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The Go San Diego Card: Everything You Need to Know

The Go San Diego Card is a great way to save money on more than 45 different attractions throughout San Diego County. It’s perfect for both tourists and San Diego residents, and you could potentially save up to 55% off regular admission prices at these attractions!  Whether you want to sail out for a whale-watching cruise, take the whole family to SeaWorld or LEGOLAND, or visit the the San Diego Zoo, this convenient card lets you plan your own itinerary and pack in as many attractions as you can each day.

What Is the Go San Diego Card?

The Go San Diego Card is a type of Go City Card, which is a multi-attraction pass available in major cities around the globe – including nearby spots like San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

There are four different options when purchasing your Go San Diego Card: 

  • 1) All-Inclusive 
    • A multi-attraction pass that gets you into 40 San Diego attractions plus one premium attraction for one low price.
    • Available in 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, 5 day, or 7 day options.
    • Needs to be used on consecutive calendar days.
  • 2) Build Your Own 
    • Choose from 42 attractions and build your own pass to San Diego.
    • If you choose 2 or more, you’ll save 20%. The pass is valid for 30 days. 
    • Good choice for San Diego residents.
  • Package Deals
    • 3) San Diego 4 Choice Flex Pass: choose 4 San Diego attractions and activities from 8 great options. Save up to 39% compared to paying at the gate!
    • 4) Top 3 Attractions Pass: Discounted access to three attractions: LEGOLAND® California, San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld San Diego.

How to Use the Go San Diego Card 

Your Go San Diego Card grants you admission to as many included attractions as you want to visit for the number of days you bought the card for. Once you purchase the card, you can either 1) use your pass directly from your phone with the free Go City Card app or 2) print out your pass and guidebook at home. You don’t need to buy other tickets – the city card acts as your ticket to all attractions. 

 After it’s used the first time, the card is good for the number of days you chose, but those must be consecutive days – for instance, if you use the card first on a Monday morning, that counts as your first day. Even if you visit your first attraction late in the day, it still counts; so we recommend starting as early as possible!

If you skip one day because you’re tired, you don’t get a refund or an extension. Except for the rare multi-day pass, you can visit each attraction only once.

Where to Purchase the Go San Diego Card

You can purchase one directly through us!

What to Know Before You Buy the Go San Diego Card 

• Be realistic about how much you can do! The big attractions will each take a full day, and some are far apart. For other attractions that take less time, there may be significant travel time to get from one to another. Plan to visit 1-3 attractions per day, and choose ones that are closer together.

• You get to skip the line. If you use the Go City Card app, you can skip the line at select attractions and go directly to the entrance turnstiles, where they will scan a QR code on your phone. If you print out the pass at home, you may have to wait in line to collect your paper pass.

• The app is free, and keeps everything in one place. Once you download the app, guidebooks to each attraction, your actual Go San Diego Card, and directions are all right on your phone. It’s a great (and easy) way to make sure you don’t miss anything!

• Only longer-duration cards include Sea World: if you purchase a 3, 5 or 7-Day card, you can visit SeaWorld on as many days as your card is valid. SeaWorld is not included on 1 and 2 day cards. You can skip the ticket line when you choose digital delivery.

• Child cards are for children ages 3-12. Most attractions do not charge for children under 3 years old. However, there are some exceptions (especially children’s museums and attractions geared toward very young travelers). If you have a child under 3 years old, please check with the attraction directly in advance.

• You have one year to use your Go San Diego Card once you purchase it. After one year, it will expire. 

• Refund policy: their Risk Free Guarantee gives you 30 days from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

Included Attractions in the Go San Diego Card 

There are more than 40 attractions to choose from! 

  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour Ticket 
  • Speed Boat Adventures 
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • LEGOLAND
  • Whale & Dolphin Watching by Hornblower Cruises
  • 1-hour San Diego Harbor Tour by Flagship Cruises
  • Belmont Park All-Access Combo Pass
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Birch Aquarium
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center with IMAX movie
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • Model Railroad Museum
  • Tandem kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals at Bike & Kayak Tours Coronado
  • Bike, snorkel, kayak, and stand-up paddle board rentals at Bike & Kayak Tours La Jolla
  • Whale Watch by Flagship Cruises & Events
  • Miramar Speed Circuit
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • 30-minute GoCar San Diego Tour
  • The New Children’s Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • Whaley House

Ready to start exploring San Diego? Purchase your multi-day pass or a Build Your Own Pass right here

Exploring the New Children’s Museum in San Diego

Address/Location: 200 W. Island Ave., San Diego 92101
Phone: (619) 233-8792
Hours: M, W, Th, Fr, S: 9:30am-4pm. Sunday 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Admission: $14 for adults & children 1+

The New Children’s Museum is part of the attractions included with the Go San Diego Card! This is a great option if you’re interested in discounted tickets and seeing other attractions in and around San Diego County. 

The New Children’s Museum in San Diego is a fun, interactive museum that’s all about helping kids think, play, and create through hands-on exhibitions, engaging art-making activities, artistic performances, and educational programs. From sculpting clay figures during a daily visit to participating in camp programs, mini-museum-goers can experience the joy of art in different ways throughout the museum.

The New Children’s Museum is filled with exciting finds, intriguing and interactive exhibits, and meaningful activities for all ages. Each year, leading artists create specifically designed and commissioned pieces of contemporary art with tactile features that appeal to kids, rather than recreate existing art to suit a younger generation. Throughout the museum, hands-on art and exhibits hold the attention of children of all ages, ranging from toddlers and teens.

About the Museum

This La Jolla museum was founded on the principle “think, play, create” and serves as a place for children to come and learn creativity, confidence, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, collaboration, and optimism.

The original Museum opened in 1983 in La Jolla as the Children’s Museum, and moved to its current location at a downtown La Jolla warehouse in 1993. In 2008, the Museum reopened as The New Children’s Museum – with the word “new” signifying their focus on commissioning contemporary artists to create full scale art installations for children to engage with and explore. The Museum is housed in a dynamic space designed by visionary and award-winning architect Rob Wellington Quigley and is one of the first green museums in California. In 2018, the Museum celebrated 35 years in San Diego and 10 years as The New Children’s Museum.

Immersive Art Installations

The art installations at the New Children’s Museum are by far the most popular exhibits. Kids and adults alike will love the eclectic mix of interactive art and fun installations!

Smile: Strokes of color draw visitors across the Museum bridge in artist Panca’s 48-foot-long mural SMILE. Playful eyes and hearts (or are they noses?) are scattered through these lines of color, creating the impression of deconstructed, curious faces.

The Wonder Sound: Drawing influence from tree houses, empowered neighborhoods, canyons at night, sacred plants, silhouetted mountain ranges in the distance, animals that have never been seen, original stories, forgotten histories, whispered languages, ancient footpaths, imaginary places and the human condition, The Wonder Sound is an entirely new and complex culture that blends fact and fiction, the tangible and the ephemeral. It’s a work of art that you physically enter into and discover; the installation will take you to strange yet recognizable places as you explore its many rooms and passageways, going from the real to the unreal and venturing from the wild to the familiar. Learn to read, write and speak the original language created specifically for this project, to name the constellations and to speak the names of the ancestors.

No Rules…Except: One of the most talked about installations over the past 10 years, “No Rules…Except” was created by artist Brian Dick. The installation is an ode to childhood, and celebrates the simple childish joy of jumping on the bed. The immersive, interactive room is filled with 40+ mattresses and over 160 “pillow” tires for children (and grown ups!) to play, crawl, jump, and bounce around in. The installation features two sections: the larger gallery is for children age 5+, and the smaller gallery directly outside is specifically designed for the littlest wobblers and toddlers.

 

Sketch Aquarium: Sketch Aquarium uses 21st century technology to create a beautiful, engaging art and science experience for all ages. Design a fanciful sea creature, and then watch it come to life and swim with all the other sea creatures in a wall-sized, moving aquarium projection. Children can observe the power of their creative imagination through Sketch Aquarium. Paper and art making materials offer opportunities to design and color a sea creature. Once completed, the piece of paper is scanned, and the image is projected onto a giant virtual aquarium. Children may also touch the fish to see them swim away, or touch the virtual food bag to feed the fish.

Wobbleland: Wobbleland is a fun, interactive area that resembles a giant kitchen sink and is filled with oversized soft food sculptures. Infants and toddlers 4 and under have exclusive reign in Wobbleland, where they can make creative discoveries: explore an avocado teeter totter, play with slices of a giant tomato, crawl through a cheese wedge, and more. Each sculpture presents challenges such as stacking, spinning, sorting and rocking and invites its young audience to explore. Toddlers use play to understand the world around them and develop important skills as they interact with each food sculpture.

Desert Derby: At first glance, the twisting tracks in Desert Derby look like freeways. Take a closer look, and you’ll see a series of interconnecting waterways and reservoirs. Desert Derby traces not only California’s roads, but also one of the most important other factors to shape our region: the feat of engineering that is the California aqueduct. We know where and how California’s system of freeways connects, but what if Californians were just as aware of our water system? Would it change our relationship with water?

Art Studios & Activities

The Community Gallery: The Community Gallery is a space where you can see and learn more about art made by local artists, schools, and participants from programs offered at the Museum. You’ll find their artistic contributions throughout the space – displayed on the floor, walls, and sometimes even the ceiling. Visitors are encouraged to take part in the collaborative art experience – the art that you help create will grow over time and become a part of the work on view and the wider Museum world.

Innovators LAB: The Innovators LAB is the Museum’s collaborative makerspace, where locals can come together for drop-in art workshops hosted by local experts, artists, architects, and others. These resident professionals develop design challenges alongside the Creative Team to provide open-ended, skill-building projects that explore real world issues. The Innovators LAB targets families with children ages 6-13 and provides opportunities to experiment with a variety of ideas, materials, and hands-on techniques.

Other Activities

Along with art exhibits and interactive installations, the New Children’s Museum offers various family classes and programs (including Friday Toddler Time and the Little Learners Club), Day Camps and Summer Camps, and several events throughout the year.

Do note that the art exhibits and installations change, and they are always bringing in new artists for visitors to enjoy! Be sure to stay up-to-date with the Museum’s schedule and installations when you are thinking of visiting. Want to see more? Check out our other top San Diego museums!

San Diego Attractions for Kids: Explore Balboa Park

Balboa Park is one of the best places for families to visit in San Diego. There is a plethora of beautiful gardens, museums, cultural spots, theaters, playgrounds, and walking trails within the 1200-acre park. What really sets Balboa Park is all of the activities that are free and family-friendly – the park is a great place to spend the day, the afternoon, or even a couple of days exploring if you have the time! Here’s our list of some of the best family-friendly activities in Balboa Park for a fun family outing.

Free Activities in Balboa Park

If you’re looking for free things to do in San Diego, Balboa Park has enough activities and events to keep you and your family busy for several days! All of the gardens, playgrounds, and walking trails are open to visitors every day, and some attractions are also free.

On each Tuesday of the month, museums and attractions rotate to offer free admission to San Diego residents for “Residents Free Tuesdays.” The deal includes:

  • The Museum of Man
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Model Railroad Museum

Some of the museums also offer free admission to active duty military and their family or local college students (with ID). The Veterans Museum and Memorial offers free admission every day for active duty military. Each October during the Kids Free in San Diego event, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Reuben H. Fleet and other Park museums offer free admission to children as well.

Balboa Park Playgrounds

There are five different playgrounds within Balboa Park, which are a fun and free way for families to relax and get some exercise. Some of the playgrounds are better suited for kids under age 5, while others are intended for ages 5-12. Here are some of the most popular Balboa Park playgrounds:

Pepper Grove Playground: suitable for kids of all ages. It is separated into two main areas. The side designed for children younger than five has a giant sandbox, cushioned floors, slides and swings. The other side, designed for kids five and older, offers a large jungle gym, faux zip line and fun things to spin on.

Sixth Avenue Playground: this is a large play area that kids of all ages can enjoy. It is separated into two main areas. The side designed for kids aged 5 and up is fun and futuristic with loads of obstacles and things to climb on. The other side, recommended for children under 5, has a fire engine-themed jungle gym with ropes, slides and climbing bars.

Morley Field Playground: this medium-sized playground is perfect for kids aged 5-12, families with dogs and those who love playing sports. There are slides, monkey bars, swings and a rock-climbing wall to enjoy. It is surrounded by fun places like the a swimming pool, dog park and tennis courts.

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Fun Activities for Kids at Balboa Park

Balboa Park Carousel: The historic carousel is closer the entrance of the San Diego Zoo, and is truly an awesome place to visit for families. The carousel dates back to 1910 and is a fun menagerie of animals, and all but two pairs are original with hand-carved European craftsmanship. The carousel is one of the few in the world still offering the brass ring game for everyone taking the 5-minute ride!

A little history of the carousel: the Herschell-Spillman menagerie carousel was made in New York, and shipped to Los Angeles, California. In 1915, it was displayed at the summer resort called Tent City, in Coronado, and then moved up Balboa Park around 1922. It originally was placed at the east of Balboa Park, near the San Diego Natural History Museum, but moved to its current location in 1968 to make way for the Fleet Science Center.

In 2017, the Friends of Balboa Park purchased the historic carousel. As its new owner and operator, they will ensure that it remains an historic park landmark for many more years to come.

Miniature Railroad: The miniature railroad is next to the carousel, and families with young children will likely enjoy both rides. The train pulls out of the station for 3-minute rides around a portion of Balboa Park.

The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater is always a hit with the little ones. Founded in 1948, the Puppet Theater is the longest continuous running puppet theater in the United States! Puppet performances are presented throughout the year by a variety of troupes; the theater presents approximately 45 shows a year, with different shows each week (12 shows a week during the winter and 15 shows a week during the summer). The theater boasts 6 rotating resident puppeteers and 2 associate puppeteers, plus occasional guest artists from around the United States. The theater seats 200, and many of productions are “full-stage” using life-size puppets.

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is the world’s largest operating model railroad museum. This unique museum contains four enormous scale and model layouts, built by separate clubs, whose exhibits depict railroads all over the Southwest. The Museum also features a Toy Train Gallery, complete with an interactive Lionel layout for children and state-of-the-art theater lighting. Your little train-lovers will absolutely love this railroad museum!

Balboa Park Gardens

The dozens of gardens located throughout Balboa Park are lovely places for a picnic or simply to just relax and enjoy the sunshine. Kids can play on the grass, and most of them offer plenty of shade and picnic tables. The Botanical Building is one of the most photographed buildings in Balboa Park and nestled among several of the most popular natural history museums.

The EthnoBotany Children’s Peace Garden is a unique organic herb, fruit, and vegetable garden that honors the memory of George Washington Carver. The space is dedicated to teaching young people about the role of plants in society. Gardening classes are available to schools, youth programs, individuals and families by appointment or on Sundays at 11:30am, and the garden also serves the nearly 6,000 students in the 5th Grade Balboa Park Integration Program.

The Rose Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden, and Zoro Garden are also good options for families. Some gardens are free and some cost money to get in, so be sure to double check on admission before you go.

Where to Eat at Balboa Park

After a long day of fun, the little ones in the group will definitely have worked up an appetite! There are several great places for families to dine at Balboa Park, including casual spots for outdoor activities and quick-and-easy snack carts.

Nosh down on hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft serve ice cream at the Village Grill behind the Natural History Museum. Over by the Fleet Science Center, you can sit outside and enjoy the fountain when you eat at Craveology. They have salads and panini sandwiches, and it’s a fun little spot that’s slightly off the beaten path for a quieter experience. The Alaska Airlines Flight Path Grill is a good go-to spot over by the Air & Space Museum: from chili cheese dogs to grilled cheese sandwiches, there’s yummy comfort food for all palates! You can sit out on the observation deck and watch the colorful planes land at the airport, too. There are also several coffee, snack, and water spots sprinkled throughout the park that you can walk to for a quick pick-me-up.

For more Balboa Park tips and how-tos, visit our explore Balboa Park page!

QUIZ: Which San Diego Neighborhood Are You?

Anyone who’s spent some time in San Diego knows how eclectic, fun, and downright awesome America’s Finest City is! From enjoying our near-perfect year-round weather to indulging in some of the best craft beer in the country, there is no shortage of great ways to spend your time in our coastal city. But where to begin?! With dozens of different (and completely unique) neighborhoods and communities, it’s a tad overwhelming for visitors (or brand-new locals) to figure out which one is which – and more importantly, where they want to live! 

Are you a fun-loving extrovert who loves the hustle and bustle of urban downtown, or are you happier with a glass of wine and Netflix in a quiet suburb? Do you live for the beach, or are you the type to hit the trails every morning? Take our fun quiz to find out which San Diego neighborhood suits your personality! 

  • North Park
  • La Jolla
  • Ocean Beach
  • Little Italy
  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • Pacific Beach
  • Mission Beach

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That’s not all! One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a $50 gift card to Whisknladle La Jolla! All you have to do is complete the quiz to be eligible to win. 

The Best Views in San Diego

If you’re born and raised in San Diego, you already know that it’s truly one of most beautiful places on the planet  – people come here from all over the world to lay on our beaches and enjoy the perfect weather all year round. Whether your thing is hiking to waterfalls or sitting on the beach watching the sunset, San Diego is paradise. Here are some of the best views in San Diego, from coastal viewpoints to seaside meditation gardens! Plus, visit our San Diego guides section to explore more fun things to do in each neighborhood.

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Where else can you sit back and watch people fly over the ocean? The Torrey Pines Gliderport sits above Black’s Beach (a clothing optional La Jolla beach) and next to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a coastal state park and community known for its world-class golf course (it hosted the 2008 U.S. Open) and picturesque San Diego hiking trails. While both the golf course and trails have views well worth writing home about, just a little south is the Torrey Pines Gliderport, a city-owned aviation site where paragliders and hang-gliders can launch off the cliffs to the beaches below. It’s a magical spot to take in the scenery and watch San Diego’s finest soar through the sky.

There’s a massive parking lot in front of the glider port that’s free all day, so parking is almost always easy to find.

Mt. Soledad

Mount Soledad is one of La Jolla’s secret spots. It’s a small mountain with a veterans memorial and giant cross at its peak; the memorial itself offers an expansive, panoramic view of San Diego and the coast below, and it’s easily accessible by car. It’s an iconic San Diego spot, partially due to the massive controversy over the constitutionality of the cross — it went to the Supreme Court twice! Parking is easy, although the road from Pacific Beach to Mount Soledad is a popular cycling path if that’s your thing.

Sunset Cliffs

With sheer cliffs bordering the ocean, several decent surf spots, and coastal trails along the bluffs, Sunset Cliffs is one of San Diego’s most picturesque – and iconically Southern California –  areas. As the name suggests, it’s a popular spot if you’re wondering where to catch the sunset, although the beaches below are also a great place to hang out if you’re looking for something a little more secluded than some of our busier beaches.

Local tip: The cliffs are mostly unfenced, so watch your step as you explore the area. There are also a few spots where locals and visitors alike jump off the cliffs into the ocean, but be careful if you join: it’s technically illegal and there are lots of sharp rocks hiding in the water.

Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens

Incredible views and inner peace await within one of San Diego’s most picturesque gardens. Perched atop the cliffs in Encinitas, a coastal city in North County, the Meditation Gardens are part of the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple grounds. It’s the perfect spot for a thoughtful stroll through lush greenery, and has plenty of benches facing the ocean view. This is an amazing place to take in the sunset, or simply spend a few hours admiring the garden and the views during the day.

If you’re there around lunchtime, head across the street to Swami’s Cafe! It’s a local gem that is well known for its breakfast and acai bowls, making it a perfect place to stop by before or after your garden stroll.

Stonewall Peak

Stonewall Peak is a favorite among San Diego hikers, and for great reason! Julian is a small city in the outermost part of San Diego County, known for its small-town country feel and freshly baked pies. But just a few miles from the sleepy town is the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, home to several hiking trails with some awesome vistas. We recommend Stonewall Peak, which has a trail that leads up a small mountain via a series of moderate switchbacks. After a 30 minute hike, you’ll arrive at a staircase leading you to the very top, where a breathtaking coastline view awaits.

Go as early as you can manage to see this great view — the view during sunrise is spectacular, plus you’ll avoid the midday heat and the crowds. Parking is at the campground just next to the trailhead and costs $10.

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Powerhouse Park

One of our favorite places to relax in North County is Powerhouse Park, located in the quaint beach town of Del Mar. Both Powerhouse Park and adjacent Seagrove Park comprise Del Mar’s crown jewel, and after you take in the view there, you’ll see why!

The sprawling grassy knolls overlook the beach, making it a popular place to sunbathe or dine al fresco at one of the many picnic tables. To see the full scope of this area, begin at the outer rim of Seagrove Park and work your way down to Powerhouse Park, stopping along the routes to gaze at the sea and surfers below. If you walk past the “Tot Lot” play area at Powerhouse Park, you’ll find a small gateway that leads to a dirt path. Follow that trail to a cluster of benches where you can sit and bask in the sun. Seagrove Park is located off Coast Blvd. in Del Mar.

Coronado Ferry Landing

If you’ve ever searched Google Images for “downtown San Diego”, then you’ve seen the view of the San Diego cityscape lit up, standing tall and bright in front of the water. Those photos were taken from Coronado, a small city on a peninsula in the San Diego Bay, just west of downtown. The peninsula’s ferry landing leads into a waterfront park with restaurants, shops, a beach, and the same incredible view of the city that photographers love, making it an ideal place to spend the day. The view is especially impressive in the evening, when the city turns on its colorful lights and they dance off the water.

The best way to get to the ferry landing is the ferry! The ride is about 15 minutes, and it costs $4.75 each way. It operates regularly from downtown to Coronado from early morning until just before 10:00 pm.

La Jolla Cove

We wouldn’t be able to mention views without mentioning La Jolla Cove! Beautiful La Jolla Cove is a small beach area surrounded by cliffs which boast a beautiful view of the neighboring cliffs and hosts a colony of California sea lions – they make for a fun spectacle to watch as you wait for the sunset. 

La Jolla gets pretty busy in the summertime, especially on the weekends. Our recommendation is to explore the area in the evening on a weekday, or stop by during winter or fall (typically regarded as “offseason” here).

Top Fitness Studios in San Diego

It’s no secret that America’s Finest City is a pretty healthy community; from yoga, barre, and Pilates to boot camp classes and aerobics, there is no shortage of fun ways to work out or hike in San Diego! We’ve rounded up some of the best fitness studios in the County – and what classes they’re known for – so you don’t have to. Here are the best fitness studios in San Diego!

Spark Cycle (Cycling)

Take a seat on a stationary bike, diligently listen to directional advice from your upbeat instructor, and pedal as fast as you can for this indoor cycling, or “spin” class. After taking a class at SparkCycle in La Jolla, it is estimated that riders lose up to 600-900 calories even though the class is only 45 minutes long. SparkCycle offers top-of-the-line Schwinn bikes, QSC audio system, LED lighting, stadium risers for a perfect view, showers for after your workout, free validated garage parking, and passionate instructors. If you don’t want to commit to the all included membership, you can try your first class out for $10.

Core Power (Yoga)

At Core Power, members believe that this workout class not only transforms your body, but also transforms your everyday life mindset. Inside the studio, yogis are pushed outside of their comfort zone and consequently, leave the yoga studio more secure in themselves than when they walked in.

Core Power offers a free week at the multiple locations scattered around San Diego if you’re interested in testing out the waters before buying a membership. Note, there are many types of classes – Core Power 1, Core Power 2, and Sculpt are a few – that differ in levels. If you haven’t tried out yoga before, it is recommended you try C1 before a C2 or Sculpt class. Core Power 1 is a class for beginner yogis and Core Power 2 is a more advanced challenge. Sculpt, on the other hand, is a high-intensity weight training workout where muscle meets yoga and metabolism boosts.

Trilogy Sanctuary (Yoga)

Trilogy Sanctuary holds up to its name — it’s a triple-threat of aerial yoga, an infrared-heated indoor studio space, and an organic, vegan cafe. The stunning La Jolla location boasts a rooftop space with daily aerial yoga classes overlooking the ocean as well as plenty of comfy nooks to enjoy your raw, organic, vegan snacks (that’s a mouthful, literally). And on the rare rainy San Diego day, you can take your indoors, where the temp is cranked up to almost 100 degrees!

Studio Barre (Barre)

Located in Bird Rock, Carmel Valley, Mission Hills, and Encinitas, Studio Barre is all over San Diego and gains popularity each day due to its killer workout and positive effects. Barre is an experience focused on building core strength, improving posture and developing long and lean muscles. Former professional dancer, barre enthusiast, and fitness expert Shannon Higgins founded Studio Barre in 2012. At Studio Barre, there is a new client special which includes one month of unlimited classes for $99.00.

Club Pilates (Pilates)

Club Pilates‘ mantra commends pilates is the path to a fuller, richer, healthier and more satisfying life. Focusing on the functionality of flexibility and strength, Club Pilates classes prepare members to transcend motivation in class out into everyday life. Classes entail “Cardio Sculpt,” “Barre/Reformer Fusion,” “Bootcamp,” and “Stretch.” Moreover, there is a class called, “CP Teen,” which is specifically directed at athletic teenagers seeking to enhance their skills in their competitive sport. Schedule your first free intro class today at one of the many locations, such as Mission Valley, and feel your body transformation first hand.

Orangetheory Fitness (Cardio)

Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) is not a traditional workout center. The vibrantly colored gym offers class-based workouts with varying class sizes – anywhere from 10 to 20 people – and each class incorporates cardio, indoor rowers, weight training blocks, and floor exercises designed to give you fast results. What makes OTF unique is the motivating technology they use to optimize your workout. Each participant wears a heart rate monitor that glows a different color depending on his or her heart rate. Cardiac output is measured with green, orange, and red. Green is the “easy zone”, with orange being ideal, and red nearing danger.

“Work for 1 hour. Burn for 36” is the Orange Theory Fitness slogan. They believe measured success is important. It explains their heart-based interval training workout. They claim that their heart rate training stimulates metabolism and increases energy. According to OTF, their members burn an average of 500 to 1000 calories per 1-hour workout!

F45 Training (Circuit Training)

Every day at F45 is different. From Athletica to Hollywood, the team here has developed 27 different high-intensity circuit workouts that’ll keep you moving and sweating. With two to three trainers per class and exercise demos on TV screens around the studio, it’s easy to follow along. With eight locations in San Diego and La Jolla – and more to come – there are plenty of opportunities to fit in a 45-minute class. What should you expect at your first group fitness workout? A big hug and a “hello mate” from your newest Aussie friends (the company is based in Australia!).

Bodyrok (Pilates)

Bodyrok isn’t your traditional Pilates class, but trust us, you won’t mind! Inspired by the Reformer, the Bodyrok’s signature machine is a remodeled and redesigned version of the original Pilates equipment, so you can get the most out of your workout in the least amount of time. And get ready to pour sweat — Bodyrok’s 40-minute strength-training classes in Del Mar and Encinitas are challenging and will work your whole body as you squeeze, pike, and jump your way to the end.

Barry’s Bootcamp (Bootcamp)

Dubbed “the best workout in the world,” Barry’s Bootcamp classes are a one-hour sweat-fest complete with strength training and cardio intervals. With hill climbs, sprints, and dynamic mode (self-propelled treadmill), running on a treadmill has never been so tough. The floor work focuses on a different muscle group each day, allowing you to develop a well-rounded physique — or at least, avoid leg day (Tuesday). This is a fun one to try if you’re looking for a more regular, intensive workout than yoga or pilates; rest assured, the alternating cardio and bursts of intense anaerobic exercise will keep your heart rate elevated and the sweat coming!

For more San Diego guides, tips, and workout ideas, visit our other blogs or our San Diego guides section!

Comparing San Diego and San Francisco Travel Experiences

The state of California is not simply a popular destination for vacationers within the United States. Millions of tourists from around the world come here every year for business and pleasure. There are many factors that play a role in this popularity. The fact that there are so many terrific cities to explore does have something to do with it. San Diego and San Francisco are definitely two of the cities that make this list of attractions. There are great reasons to choose either of these cities and also things to watch out for.

It doesn’t matter whether you are visiting San Diego for work or for vacation. You will discover attractions that are central to this city. Some of these include outdoor activities, restaurants, and shopping experiences. The same can be said about those going up north. Whether you’re sightseeing or overseeing condominium kitchen remodeling in San Francisco, the City by the Bay is sure to impress.

What San Diego Offers Travelers

Warm weather and sandy beaches are a part of the appeal for San Diego. There are many other attractions and excursions available here. A day trip to Tijuana, the San Diego Zoo, and the Mission San Diego de Alcala are just three of the popular things to do in the city. Those with kids may want to consider driving north to Carlsbad and visiting LEGOLAND California, since it’s only a 40-minute drive. Scheduling sightseeing tours will help you explore further.

Along with the terrific things in San Diego tourists need to be aware of things that could negatively impact their trips. Traffic is an example in this category to consider for those renting vehicles. Trolleys and public transportation provide shortcuts to getting around the city. If you are considering your budget when finding accommodations, the city hotel tax may be of interest to you. Not every travel guide will show you hidden treasures, so plan to get out and explore on your own for things to do.

What San Francisco Offers Travelers

If you are planning on visiting San Francisco you are like more than 26 million other travelers this year according to San Francisco Travel. This number is actually up 2.6% from last year’s visitors to the city. The city offers vacationers and tourists a lot to see and to do. It doesn’t matter whether you explore the wharf area or visit Alcatraz Island. You will discover things that are central to the area like tasty sourdough bowls of chowder or soup. The rolling hills of roadways and the most crooked street are attractions that vacationers love.

Traffic and smog are among the top things that may affect your experience while in the city. These don’t, however, have a big impact on most travelers. It is important to plan ahead when it comes to visiting popular locations and attractions. Since so many people come here some of these will be quite crowded. This is the case no matter what time of year you plan to travel. Homelessness is another issue that can be seen in many portions of the city. This doesn’t prevent vacationers from coming each year.

If you’re traveling to both San Diego and San Francisco, there is a way to fit in all of your top attractions. You may opt to fly into one city over the other on your trip. Depending on the length of your trip this may be a way to see the differences between Southern California vs. Northern California. This is an 8+ hour drive that is filled with scenic beauty and sights only seen in this amazing state. You will be able to embrace what makes it unique and interesting to tourists.

Why are Property Values So High in California?

Many people dream about living in California. The state is beautiful, the weather is nice, and the cities are iconic, to say the least. However, the property values in California are also known as being some of the highest in the country. This makes it difficult for many people to afford to own a home in the Golden State.

Let’s take a look at why that is.

Not Enough Housing

One of the reasons that housing costs are so high in San Francisco and other cities across California is because there is not enough housing to go around. The result is a disparity between supply and demand. According to the state housing department, the state needs to build 180,000 new houses every year in order to keep up with demand. However, California has only managed to build half of that over the past 10 years.

While many factors contribute to the failure to keep up with high demand for housing, one of the biggest obstacles is a lack of available land. While California is an enormous state – the third largest in the U.S. by size – the vast majority of its acres are hills and mountains spread across harsh desert. Nearly every nook and cranny of suitable land has been used up, and this is certainly the case the closer you get to the coast.

When new communities are developed, they’re designed to maximize the use of available space. While aspiring homeowners in California are happy to secure small plots of land to plant wildfire-resistant naturesseed.com blends and build the cozy little home of their dreams, attempts to squeeze the most out of available space can only go so far.

Growing Demand for Housing in Urban Areas

Not only is there not enough housing to go around but many Californians are trying to cram into urban areas. The Bay Area – which encompasses San Francisco, Oakland, and surrounding suburbs, is one of the fastest-growing areas in California. While the Bay Area only made up four percent of California’s growth between 2000 and 2007, this figure jumped to 20 percent from 2010 to 2017. 

Proposition 13

Proposition 13 was passed in 1978. The purpose of Proposition 13 was to reduce the amount of property tax that the government could collect. While it was designed to prevent Californians from paying sky-high property tax, it has had a lot of other negative consequences.

This has forced the local governments to use other sources for revenue. That is why the government would rather build retail a store on vacant land instead of a set of apartments.

Developers Face Changes

If a lack of housing is one of the things that has led to the housing crisis, then it would seem as though the simple solution would be to build more housing. However, it is difficult and time-consuming to do this. That is why developers are hesitant to build new housing.

The high cost of materials and labors has also made it difficult for developers to build new housing. It is more expensive to build housing in California than other places in the country. There are strict building codes that developers have to abide by. Furthermore, there has been a push to make the building designs more environmentally friendly. That is also making it harder for developers.

It is difficult to find an affordable real estate in San Diego and other major cities in California, but it’s not impossible. Californians simply have challenges that many other states do not have. On the other hand, the Golden State also has weather, culture, and an economy which is the envy of the world. People who want to live in that environment have to be prepared to pay a premium.

Things to Do in Southern California

Southern California is a great place for vacations regardless of the time of year. There’s gorgeous weather, beaches that are amazing, and all sorts of waterfront attractions that make it rank high on my list of recreation and fun. It offers a plethora of scenic, fun, and most of the time, free things that make visiting Southern California something that needs to be one everyone’s bucket list.

Beaches

With the coast of Southern Cali being so long, you know there are plenty of beaches to explore. You might decide to have a bonfire on the beach in La Jolla, ride the roller coaster at the Santa Monica Pier, or just soak up some rays at any number of other gorgeous beaches.

San Diego Zoo

The landscaping of the San Diego Zoo is amazing, and it features a diverse collection of animals as well as other unique attractions. It’s set on a full 100 acres in Balboa Park and takes about 5 hours to walk through, so plan for a great workout.

The Strand Bike Path

This is great fun for anyone who lives in California or just visiting with their family. It’s a stretch of 22 miles of bike trails along the gorgeous coastline of Southern California, and it’s actually paved! On this route, you will ride past quite a few beach towns and they each have their own attractions and unique look.

Pacific Coast Highway

The gorgeous PCH begins in San Diego and ends in Mendocino County in Northern California. One fantastic route is the drive from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. On this route, you’ll see scenery that is stunning, while also passing through a variety of sites of interest and quaint little beach towns. It also makes for a restorative getaway after a stressful week or maybe if you or a loved one has just come home from one of the Santa Barbara sober living facilities. Taking a break can be a big help as a time to decompress before getting back to the real world.

Griffith Observatory

If you are looking for a good hike, try the trails at this attraction. There are a few miles of steep, short trails that will take you close to the famed Hollywood sign. Aside from a great view of that iconic piece of scenery, there are great views of the surrounding hills and skyline. When you finish the hike, you will be able to take in the night skies at the observatory. This is one of the best spots for getting great night views of LA.

Venice Beach

This beach is definitely a once in a lifetime sort of experience. There are street performers everywhere and the sights can and do differ from one day to the next. You can also pay a visit to iconic Muscle Beach, a prime spot for those bodybuilders in your group.

There are way too many things to list here that you can do and see in Southern California, but the ones discussed here today are a good place to start.

Where to Buy The Best Christmas Trees in San Diego

Ready to fill your home with the scent of fresh-cut pine? Look no further! We’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas Tree farms in San Diego, from u-pick ranches where you can cut your own to family-owned farms with incredible selections of pre-cut trees. These fantastic, family-owned San Diego tree farms are just a short drive away, so bring the whole family and ring in the holiday season the right way!

Mr. Jingle’s Christmas Trees

6710 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla 92037
Open 7 days a week, 11am-9pm
Mr. Jingles in La Jolla is a second generation family-owned Christmas Tree business that operates several locations throughout the country. Their trees are all freshly cut, loaded onto trucks, and shipped to each of our locations from the beautiful Cascade Mountains in Oregon each season. The one in La Jolla is a fun one-stop shop for all things Christmas: along with five different tree types, they also carry fresh garland, wreaths, and other decorations. And don’t forget to pick up a free Christmas bow and candy cane on your way in!

Once you select your tree, they’ll help you with a custom fit water bowl so your tree stays healthy and fresh throughout the season. If you have your own stand, make sure to bring it and they’ll put it on for you! They’ll help you secure the tree to your vehicle and ensure a safe, smooth ride home. You can also choose one of their delivery options and packages, which might be an easier way to go if you’re driving from San Diego.

Family Christmas Tree Farm (U-pick)

300 Pepper Drive, El Cajon
Open 9am-8:30pm, 7 days a week
This ten-acre, family-owned farm in El Cajon kicks off the season the day after Thanksgiving, and you can pick from a huge selection of native California Monterey Pine trees –– they provide the saw for cutting and the twine to secure the tree to your car. In addition to the u-chop experience, there’s an abundance of pre-cut tree varieties (Douglas Fir, Grand Fir) as well as potted trees, mistletoe, cinnamon brooms, and wreaths to choose from. Your freshly cut tree is flocked and picked up after it has had time to dry, which shouldn’t be a problem since the hay wagon rides, farm animals. and straw-bale playpen most definitely merit a second visit!

This family farm’s first Christmas tree season was in 1972, and generation after generation come to cut their tree here each year. It’s a wonderful place to partake in this holiday tradition, given the Farm’s friendly, small town community vibe that can’t be beat –– and you’re supporting local agriculture by picking your perfect holiday tree here.

Pine Tree Acres (U-pick option)

620 Haverford Road, Ramona 92065
Open weekdays 12pm-5pm; weekends 9am-5pm
Pine Tree Acres is a full-service Christmas tree farm that’s been in business for more than 25 years in the Ramona area. Choose from a variety of Noble Fir, Grand Fir, Fraser Fir and Nordman trees to take home this Christmas season; or cut your very own Monterey Pine for a fun family activity. This is definitely a fun spot to bring the family on weekends, as there are a bunch of activities happening through December 18th. Kids will love the inflatable party jump, or enjoy ornament and cookie decorating, outdoor games, a small holiday pop-up shop with ornaments and crafts, pony rides, a small petting zoo, and special Santa visits on certain weekends through December 11th.

Highland Valley Christmas Tree Farm (U-pick)

18425 Highland Valley Rd., Ramona
Open Thurs & Fri 12pm-4pm.; Sat. & Sun 9am-4pm
Tree cutting and wine is a winning combination at the Highland Valley Tree Farm! Take a road trip up to Ramona, where you’ll find this farm nestled next to a whimsical winery, the Principe di Tricase Winery. Families can come and stroll through the groves to choose and cut the perfect tree to cut and take home.

Be on the lookout for the Farm’s special Italian wishing tree while you’re there! This old tradition will delight your holiday guests (and definitely the younger ones): the tree’s piney limbs are filled with written wishes, from guests and the family who own the farm. Choose your tree and they’ll come cut, shake, net and even drill a hole in the trunk for your stand at no additional cost. The kids will love the hot cider, the little present they’ll receive, and on occasion, Santa Claus even stops by for a visit. There’s also an an aviary for watching the birds, a special price wine tasting, and tables and chairs at the Winery if you’d like to have a picnic and sip some wine before you head home. Prices start at $15/ft.

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Mountain Valley Ranch

842 Highway 78, Ramona 92065
Open 7 days a week, 10am-7pm
Mountain Valley Ranch is a family-owned ranch located a short drive away in Ramona. This is a great spot for families, as there are usually several animals on-site for the kids to pet (including goats and horses). The Ranch is a local favorite (which is also open for u-pick pumpkins each fall) and a great place to experience ‘ a little Christmas celebration in the country’ and pick out your perfect tree for the holidays!

Though they aren’t u-pick, they carry a variety of trees including Noble Firs, Douglas Fir, and Grand Firs. Sometimes the Ranch’s holiday hours vary, so be sure to give them a call before you head up there.

Pinery Christmas Trees

14550 1/2 El Camino Real, Del Mar 92014 (Del Mar Horsepark)
Open 7 days a week, 10am-9pm
Pinery Trees is the largest independent retailer of Christmas Trees in Southern California, and they definitely deliver each holiday season. You can either bring the family to one of their San Diego locations, or order online and let them deliver directly to your home. They carry a wide variety of trees, including Douglas Firs, Grand Firs, Noble Firs, and Nordman Firs. Pinery has six locations in San Diego: Bonita, Del Mar, Mission Valley, Rancho Bernardo, Murrieta, and Vista.

Once you have your perfect tree, check out our favorite spots to see Christmas lights in San Diego!