San Diego

Things to do in San Diego

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Located about 25 miles north of San Diego, the 16,000-square-foot Spa at Rancho Valencia Resort has four terra-cotta-and-adobe casitas that house 10 treatment suites, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with cardio and weight-lifting equipment and an Apparatus Pi

The shopping area has a year-round farmers’ market and a dog park, complete with a drinking fountain for your pooch.

The expansive “habitats” include a tropical rainforest filled with gorillas, a recreated Arctic tundra with polar bears and reindeer, and a Giant Panda Research Station.

The hotel takes full advantage of its location on kid-friendly Mission Bay.

Located in downtown San Diego right on the water in the city’s scenic bay, the USS Midway is the first aircraft carrier to be built after World War II and is now a museum dedicated to this massive ship and other military aircraft.

Twice a week at the Sè’s Kama Sìrèn bar, a rotating cast of Cirque du Soleil–type performers—aerial acrobats and mermaid contortionists—turns the open- air space into an interactive stage. Specialty What bartenders call molecular mixology: vodka-infused fruits and vegetables.

This marine-inspired theme park has activities for kids of all ages, including several water rides like Shipwreck Rapids, a tube-style rafting adventure. Aquariums and permanent exhibits, such as Turtle Reef and the California Tide Pool, allow for up-close encounters with the animals.

Known locally as “The AC,” the Air Conditioned Lounge is located in a non-descript white stucco building with red tile roof. The interior, however, is retro, with walls and leather chairs that glow orange.

Besides trails, dog parks, and play areas, the historic Balboa Park is home to such attractions as the world-famous San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Museum of Art. The massive park covers 1,200 acres and has around 100 attractions ranging from museums to performing arts halls.

Clubby blue-lit bar scene. A honeycombed wall made of PVC piping serves as a striking backdrop (and clever bottle storage) for this restaurant's blue-lit bar.

Housed inside the Tower23 Hotel, JRDN Lounge and Raw Bar is a colorful restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor space that serves cocktails, wines, small plates, and seafood. The bar has views of the ocean, and the handful of white stools there are always occupied.

San Diego's art-minded museum has studio space where kids can decorate a 1973 VW Bug.