Sunday, February 26, 2012

10 Fun and Free Things to Do in San Diego

You Don't Have to Spend a Penny to Enjoy Beautiful San Diego.

There is no place quite like San Diego, California. Blessed with wonderful year-round weather, visitors can enjoy many of the same favorite free attractions that are well-known to the Locals. While you should probably take your wallet with you because it contains your Driver's License and you may want to grab some lunch, for most of the day, you can keep your wallet in your pocket.

10 Great Ways to Spend the Day in SD that will not Cost you a Penny

1. A Day at the Beach

Whether you like to swim, surf or sail, head west until you see one of the many magnificent beaches. Bring your blanket and soak up some rays. Beaches are family friendly and also a great place to check out the local scenery.

2. Balboa Park

When in SD, be sure to make your way to the Nation's largest urban cultural park. Park admission to the 1,200 acre property is always free and it will cost you nothing to hike on some of the 65 miles of scenic trails. There are about 20 carefully tended gardens, some of which can be enjoyed for free. While tourists will have to pay a small admission fee to tour 1 of the 15 museums, daily tours of the park are free. On Sundays, everyone is treated to free organ music concerts.

3. Old Town

Stroll through the district and see the historical buildings that date back several hundred years. The oldest school house in San Diego is among the many interesting and historic sights.

4. Torrey Pines State Reserve

Nature lovers can catch a glimpse of the rare Torrey Pine as well as many other birds that call the area home. Situated in a protected preserve, this quiet and very scenic area is a great place for enjoying the fresh ocean air while doing a little bird watching.

5. San Diego Public Libraries

At last count, there were 38 public libraries in San Diego. All are always welcome to escape the heat and relax while reading a book or browsing the internet. Most libraries have regular free film screenings and other special events.

6. North Port Art Walk

On the second Saturday of each month, from 6:00pm-9:00pm, thousands of people walk up and down Ray Street taking in a vast array of all types of art. Go from gallery to gallery, enjoy some complimentary wine and cheese and maybe, pick up an original oil painting.

7. Museum of Contemporary Art

This downtown museum features minimalism, pop art, sculpture, photography and other genres of art from the 1950s to the present. Free admission is offered on the third Thursday of every month from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

8. Mission Bay Park

Get some exercise at this 4,600 acre park. You can fly a kite, practice your jump shot, play volleyball or maybe just sit back and watch the local skateboarders do their thing.

9. The Gaslamp Quarter

Turn back the clock and tour the boutiques, art galleries and small shops in this restored part of downtown San Diego. The Gaslamp Quarter features some classic Victorian buildings and intricate period architecture.

10. Mt. Soledad

This La Jolla mountain top affords spectacular panoramic views of the City of San Diego, the coastline and Mission Bay. You can see for miles in all directions.

These are just a few of the many things you can enjoy for free in San Diego. There are many more free attractions that might pique your interest. If you are thinking about a vacation, why not come to San Diego. Escape the frigid winter and stay in style at the Mission Valley Resort, the ultimate in destination hotels and resorts.

For more information about the great cities of San Diego please visit San Diego Hotels website. This hotel is operated by Hotel Managers Group a leading hotel management company in California.

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