My husband and I recently spent a blissful four days in sunny southern California celebrating our anniversary. We spent the first two days of our getaway in beautiful San Diego, which I hadn’t been to since our kids were toddlers, and now are teens. I had only been to the kid-centirc locations in San Diego and never really had the chance to explore this city as an unencumbered adult. There was so much to do, and I know we only scratched the surface, but I will share a few of the things we really enjoyed in this great destination. By the way, if you have children, this is a fun filled city to take your kids. You could spend an entire week exploring the San Diego area with the kiddos, and here are just a few of our favorites from the past……Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Birch Aquarium, Coronado Island.
When we landed we decided to drive right into downtown to check out the microbrewery scene and the Gaslamp Quarter. Petco Park was getting ready to host the Dodgers and the Padres that night so our timing was just right to see a bit of action downtown. The Gaslamp Quarter is a 16 block historical neighborhood, which includes a lot of bars, restaurants and shops- and I’m sure it’s quite magical at night when all of the lamps are lit up.
San Diego is emerging as the craft beer capital of the U.S. and there are currently over 50 microbreweries in San Diego County. It would have been fun to check out a few more breweries, but we decided on Half Door, in the East Village, since we were close and it had good reviews. Notice in the background Petco Park. This would be a fun place to take in the atmosphere of the game without actually going into the park. Great views into the park from the Half Door upper deck.
After a few hours in downtown, we decided to drive north to Del Mar to check into our hotel. We stayed at the Mediterranean inspired, Grand Del Mar, where we had a very relaxing stay at this lovely property nestled up in the valley.
The next day, we headed to La Jolla for breakfast at a cute place called, The Cottage. After a hearty breakfast, we spent the next several hours walking around this incredibly beautiful coastal community. There was not a single cloud in the sky and I’m thinking that being a lifeguard in La Jolla would not be a bad job at all…..unless, of course, I had to jump in the water to save someone!
Notice all of the kayaks in the water? Next time I would love to take a tour with La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak tour. Bummed I missed that!
The beautiful Historic Coast Walking Trail.
After several hours in La Jolla we headed to the beautiful Balboa Park. Balboa is located just minutes from downtown and is considered to be one of the best parks in the world! You could spend a few days at this park taking in everything it has to offer. The park has 15 museums that are housed in beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival buildings- worth a visit just to see the buildings. There are over 1000 acres of beauty to discover and the park is home to the San Diego Zoo.
Probably one of the most popular photos of Balboa Park.
The beautiful Balboa Botanical Garden building.
Beautiful place to spend an entire afternoon just meandering through museums and beautiful, flower filled walkways.
Del Mar Beach at sunset
What are your favorite things to do in San Diego?
What should we put on our list for next time?
Thanks for stopping by! April