San Diego

Things to do in San Diego

After dinner, hit the expansive nightclub Stingaree, the town’s hottest new haunt.

If San Diego County had a craft beer church, it would be this San Marcos brewery where Tomme Arthur produces beer for both Port and The Lost Abbey. Port grew from a brewpub chainlet and now features beers like Wipeout IPA and Shark Attack red ale, both served from flip-flop tap handles.

Altitude Sky Lounge is an open-air bar on the rooftop of the 22-story San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. Views of the city's skyline are the main attraction at this bar, where specialty cocktails such as chocolate martinis are served and a DJ plays hip-hop and house music.

For the aromatherapy massage (from $135) therapists blend a range of essential oils to relieve your emotional tensions and give you a three-ounce bottle to take with you.

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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.