If you’re working in San Diego in the next couple of months, it’s a good time to be here. While we may not get the harsh winters like other parts of the country, spring is still something to celebrate. Outdoor living becomes a thing again, the city comes to life and the festivals and activities San Diego is famous for begin in earnest.
By mid to late April, the rain has gone, flowers are blooming and the skies are clear. Spring is when most attractions open their doors for the season, when the beach becomes a great place to spent time again and when spring break brings life and energy back to the area.
Here are five top attractions to visit while you’re working in San Diego this spring.
Balboa Park is the city’s most popular park. It is also the busiest but there is enough space and things to do for everyone. The park is home to acres of green and pleasant land, water features, walking trails, biking trails and a whole lot more. The park also has 15 museums, restaurants, art spaces, cultural organizations and usually some kind of performance going on. It is also home to San Diego Zoo which is reason enough to visit on its own.
San Diego County has over 70 miles of coastline, much of it golden sand. Some areas are rocky and more dramatic, like those around La Jolla, but there are miles and miles of sandy beaches to see an evening or weekend when you’re not working. Popular beaches in San Diego include Mission Beach, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach.
The beaches do begin to get busier during spring break but the rest of the time are fairly quiet until summer. The weather is just right too, not too hot, not too cold and usually clear skies.
The SEAL Tour
The SEAL Tour isn’t actually about seals. It is an amphibious vehicle that first takes you on a brief city tour and then drives into the water at the harbor for a tour of the water. It is a good way to see a little of the city and to get a unique viewpoint from the water. The tour is very popular with tourists and gets very busy during summer so spring is the ideal time to try it.
The Flower Fields of Carlsbad
The Flower Fields of Carlsbad is north of San Diego at Carlsbad Ranch. Open March 1 through May 13, the flower fields is exactly what it says it is. Fields full of blooming flowers that you can walk through and enjoy. There are 50 acres of fields to see as well as other attractions, a nursery and a number of flower-based festivals held throughout the year.
The Sicilian Festival
If you love food and Italian culture, the annual Sicilian Festival is held in San Diego’s Little Italy every spring. It celebrates Italian life, food, music, dress and more. There is usually entertainment laid on, things for the kids to see and do, rides, performances and lots of opportunities to enjoy some of the rich heritage and cuisine of Italy.
Working in San Diego doesn’t have to be all work and no play this spring. It is the time when the city comes alive and when California is at its best. Now at least you have five things you can try while you’re here!