10 things to do in San Diego in 2022

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San Diego’s natural beauty, endless recreational offerings and entertainment options make it a perfect place for Arizonans. A hop-skip-and-jump flight or a doable day’s drive make this seaside destination a welcome respite from desert life. Whether it’s escaping the scorching summer sun in favor of the beaches and the breeze, a quick romantic weekend in early spring, or an extended family adventure at Birch Aquarium and Sea World , San Diego simply does not disappoint. And, in addition to its tried-and-tested locations, several new experiences and activities are coming in the spring and summer for travelers of all ages. Take a look at 10 things to do in San Diego in 2022.


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1. Liberty Station. Seattle has Pike’s Place Market; Philadelphia has the Reading Terminal Market and San Diego has Liberty Station. A former naval training facility, Liberty Station complements many of the country’s popular indoor/outdoor leisure and entertainment markets. Unique to Liberty Station – in addition to dining and shopping options – is an entire Arts District, where visitors get a first-hand look at the work of the artists-in-residence – from paint and easel creations to art based on the performance. You could spend an entire day at Liberty Station not seeing and enjoying all there is to offer.

2. Sesame Square. “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? If you know the song, you’ll probably want to add Sesame Place to your San Diego sightseeing itinerary. A generation of Sesame Street OGs can savor the nostalgia invoked by Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and friends. New generations can discover the charm of Sesame Street. And together, generations old and new can enjoy seven Sesame Street-themed rides, 11 water attractions (including one of Southern California’s largest wave pools), daily parades, shopping and more. Moreover !

3. Little Italy. Encompassing 48 city blocks, Little Italy feels like its own slice of Southern Europe, with endless dining and entertainment, including a newer addition – “Little Italy Food Hall”, a 10,000 square outdoor square feet. But Little Italy serves more than Italian cuisine. People love five-star favorites like the Mediterranean-influenced Herb & Wood. Plus, after filling your belly, you can enjoy monthly events like live music and a comedy night.

4. Michelin star restaurants. Speaking of food, San Diego never disappoints in that department. Food gurus and laypeople alike won’t want to miss a Michelin dining experience. Earning a Michelin star (on a scale of one to three stars) signifies that a restaurant has achieved crème de la crème accolade. Among San Diego’s elite Michelin options are the Addison, which serves a rotating seasonal menu; Jeune et Jolie, featuring French cuisine; and Soichi, offering Japanese fare (visit the SanDiego.org blog for a full list of Michelin-starred restaurants).

5. Barrio Logan. If you are a lover of art, cultural diversity and pure wonder, Barrio Logan is an essential stop on your itinerary in San Diego. Nestled under a collection of freeway overpasses amid Chicano Park’s 70 bustling historic murals, Barrio Logan entices the senses with flavorful and iconic Mexican food and music (be sure to check out the infamous homemade tortillas from Las Cuatro Milpas – the line is worth it). Chicano Park offers several seasonal events, including the popular annual “Chicano Park Day” in April, with a host of artwork and vendors on display.

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6. San Diego Zoo. It is a treasure trove of animals from all over the world. In addition to various wildlife exhibits, activities abound at the San Diego Zoo, including talks with wildlife specialists, botanical tours, and add-ons (at additional cost) such as Early Morning Experiences Cheetah and Exclusive VIP (where you can receive a personal, guided tour of the zoo). In March, the zoo launches its Wildlife Explorers Base Camp, where visitors can interact and play in the desert, rainforest, and other habitats while learning all about the importance of wildlife conservation.

7. Birch Tree Aquarium at Scripps. If seeing baby seahorses is on your bucket list, or you’ve been clamoring for a look at a leopard shark, Birch Aquarium is right up your alley. But these are not the only sea creatures you will see. As well as a plethora of sea life exhibits, the Birch Aquarium offers “behind the scenes” tours (this is where you can see baby seahorses), interactive elements such as tide pools and – at come – the habitat of the little blue penguin of the Beyester family (summer 2022).

8.LEGOLAND. For LEGO enthusiasts or fans of the LEGO movie franchise, LEGOLAND is a must visit. There are plenty of opportunities for master builders to hone their craft, rides the whole family will enjoy, and plenty of additional shows, activities, and attractions to experience. Among the novelties, LEGOLAND has added THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD with new rides, attractions, restaurants and shops. And, in March 2022, the park is launching the Ferrari Experience, featuring a life-size LEGO Ferrari F40, in which participants can test and drive their very own LEGO Ferrari.

9. Marine world. If you can’t get enough of San Diego’s marine life samples, Sea World can’t wait to please. Whales, walruses, seals and eels are a small collection of resident aquatic animals. And, if you’re looking for some extra entertainment, the park offers a live orca encounter show (warning: you might get wet!). Thrill seekers have several rides and roller coasters to choose from, including the Emperor roller coaster which will debut in March 2022.

10. San Diego speakeasies. After a day full of activities (perhaps by joining one of the experiences above), what better way to unwind than with a signature cocktail from one of San Diego’s speakeasy. Realm of 52 Remedies, Young Blood, Raised by Wolf, False Idol, and Noble Experiment, are some notable hotspots, several of which will wow you with their entertaining atmosphere (like False Idol’s Tiki-themed bar).

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