Post # 1
For our 1 year anniversary (omg, I can’t believe it’s been almost a year!), DH and I are going to spend 2 days in San Diego.
I’m not sure I want to spend $70 and stay all day in an amusement park unless it’s freaking amazing.
What would your suggestions be for the most fun stuff to do?
Currently penciled in are things like: Sunset Cliffs or La Jolla Cove (not sure which is better), Spreckles organ pavilion for the free Sunday concert, Torrey Pines State Reserve (on our way back), Balboa park gardens and the Botanical building, San Diego museum of Art, Little Italy for gelato, Fort Rosecrans Cemetary (b/c I like them), and possibly Julian (mining town), Olympic Training Center, and/or Wild Animal Park.
What’s worth it and what’s not? What’s good this time of year?
Post # 3
@kala_way: All those things are awesome and remind me so much of my childhood summers with my grandparents.
Will you be there memorial day weekend? Or after?
I loooove Wild Animal Park and in fact my entire family has a membership. We used to go every weekend just to relax and walk around so I definitely suggest a vist if you can. It is well worth it and not quite a busy as the Zoo.
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: Thanks! I think we will do the wild animal park–$40 isn’t too bad and maybe I can find a coupon.
Any absolutely can’t-miss places to eat?
Post # 5
@kala_way: I was just there and we really enjoyed doing a bikeride around Coronado Island. It was fun and beautiful plus we stopped and shopped and played on the beach which is supposedly one of the best in the US I read somewhere I think. Enjoy your time there!
Post # 6
I believe there’s something like a “Go San Diego” Card that you can purchase and gets you into a TON of attractions. Might want to look into it!
Post # 7
I got married there, it’s one of my favorite places 🙂
La Jolla cove is awesome – you can go kayaking, there’s a great burger place, and the Museum of Contemporary Art is awesome (that’s where we got married). I looooove Torrey Pines State Park. It’s breathtaking, cheap, has great easy hikes, wonderful beach, peaceful marsh, and Roberto’s – my favorite Mexican place ever. Del Mar Powerhouse Beach is also awesome – and there’s downtown Del Mar with tons of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
I think the San Diego Wild Animal Park (45 mins outside of town) and the San Diego Zoo are also very worthwhile, but if you’re more in the mood for a relaxing beach/hike/restaurant type of 2-days, i’d just go with Powerhouse, Torrey Pines, and La Jolla.
Post # 8
@kala_way: If you’re into rustic dining, try the Hash House near downtown for breakfast. HUGE portions but everyting on the menu is amazing. There are only a few locations in CA and Las Vegas, so if you’re in the area, I highly recommend trying it.
Post # 9
@Future Mrs. W: We were in Coronado last year for a day and it was gorgeous. Not sure if we’ll make it there this trip, but I definitely want to go back.
@Excited To Bee: hmm, thanks, I’ll look it up.
@crayfish: Thanks! That’s really helpful I think Torrey Pines is a must then, we love hiking and Mexican food so that’s right up our alley. I’ve never been to the wild animal park, so I think that’ll be a must as well.
@Miss Mauverick: Cool thanks! I’ll look it up!
Post # 10
Yes to Balboa (you can spend all of like ten bucks and kill the entire day easy) and yes to Torrey Pines and any kind of cliffs around La Jolla. Although I’m biased because that’s where FI proposed- on the cliffs overlooking the ocean at sunset. 🙂
I really enjoyed the zoo, too- it’s not cheap, but I seriously had an amazing time there.
Post # 11
Do you know where you are going to stay yet? If you are looking to splurge a little, the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is beautiful and is right in the middle of a really fun part of La Jolla and has beautiful views of the beach. The Manchester Grand Hyatt in the Gaslamp is stunning and is downtown so it’s easy to get around. The lobby of that hotel looks like it could belong in Italy and there is also a great bar near the top of the hotel that is a beautiful spot to grab a drink at night and look out over the harbor and onto Coronado Island.
If you like Mexican food, I highly recommend going to Old Town and eating at Casa de Reyes. They have amazing food and Old Town is a cute little area to walk around in for an hour or so.
Torrey Pines is beautiful. My FI loves hiking there. Between Sunset Cliffs and La Jolla Cove, I’d pick La Jolla. It’s a bit more relaxing there. Eddie V’s is an amazing steak/seafood restaurant in La Jolla. It’s my favorite birthday/anniversary splurge spot for dinners.
Perhaps visit the monument on top of Mt. Soledad. It overlooks La Jolla and on a clear day you can see all up and down the coast. It is such a stunning view. It’s also a war memorial and is a very moving site.
It may be tough to go out to Julian if you are going to be here for just 2 days and want to do all the other things you listed. It’s a bit of a far drive and definitely a place one needs to visit during the day since it is such a tiny little town.
The is a great dessert place in the Hillcrest area called Extraordinary Desserts. If you love sweets then this place is a must. It’s actually not too far from Balboa Park.
Enjoy your trip and happy anniversary!
Post # 12
Is the Wild Animal park (or Safari Park I guess it’s called) a full day thing or how many hours would you say we could expect to stay. 2 adults, no kids, but we like animals and want to get the most for our money, but I’m not sure if there’s enough to do to stay for like 8 hours.
How many hours do you stay/have you stayed at Safari Park?