If you’re able to spend more time in San Diego, we highly recommend at least a week, which will allow you to enjoy the top 10 things to do in San Diego. We’re biased, of course, but we think a city this big, with this much culture and this much sun deserves a few extra days of your time. Here’s our guide to seven days in San Diego.
Day 1: Whale Watching Cruise
Whales have made San Diego famous. More than 20,000 gray whales make the journey to give birth to their calves in San Diego’s coastal waters. During the summer, an estimated 2,000 blue whales feed off the coast of California.
Taking a whale watching tour is one of the top 10 things to do in San Diego and it offers the best views plus some education. San Diego Whale Watch, Adventure Rib Rides and Offshore Blue Adventures are just a few of the highly-rated tour agencies.
Day 2: Kayak Tour
Kayaking around San Diego may not be one of the most efficient means of travel, but it’s one of the most fun and eye-opening. Kayaking brings you closer to San Diego’s natural beauty and ecology and is a relaxing way to spend the day with family and friends. Hit up Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc. in La Jolla. They offer kayak tours every hour from 9 a.m. to sunset.
Day 3: Surfing Lessons and Happy Hour at La Jolla Beach
Yes, we’re talking about La Jolla again. We just love it so much. San Diego is world renowned for its surfing scene. You should take the time to explore it. La Jolla is a great place for beginner surfers; there is parking, lifeguards and clean bathrooms. Take lessons at Menehune Surf School. Afterwards, take advantage of the huge selection of restaurants and bars and hit up happy hour at Beaumont’s for sliders and tacos or Brockton Villa for wine and bruschetta.
Day 4: Seaport Village and USS Midway Museum
Spend day four shopping at Seaport Village, a 14-acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex that includes 54 shops and 17 restaurants. When you’re done, visit the USS Midway Museum nearby. It’s one of San Diego’s best museums. Aboard a historic aircraft carrier ship, you’ll learn about what life as a Navy sailor is like as well as the history of the U.S. Navy. Explore through self-guided audio tours, a theater, flight simulators, a climb-in aircraft and more. If you’re wondering what things to do in San Diego tomorrow are left? The San Diego Zoo is one of them.
Day 5: San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is one of the world’s best. It features more than 3,700 animals, including everything from arctic animals such as penguins and arctic foxes to the kings and queens of the safari such as lions, leopards and rhinos. Our tops tips for visiting: Arrive early, wear comfortable shoes, avoid the really hot days and take your time.
Day 6: La Jolla Beaches and Torrey Pines State Park
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly day in San Diego, get outside. Strolling along the beaches of La Jolla and hiking in nearby Torrey Pines State Park are one of the top 10 things to do in San Diego which are outside. La Jolla Cove is perhaps the best place to view seals and sea lions in San Diego. Check out Children’s Pool here. La Jolla Cove also is a great place to explore tide pools. At Torrey Pines State Park, gawk at the huge sandstone cliffs, spectacular ocean views and the nation’s rarest pine tree, the Torrey pine. There’s plenty of easy to moderate hikes at Torrey Pines.
Day 7: Gaslamp Quarter
Within the Gaslamp Quarter’s 16.5-blocks are fantastic restaurants, night clubs, shops and a ton of history. This was historically home to the city’s brothels, casinos and some of its most duplicitous characters. It gets its name from the gas lamps that light the streets. We highly recommend taking a food tour such as Brothels, Bites, and Booze. If you love Victorian architecture, this is the place to go.
After each busy day, come back to your private vacation home to relax and unwind. Our rentals are perfect for extended stays because they include all the features of your own home, but they feel even more luxurious. Call us today to learn more about the top 10 things to do in San Diego and to book your rental!