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Trip List by smonti

San Diego for the adventurous- bike, kayak, walk, explore!

Aug 18, 2009  Dora The Explorer - Get your map and let's go.
3.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

Four days of activities with Mom (48), Dad (52), adult daughters (26, 19) and grand daughter (5). Great time.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: San Diego, La Jolla
  • Category: Recent trip
  • 1. Marriott Marina San Diego
    San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego, California
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    Avg price: $335

    Great place to stay. Right on boardwalk. Great pools. Rent bikes right here. Ferry to Coronado Island. Walk to everything from cruise ship terminal to Gas Lamp District. You don't need a car unless you are going to La Jolla.

    Hyatt next door is also nice. Doesn't have as good of a pool - but does have firepits for making s'mores in the evening.

  • 2. Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego
    Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego, San Diego, California

    $30 for all day hop on / hop off narrarated tour. Great first day way to see all of the sites. Get off at Coronado, Balboa Park, and Old Town (eat here).

  • 3. Bikes & Beyond
    http://hollandsbicycles.com/

    Coronado Island Bike and Surrey Rental. Ride the ferry from Marriott to Coronado Island. Rent bikes or surrey - they even have the trail-a-bike for young kids. Ride easy, beautiful path to Cornoado beach and spend afternoon on beach.

  • 4. Seaport Village
    Seaport Village, San Diego, California

    We walked around Seaport Village every day and night. There are shops, stands, beautiful sculptures and memorials, vendors - you name it. Walk as far either way as you can and take a pedi cab back for around $5. Very safe and fun for all ages.

  • 5. San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours
    Bike and Kayak - La Jolla, La Jolla, San Diego

    Rent a car this day. Drive to La Jolla (20 from downtown San Diego). Drive scenic view, around La Jolla cove and then head to the Bike & Kayak tour. $40 for 2 hours of kayaking sea caves and getting up close to seals, sea lions, leopard sharks, etc.. Top attraction for my adult daughters.

    I stayed behind with the 5 year old and we walked around La Jolla, ate lunch and played in the sand. Great time.

  • 6. SeaWorld San Diego
    SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego, California

    I'm sure the zoo is fab - but we can go to the St Louis zoo. Spend 2 half days at Sea World if you can (the tickets are currently get 2 days for the price of one). It's so much more enjoyable when you are only there 4 hours or so.

    Get your map first thing and figure out when you'll see Shamu. There's an 11:00, a 1:00 and then not another until 5:00. Get Shamu out of the way and then you can relax and catch the other shows. Lots of hands on (feed / feel stingrays, sea lions, etc.). Not too many rides - more like an interactive zoo. Good for all ages.

  • 7. Ralphs Supermarket
    http://www.ralphs.com/Pages/default.aspx

    Downtown San Diego. A couple of blocks from either the Marriott or the Hyatt. Walk here and pick up some fresh bananas (one of San Diego's top imports), fresh sandwiches, gourmet cheese, etc. - just to have some snacks and eat like a local.

    Resist urge to get too much. You have to carry it back to the hotel...