San Diego Shoots for the Skies with the Red Bull Air Race

| Family Fun

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is returning to San Diego Bay with an exhilarating competition requiring pilots to complete a two-lap race at high speeds right above the bay. Up to 20 of the world’s top precision pilots will compete April 15-16 – around a course only 82 feet in the air – on the bay right along Embarcadero Marina Park and Seaport Village.

San Diego previously hosted this event back in 2009, when Nicholas Ivanoff won the competition…and he returns this year!

As of this year, the air race is an official World Championship…and is globally knows as the “fastest and most exhilarating motorsport on the planet!” For a visual reference, the racetrack will look something like this:

Courtesy of Red Bull

Where to Watch

If the Embarcadero Marina Park becomes a bit too crowded, Seaport Village is also a prime location. Besides the portside view, Seaport Village is home to more than 50 diverse shops selling everything from art to a store dedicated to selling hot sauces from all over the world! You can also find great food to match the setting. With more than 17 different restaurants, there’s enough food to make the whole family happy.

Courtesy of Seaport Village

Plan Ahead for Parking and Tickets

It’s going to be a big weekend…get your tickets early and look into parking options. The event is located in downtown San Diego, which is a 25 minute drive from the Ocean Park Inn. There are plenty of private parking lots and street parking. If you plan on attending on Sunday, April 16, street parking is free of charge!

What are you waiting for? Experience an event that will take you off your feet!

[cost]25 – 375[/cost]

[location]San Diego Bay[/location]

[time]11:00am – 6:00pm[/time]

Spoiled with Sunshine: Outdoor Adventures in San Diego

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It’s only fitting for America’s Finest City to have the finest weather on the West Coast. Enjoy the sun and spend your day outside with activities that spark your adventurous side. San Diego doesn’t hold back when it comes to events in 70-degree weather, so here are some ideas that may require sunscreen!

Go on a Tour of Mission Bay

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Photo Courtesy of Mission Bay Aquatic Center

 

In the heart of the city lies the Mission Bay Park, an area with countless outdoor activities, from kayaking to to wake boarding. Go on a night tour of the bay on a stand-up paddle board with the Mission Bay Aquatic Center or go ride a jet back above the bay through the Mission Bay Sports Center. Both organizations offer activities that will give you a new perspective on the bay and are offered most days of the year.

Experience Downtown San Diego

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Photo Courtesty of Quartyard

In the mood for good food, cold beer and live music? Downtown’s Quartyard is a go-to for enjoying cocktails, craft beer and corn hole. It also doubles as a concert venue and has hosted Skrillex, Milky Chance, Dillon Francis and Stephen Marley. They’ve even attached a dog park. Find more events on their calendar.

[location]1102 Market St in Downtown San Diego[/location]

 

 

Take a Closer Look at 

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Photo Courtesy of San Diego Whale Watch

Hop on board and watch these majestic creatures as they make their 10,000-mile annual migration. These tours never go out of season – there are always spectacular whales and dolphins to see year-round.

[cost]$24 – $48[/cost]

 

Experience San Diego in the Air

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Photo Courtesy of Torrey Pines Gliderport

If water isn’t your thing, take to the sky! Just 20 minutes from Ocean Park Inn, The Torrey Pines Gliderport offers either tandem paragliding or tandem hang gliding from the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Beach. The Gliderport is the largest tandem operation in in the world and welcomes people of any age to fly with their team of experts.

 

Book a Surfing Lesson

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Photo Courtesy of San Diego Surf Lesson

Learn to conquer the waves by enrolling in surf lessons that will have you hanging ten in no time! The San Diego Surf Lesson School offers classes from all ages with professional instructors highly trained in water safety and awareness, wave etiquette, board positioning, and wave knowledge who will encourage and guide you through your surfing progression.

 

Snorkel with Friendly Sharks

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Photo Courtesy of SD Expeditions

The shallow coastline of La Jolla, just minutes from Ocean Park Inn, makes it a gem for snorkeling and exploring the plentiful marine life of San Diego. In the summer months, southern California’s largest leopard shark colony lives in La Jolla. These harmless sharks, ranging from three to five feet, swim along the ocean floor looking for crustaceans to eat. Book a snorkel excursion and learn more while admiring these creatures under water. Your instructor will make sure you are comfortable with the equipment and techniques before entering the water! Tickets available online.

 

Take your Dog to the Beach

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Photo Courtesy of Coronado Times

Relax at the beach with family and friends…and even your dog! Coronado Dog Beach, Ocean Beach Dog Beach and Fiesta Island are all off-leash dog beaches, dedicated to wet hair and wagging tails. San Diego really does have something for everyone to enjoy, even your pup. For parking information and a list of off-leash parks and beaches in San Diego, see here.

You’re in Luck with San Diego’s March Events

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Spring time is approaching and San Diego is blooming with festivals, flower fields and a few free activities! Whether you are enjoying a romantic weekend, spending a week with your family or vacationing with friends, the month of March has something for everyone.

Have you ever seen this many flowers?

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Photo Courtesy of Tourism Spot

Experience a sea of color in the middle of The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, CA, which is only a 40-minute drive from Pacific Beach. During the month of March, visitors can roam freely through the facility’s 50-acre field of flowers, take a guided tour and participate in arts and crafts workshops. This unique annual phenomenon is something you can’t miss. Tickets are priced at $14 for adults and $7 for children under 10.

[time] March 1st – May 14th, 9:00am – 6:00pm[/time]

[location]5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008[/location]

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It’s A-Boat Time…

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Photo Courtesy of Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Cruise tours are the best way to view San Diego’s gorgeous skyline. Board luxurious ship and sail around San Diego Harbor – and even under the famous Coronado Bridge! Whether you prefer a luxurious evening dinner cruise, a Sunday champagne brunch cruise, or a guided tour around the bay, Hornblower gives guests many options. They even offer whale watching excursions. Tickets and reservations can be made online.

[time]Sailing all year long[/time]

[location]Two locations along North Harbor Drive, depending on type of cruise[/location]

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Cheer on the Best Baseball Players in the World

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Baseball fans, you’re in luck! Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, is hosting the second round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. This tournament that happens every four years brings together the world’s best baseball players as they compete to bring their countries victory. There will be various tailgating celebrations and activities for the whole family. This is a rare event to take place in San Diego – so take your friends and family and root for Team USA! Single tickets, bundles and full packages available online now.

[time] March 14-19[/time]

[location]Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101[/location]

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HGTV Fans – Look No Further

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Photo Courtesty of SD Home/Garden Show Facebook

Wander the Del Mar Fairgrounds and be inspired by a wide variety of home and garden showcases on display all weekend long. From home improvement to landscaping, have your questions answered by the pros. Admission is $9 for adults and free for children under 12, purchase tickets here.

[time]Friday March 3rd, 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday March 4th, 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday March 5th, 10:00am – 5:00pm[/time]

[location]Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014[/location]

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It Doesn’t Get More Authentic Than This…

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Photo Courtesy of the Irish Congress of Southern California

Enjoy an an Irish-themed day with a parade, live entertainment and more to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Adults can enjoy a pint or two in a beer garden and children can play interactive games in a Celtic Village. At 10:30am, the parade starts up Fifth Ave. from Laurel to Upas, then back down Sixth Avenue to Laurel. Visit their website for information about parking and the festival schedule.

[time]Saturday, March 11th, 9:00am – 6:00pm, Parade starts at 10:30am[/time]

[location]Various locations in Balboa Park[/location]

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Take St. Patty’s Day to the Next Level

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Photo Courtesy of SoCal Pulse

This St. Patty’s day in San Diego, the streets of downtown will be covered with green carpet, neon lights and live entertainment. You’ll want to be a part of San Diego’s 23rd annual shamROCK celebration with more than 20,000 guests! Enjoy Irish libations, entertainment from three stages and traditional Irish dancing! Tickets start at $40.00, available online.

[time]Friday, March 17th, 6:00pm – 12:00am[/time]

[location]Fifth Ave. and G. St., Downtown San Diego[/location]

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Stay Classy at this Waterfront Beer Fest

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Photo Courtesy of Best Coast Beer Fest

Want to try as many local San Diego beers as possible – all in one place? The Best Coast Beer Fest can help you out, with nearly 100 beers from West Coast craft breweries, live entertainment and a food truck alley. Best of all, proceeds from ticket sales go toward Cancer for College, an organization that gives scholarships to cancer survivors. Basically, you’re drinking beer and supporting a wonderful cause. Buy your ticket online before March 10 for an early bird rate.

[time]Saturday, March 11th, VIP Entry at 1:00pm, General Admission 2:00pm – 5:00pm[/time]

[location]Embarcadero Park South, 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101[/location]

 

Where to Spend your February in San Diego

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This winter has been one of the coldest in the state’s history. However, in San Diego the sun has not stopped shining. See for yourself by exploring a variety of events throughout the city during the month of February. Whether you want to soak up the sun while whale watching, or enjoy a cold beer in one of San Diego’s many breweries, you are in a for a treat.

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Whale Watching

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Photo courtesy of SD Travel Blog

South of Ocean Park Inn, along the coast is one of San Diego’s prime natural landscapes. Traveling to Cabrillo National Park is like transporting back in time to an era of discovery. However, one of the least known facts about Cabrillo is that the month of February is the best time of the year for whale watching. Admission to the park is only $10 per vehicle.

When: All of February

Where: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

 

San Diego Film Week

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After enjoying the sandy beaches of sunny San Diego,  sit back and relax during San Diego Film Week. More than 100 films will be showcased, including 21 films produced locally, followed by an A-list award ceremony. This an event that you cannot miss.

When: February 10-19

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts + Other Venues around San Diego

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Winter Brew Fest

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Winter is upon us and that only means one thing. No, not staying warm, Brew Fest! Join other beer enthusiasts in sampling a variety of local artisan beers along with tasty appetizers at Balboa Park! If that is not enough, there will be live music with performances by Sister Speak and Elektric Vodoo. This event is 21+. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased online or at the event.

When: February 18 (6:00 – 10:00 PM)

Where: Balboa Park, 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

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Gaslamp Quarter Masquerade Parade and Celebration

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Photo courtesy of San Diego Coast Life

San Diego’s annual Mardi Gras celebration returns for the 23rd year in a row. Be a part of one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations west of New Orleans – in the heart of Downtown San Diego! Enjoy be a parade with floats, stilt walkers, exotic cars, liver music and dancers. This a 21+ event. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online.

When: February 28  (5:00 – 11:45 PM)

Where: 5th Ave & Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

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Monster Jam

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Photo Courtesy of Monster Jam by Eric Stern

Experience the thrill of a lifetime at Monster Jam. Witness high octane machines roar their 2,000 horsepower engines and see them crush vehicles while competing against one another to win the championship title.  Fun for the entire family. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased online or at the event.

When: February 18  at 7:00 Pm

Where: Petco Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 9210

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Tidepooling Excursion at Birch Aquarium

Families join Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists at La Jolla Cove for a tidepooling adventure.

Photo Courtesy of SD Travel Blog

Winter months are the best for exploring tide pools. For this reason, Birch Aquarium has organized a guided tour led by trained naturalists to teach about the marine life that is supported by seasonal tide pools and how people can preserve marine biodiversity. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online.

When: February 26 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Where: False Point, Sea Ridge Dr & Linda Way, San Diego, CA 92037

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Hockey Game: San Diego Gulls VS. Rockford IceHogs

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Photo Courtesy of the San Diego Gulls

Gather up the family and head to the ice to watch the San Diego Gulls take on the Rockford IceHogs. The Gulls are currently competing for the Pacific Division title – so games even more exciting. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased online or at the event.

When: Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:00 PM                         

Where: 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

Ideal San Diego Valentine’s Day Dates

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Will you be in San Diego for Valentine’s Day? How about the weekend before? If so, here are some ideas to inspire your romantic side and maximize your weekend. With incredible weather, even in the winter, and an elevated restaurant scene, you are guaranteed a killer weekend in this city

Go to a Museum

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The month of February is very unique for San Diego – it’s Museum Month. Pick up your museum month pass at any San Diego Macy’s location and gain admission to 40+ San Diego museums at half price. Walk through the Hall of Fishes at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, admire vintage surfboards at the California Surf Museum, enjoy the peaceful outdoor garden at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and explore the modern art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown…and those are just some of your options.

Watch a Movie – Outdoors

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Whether you have your other half or the whole family with you, head to the Headquarters’ Couartyard (near Seaport Village) to watch Bonnie & Clyde at 6:00 PM on Feb. 14th. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks and enjoy this romantic and mysterious classic under the stars. No need to purchase a ticket, admission is free.

Enjoy a gondola ride through Coronado

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Photo Courtesy of The Gondola Company

Cruise through the Coronado Cays in a gondola, complete with a dessert plate, an ice bucket, wine glasses and blankets. For the romantics, you may reserve a violin player to accompany you. Guests are invited to bring their beverage of choice. Pick up a bottle of bubbly and set sail.

Taste Local Craft Beer & Wine

Photo by Kim Marcelo

As you may know, San Diego is a craft beer capital. However, you may not know that San Diego County is home to more than 100 wineries. No matter your preference, you will find something you and your significant other love with this interactive San Diego winery map and this brewery guide. Our favorite: The Cork and Craft – a delicious restaurant with a unique bonus. It’s the only restaurant in San Diego County with a brewery and winery inside, award-winning Abnormal Beer Co. and Abnormal Wine Co.

Catch a Gull’s Game

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Photo Courtesy of the San Diego Gulls

Only a 15-minute drive or Uber/Lyft from Ocean Park Inn, the San Diego Gulls hockey games are – in our opinion – one of the most fun places to be in the evenings. They’ve already won 18 games this season, be there for the next one. The next two games are Sunday, Feb. 12th and Tuesday, Feb. 14th, and the rest are listed on the schedule.