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Things to Do in San Diego This Summer

By Viator, May 2018

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Summertime and vacation are synonymous with San Diego, where 70 miles (110 kilometers) of glimmering Southern California shoreline offer some of the surfing, swimming, and sunbathing in the country. Off the beach, meanwhile, there are plenty of parks and historical attractions. Here are our top ideas for how to enjoy summer in San Diego. 
 
  • Stroll through Balboa Park, where you’ll find museums, gardens, carousel, and many family-friendly attractions.
  • See animals of all stripes at the San Diego Zoo, home to a trio of giant pandas, or SeaWorld, part of Mission Bay.
  • Get out on the water with a harbor cruise, a sailboat ride, a speedboat adventure, a whale-watching tour, or a kayaking tour around the sea caves and cliffs of La Jolla.
  • Take a tour of the USS Midway Museum, an aircraft carrier that’s docked on the downtown San Diego waterfront.
  • Hit the beach. There’s something for everyone from Coronado Beach up to Ocean Beach, including Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and the La Jolla Tide Pools.
  • Play a round of golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course, located next to Torrey Pines State Reserve between La Jolla and Del Mar.
  • Catch a San Diego Padres baseball game at Petco Park.

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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum, San Diego, null
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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 398 Reviews

Experience life at sea without leaving port by visiting the USS Midway Museum, San Diego's newest visitor attraction. A visit to this historic naval aircraft ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $18.00
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley, San Diego, Historical & Heritage Tours
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 249 Reviews

Discover San Diego at your leisure with a one-or two-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1.5 to 16 hrs

From USD $39.95
San Diego Harbor Cruise, San Diego, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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San Diego Harbor Cruise

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Take a 1- or 2-hour relaxing harbor cruise through the bay of San Diego, featuring unforgettable views of San Diego's skyline. This fully narrated tour will ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $27.00
Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion, San Diego, Day Cruises
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 49 Reviews

Set sail from San Diego on this small-group sailing tour! This three-hour adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat is limited to just six people, allowing you a ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.99
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure, San Diego, Sailing Trips
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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

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Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat on a guided and narrated tour around San Diego's Harbor. You’ll navigate and captain your own speed boat ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.89
San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry, San Diego, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry

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Jump on board the world-famous America sailing schooner for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience. The only whale-watching sailing trip in San ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00
San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, San Diego, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise

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There's no better way to relax and enjoy San Diego! Take in the sights, listen to relaxing music, linger in the sun and visit the captain. Indulge in a lavish ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.19
Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion, San Diego, Brunch Cruises
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

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Set sail from San Diego on this small-group sailing tour on a sunset sail on the open ocean. This three-hour adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat is limited ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.99
San Diego Food and Wine Cruise, San Diego, Sunset Cruises
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San Diego Food and Wine Cruise

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Silently cruise the calm waters of Mission Bay aboard our luxurious and eco-friendly Duffy Electric Boat. On board guests enjoy a selection of artisan cheese ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.00
Original Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two, San Diego, Day Cruises
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Original Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two

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The Original Sea Cave Kayak Tour (90 Minutes in Length) offers unforgettable guided tours through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Each tour is lead by ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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