Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 16-20, 2013

Haunted Star of India - Maritime Museum of San Diego

It’s a great time to visit San Diego! The weather is beautiful and in the 70s, kids eat, stay and play for free all month-long, Halloween is just around the corner, and there is plenty of fun to be had at these top things to do this weekend:

Taste of Coronado

Clayton's Cafe in Coronado

Discover why Clayton’s and other local restaurants are so popular during Taste of Coronado

Spend a night on Coronado Island, indulging your senses and enjoying amazing bites prepared by our local chefs. Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from the island’s local bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley. This will be a night to remember so come and bring your friends!

Where: 1100 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: October 16, 2103
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35-$30
> Find out more about Taste of Coronado

Haunted Tales of our Seafaring Past

Haunted Star of India - Maritime Museum of San Diego

Gather round for haunted seafaring tales and lantern tours at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

For a historically haunting experience, venture on board the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship for a special 45-60 minute tour. Part of San Diego’s Maritime Museum collection, the Star of India’s storied past includes real-life encounters with ghosts, and the tour includes special activities for the family, including seafaring ghost stories and “creepy treats.” Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Where: The San Diego Maritime Museum – 1492 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 18-19 and 25-26, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $8-$16
> Find out more about Haunted Tales of Our Seafaring Past

> Have more family friendly Halloween fun

2013 Escondido Fall Street Faire

Escondido Street Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Escondido Street Faire is fun for the whole family

Since 1989, the Escondido Street Faire has brought live entertainment, over 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities, and food from around the world to the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido. Covering seven blocks along historic Grand Avenue, the Escondido Street Fair is the second largest single-day fair in California.

Where: Grand Avenue, between Center City Pkwy and Ivy, Escondido, CA 92025
When: October 20, 2013
Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Escondido Fall Street Faire

Pumpkin Express

Pumpkin Express

Your conductor is dying to take you to the Great Pumpkin’s Pumpkin Patch

Join in the fun aboard the Pumpkin Express at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Children and their parents will enjoy the one hour train ride, then tour the Haunted Train, where each child gets to pick out his or her own pumpkin and decorate it inside the Display Building.

Advance reservations for this popular event are required.

Where: 750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906
When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 27, 2013
Time: Three Trains: 10:00 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:30 PM
Cost: $5-$15
> Find out more about the Pumpkin Express

> Find the perfect pumpkin at even more San Diego Pumpkin Patches

Bow Wow Brunch on the Bay Cruise

Bow Wow Brunch Cruise in San Diego - Top Things to Do in San Diego

This sailor is on the lookout for the Fire Hydrant of Youth!

Cruise around San Diego Bay and enjoy a delicious and bountiful buffet with unlimited champagne and desserts while Fido gets a pet buffet to choose from along with a dog relief area set up on the sun deck of the yacht! Portion of the proceeds for the Bow Wow Brunch on the Bay will go directly to helping Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Where: Grape Street Pier – 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 20, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $70 per person. Dogs cruise free
> Find out more about the Bow Wow Brunch on the Bay Cruise

> PSST…here’s a $2 off coupon for the Bow Wow Brunch on the Bay Cruise

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Sarah Weinberg

Haunted Hotel Deal for a Halloween Weekend at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Haunted trail at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

We plan to hit the Halloween trail early this season and venture beyond our own neighborhood to experience a spooky yet family friendly getaway for locals and visitors alike. San Diego hotels are getting into the “spirit” of Halloween by offering special packages focusing on a ghoulishly good time for young children and their parents.

My kids are excited about our overnight visit to the Rancho Bernardo Inn on Halloween weekend to experience the Halloween @ the Inn Stay and Spook family package. My girlfriend did this last year with her kids and recommended the family activities including trick-or-treating, a not-so-scary haunted house, pumpkin decorating and even glow in the dark cocktails for mom and dad.

Halloween @ the Inn Activities

Kids Making a Witches Brew at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Double, double toil and trouble

Kids will enjoy dressing up for a costume contest and being allowed to roam through the spooky carnival games at Rancho Bernardo Inn during Halloween weekend.

Haunted trail at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Do you dare take the haunted trail

The ghostly grounds of the Rancho Bernardo Inn decorated for Halloween. The Inn’s themed family events are open to hotel guests purchasing the Stay & Spook package starting at $199 for a family of four, or locals can join in the activities scheduled Friday and Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for $17 per child (age up to 14 years old).

Kids picking pumpkins at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Find the perfect Halloween pumpkin

Younger children will enjoy the pumpkin patch, a free “goodie pumpkin” at check-in, face painting and trick or treating.

Kids acting like flying witches at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Fly, Fly my pretties!

With a focus on a friendly Halloween experience, and lots of treats and sweets, including s’mores, trick or treating and kid-friendly snacks like caramel apples and hot pretzels available for purchase, Halloween @ the Inn should prove to be one of the most fun Halloween parties we’ve ever attended!

Halloween @ the Inn Package Information

Rates starting from $199 per night. Additional kids $17 per night (ages 3-14). Rate valid for two adults and two kids. Some restrictions may apply. Available October 26 & 27, 2012.

> Book Your Spooktacular Halloween @ the Inn Weekend Today!