No visit to San Diego is complete without taking in Balboa Park. The sprawling 1,200-acre public park is home to The Old Globe theatre, a gargantuan outdoor pipe organ, a cluster of international houses representing 32 cultures, and no less than 15 major museums. You could easily spend an entire day strolling through the lush gardens and peeping historic architecture, and since you have an awful lot of ground to cover, it's worth signing up for a segway or walking tour to see it all.
As the country's eighth-largest city, San Diego isn't the sleepy beach town many once thought of as Los Angeles' laidback neighbor. While there's still plenty of surfers and Navy servicemembers to be seen here, San Diego is an international mega-region stretching from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. Come here for the beaches but stay for the culture.
Whether it's Comic-Con that brings you to town, San Diego Beer Week, a triathalon or just a beach getaway, take time to enjoy some of the best things to do in San Diego while you're here, from many of the best beaches in California to the world's most renowned zoo. And if you're toting along kids, you'll be happy to know that San Diego doubles as one of America’s top family-friendly destinations with no shortage of delicious, family-friendly restaurants, iconic amusement parks, cuddly pandas(!) and tons of parks and picnic spots, too.
For the 21+ crowd, it’s also a craft brewery and nightlife mecca. While fish tacos may be the most sought-after dish in San Diego, it's the craft beer industry that has solidified the city's nickname as "The Capital of Craft" with its more than 150 craft breweries. Combining the two is highly recommended!
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