San Diego is a beautiful city full of culture, amazing restaurants, nightlife, and so much to see and do! There is no way to you can see and do all that there is to do in San Diego in 2 days.. but we have narrowed it down to the perfect weekend to experience the best there is in San Diego

Day 1:

Start your wonderful San Diego weekend by heading to the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest and most popular zoos in america! This wonderful zoo is nestled in Balboa Park and is home to 3,500+ species. We spent 5+ hours walking around and seeing all there was to see. There is the Kangaroo bus (essentially a shuttle bus) that can take you around the zoo by bus with a guided tour and the Skyfari that takes you by air from one point of the park to the other point in the park! We used it once to get back to the front of the park to take another route! It is really fun and you get a great aerial view of the zoo. Don’t miss the Panda Exhibit! It is one of a few zoos in the world to house the Giant Panda! There is usually a wait but it is so worth it!! Buy lunch at the zoo (They have a large variety of different food) or pack your own and picnic at one of the designated areas.

San Diego Zoo

Giraffes at San Diego Zoo

Panda at the San Diego Zoo

After you walked around the zoo you can do some more walking around the rest of Balboa Park! The park is beautiful and there are so many museums and gardens to occupy your time!!

When you are all walked out head to the Gaslamp district for some food, drinks and nightlife!!!
We had dinner at Union Kitchen and Tap. We enjoyed flights of beers to start! We then had the hot wings to start, it was beyond delicious! We would’ve ordered another round if our food didn’t come nice and fast! Burgers, flatbreads, and mash potatoes were ordered and devoured. All come highly praised! We ordered rounds of beers and hung out for most of the night! The nightlife here is amazing, I visited here 2 years ago at an Occupational Therapy Conference. We danced and bar hopped on K street! So let the night take you where you want!

beer flights in the gaslamp san diego

Day 2:

Start on Sunday morning with a cruise around the harbor. We did both Hornblower Cruises and Flagship and they were great. We highly suggest the champagne brunch with Hornblowers, the food was good and we were able to sit on the top deck after brunch. We could see all the sites around the harbor while sipping unlimited champagne/mimosas. Flagship is a two hour wonderful educational cruise for half the cost and you can buy drinks and snacks on board. The guide was funny and pointed out all the sites!!

sailboat san diego bay

San Diego Harbor Tour

hornblowers brunch san diego harbor tour

Harbor tour with friends in San Diego

If you choose not to do the brunch and are hungry for lunch you can walk to the Seaport Village! The village is a 7-10 minute walk from where the cruises are and there is anything you can imagine to eat! There is mexican, pizza, ice cream, seafood, a grille, greek food, burgers etc!! There is a great patio area with picnic tables to eat. While we were there there was a guitarist playing music . We ate at Marion’s Fish and Seafood Restaurant. Stephen and I shared clam chowder and had fish Tacos! Delicious cheap eats!

Quick lunch in San Diego

Next stop is the USS Midway, It is only a block away and full of great history. We got the self guided tour and walked around and toured the ship from bottom to top! You can spend as little as an hour to as much as 4+ hours touring the ship!

Taking a tour of the USS Midway in San Diego

USS Midway in San Diego

USS Midway in San Diego

Before you leave this area make sure you take a picture at the Unconditional Surrender Kissing statue!!

Famous statue of sailor kissing a nurse on VJ Day after WWII

Head over to La Jolla Cove to catch the sunset. You can walk around and see all the seals perched up by the rocks and the beach. This is a great place to just relax, enjoy a happy hour, and enjoy the beauties of California.

La Jolla  cliffs in San Diego

Hanging out in La Jolla

For dinner head to Coronado. There are so many great restaurants. The place we went had good food but horrible service. But it was a holiday, so we definitely understand the stress of that!

We had an amazing time in San Diego! We loved all that San Diego has to offer! There are so much more to do and see! What are your favorite things to do in San Diego? Let us know below!

Stephen and Amanda