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Things to Do in San Diego This Summer

By Viator, April 2018

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Summertime is the best time to visit San Diego. The weather heats up, the ocean breeze blows cool, and everyone who’s not at work hits the beach. Add to that a healthy festival culture and a town that knows how to have a good time, and you’ve got it made in the San Diego sun. Here’s what’s hot in San Diego this summer.

Over 33 beaches line the San Diego coastline, and by order of the county, all of them are open to the public year-round. For the best of the beaches in San Diego, try Mission Beach, Coronado Beach, or La Jolla. Mission Beach has whale watching, jogging, and the famous Belmont Park with its amusement park rides, and Coronado Beach is both beautiful and famous for being the site of where Marilyn Monroe shot her Some Like It Hot. La Jolla is actually a great day trip because it’s a charming little suburb of San Diego with great restaurants and area shopping, keeping you entertained for hours or days—whichever best suits you.

There’s the Coronado Summer Concert Series in Speckels Park, which hosts free concerts every Sunday evening throughout the season. The first and third Sundays also play host to local area artists who display and sell their work by the walkway.

Other great outdoor events in San Diego include the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in June, where thousands of runners unite in Balboa Park to run to various popular San Diego destinations and rock out while bands play at various points along the course. It’s some of the best fun under the southern Californian sun this side of the Mississippi, whether you’re into running or not.

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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

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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

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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: Varies

From USD $39.95
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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: Varies

From USD $25.00
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

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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
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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
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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
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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.)

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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
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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 $49.00
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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