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What Are Some Good Day Trip Attractions in San Diego?

San Diego is a world-famous tourist destination that offers a huge number of activities for the whole family to enjoy, from visiting fascinating museums to relaxing on glorious beaches. Because San Diego’s weather is mild almost all year long, it’s perfect for both indoor and outdoor fun. Here are some of the best ways to spend your day in San Diego, brought to you by the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly hotels in San Diego.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban gem that boasts museums, gardens, theaters, walking paths, restaurants, gift shops, and much more. If you love exploring gardens, don’t miss the enchanting Japanese Friendship Garden. If eclectic museums are more your style, check out the car, art, and history museums. You can catch a free outdoor pipe organ concert at the iconic Organ Pavilion. Balboa Park is also perfect for jogging, bike riding, and taking leisurely sunset strolls. 

Birch Aquarium

If you’re fascinated by marine life, head to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Located in the picturesque seaside town of La Jolla, this world-famous research facility contains 60 varied aquatic habitats. Make sure to check out the underwater forest, where you’ll find remarkable sea creatures such as starfish.

San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The world-renowned San Diego Zoo, which is in Balboa Park, is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered species of animals, and you’ll marvel at the thousands of exotic plants you’ll see at this 100-acre animal park. Take a ride on the Skyfari Aerial Tram to get a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking scenery and animal life. The zoo’s sister facility, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, is located in North County San Diego and provides larger wildlife habitats for animals such as giraffes, rhinos, lions, and elephants to explore.

Old Town San Diego

If you’re looking to learn about California history and enjoy some mouth-watering authentic Mexican food, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is the place to go. Its free museums and historic buildings commemorate San Diego’s early days. You’ll see mariachi bands strolling through the park and people dressed in costumes that represent earlier eras.

La Jolla Cove

This small beach cove surrounded by cliffs is a favorite of San Diego locals. Here, you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy the abundant sunshine. If you’re in the mood for something more active, hit the water for some surfing or snorkeling. You might even get lucky and spot some California sea lions.

USS Midway Museum 

One of the largest aircraft carriers ever built, the USS Midway has a rich history. Take a guided audio tour or explore this iconic ship on your own. You’ll be transported back in time as you walk through each level, where you’ll see engines, bunks, the captain’s quarters, and much more.
There’s so much to do in San Diego that one day simply won’t be enough, so reserve a room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable but cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our affordable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and convenient location near many of the most popular tourist attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.