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Posted: 3/26/2009 10:01:43 PM EDT
Alright my girlfriend and I, am coming up from Hawaii to visit her new niece in July. I am twenty three and never been to cali, what should we look in to doing while where there. We love to eat and im always ready to try something new. So far we have the basics like the San Diego zoo and sea world, but other than seeing her family we have no other plans. What’s up with Lego land and the wild animal park are they any fun. Visiting the beaches up there could be interesting but coming from Hawaii the ocean is nothing new to me, unless u guys really think we should check it out. Any suggestions on things I need to see and good spots to eat would be great…
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 12:06:45 AM EDT
Sticking around in San Diego the whole time ?
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 12:29:18 AM EDT
Legoland is probably not a good visit if you aren't kind of a Lego fan or just want to see what they can do.  BTW, you can get a pretty good idea of that by visiting the Lego Store in Downtown Disney.

The Wild Animal Park is worth a visit.  If you have never been to the desert, Anza-Borrego is a neat visit.  But it will be very hot and off-roading that time of year not in a group of experienced desert types is not a good idea.  Staying on the roads will get you to see some of the neat stuff.

If you can get tickets to one of the Shakespeare plays at the outdoor stage in Balboa Park, it is a lot of fun, picnic and a play.  Check out the museums in Balboa Park.  You could probably spend the better part of 2 days just on those depending on how much you/she are interested in them.  Let her hit the Art Museums while you walk down to the Aerospace Museum.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 1:25:58 PM EDT
Yeah, skip Legoland if you are above age 12. Go to the Wild Animal Park. Being 23 you should check out Mission Beach and Pacific Beach (PB). Its definitely a different scene than the beaches in Hawaii. Just cruise the boardwalk and people watch, hit up a few bars. The surf and water temp are nowhere as good as Hawaii though.

Spend some time in Balboa Park and all of the museums there.
Have some great mexican food for cheap. The best mexican restaurants all end in "-bertos".
There are a lot of good restaurants in Hillcrest, but that is also the rainbow flag part of town if that bothers you.
Avoid the Gaslamp unless you are on an expense report.
Catch a Padres game if they are playing a decent team. The Padres are going to stink this year, so you shouldn't have trouble getting tickets.
Midway Museum and/or MCRD graduation if you want to do the military thing.

In July the weather will be getting hot, so while it might be 75 downtown it will be 95+ just a few miles inland, so you may want to stay closer to the ocean.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 7:37:38 AM EDT
I pretty much agree with the others, Legoland isn't worth the cost of admission but if you have someone else willing to pay, it is pretty cool to check out .  I am not, a big Lego fan, I never had them growing up, and I don't really care about them now-but it was pretty cool to check out.  

I would recommend the wild animal park, it is a much different setting than any zoo and it is a nice place to spend the day at.  Look into the ticket packages.  Usually when I have family came in town (everyone year or so), My wife and I buy the annual passes which isn't really that much more than the price of admission.  With the option we choose we get additional free passes that can be used by anyone else in our party.  The passes are also good for the SD Zoo so you can see where the value starts adding up...

I would also recommend the Midway and Seaport Village.  My brother in law who served on a frigate in the Navy even enjoyed walking around the Midway.  Seaport village is kind of a tourist trap but it is down on the bay, has some pretty cool shops (including a Harley shop), and has some decent dining.  
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 2:07:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 2:07:20 PM EDT by ireload]
Besides what others have stated already.  Check out Hotel Del Coronado.  Unfortunately they took out the picture gallery of all the famous people that has stayed there several years back.  But it still worth the visit.  Heck it's free.  You and your gf can stroll around downtown Coronado.  There's a Brigantine restaurant by the main strip.  I've been told it's a good place to eat.  North Island air station is located there.  You may even see a glimpse of two to three active air craft carriers there.  Down south of Coronada is the Amphibious base.  Part of it is the Navy SEAL training center.  

   La Jolla area is another nice place to visit.  Go up to Mount Soledad to see a great view of San Diego.  You can also check out the hotly contested Mount Soledad cross.  Memorial for our fallen service men and women.  That's also free to visit.  You can go to UTC (University Town Center) if your gf wishes to do some shopping.  Torrey Pines Gliders Port is also located there.  Nice place to catch a sunset.  But then again I've seen some sunsets in Hawaii that are far from spectacular.  You can also visit UCSD (University of California San Diego) campus.  

   Take a cruise around San Diego Bay via Hornblower Cruise.  No only cruise they offer but there's also dining.  By San Diego Bay check out Star of India and an old Soviet cold war submarine.  California Berkley ferry is also located there.  
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 4:32:28 PM EDT
Wild Animal park will be an oven in July.

Hit the bars in the "Gas Lamp" district.

Drive up to Oceanside and get some range time in at Iron sights indoor range. HUGE selection of rental guns.

See if you can watch a graduation ceromony at MCRD San Diego.

Hit the indian casinos if you're a gambler.

Do not cross the border into TJ.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 1:22:23 PM EDT
I agree with DO NOT GO TO TIJUANA.
If you like Sushi, there is an awesome sushi buffet called Todai in Mission Valley.  Only $17.  Get there at 1130 sharp.
I'm not a fan of Downtown or any of the beach areas.  Too crowded, too busy, too expensive and overall has a disgusting vibe.
There is some great outdoor stuff in the mountains.  Cuyamaca and Mt Laguna.  An hour or so drive is the desert and right now is an ideal time to go.
Balboa Park is worth checking out for a day.  Tons of stuff to see.  Not just cheesy Tourist crap.
Eat Mexican food.  The consensus around the country is that SD has the best Mexican food anywhere.  Taco shops are literally everywhere.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 5:20:38 PM EDT
Make sure you stop at one of the Mexican food joints just not Del taco or taco Bell. Please do not go to Mexico. Have fun!!
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:34:16 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/27/2009 7:37:14 PM EDT
right on thanks for the replies i dont have to be in san diego the whole time if theres something worth driving for but would like to stay close if we do drive we will be borrowing the sisters car. lego land is a no go, did some research and its not for me. any gun shows happening between july23 and the 30th, or any gun shops i should check out while im up there.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 9:19:27 AM EDT
CA gun shows suck.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 5:03:03 PM EDT
The Star of India and other attractions at the Maritime museum are good. You can walk along the bay, and there are some good places to eat there. Also, the Gaslamp District has lots of good places to eat.

Balboa Park has some good museums, in particular one aerospace and one automotive. And lots of art, if you like that.

One of my favorite Mexican food places is Mario's in La Mesa:


We have the Del Mar Gunshow, not sure when it is scheduled next, haven't gone in a long time. You could google it to see when it is scheduled.
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 11:26:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bansh88:
CA gun shows suck.

haha well the hawaii shows are not that much better. the coolest thing i saw at our gun show this year was a compressed air potato launcher that looked like a bazooka. the gas lamp cruze sounds like a lot of fun, and hopefully we can hit up a bunch of the mexican joints everyone recomended.
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 5:46:58 PM EDT
Make sure to check out the bars in the Hillcrest area.  Also make sure to visit The Brass Rail as well.
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 6:59:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2009 7:00:04 PM EDT by 0699TeufelHnd]
MCRD for a Marine boot camp graduation ceremony and the museum.

USS Midway

Camp Pendleton vehicle museum

Hotel Del on Coronado
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 7:26:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Blue_Dragon:
Make sure to check out the bars in the Hillcrest area.  Also make sure to visit The Brass Rail as well.

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