Fun San Diego Activities that Aren’t Touristy

February 24, 2022

The city of San Diego has its fair share of attractions that draw millions of visitors each year. However, it’s also possible to avoid the crowds and venture to off-the-beaten-path destinations. Here are a variety of non-touristy ways you can enjoy San Diego like a local, brought to you by the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly San Diego hotels.

Experience Local Nightlife

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter alone has 10 nightclubs, 50 bars, and over 180 restaurants. The location encompasses 16 blocks where locals enjoy the nightlife on rooftop bars and in nightclubs. Start the night off by dining at one of the venues serving your cuisine of choice. The city is known for its craft beer scene and unique cocktails. Treat yourself to a new favorite beverage. Find a club with a live band or a stage show. Simply have a few drinks while listening to the music or dance the night away, as some facilities stay open all night long.

Catch a Sunset

Whether they’re staying at luxury resorts or cheap hotels, San Diego visitors should stop at one of the local farmer’s markets and pack a picnic meal. Maybe take a hike up the bluffs at Sunset Cliffs and see an amazing display of Mother Nature’s artwork as the sun goes down. The location is also ideal for watching migrating whales in the spring and fall. The 68-acre Sunset Cliffs Natural Park has a trail that parallels the shoreline for anyone desiring to see the view from the oceanfront.

Go Snorkeling

The La Jolla Underwater Park attracts adventurers who want to get up close and personal with native marine life. The ecological reserve encompasses 533 acres, which are outlined by buoys. Beneath the water’s surface, snorkelers and divers encounter various habitats that include artificial reefs, kelp forests, and sandy flats. Various fish species frequent the reefs. Sea lions and seals swim in the waters along with dolphins, leopard sharks, and stingrays.

Visit the Spanish Village Art Center

Visitors often go to Balboa Park to tour the world-famous San Diego Zoo and some of the more than 17 museums found at the location. However, art enthusiasts might consider going to the Spanish Village Arts Center, which features 37 studios occupied by more than 250 artists and craftspeople. The studios surround a colorful stone courtyard boasting an array of bright colors. Watch the residents create their works of art, and browse the selection of finished items.

There are so many ways to enjoy San Diego that it will take several days to do and see everything on your list, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for the most comfortable cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and proximity to the best tourist attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.

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