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Uniquely Off-The-Beaten Path San Diego Activities

San Diego is widely known for being home to many high-profile attractions. Our parks, museums, beaches and theme parks draw countless guests every year. And rightly so! Still, our city is home to just as many hidden gems; activities that may not make the travel brochures, but that are no less worth the time and effort to seek out. Looking for some more unique ways to enjoy your time in “America’s Finest City”? Here are our picks for great San Diego activities that you shouldn’t overlook. 


Enjoy a “Mimosa-Fari”

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The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a fantastic way to spend a day! The Park offers visitors a wildlife experience not to be missed. At just over 1,800 acres, it’s one of the largest free-range animal habitats in the world. Visitors here enjoy a true safari experience as they observe over 2,600 different animals across 300 species (and even feed giraffes!), all thriving in an environment much as they would occupy in the wild. And adults are even welcome to sip a Mimosa as they commune with nature. Check out all the activities they offer — such as overnight camping, guided tours, and other outings — right here

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027


Pedal a Glow Boat


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San Diego’s impressive skyline is truly a sight to behold — whether from a high-ground vantage point, in the air, or via a bay cruise. So if you’re looking to check out the nighttime lights (and contribute a little sparkle of your own!), we recommend hopping aboard a human-powered glow boat from Eco Boat Rentals, and taking in the view from your own self-guided, self-driven water tour. It’s not only a great way to see the sights, but it’s also fantastic exercise! Locals’ tip: Eco is currently offering Pink Barbie Pedal Boat and Party Boat rentals in the spirit of the hit film!

2803 Emerson St. San Diego, CA 92106


Tiki Time Bay Tours

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Tiki Time Bay Tours offers an unforgettable adventure exploring the city’s stunning coastline aboard a custom-built tiki boat. Step aboard the vibrant, Polynesian-inspired vessel and embark on a journey filled with tropical vibes, scenic views, and laid-back fun. You’ll be sure to create long-lasting memories whether you’re looking for a fun experience for two, or want a unique bachelorette or girls’ trip activity. And with a knowledgeable captain at the helm, guests can relax, sip on tropical drinks, and enjoy the warm ocean breeze while immersing themselves in the ultimate island-style experience. 


Conjure up Some Wonder

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Some evenings aren’t just memorable — they’re literally magical. If you want to experience premier prestidigitation and jaw-dropping sleight of hand, The Prestige Magic Lounge & Showroom is a must-stop. Not only will you sit down to delicious drinks and dining, but you’ll experience both close-up tableside magic, and a full stage show featuring a rotating roster of the world’s best magicians. It’s an evening that will leave you mystified, mesmerized, and bamboozled in the best possible ways.  

827 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


Get in Touch With Your Inner Artist

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There’s an undeniable sense of pride when you hold something in your hands that you’ve created yourself. Claytime Ceramics offers this experience by offering visitors an opportunity to craft, fire, and glaze their very own hand-made objet d’art. The best part? You don’t need to have any experience at all! The helpful team at Claytime is on-hand to expertly guide you through the entire process from start to finish. And when you’re finished, you’ll have your very own “I made that” decorative piece to treasure forever. Their studio is also located right along the beach, perfect for enjoying some fun on the sand or some great oceanfront dining afterward. Check here to find the best time to make one of their upcoming events.  

1863 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107


See a Movie Under the Stars


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Catch a movie under the stars and city lights at the Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero. Vegan popcorn, snacks, and candy are available along with comfortable seating. And the views don’t stop with what’s on the big screen! Choose from extra comfortable lounge seats, loveseats, or traditional Adirondacks and settle in for an ultimate open-air film experience. Beanbags for kids are also available making this a great, family-friendly date option if you’re traveling with the whole crew. 

1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101


Attend a Pop-Up Performance


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There’s very little that’s more soul-affirming than live music. And the only thing better than seeing your favorite artist? Discovering your NEXT favorite! Sofar Sounds is an innovative, intimate concert series that allows music aficionados to do exactly that. The idea is simple: An event is announced within a timeframe that encourages spontaneity. The artists who’ll be performing? A mystery — at least, until after the audience is already in attendance. From there, a complete surprise takes the stage, and offers a completely unique musical journey. It’s like going on a blind date with music! Find the next event right here, and get ready to groove to something totally fresh. 


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