Fun Things to do in San Diego

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Author: Anita Schneider, R. EEG/EP T., CLTM, FASET

I hope you plan to spend extra days exploring this beautiful area. There are so many fun things to do and see in San Diego. Here are some of my favorites that are very easily accessible from the Town and Country Resort.

Fashion Valley Mall is a 10-minute walk from the resort.

San Diego Trolley: The Fashion Valley trolley station is a three-minute walk on a paved path connecting the resort to the San Diego Trolley. This is the green lineBuy your ticket at the station kiosk – $2.50 ($1.25 senior) one-way. The trolley runs every 15 minutes. Click here to see the trolley map. 

The following fun things to do are easy to access from the Fashion Valley Trolley stop. Take the southbound trolley toward 12th & Imperial:

  1. Old Town (2 stops from Hotel): Original town of San Diego. Several good Mexican restaurants and a fun place to walk around and explore the history of San Diego.
    1. Old Town Trolley Tour: This is my very favorite thing to do with guests visiting from out of town. Open-air — hop on/hop off trolley — for a few hours or a full day. It starts in Old Town, but you can catch it in various locations in town. Hop off at stops that interest you. It hits all the major attractions and areas. They offer a variety of other tours as well. Learn More
    2. Coaster (train) to Carlsbad: Relaxing 45-minute train ride north – Exit the green line trolley at Old Town (2 stops from the Hotel), buy your coaster ticket at the kiosk, and board the Coaster northbound. You can also board at the Santa Fe Station. Usually there are very few people on the train! It travels along the coast through coastal towns and stops right in the charming village of Carlsbad, a wonderful small town with shopping and good restaurants. Daily News is great for breakfast/lunch. Beautiful Carlsbad State Beach too. We like to take a morning train, spend the day, and return on the 2:47 train. Always a fun day ($13 r/t, $6.50 senior). Learn More
  1. Little Italy (5 Stops from the Hotel): Many amazing Italian restaurants, of course, and several breweries too. Great place to stroll, eat and have cocktails. I recommend Mona Lisa, Sorrento’s, and for the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in San Diego, Filippi’s — Large portions and inexpensive.
  2. Harbor cruise to Coronado Island: Exit the green line trolley at Santa Fe Station (6 stops from Hotel), walk 9 minutes to Flagship cruise for the 15-minute ferry to Coronado ($5 each way). There are several other cruises offered as well. Learn More

While you are around the area, here more things you can do:

  • Also, in this San Diego harbor area: US Midway (aircraft carrier) Museum
  • The Fish Market (great seafood restaurant overlooking the bay)
  • Great restaurants right at the Coronado ferry landing: Peohe’s (seafood) and Il Fornaio (Italian)

4. Seaport Village (7 stops from the Hotel): Behind the Grand Hyatt Hotel, you will find a charming marina area with shops and restaurants. It’s great for walking and people watching and ice cream.

    1. Top of the Hyatt: take the elevator to the 40th floor to enjoy the grand view of the city and Coronado Island across the bay. Have a cocktail in the beautiful bar.

5. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park (8 stops from the Hotel): Exit the green line trolley at the Convention Center stop. This is our brand new open-air pavilion built by the San Diego Symphony. It is amazing and just opened this month, August 2021. It is located on the bay, behind the convention center. Also, bring your MTS receipt (trolley ticket receipt) for getting to the concert, and they’ll give you a special $6 MTS discount on a ticket purchased at the Box Office! The performances during ASET week are as follows:

  • Sunday, August 15: Music of Stevie Wonder
  • Tuesday, August 17: Ledisi Sings Nina
  • Friday, August 20: Beethoven by the Sea
  • Saturday, August 21: Smokey Robinson
  • Sunday, August 22: Not Our 1st Goat Rodeo (Yo Yo Ma)

In addition, concert packages for the Conrad Prebys Inaugural Season 2021 at The Rady Shell at Jacob Park are on sale. Learn More to learn more.

6. Petco Park: Exit the green line trolley at the Gaslamp Quarter (9 stops from the Hotel) to see the SD Padres beat (oops, I mean play) the Philadelphia Phillies: 8/20, 21, or 22. Learn More

7. Balboa Park: Built for the 1915 Panama California Exposition, you will need to drive or Uber to this location. Balboa is a 1200 acre urban park with four museums, theaters, several restaurants (I love the Prado – sit on the patio overlooking the Japanese Garden), walking paths, and home of the San Diego zoo. Learn More

Have fun!

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