Up for a little Las Vegas-style excitement? Drive 45 minutes east of San Diego to find it all without ever leaving California. Off-track wagering, cards, video machines, and Bingo are all found here. Hob-nob with the high rollers, join the masses at the slot machines, try your luck at the Blackjack 21 tables or just enjoy fine dining and glitzy entertainment.
A sailor's delight! Relax while a licensed captain takes you on the sail of a lifetime with Sail San Diego. Or for the more adventuresome, you take the helm! Cruise through the blue waters of San Diego Bay and see the city from a whole new perspective. During January and February, you can also board their 'Marine Biologist's' boat to get up close and personal with migrating whales.
The centerpiece of the blissful Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is a prolific destination for adults and children alike. Spread over 98.84 acres (40 hectares) of diverse landscapes, the zoo is home to an excess of 3,500 fauna that belongs to 650 species or subspecies. Established in the year 1916, it is one of the few non-profit wildlife conservation zones to nurture the highly-endangered Giant Panda. Laden with man-made habitats that emulate various topographies from around the globe, the park's most-visited exhibits includes the Monkey Trails, the Polar Bear Plunge, Elephant Odyssey, Tiger River, Koalafornia and the Panda Trek. Virtually every nook and corner of the zoo is made conveniently accessible by the beloved Skyfari, a gondola system that spans across nearly 75 percent of the property.
The United States' largest urban cultural park is also one of the world's most scenic, with a dazzling array of museums, entertainment venues, botanical gardens and architectural landmarks. The world-renowned San Diego Zoo is just one of the many treasures nestled within the verdant expanse of this 1,200-acre (490-hectare) park, set aside as a reserve for public use as early as 1835. The 1915-16 Panama-California Expo and the 1935–36 California Pacific International Expo left behind a wealth of architectural jewels strewn across the park, including the California Building fashioned after the typical design of a Spanish Colonial Church and now home to the San Diego Museum of Man. Fifteen museums, award-winning theaters, an antique carousel, a miniature railroad and the Spanish Village Arts Center come together at Balboa Park to celebrate the cultural diversity of the state and its inspiring natural landscape.
This club is a prime spot to hear new and cutting edge music in San Diego. Bands such as Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Alanis Morissette have been among the previous guests. Local bands play here as well, primarily featuring a punk-rock flavor. In addition to music, the club offers pool tables, an enclosed smoking patio, vintage pinball and video games. A stage and dance floor provides plenty of room to dance. Meanwhile, the full bar serves a long list of beverages.
Located right along the Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway Museum lends deep insights into naval aviation and one of the important chapters of American history. The museum is home to the iconic USS Midway, which has been one of the country's oldest aircraft carriers. A famed naval museum in the United States, it also shelters an arsenal of other significant carriers, most of which were crafted in Southern California. The museum is complete with simulators, myriad deck exhibits and the stirring Battle of Midway theater. The museum has also been a host to an array of private, media and sporting events.
Bolt Brewery is a result of brew master Clint Stromberg's passion for his craft. Each barrel is produced in the hand-crafted 10-barrel system that Clint built in Budapest and had shipped over here. The ambiance is lively, the outdoor patio is pleasant and there are live bands on most evenings to keep the party going. Whether your a true aficionado or just looking for a good place to unwind with friends, Bolt Brewery's welcoming and casual atmosphere will have you returning time and again. Their brews cover the spectrum from pale ales and lagers to red and stouts and are diverse enough for hop fans and malt enthusiasts to appreciate. Popular brews include the Mango Weiss, So Cal Pale Ale, Bolt Pilsner and Hollenbeck Red Ale. Head here on Friday and Saturday nights for great music, brews and a laid back So Cal vibe.
Locomotives are highlighted at this museum where you may view a collection of vintage railroad artifacts and a fully restored boxcar and caboose. Tours of this museum are free but are offered on weekends only. The museum, located in southern San Diego County, is small, yet innovative and enjoyable for a weekend outing. Scenic train trips to Campo sometimes depart from this station on vintage locomotives.