottages and many other creative and recreational attractions. All of this is nestled into over 1,200 beautiful landscaped acres to explore. Truly an area where kids to grandparents can find something of interest.

Bankers Hill

Bankers Hill is an uptown neighborhood that runs from the downtown and Little Italy areas North to Old Town. It borders on Balboa park and is the entry point to Balboa Park from the West side. This area is the home to fine dining including the famous Mister A’s Restaurant atop the Manchester Fifth Avenue Financial Building. Mister A’s provides for a nearly 360 degree view of San Diego. You can also visit the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge and explore this uptown neighborhood.

Little Italy

Little Italy is a small San Diego neighborhood that is close the Harbor District. It has a strong Italian influence and sports many dining options from fancy stake houses to Italian cafes. There are a few hotels that are right in the middle of the action. You will also find a variety of shopping boutiques and specialty stores. This area is also the home to the Mercado Farmers Market every Saturday morning. Stop by Extraordinary Desserts for a great coffee and some tasty dessert treats.

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is a fun place to visit day or night. During the day there are many dining options with outside seating on 5th Avenue and the surrounding area and a variety of shopping options as well. This area is also the home to Westfield Horton Plaza shopping center located at 4th and Broadway. This is a huge outdoor mall with many national and worldwide brand stores as well as a dining area and movie theater. After dark, this is the main action spot for San Diego nightlife. You will find a full mix of trendy nightclubs to dive bars and everything in between. There are also a variety of theater and entertainment options downtown including the Civic Theater, Symphony Hall, Spreckels Theater, Balboa Theater and a variety of comedy clubs. Petco Park is adjacent to the Gaslamp area and the is the home of the San Diego Padres baseball team as well as a concert and special event venue.

Harbor District

The San Diego Harbor District is located along Harbor Drive and runs from the San Diego County Administration building South to Seaport Village. The Harbor District is the home of many attractions including San Diego’s Cruise Ship terminal, Broadway Pier, USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, Star of India, Maritime Museum and Waterfront Park which has a great playground, wading pools and fun water fountains. This area is also the home of annual concert festivals and holiday parades. You will also find the famous San Diego Fish Market Restaurant and the “kissing” statue just South of the USS Midway.

Seaport Village

Seaport Village a shopping and dining venue located on 14 aces right on San Diego Bay. Seaport Village boasts explore 53 plus shops, 14 casual eateries, 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants and plentiful outdoor entertainment. You will often find live music is the food court area pavilion. There are a wide range of clothing and unique gift shops as well as many souvenir options. Directly adjacent to Seaport Village and the Hyatt Hotel is The Headquarters at Seaport which is a specialty shops and dining “open air” market housed in San Diego’s historical former Police headquarters. You can tour the original cells remaining to get a taste of where the original bad boys of San Diego lived many years ago.

Embarcadero & Convention Center

The Embarcadero and Convention Center area is the home of the San Diego Convention Center, waterfront hotels, Marriott Marina and the Mega Yacht Marina. The Bayfront Hilton, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and the San Diego Marriott hotels all surround the Convention Center on the edge of San Diego Bay. This area is also the home of Embarcadero Marina Park North and South. These are park areas with great views of San Diego Bay and across the Bay to Coronado Island. The San Diego Symphony Summers Pops makes it’s home at the South park each summer. The are also many annual events at the North park including classic auto and food & wine events.

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