San Diego is known for its great weather, but it occasionally does rain. The city’s rainy season is held November – March. If it does rain on one of the days you’re visiting San Diego, the city has plenty of options for indoor fun, including aquariums, spas, and breweries. Read more about San Diego rainy day activities.
The Birch Aquarium is a cutting-edge research aquarium run by the Scripps Institute and UC San Diego. The aquarium has over 5,000 fish in more than 60 exhibits, including a Mexican seas exhibit and a seahorse exhibit, fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean, and interactive displays. They also have daily feeding shows at many of the exhibits where you can see the animals adventure out of their habitats, making the tank really come to life. The aquarium is great for the whole family and is open every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Spa at the Grand Del Mar
Vacations are meant for relaxing, and what better way to do so than a day at the spa. The spa at the Grand Del Mar is an elegant European-style spa with 5-star service, distinguished therapists, saunas, and a selection of rejuvenating services. They offer massage therapy, cleansing facials, hot clay wraps, Vichy showers, and aromatherapy using all-natural spa products. After your massage you can enjoy tea and gourmet bites while you relax on daybeds in their lounge with a fireplace. The spa is open Sunday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. This is a great option if you don’t know what to do on a rainy day here in the city.
Green Flash Brewing Co. is One of the Top San Diego California Activities
San Diego is known for its craft beer and Green Flash is one of the best breweries in the city. Their 4,000-sq-foot state of the art tasting room features more than 30 beers on tap, including seasonal, rare, and special releases. The tasting room is open Monday – Wednesday from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Thursday from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. They also offer tours of the brewery Tuesday – Thursday at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Friday at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Tours cost $6.50 per person and include a 60-minute tour of the brewery and a tasting of four of their beers, something that goes along perfectly with the rain.
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While hailed as America’s Finest City, there are some less hospitable spots in San Diego—spots haunted by restless spirits or malevolent poltergeists. Some are stained with a frightful past, while others boast tales of creepy occurrences even today. If you’re feeling brave, then these are the places to look up!
The Whaley House
Old Town San Diego—the perfect place for a locale with history. Here you’ll find the Whaley House, named for the Whaley family who once lived there. A checkered past plagues this home, where many have died—some rumored, such as the girl whose neck was crushed under a clothesline and the 17-month-old Thomas Whaley, and others confirmed, such as the hanging of one man and the suicide of Violet Whaley. Hans Holzer, a renowned ghost hunter of the post-WWII era, once held a séance here to learn more about the tragic spirits who remain here. Rumors abound of figures in the abandoned home’s windows, flickering lights, and other unnerving events. Today, people flock to the house for tours, hoping to see some of these events for themselves.
Horton Grand Hotel
The Horton Grand Hotel rests in the Gaslamp Quarter of the city, and is still open for business! However, one room remains off-limits to anyone without a reservation: Room 309, where a gambler was shot to death and left to die. The man’s ghost was confirmed by a psychic in 1986, and today visitors to the hotel report cold spots, flickering lights, and the sounds of a poker game. Some old habits die harder than others!
Point Loma Lighthouse
Over 150 years ago, the Point Loma Lighthouse began operations in November, 1855. Located at Point Loma, south of Sunset Cliffs National Park near Ocean Beach and Liberty Station, it’s a beautiful, scenic point to stop for a view and maybe lunch. That said the lighthouse is no longer operational: it was shut down because the location was too foggy, and the light was often unnoticeable by the seafaring vessels. If a foggy lighthouse near dangerous waters doesn’t sound haunted enough already, some visitors have reported a ghost living there, rumored to be one of the lighthouse’s last keepers. Typical signs of haunting include moaning and other strange sounds. And if that’s not enough ambiance for you, why not visit Point Loma Rosecrans National Cemetery, barely a mile away?
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If you have been wanting to visit San Diego, now is the perfect time to plan your trip. While you’re here, make sure to check out the San Diego Zoo Exhibits. The San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the country, and when you visit, you’ll quickly see why! Even better, during October, all children 11 and younger receive free admission!
San Diego Zoo Exhibits You Must Visit
The San Diego Zoo has a lot of amazing exhibits. While we can’t cover them all, here is a list of the exhibits you must visit during your time in San Diego.
Elephant Odyssey is a 2.5-acre elephant habitat that opened in 2009. This habitat is home to three African and four Asian elephants. Out of the seven total elephants, six are female and only one is male. The previous elephant habitat was about three times smaller. Before reaching the elephants, take time to explore the beginning of the exhibit, the Fossil Portal. Here you can view an artificial tar pit that drains to reveal man-made Pleistocene-era bones.
Continuing on your way to view the elephants, you will pass two separate exhibits. Here you can see African lions and two-toed sloths. Next up is the Elephant Care Center. This center is where you can view zookeepers giving routine care to elephants. After viewing everything Elephant Odyssey has to offer, take the kids to the playground or grab a bite to eat before heading out to the next exhibit.
The San Diego Zoo is only one of four zoos in the United States to house the awe-inspiring giant panda. Since the exhibit’s opening, six giant panda cubs have been born at the Zoo. Five out of the six cubs born at the Zoo went back to China to enhance breeding habits in their natural habitats. Born in 2012, Xiao Liwu, meaning “little gift,” still resides in San Diego. Don’t worry! Just because the cubs no longer live in San Diego doesn’t mean you can’t see them! The Zoo has put together a web-based exhibit for guests to view these special pandas. Check out the Zoo’s panda cam to see what the three resident pandas are up to today! You might catch them playing, sleeping, or even eating bamboo!
Polar Bear Plunge
The polar bear plunge exhibit has housed species representing the Arctic since 1996. Currently the exhibit homes over 30 Arctic-native species. Kalluk, Chinook, and Tatqiq, the three polar bears, are only the main attraction. In their impressive 130,000-gallon tank, guests can view the polar bears at play under water. Feel free to check in on Kalluk, Chinook, and Tatqiq and see what they are up to today using the polar bear cam. Reindeer (caribou), arctic foxes, maned wolves, mountain lions, and Grevy’s zebras also live here in their designated habitats.
This exhibit is one you definitely do not want to miss. Modeled after the real Ituri Forest in Africa, this display has featured a multitude of different animals since 1999. Here you can find animals who originated from the rain forests of Central Africa such as hippos, tilapia, emerald starlings, and spotted-necked otters.
Sitting in the stands, staring down the 50-yard line, a player picks up a fumbled ball from the opposing team and sprints toward the end zone. Dodging the rivals, the player makes it and scores. Touchdown Chargers! The crowd goes wild and you find yourself cheering too. Throughout the game you hear cheers of defense, bolt up, and charge. At this moment you realize you can’t find the electric energy of Chargers fans anywhere other than San Diego, California. If you’re a football fan and are planning to come to San Diego this fall, be sure to check out the San Diego Chargers schedule below and coordinate your stay with one of their home games!
History of the San Diego Chargers
Tracing team history all the way back to 1959, Barron Hilton was the man who formed the AFL (American Football League), which included the wonderful Chargers. At first, the Chargers hailed from Los Angeles, California, approximately a two and a half hour drive. The Chargers, or The Bolts, as fans like to call them, moved to San Diego in 1961 where they played nine more years in the AFL reaching the AFL playoffs five times and the AFL Championship four times.
Before the 1970 season, the AFL and NFL (National Football League) merged where the Chargers made seven trips to the playoffs, three trips to the AFC Championships, and even a trip to Super Bowl XXIX where they fell to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chargers currently have six Pro Football Hall of Fame players and one coach including Lance Alworth, Dan Frouts, Sid Gillman, Charlie Joiner, Ron Mix, Kellen Winslow, and Fred Dean. They also boast 36 members in the Chargers Hall of Fame.
San Diego Chargers Schedule
There is no better time to visit San Diego than during the 2015 NFL football season. After week one, the Chargers led the NFL in total yards and passing yards with 483 yards of offense and 388 yards passing. Following close behind are a handful of teams they have yet to play this season. Other than the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Chargers are the only team to hold the top position in two of the six statistics from week one.
- Sunday, October 4th at 1:05 PM vs. Cleveland Browns
- Monday, October 12th at 5:30 PM vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Sunday, October 25th at 1:05 PM vs. Oakland Raiders
- Monday, November 9th at 5:30 PM vs. Chicago Bears
- Sunday, November 22nd at 5:30 PM vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- Sunday, December 6th at 1:05 PM vs. Denver Broncos
- Sunday, December 20th at 1:25 PM vs. Miami Dolphins
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Where to Stay in San Diego
With their rich history in the heart of Southern California, attending a San Diego Chargers game will not leave you disappointed. Whether you are interesting in the game of football or just the energy of the crowd, a home game is the place for you. Visit San Diego today to enjoy the many events this area has to offer. We currently have available properties during every home game. To make your dream trip a reality, book a stay with us at 710 Beach Rentals.
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San Diego is a bustling destination year-round, but the city’s attractions kick it up a notch for Halloween. Here are several San Diego Halloween events to suit any style:
Family Friendly San Diego Halloween Events
Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 26-Nov. 1
At which of the San Diego Halloween events can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? Answer: SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea!
Festivities are geared for kids 12 years and under, who are invited to come in costume and enjoy animal meet and greets, special Halloween shows and colorful costumed characters. Click here to find a vacation condo near SeaWorld!
Saturday nights in October
At Legoland, you’ll find the most bricktastic of the San Diego Halloween events. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a one-of-a-kind party every Saturday Night in October, PLUS Friday, October 30 from 5-9pm.
Party Nights includes:
Several monstrously fun areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, the Imagination Zone and Park favorites Coastersaurus and Safari Trek.
The October sky lights up with a display of fireworks to end Brick-or-Treat Party Nights every Saturday night at 9.
Be sure to come dressed in costume for entry into contests!
Saturday, Oct. 24 @ 10am
The Boulevard BOO! Parade is one of the free, family San Diego Halloween events. Plus, the Boulevard BOO! Parade is San Diego’s only Halloween Parade!
The fun doesn’t stop after the parade. There are many places to discover in the College Area. Enjoy live music, carnival rides, games, cold drinks and food trucks with friends.
October 2-31, 11 am to 10 pm (Friday: Starting at 5 pm; Saturday-Sunday: All Day)
Recurs every Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Boomont Park is one of the fun-filled San Diego Halloween events, back this year with even more family-friendly Halloween festivities and fun during this month-long event!
Frighteningly-Fun Halloween Activities Include:
Fridays: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Saturdays-Sundays: 1:30 to 2:30 PM & 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Plus – Children dressed in costume receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree at WaveHouse or Draft!
Boomont Manor Haunted House (Recommended for ages 7-12 years)
Zombie Laser Tag
The Spooky Coaster (Must be 52″ to ride)
Pumpkin Patch & Painting
Superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall (superheroes must be between 50-250lbs to participate)
Costume Contests Every Saturday at 5 pm
Beachfront S’mores at WaveHouse’s fire pits every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 pm to close
October 23-24 6–9 p.m.
Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists at this most oceanic of the San Diego Halloween events. Search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Discover a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime, and enjoy shipwrecked stories, all while BOO-gieing down to live music and having a monstrously good time.
Adult-Only San Diego Halloween Events
Saturday October 31, 6pm-2am
Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego
This is one of the adult-themed San Diego Halloween events, and it begins at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub at 615 Broadway (corner of Broadway & 6th). Your $75 ticket includes 16 welcome shots, and premier Halloween parties at the Top 25+ nightclubs and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter. A unique and progressive experience planned to perfection with you in mind.
All costume characters are welcome (you don’t need to be a zombie to crawl, but with 25+ parties, 16 welcome shots, and devilish treats included, stamina will be a plus)!
Saturday, October 31
This San Diego Halloween events extravaganza will feature over 20 top DJs from San Diego and across the nation in all five areas and allow you to surrender your inhibitions all night long. This year’s lineup boasts the well-known Stafford Brothers, Ghastly, Carter Cruise, SNBRN, B and Chase, Graham Funke, Fauks, Groy, Von Kiss, Schoeny, Chris Cutz, DJ Ramsey, Jared F, Deejay O, DJ D-Lo, DJ Angle, DJ Billy the Kid and more being announced daily!
General admission tickets to are $30 through October 3, $40 through October 17, $50 through October 30, and $60 at the door on Halloween night. VIP tickets are $80 through October 17, $90 through October 30, and $100 at the door on Halloween night. Your Monster Bash wristband also gets you food and drink specials and free cover at over 20 different participating restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.
You must be 21+ and have a valid photo ID to enter.
Book Your Fall Vacation in San Diego!
Book your San Diego Halloween events today and make one of 710 Beach Rentals’ perfect properties your landing place. See where our properties are located in relation to your favorite event to make sure you book the property right for your trip to the beautiful San Diego, CA. We have a large selection of vacation rentals, including our Pacific Beach rentals and condos.
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