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12 Things to do while in San Diego

So you’ve decided to visit the greatest city on the west coast.  Great choice! Now you’re wondering where to go and what to see?  Here are 12 places that will make you plan your next trip before you even get here.  Enjoy!

1. Relax at Seaport Village

May I suggest a scone and coffee at Upstart Crow Coffee House?

2. Check out the museums at Balboa Park

And don’t miss the Japanese Friendship Garden

As you can see, they have the most breathtaking views!

4. When in San Diego, of course visit the San Diego Zoo and/or Safari Park

The Safari Park has a new Tiger Trail that opened on May 24th! 

5. Take a tour of the historic USS Midway

Note- They have discounted tickets for students and Military

6. Explore the marine life at Birch Aquarium

They’re a hit with kids!

7. Have lunch or dinner at Hotel Del Coronado

Did you know that celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe filmed at the hotel?

8. Take the kids to Legoland

Their new exhibit “Chima” opened on May 24th! 

9. Check out La Jolla Cove

Or do some standup paddleboarding at La Jolla Shores

10. Go on a Harbor Cruise with Hornblower or Flagship cruises

It’s the perfect date night idea!

11. Grab tacos and a margarita at Puesto at The Headquarters

The Headquarters was once the old San Diego Police Headquarters, which still features doors, fixtures and cell blocks from 1939! 

12. Check out the Carbrillo National Monument

The park features a 19th century lighthouse!

Have a blast in San Diego and come back soon!

Boardwalk Betty

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Seaport Village

You’ve all walked through the enchanting streets of Seaport Village, but do you know the fun facts that truly make Seaport Village unique?  Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Seaport Village. 

1. Seaport Village is built on landfill over Punta de los Muertos 

It was where the Spanish Expedition of 1782 buried those who died of scurvy. 

2. The Historic Carousel was built in 1895 and it features hand carved animals 

The ride was originally built by the legendary Charles I. D. Looff in Riverside, Rhode Island and had several different homes before it landed in San Diego.

3. The village was designed to be a car-free environment

This is why it features 4 miles of winding paths instead of streets. 

4. Before the very popular Surfin’ Santa Arrival, Seaport Village’s Christmas event was called "Deck the Palms"!

Santa coming in on a jetpack is way more fun, don’t you think?

5. Harbor House Restaurant was the first restaurant at Seaport Village

The restaurant was established in 1980 and still serves delicious seafood today!

Bet you didn’t know all these insider secrets, huh?  Seaport Village is so much more than its beautiful exterior.

Boardwalk Betty

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9 Ways to Celebrate a Sunny Day in San Diego (Everyday)

San Diego weather is nice and warm all year-round, so it’s no wonder everyone wants to visit. With the sun always shining, there is no reason to stay indoors.

But how can locals take advantage of the great weather? Here are a few tips on celebrating vibrant, sunny days in San Diego.

1. Indulge in Ice Cream

See how fast you can eat your Cookies and Cream before it melts.

2. Go For a Run

Get your vitamin D while challenging a seagull for a run by the bay.

3. Grab a Beer at an Outdoor Bar

Recap last week’s Game of Thrones Episode over a cold one.

4. Catch up on Your Favorite Reads

Jump into District 9 with Katniss Everdeen while relaxing in the shade.

5. Enjoy a Delicious Patio Brunch

Appreciate some salmon and sunrays. Sunny days and brunch go hand in hand.

6. Fly a Kite or 4

Clear your mind and enjoy the gentle coastal winds.

7. Get a New Pair of Shades

Forgot your sunnies? No worries. Rock your California cool all day.

8. Watch the Boats Go By

Maybe you don’t own one, but watching them cruise by is just as pleasant.

9. Ride a Bike with Some Friends

Travel through some of San Diego’s best spots on a beach cruiser.

And the best part? You can enjoy all of these things at Seaport Village! 

See you around the boardwalk!

Boardwalk Betty

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About Boardwalk Betty & her blog:

Consider this a window to the best views in town, an abundance of tips, secrets and downtown chatter. Boardwalk Betty cruises the cobblestone to bring you the splendor of Seaport Village. Join in her experiences, her observations and interactions as she shows you how Seaport Village is where the magic of the sea comes to life.  Also, a list of her favorite blogs below!