Did You Know? More Surprising San Diego Trivia

San Diego is well known for having the most pleasant and near-perfect climate in the U.S. But did you know San Diego is also a city of many firsts? The region boasts a number of notable facts (i.e. the largest, oldest, first, most..) that relate to its history, arts and culture, attractions, sporting activities and more.

Following is a list of some fun and fascinating San Diego trivia. How many did you know?

Old Town San Diego

1. San Diego is the birthplace of California. The first European exploration of the West Coast was by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing for Spain, who landed in San Diego on September 28, 1542.

Mission San diego de Alcala

2. San Diego County has the most missions in the state, with four in all: Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel.

Coronado Bridge

3. The first person to drive over the landmark San Diego-Coronado bridge, which opened in 1969 connecting downtown San Diego with Coronado, was Ronald Reagan.

San Diego International Airport

4. The San Diego International Airport is the busiest, single-runway major airport in the nation and the second in the world after London Gatwick.

La Jolla Playhouse

5. Between The Old Globe and the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego has sent more shows to Broadway than any other city in the U.S.

Birch Aquarium

6. The Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla is the largest oceanographic museum in the country.

Belmont Park

7. The Giant Dipper, a classic, wooden roller coaster in Belmont Park along Mission Beach, is one of only two ocean-side coasters on the West Coast. Built in 1925, it is also the only roller coaster in the U.S. to have National Landmark status and to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

8. San Diego County has the largest number of farms (almost 7,000) in the U.S. and ranks first in the nation for value of floriculture, nursery, greenhouse and sod products. San Diego County also produces the most avocados of any region in the country.

Hotel Del Coronado

9. The Hotel Del Coronado has hosted ten United States presidents, including the first state dinner held outside the White House in 1970. The resort also unveiled the world’s first electrically lighted, outdoor Christmas tree in 1904.

Geisel Library, UCSD

10. The University of California, San Diego’s Geisel Library in La Jolla houses the world’s largest collection of original Dr. Suess manuscripts and other materials. Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) was a one-time resident of La Jolla.

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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14 thoughts on “Did You Know? More Surprising San Diego Trivia

  1. Pingback: Do You Think You Know La Jolla? | Homes for Sale La Jolla

  2. I raised my son in San Diego. After he graduated from UCSD and moved to Davis for Grad School I left to go to my hometown in TN. I sooo miss San Diego. Thanks for posting these facts and photos. Eyes are watering.

  3. Though I now live in mid-west, not by choice, my heart is there in San Diego as it is and will always be my home. These trivial facts are fun and fascinating to learn about. Love and miss you San Diego! Go Chargers!

  4. This is a great list! I will always be an SD Girl Por Vida! I love it here & am blessed to be surrounded by so much beautiful history! I think I will use this list to brag to my FB peeps how lucky I am to live in America’s Finest City!
    ‘<3 San Diego'

  5. Breann, I have lived in a lot of places all over the USA, originally born in San Diego. It’s one of those things that I didn’t know what I had until I moved away. 🙁

  6. I did not know a lot of those, but I really enjoyed reading up and learning about a lot of them. I LOVE SAN DIEGO! I miss it very much

  7. This blog is great for those of us who are thinking about moving to San Diego. I have visited the city one time and I’m going back for a two week vacation next month. I can’t wait! I will have to visit everything mentioned in this blog. Thanks!

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