Paint the Town Red, White & Blue

| Special Events

San Diegans know how to celebrate America the beautiful. Here are some starspangled spectacular ventures for you and your family to enjoy this Fourth of July.

Annual “Big Bay Boom” Fireworks Show

Photo Courtesy of Kings Inn San Diego

Pick a spot along the waterfront to see the most remarkable display of fireworks in the city! This magnificent show will be orchestrated to originally produced musical selections.

Pack some food, take your lounge chairs, and head over to the following places:

  • Shelter Island
  • Harbor Island
  • North Embarcadero and the Marina District
  • Seaport Village/South Embarcadero
  • Coronado Ferry Landing

 

[time]July 4, 2017 – 9-9:20PM[/time]

[location]Fireworks will be launched from four barges in San Diego Bay (parking availability varies by location)[/location]

[cost]Prices vary by location[/cost]

“Red, White and Boom!” At LEGOLAND California

Photo Courtesy of LEGOLAND

Kids, come on down! What better way to spend the night than watching LEGOLAND’s firework display timed with patriotic music? During the day, the park will be offering live music performances. Visitors can participate in games that the whole family can enjoy, such as water balloon toss, burlap sack races, LEGO Hamburger relay and a family build challenge.

[time]July 4, 2017 – 1-9PM (fireworks are at 8:30PM)[/time]

[location]1 LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad[/location]

[cost]This event is included in the cost of admission[/cost]

Coronado Island Independence Day Celebration

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Union Tribune

This scenic resort city takes 4th of July very seriously putting on a road race, an art in the park show, rough water swim competition, Independence Day Parade, live entertainment, fireworks over Glorietta Bay, and so much more!

Here’s a tip: Take the ferry to Coronado, so you don’t have to worry about parking.

[time]July 4, 2017[/time]

[location]Coronado Island[/location]

[cost]Free[/cost]

San Diego Symphony’s Star-Spangled Pops

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Symphony

Ready for an all-American program at Embarcadero Marina Park? San Diego Symphony holds a traditional tribute to the music of America, showcasing Broadway tunes, hits from the big screen, and patriotic favorites. Rising conductor, Damon Gupton, has appeared in television as an actor, as well (Criminal Minds as a series regular, Bates Motel), film (La La Land, Whiplash) and Broadway (Clybourne Park). The production will also include a military salute and a grand fireworks display.

Purchase Tickets

[time]June 30-July 2, 2017 – 7:30PM[/time]

[location]200 Marina Park Way, San Diego[/location]

Old Town 4th of July

Photo Courtesy of Boosters of Old Town

Old Town is recreating a traditional 1800s-style Independence Day with a classic parade, crafts, and kid-friendly activities, such as wagon rides, period games, music, a pie-eating contest, and much more! Here’s a bonus, you will be able to view the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show.

[time]July 4, 2017 – 11AM-4PM[/time]

[location]2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego[/location]

[cost]Free[/cost]

Fourth of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove

Photo Courtesy of La Jolla Light

Pack a picnic and bring a blanket to beautiful La Jolla for a celebration you won’t forget. Ellen Browning Scripps Park is a perfect location to view the 4th of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove. Before the spectacle begins, spend the day kayaking and snorkeling your way around the coastal caves. You may even spot some sea lions!

Insider tip: Arrive at the park early to watch the sunset and find a spot for the fireworks show.

[time]July 4, 2017 – 9PM[/time]

[location]1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla[/location]

 San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Magazine

Independence Day is your final chance to visit the San Diego County Fair and the month-long festival is saving its best for last. Find a seat at the Heineken Grandstand Stage after a day of stampeding turkeys, racing pigs, pie eating and watermelon seed spitting contests.

Purchase Tickets

[time]July 4, 2017 – 10AM-11PM[/time]

[location]Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar[/location]

 

All About Dad’s Day

| Family Fun

Dedicated  And  Devoted, he deserves the very best on his special day. We made a list of some of our favorite ways to enjoy San Diego with our dads – fun outings, golf, movies and more!

Cinema Under the Stars –  Indiana Jones  Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Photo Courtesy of Amazon

Looking for an adventurous movie night on Father’s Day weekend?  Cinema Under the Stars, San Diego’s premier  outdoor  theater,  will be screening the Indiana Jones classic,  Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

They have perfected the outdoor movie experience. The theater has a 20-foot screen with HD projection and surround sound. Seating ranges from single and double zero gravity recliners to love seat  cabanas to  deck chair/ottoman with table.  There is a  retractable covering,  as well as complementary blankets  and space heaters –  all the amenities to keep you warm, cozy, and dry.  Popcorn, candy, and assorted beverages  are  available for  only  $2 each.

[time]June 15–18, 2017 – 8PM[/time]

[location]4040 Goldfinch Street, Mission Hills[/location]

[cost]16-19[/cost]

Flagship’s Father’s Day Cruise

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Convention Center

Set sail with  Dad on Flagship!  Bring the man of the hour to a Beer ‘N’ Brats brunch or Prime Rib three-course dinner cruise to celebrate the holiday.  Guests will be served mimosas upon boarding, unlimited domestic beers and music from a live soloist throughout the 25 miles of ocean scenery.

Beer ‘N’ Brats Brunch -  Omelet, seafood and carved meat stations, oh my! Grab some ice-cold beer and bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut and hot mustard while you’re at it.

Prime Rib Dinner -  Meat me at dinner! Flagship’s famous, tender, juicy prime rib is the way to your Dad’s heart. Enjoy live entertainment and the magnificent views during your three-course meal.

[time]June 18, 2017[/time]

[location]990 North Harbor Drive, Downtown[/location]

[cost]

64.50 per adult

38.70 per child 4-12

free for children under 3

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Hotel de Coronado’s Annual Father’s Day Concert and Barbeque

Photo Courtesy of Gary Sinise Foundation

This event supports America’s veterans and military families, beginning with a skydiving show, followed by  a barbecue and live music from Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. They will cover hits from Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen,  Kelly Clarkson, and more! Food, beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks will be available for purchase and sand chairs rentals are available for $20. Attendees are welcome to  bring their own blankets, chairs and umbrellas,  although  umbrellas  must be taken down by  show time.

With its timeless charm and casual elegance,  Hotel de Coronado has been  San Diego’s legendary oceanfront beach resort for over 128 years.

Purchase tickets

[time]June 18, 2017 – 11AM[/time]

[location]1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado[/location]

[cost]75 per person[/cost]

Drinks with  Dad:  Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

Photo Courtesy of OpenTable

For  dads who are  sports enthusiasts, Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp is the perfect place to  take  them to watch the final round of the  U.S. Open. Sip on $5  Bloody  Marys  and drafts, while also enjoying a  specialty Father’s Day food menu.

This refined, yet rustic  downtown hot spot was inspired  by the original Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas.  There is a generous patio seating that connects a lively indoor vibe with refreshing outdoor spaces.

For reservations, please call: (619) 795-9463

[time]June 18, 2017[/time]

[location]333 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp[/location]

[cost]à la carte[/cost]

Dine with  Dad:  French ‘Foie-ther’s  Day’

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Restaurant Week

Bleu  Bohème,  a neighborhood restaurant that serves accessible, affordable and comforting French cuisine,  is offering a three-course meal  that has foie  gras  in every course, such as  foie  gras  ravioli and foie  gras  with bacon jam and served on a Belgium waffle. Wine pairings are available for an additional $30 per person.

Restaurant Owner, Ken Irvine, has  one  mission: “It is simply for  people coming to our restaurant to be transported around the world, and to travel with us for an evening, to a place of well-being and happiness.”  Bleu  Bohème is designed to create a feeling of France’s past generations and  has been  named  San Diego Magazine‘s Best French Restaurant since 2010.

For reservations, please call: (619) 255-4167

[time]June 18, 2017[/time]

[location]4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington[/location]

[cost]75 per person[/cost]

San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Barbeque Buffet

Photo Courtesy of Baby Gizmo

Spend the day with  Dad  at the Hunte  Nairobi  Pavilion located  inside the Safari Park to enjoy live music,  a cash bar, and a delicious and bountiful barbeque buffet specially made by Chef Joshua Mireles.  His creations are locally produced and sustainable for the Safari Park’s many special events.

For reservations, please call: (619) 718-3000

[time]June 18, 2017 – 11:30AM[/time]

[location]15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido[/location]

[cost]

46.95 per adult

18.95 per child 3-11

(plus price of admission)

[/cost]

Go For A Round Of Golf  With  Dad

The Grand at Del Mar

Photo Courtesy of Condé Nast Traveller

After paying a one-time  18-hole green fee, fathers staying at The Grand have the opportunity to play unlimited golf for the rest of the day. This special also includes a custom club fitting and a complimentary logo golf hat.

The Tom Fazio-designed course is 7,160 yards long. The rolling hills, lush surroundings and breathtaking views will make you want to head right back to the first tee after holing out on the 18th.

For room and golf reservations, please call: (888)  314-2030

[time]June 17-18, 2017[/time]

[location]5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego[/location]

[cost]250 green fee[/cost]

The Grand will  also  be offering dining options  for the weekend:

Dining at Amaya

Savor special dad-inspired dishes, including a 10 oz. Kobe Beef Burger for brunch and a White Prawn with Prime Strip Loin for dinner.

For reservations, please call: (858)  314-1988

[time]

Brunch: 11:30AM-2:30PM

Dinner: 5:30PM-10PM

[/time]

Dining at The Clubhouse Grill

Treat dad to an à la carte brunch menu, featuring  Huevos  Rancheros, House-smoked  St. Louis Ribs and Chicken ‘n’ Waffles.

For reservations, please call: (858)  314-1988

[time] 11AM-4PM [/time]

Maderas  Golf Club

Photo Courtesy of MAI Architects

Playing Maderas, the Johnny Miller-designed course, which measures nearly 7,200, is  already a reward in itself. But on  Father’s Day there is a  $25  gift card for when  Dad and a guest play.

[cost]

Standard: 210 per person

Twilight: 105 per person

[/cost]

There will also be a  Father’s  Day BBQ with a selection of salads, BBQ Baby Back Ribs with  Maderas  BBQ Sauce & Grilled Tiger Shrimp with Lime and Ginger, as well as desserts the whole family will love.

[time]11:30-2:30PM[/time]

[cost]32[/cost]

Just in case  Dad can’t make it to the course that day,  there’s the Ultimate Father’s Day gift package:

  • Five one-on-one golf lessons with PGA pro John Darling
  • A custom driver fitting and a new  TaylorMade  R11 driver

 

For tee times or gifts, please call: (858)  451-8100

[location]17750 Old Coach Rd, Poway[/location]

San Diego Set Ablaze with Hot Summer Concerts!

| Entertainment

San Diego is bringing the heat this summer with concerts lined up with some of the biggest names! You have a place to stay, now look for a concert you’d like. Explore the list of concerts below categorized by name.

Pop

You’ve heard all the hits on the radio, now it’s time to experience the music in real time. Get your tickets to see some of the biggest pop artists before they sell out!

 

Country

It’s time to crack open a cold beer, pull on those dusty boots and listen to some of your favorite country jams this summer. San Diego doesn’t fall short here, some of the best country artists are coming to town this summer to bring you that anthem you’ve been waiting for.

 

Alternative Rock / Classic Rock

You could jam with your air guitar during your morning commute, or you could bring your fast-moving, bass-slapping fingers to the real show at one  of San Diego’s summer rock concerts.

 

Hip Hop / R&B

Warm weather brings the hottest hip hop and R&B artists to San Diego making the crowd sway back and forth. Don’t miss out on these artists playing their top hits – you’ll be singing and dancing along the whole time.

 

Indie Rock

Have an ear for original beats? For those that are looking for unique songs and bands aren’t so ordinary, check out some of the indie bands that are making their way into town.

 

Electronic

Loud speakers and light shows featuring the best DJ’s are just around the corner. Prepare to enjoy some of the best electronic events in southern California.

 

Classics & Throwbacks

San Diego also brings you the best of the classics. If you’re feeling nostalgic, book your tickets today for music that will blast you to the past.

 

Tips for Travel: Comic-Con FAQ

| Special Events

For over 40 years, science fiction aficionados have gathered in San Diego to celebrate and premiere the newest comics, movies, and games in the industry at Comic-Con. This year’s festival is expected to be bigger than ever before! We wanted to help you prepare for the event with our very own FAQ list that will take care of everything, leaving you only to worry about the fun.

Photo courtesy of Comic-Con International


When and Where is the event?
This year Comic-Con will be held on Thursday July 20- Sunday July 23, at the San Diego Convention Center [location]111 Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101[/location]

What should I pack for my trip?
July is one of the hottest months for San Diego so pack light for the warm weather. If you’re planning to wear a costume, keep the heat in mind by using breathable materials.

What am I allowed to bring into the Convention Center?
Click HERE for the official rules and guidelines for 2017. Important tips to note from the 2016 policies:

  • Costume weapons must be inspected at the Costume Props Deal
  • Recording during panels or live streaming of any program is prohibited
  • No selfie sticks, hover boards, or handouts allowed
  • No rolling luggage, over-sized strollers, pets, or smoking allowed

 

How am I going to get around town or to the event from the hotel?
If you plan to drive your own car keep in mind that parking lots can vary in cost depending on the time of day and location. Click HERE to view the locations and prices of lots around town. If you’re coming into town from a farther point and don’t have a car,  Uber, Lyft, shared ride services, and the trolley can be a convenient option. The trolley has one-day passes for $5 which can take you to one of the two stops downtown that are across the street from the convention center.

Convention Center [location]Martin Luther King Promenade, San Diego, CA 92101[/location]

Gaslamp Quarter Station [location]San Diego, CA 92101[/location]

What else should I see while I’m in San Diego?
If you’re visiting from out of town and are interested in seeing more around the city there is plenty to enjoy. San Diego staples include Balboa Park, The USS Midway Museum, and the Unconditional Surrender Statue on the pier. If you have a spare day consider spending it at Seaport Village or maybe even take the ferry to Coronado and explore the famous Hotel Del Coronado.

How can I recuperate between days?
Ocean Park Inn offers room service and in-room massages to help you unwind after a long day of walking around the convention. Also, enjoy the hot tub, pool, and beach access to help you relax and prepare for the next day. Click HERE for a detailed list of the amenities available to you at our hotel.

Springtime Hikes near Pacific Beach

| Explore San Diego

Spring is in full force and summer is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to enjoy a nice hike with friends and family before the summer heat sets in. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an uphill challenge, San Diego offers plenty of trails for hiking, biking and even equestrian activities. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit these beautiful trails less than 25 minutes away from Ocean Park Inn.

Rose Creek Trail
10 Min Drive
[location]4760 Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA, 92109[/location]

Photo courtesy of Rose Creek Watershed

Rose Creek Trail is best known as a secluded bike trail that feels like a secret path from Mission Bay to La Jolla. The trail starts at De Anza Cove and can take you as far as Rose Canyon Open Space. If you’re looking to rent a pair of bikes in PB and don’t know where to ride to, Rose Creek Trail would be the perfect option for you. If you’re not interested in biking, don’t worry! The trail has perfect scenery for a hike with a half way point as the trail meets Santa Fe Street.

Coast Walk Trail
20 Min Drive
[location]Coast Walk Trail
San Diego, CA 92037[/location]

Photo courtesy of San Diego Sun Coast

The La Jolla Coast Walk Trail should be visited by every beach lover! This hike curves around the land following the shoreline for a beautiful stroll through several sandy beaches. The trail passes through a few beaches as well, allowing viewers to enjoy tide pools, parks, and eventually La Jolla Downtown Village. Hikers can customize the length and viewing points to their desire. We encourage stopping at the tide pools to look for sea critters.

Ho Chi Minh Trail
23 Min Drive
[location]9883 La Jolla Farms Rd.
San Diego, CA 92037[/location]

Photo courtesy of Thrillist

The rocky terrain along this trail makes it one of the more challenging hikes near Ocean Park Inn. Access to the path is on La Jolla Farms road and leads straight to the shore. The sandstone path winds between two cliffs making it a unique hike. Although the rock formations make beautiful architecture, hikers should enjoy this hike when the sun is out, as it can get slippery after it rains.