Most of a Sunday "stuck" in San Diego - what should I do?
February 27, 2014 4:54 AM   Subscribe

Next month I have a 10:30pm flight out of San Diego and all my mates are leaving in the morning. What lovely fun thing could I do that I could only do there? Or, never mind me, what would you do if you just had 12 hours in San Diego?

So, if you're really worried about what I like or dislike or do in general (but really, don't), I live in a sunny, sandy, beachy place, I love the outdoors, animals, geeky tech stuff, urban stuff, music, art, museums, water... life, really. I'm a big fan of life.
posted by HopStopDon'tShop to Travel & Transportation around San Diego, CA (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Balboa Park has a ton of cool stuff!
posted by PlantGoddess at 5:25 AM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

The maritime museum and Midway aircraft carrier are fascinating, and close to the airport if that helps. Up the way just a bit is the build site for the replica of the San Salvador. Not a lot to see from the outside but I think you can get in when the workers take their breaks.
posted by payoto at 5:39 AM on February 27, 2014

Go to the Zoo. It's pretty amazing and if you have a gloriously gorgeous day, I can't think of anything better to do.

The zoo is about preservation of animals, and if you take the tour, you'll hear all about enrichment and stuff like that.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:51 AM on February 27, 2014

I would check out the zoo and sample craft beer that is unavailable near me . Brewery tours have become an industry there.
posted by phil at 5:52 AM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

3rding the Zoo and you can check out Balboa park at the same time since the zoo is in the park. It's pretty close to the airport, too.
posted by ghharr at 6:21 AM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

There are Giant Pandas at the zoo. You could also see wild seals at the Casa in La Jolla.
posted by soelo at 7:22 AM on February 27, 2014

You could do a day trip to Tijuana… It's, um, unique.
posted by BlahLaLa at 8:49 AM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

nthing going to the zoo. I was in the same predicament as you and spent the day taking pictures of pandas and giraffes and getting a nice long walk in before my 5 hour redeye home. Be aware the zoo is mighty hilly. Not sure what outfits/footwear you have available, but make sure you aren't in anything uncomfortable. It was a lot of fun, even though I was by myself.
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 9:32 AM on February 27, 2014

Response by poster: To the zoo!!

Thanks so much, I will take your collective advice. Although Balboa Park and Midway sounds like loads of fun too...
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 10:06 AM on February 27, 2014

Best answer: As ghharr mentioned, the Zoo is in Balboa Park. You should certainly walk out of the zoo and take a gander at the Park because it's just plain awesome. If you're there on a Sunday, then walk over to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion which has the world's largest outdoor organ. The city organist plays a free concert Sunday's at 2pm. (And really, where else are you going to find a city organist?)

Across the way from the organ pavillion are the Friendship Houses which often have nibbles of food for a buck donation.

If you have a rental car, parking is abundant and free. If not, SD is an Uber/Lyft city. A ride back to the airport would be about 20 bucks in a cab and maybe 15 in Uber.
posted by 26.2 at 11:01 AM on February 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

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