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The Best Activities for Seniors in San Diego

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San Diego, California, is a beautiful place for vacation. The sandy, pristine beaches, ocean views, and natural coastline leave little to desire. However, a tourist can only spend so many days at the beach before they start wanting for something else.

San Diego has a lot to offer for seniors looking for a bit of action or more of an experience. The key to making the most of a vacation is knowing where to look for unique experiences.

1. Go To the Senior Lounge at Balboa Park

Located at 1800 El Prado, San Diego, California, the Balboa Park Senior Lounge provides a comfortable place for older people to gather and share a cup of coffee. If tourists want, the lounge offers senior art programs and crafts, and it is open from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Once lounge visitors are ready to get out and stretch their legs, they can do so in San Diego’s 1,200-acre backyard. Tourists can find everything from trails and gardens to Shakespeare under the stars.

2. Visit the San Diego Zoo

Regardless of age, who doesn’t love animals? The San Diego Zoo, established in 1916, offers 99 acres of sprawling trails and over 650 species. The zoo is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

The zoo is open from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 9 pm on weekends, but tourists should check the official website in case of changes. A one-day pass to the zoo is $65, but people can save money through memberships and online purchases.

3. Take a Ferry Ride to Coronado

Located across San Diego’s downtown and the Big Bay, Coronado is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches. The Coronado Hotel, established in 1888, is a shining example of the island’s history.

From summer concerts to the Coronado heritage walk, tourists will enjoy many unique experiences within this island community. One of the most popular experiences is the community farmer’s market. As one of the longest-running farmer’s markets in San Diego county, Coronado’s market is small but worth the trip.

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4. Enjoy Dinner in Little Italy

For foodies traveling to San Diego, Little Italy is a can’t-miss location. Once home to the many Italian families who made their living off the thriving tuna fishing industry, Little Italy is now a world-renowned culinary hot spot.

Tourists will find a cozy neighborhood lined with patio cafes, boutique hotels, art galleries, international restaurants, urban wineries, craft breweries, and more. Little Italy is genuinely a can’t-miss location.

5. Go Sailing in San Diego Bay

No vacation to San Diego is complete without a tour of San Diego Bay. The bay is a natural deepwater harbor encompassing 22 square miles. It is nearly landlocked by two peninsulas, Silver Strand and Point Loma, but connects in the Northwest to the Pacific.

As a focus of international shipping and home to an extensive military complex, one of the largest in the country, any former military personnel or mariner will find the bay appealing. Even people who have no interest in seafaring or military bases will find plenty to enjoy by simply sailing the bay on a guided tour.

A San Diego vacation offers a lot for prospective travelers. Whether vacationers want to enjoy the sights by lounging on the world-famous beaches, visiting hundreds of animals at the recognized zoo, exploring Coronado’s history, enjoying a meal in Little Italy, or exploring San Diego Bay, there is something for everyone, regardless of age. Contact a local tour guide to discover all the beauty and excitement San Diego has to offer.