How Many San Diego Attractions Can You Visit in a Single Day?


Are you planning a trip to San Diego? Are you looking for interesting sites to see? While we all wish we could spend a week, if not more in the sunny city of San Diego, our schedules may not permit such an extended vacation. To help you plan your brief or weekend getaway, these tips for sightseeing will help ensure your days are packed with fun.

If this is your first time to San Diego, you are probably going to want to stop at the San Diego Zoo. While this is one of the city’s top attractions, it is also one of the largest. What does this mean for vacationers? Not only will you be spending a lot of time there, you’ll be doing a lot of walking. If the zoo is part of your vacation itinerary, clear the rest of your day because you won’t have much time or energy for a lot of additional sightseeing. However, for those convinced their excitement will outweigh their exhaustion, walk around nearby Balboa Park and finish off the night with dinner at one of the top Gaslamp Quarter restaurants. Three major attractions in one day isn’t bad!

If you and your family are dying to go to SeaWorld, you aren’t the only ones. The popular theme park combines education with fun, offering a variety of informative exhibits, live shows and thrilling rides. Similar to the zoo, you’ll likely be tuckered out after an entire day here. However if you want to squeeze in one more attraction, head to Old Town on your way back to your downtown San Diego hotel. Known as the birthplace of California, you’ll be able to experience a bit of the city’s history and can relax at one of the affordable and delicious Mexican restaurants in the area.

Another popular attraction in San Diego is Coronado Beach. While Coronado is one of the best family beaches in San Diego, there are also many restaurants and shops to explore along the shore. After spending the morning on this beautiful island, take the ferry back to the downtown district, visit Seaport Village and walk along the Harbor to the Embarcadero. If you want, stop at the USS Midway Museum and head to Little Italy for dinner.

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Things To Do in Seaport Village


Bayside living at its best; Seaport Village in San Diego, California is an awe-inspiring waterfront community. This small village makes up in amazement what it lacks in size. With over 50 diverse shops, 17 exquisite eateries, a spinning carousal and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, it is no surprise many guests choose to stay at a nearby Seaport Village San Diego hotel for easy access to the beautiful area.

The following list showcases just a few fun things to do in Seaport Village:

  1. Carousal Ride:

    Seaport Village boasts an impressive 1890’s carousal that features 30 hand-carved animals. Fun for the kids, adults and everyone in between, the Seaport carousal is a must see.

  2. Craft Stores & Candy Shops:

    Who doesn’t love to shop? With its wide array of unique shops, craft and souvenir booths and custom stores, families can browse and purchase souvenirs to commemorate their trip. There are also many candy and ice cream shops that specialize in homemade treats that are sure to have you coming back for seconds.

  3. Waterfront Restaurants:

    Situated on the marina, Seaport Village offers a breath-taking view of the ocean that can be seen from many of its restaurants. There are also many family friendly restaurants in the area that offer kids menus and plenty of space for families looking to picnic.

For a full day of fun, visit SeaWorld San Diego in the morning and spend the rest of the day enjoying the sunset and amazing views at Seaport Village. If you are planning a trip to San Diego, staying at an affordable downtown hotel such as the Pacific Inn near SeaWorld is the ideal option. Guests are in close proximity to the aquatic theme park and Seaport Village as well as other attractions such as the Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town.

The Pacific Inn is a family friendly hotel, offering low rates for spacious and clean family suites. Learn more about how we can help you save and contact a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 for rates and availability.

Popular San Diego Trolley Destinations


Vacationing on a budget is not always easy. Fortunately, if you are planning a trip to San Diego, there are many ways to save. One of the best ways to save is to take advantage of San Diego’s public transportation system. Visitors who stay at a centrally located hotel such as the Pacific Inn in Downtown San Diego have easy access to the bus and trolley. With public transportation, vacationers can save and travel through the city as locals do.

The trolley in particular is a great resource for vacationers who do not have a car. The San Diego Trolley system has three lines (Blue, Orange and Green) and 53 stations throughout various parts of the city. Fares range from one dollar and fifty cents to three dollars one way. Full day passes are also available for unlimited trolley rides for a single flat rate. The following are a few popular San Diego Trolley destinations that visitors will love:

  1. Qualcomm Stadium Station:

    Home of the San Diego Chargers, Qualcomm Stadium boasts an array of events every year (not just limited to football). If you are in town for an event, the trolley is a great way to travel at a very low cost.

  2. Fashion Valley Transit Center:

    San Diego is home to some of the best shopping centers in California. After exploring Horton Plaza in Downtown San Diego, visit Fashion Valley and enjoy another shopping paradise and entertainment district.

  3. Old Town Transit Center:

    Old Town is a popular tourist destination; this small enclave showcases San Diego history and offers modern day eateries and entertainment amid the historic buildings.

The Pacific Inn is located across the street from a bus station and is within walking distance of the downtown trolley station. Guests can also utilize public transportation to visit SeaWorld which is located 5 miles from our hotel. As a SeaWorld San Diego hotel, we also offer discounted tickets and hotel rates to help our guests save. Learn more about our discounted prices and our availability during your travel dates and call us today at 1-800-571-2933.

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