San Diego Magazine

A Day in Mission Bay

yoga on Mission Bay

Called San Diego’s water wonderland, America’s largest manmade aquatic park was literally built for a good time. Its endless beaches, calm-water bays, bike paths, golf course, amusement parks, and resorts beckon to all. There’s no shortage of perfect ways to spend a day in Mission Bay — jet-skiing, sailing, at SeaWorld, in a spa, all of the above — but here are a few excellent options.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Gaslamp Quarter

Coava in the Gaslamp Quarter

Since way back in the 1860s (when the streets were lighted with 50 gas-powered lamps) this happening part of the city has been lit. Today, this 16-block area close to everything in downtown is a wonderful mishmash of historic Victorian architecture, the best of modern food and drink, and San Diego’s most vibrant nightlife. Here are some stops to hit in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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Film Buff’s Guide to San Diego

The LOT - Film Buff's Guide to San Diego

San Diego’s extensive menu of daytime activities can leave you wanting nothing more than to relax for a few beats and take in a good movie. As it happens, this town is home to luxury movie theaters with restaurant-style kitchens, al fresco viewings, and star-studded international film festivals. Whether you want to don a tuxedo or just set up a folding chair and blanket, there’s a perfect movie-going experience for every mood and day of the year.

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Ashley Lekkerkerk

9 Hidden Gems of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town State Historic Park Sign

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, considered by many to be the birthplace of Alta California, boasts many popular shops, restaurants and museums. Discover the park’s historic soul by visiting its lesser-known sites. These 9 hidden gems in Old Town tell tales of the significant moments in the region’s early history. Are you ready to adventure on a historical field trip?

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on Things to do in June in Balboa Park

Balboa Park Food trucks

This month Balboa Park is in full bloom with a spectacular slate of summer fun – from food trucks to extended hours at many of the most popular museums to trivia nights and a rooftop bar to a playground for the 21-and-up set. Come perfect the art of summer in San Diego’s cultural heart.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Little Italy

Nolita Hall in San Diego's Historic Little Italy

Making a strong case for being San Diego hottest foodie neighborhood, Little Italy is home to a number of celebrity chefs, including Brian Malarkey and Richard Blais, as well as rising stars equally deserving of recognition for both classic and inventive dishes. Once home to legions of Italian tuna fishermen, this historical neighborhood walks the line perfectly between honoring its history and basking in change. If you’re looking for handmade pasta or other delicacies of authentic Italian heritage, look no further. But if you’re looking for creative suds from a Danish brewer, ultra-hip coffee shops, fashion boutiques, and ice cream that’s developed a cult following, well, you’ve also come to the right place.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in May in Balboa Park

Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park

May is a month filled with promise. Nestled between spring and summer, May is blooming with possibilities and nowhere are those possibilities more enticing than in Balboa Park. There are cultural celebrations chock a block with activities, garden parties, food truck Fridays and so much more.

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San Diego’s Hottest Blocks: Park Boulevard

Hundred Proof on Park Boulevard

Just north of the San Diego Zoo on Park Boulevard, it blazes a foodie trail up to the quaint, Craftsman-packed neighborhood of University Heights. Though there are some worthwhile outliers (Trust, for example) most of the area’s restaurants line a two-block stretch of Park Boulevard where they’re all in arm’s reach.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in April in Balboa Park

Botanical Building in Balboa Park

What’s that saying?! April showers bring May flowers? Well, regardless of what the weather will bring this month, there is one thing we can guarantee—no one will be raining on your parade when it comes to things to do in Balboa Park. The options are endless at Balboa Park this month: classic tales coming to life on stage, photography workshops, wine history, bloom bashes, craft brew tastings coupled with arts projects and more!

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Escondido

Escondido in San Diego California

Just a stone’s throw from everywhere in coastal San Diego, Escondido is a nature lover’s dream. But it doesn’t end there. This hilly city—“hidden,” as its name means in Spanish—is waiting to reveal a world of arts, delicious eats, and one of the crown jewels of San Diego’s craft beer scene.

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