Home to more than 70 miles worth of sandy beaches, San Diego is considered one of the top tourist destinations in the world for beach vacations. Bordering the country of Mexico, this popular city does not fail to impress with an assortment of outdoor activities, a lively cultural and dining scene and an endless selection of entertainment options for tourists and locals alike to enjoy. It’s no wonder the city has been nicknamed “America’s Finest City.”
Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego’s downtown has more than enough attractions to keep you entertained. Here are 7 unique things we recommend seeing and doing while you’re exploring the heart of this city.
- Grab at bite to eat at Tin Fish Gaslamp.
Just seconds away from Petco Park and a short walk from San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Tin Fish Gaslamp is a must visit for grabbing a bite to eat after catching a Padres game. From the best fish tacos in San Diego to a wide variety of fried and tasty appetizers, soups and salads, the restaurant is sure to please any appetite. In addition to the Tin Fish’s mouthwatering entrees, the restaurant offers a full bar with daily drink specials and a happy hour. Tin Fish Gaslamp has a fun and exciting atmosphere to enjoy a lively dinner with friends or catch up on your favorite sports teams.
- Work out at San Diego Public Library.
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While visiting a library may not be a must-see spot on any vacation list, a free workout class might change your mind. San Diego Public Library offers free yoga and Zumba every weekday to interested individuals. Get your sweat on and start your morning off right with an early workout class before hitting the streets (and restaurants) of downtown San Diego.
- Listen to live music at Music Box.
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Music Box may be located in the quieter suburb of Little Italy, but the concert venue is one of San Diego’s most exciting nightlife destinations. From local favorites to up-and-coming musicians, Music Box is a toe tapping and head bobbing way to enjoy San Diego’s thriving music scene. Featuring live music and entertainment every night, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience and add some new songs to your weekend party playlist.
- Enjoy the performing arts at San Diego Civic Theatre.
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San Diego Civic Theatre is the city’s top performing arts venue. The theater is home to the San Diego Opera and regularly hosts the California Ballet and Broadway on Tour. Whether you enjoy classical music or Broadway musicals, an evening performance at the San Diego Civic Theatre is the perfect invigorating, yet relaxing, way to end a day in San Diego.
- Ride the Coronado Ferry.
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If you’ve got time to spare, the Coronado Ferry is certainly worth the 15-minute ride. The ferry departs from Broadway Pier or the Convention Center to take visitors across the bay to Coronado Ferry Landing. Once in Coronado, visitors can enjoy the waterfront marketplace with more than 25 shops and restaurants, as well as easy access to everything else Coronado has to offer. The ferry leaves every hour; just make sure you don’t miss the last departure of the evening, which varies based on departure locations.
6. Witness history at the San Diego Firehouse Museum.
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Opened since 1962, the San Diego Firehouse Museum was once the home of San Diego Fire Station No. 6. Located in Little Italy, the museum features firefighting equipment dating back to the late 1800s. A horse drawn steamer and a piece of steel from the World Trade Center are some of the museum’s most notable pieces. For a different kind of history lesson, stop by the San Diego Firehouse Museum and spend some time learning about the rich history of firefighting.
- Savor a crepe at Fabrison’s French Creperie Cafe.
Little Italy is known as one of the best places for finding delectable food in San Diego, and Fabrison’s French Creperie Cafe certainly lives up to these standards. Fabrison’s offers customers a variety of fresh sweet and savory crepes, as well as daily breakfast and lunch specials to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy the warmth and feel of a European cafe in the heart of San Diego without paying the price of an international flight.
Looking for a place to stay while in San Diego? Take a break from your adventures at the comfortable Crown Plaza San Diego – Mission Valley.