1. Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Located in La Jolla, this aquarium is a great alternative to SeaWorld San Diego for families on a tight budget or limited time. At Birch Aquarium, the focus is on ocean education and conservation. I especially recommend this attraction for families with babies and toddlers who love to get an up close view of tanks filled with glowing jelly fish, beautiful but poisonous lion fish, crabs, sharks and other sea creatures.
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
2. San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The Safari Park is just as impressive (if not more!) as its more well-known sister property, the San Diego Zoo. It is a whopping 1,800 acres, compared to the zoo’s 100. The “African Tram Safari” is by far the park’s most popular attraction as it takes visitors through a wide-open landscape similar to that of the African Savannah with animals, like lions, rhinos, giraffes and buffaloes. On hot summer days, make sure to bring swimsuits for the kids so they can cool off in the animal-shaped fountains at the Savannah Cool Zone.
Location: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
3. Maritime Museum of San Diego
Take a tour on unique sailing vessels at the floating Maritime Museum. Steam-powered boats, sailing ships and submarines make up the museum’s fleet of nine boats. Highlighted is The Star of India, the world’s oldest active ship. After your tour, your family is in the perfect location to walk along the San Diego waterfront and eat some delicious fresh oysters at Ironside Fish & Oyster.
Location: 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily
4. La Jolla Cove
La Jolla is best known for its boutique shops and upscale restaurant, but “The Cove” is also an excellent place to enjoy the great outdoors. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy live music on an expansive grassy field overlooking the ocean at Scripps Parkway during the summer. Walk along sea-cliffs and observe California Harbor Seals waddling around on the beach at Children’s Pool. From kayaking to sun bathing, your activity options are endless!
Location: Coast Blvd, San Diego, CA 92037
5. Balboa Park
Rich with history and culture, Balboa Park has been a staple of San Diego since 1892. This gorgeous outdoor destination is home to the city’s renowned zoo, 17 museums (including crowd favorites like the National History Museum, Museum of Man, and Museum of Art), botanical gardens, and more! Spend the day enjoying the beautiful weather that San Diego has to offer.
Location: 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 92101
Hours: Open 24 hours, Hours vary for Museums
We are so excited here at the Ocean Park Inn to ring in the new year! We look forward to welcoming all of our guests back in 2016 and wanted to share some events coming up this next year throughout San Diego. Happy New Year!
2016 San Diego Events
San Diego is the perfect place to visit during the holidays! In addition to our always beautiful weather there are tons of free activities to enjoy with the family or as a couple.
All year we love taking care of our guests at the Ocean Park Inn, but it is even more special during the holiday season. Click the link below to find out about all of the fun you can have in America’s Finest City this year!
25+ Free Holiday Events in San Diego!
Mark your calendars for November 6th-15th. Ocean Park Inn is a preferred hotel for the 2nd Annual San Diego Beer Week. Visit oceanparkinn.com and enter promo code “BEERWEEK” for a discounted rate and a growler of beer from our sister company Abnormal Beer Co. at check in as well as a $25 gift card to use at The Cork & Craft, home of Abnormal Beer.
Join us for the 13th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego. This two day event is the official kickoff of San Diego Beer Week. Enjoy samples from more than 50 San Diego County breweries! The event raises funds for local charities and the San Diego Brewers Guild.
VIP Brewer Takeover
FRIDAY (NOV. 6) FROM 6 – 9 PM
Rub elbows with some of San Diego’s award-winning brewers and see why San Diego beer is taking over palates everywhere. This exclusive event will showcase San Diego’s finest, rare, and specialty beers from local breweries, including offerings brewed just for this event. All-inclusive ticket includes unlimited beer samples offered throughout the evening coupled with unlimited food samples from local craft-beer friendly restaurants.
The best way to start off SD Beer Week is with a Two Day Pass, so you can enjoy the festivities on BOTH Friday and Saturday at a discount!
SD Brewers Guild Festival
SATURDAY (NOV. 7) FROM 2 – 5 PM
Enjoy the Guild Festival with a commemorative tasting cup and unlimited beer samples. The event showcases San Diego County’s finest craft breweries! Food will be available for sale from local, craft-beer friendly restaurants and food trucks. And to top it all off, musical entertainment will be provided by some of San Diego’s most talented musicians!
Premier Access (Saturday Only)
Want to get in early and beat the crowd, then pick up a Premier Access Pass and enter the festival 1 HOUR early at 1 PM!
Event is rain or shine.
Attend Beer College during the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival general admission session on Saturday, 11/7. Each session will be approximately 30 minutes – first come, first serve.
UC SAN DIEGO EXTENSION BREWING CERTIFICATE
2:00 — 2:30 PM
Come learn about the effects wild yeast can have on the flavor of beer. We will be focusing on Brettanomyces and discussing the characteristics, fermentation, handling, and propagation. Samples will be served to attendees.
SDSU COLLEGE OF EXTENDED STUDIES PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE IN THE BUSINESS OF CRAFT BEER
2:45 — 3:15 PM
Join us to learn about Barrel Aged Beers through an introduction to the process and the different types of barrels used. Samples will be served to attendees.
2kids Brewing Co.
32 North Brewing Co.
Abnormal Beer Co.
Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment
AleSmith Brewing Company
Alpine Beer Company
Amplified Ale Works
Arcana Brewing Company
Automatic Brewing Co.
Aztec Brewing Company
Bagby Beer Company
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Belching Beaver Brewery
Benchmark Brewing Company
BNS Brewing and Distilling Company
Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
Breakwater Brewing Company
Callahan’s Pub & Brewery
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers
Coronado Brewing Company
Culture Brewing Co.
Dos Desperados Brewery
Duck Foot Brewing Co.
Fallbrook Brewing Company, Inc.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Groundswell Brewing Company
Helm’s Brewing Co.
Hillcrest Brewing Company
Intergalactic Brewing Company
Iron Fist Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Latitude 33 Brewing Company
Legacy Brewing Co.
Magnetic Brewing LLC
Mike Hess Brewing Co.
Modern Times Beer
Monkey Paw Brewing
Mother Earth Brew Co.
New English Brewing
Novo Brazil Brewing Company
Offbeat Brewing Company
Oggi’s Sports Brewhouse Pizza
On The Tracks Brewery LLC
O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co.
Pacific Beach Ale House
Pizza Port Brewing Co
Prohibition Brewing Company, Inc.
Rip Current Brewing
Rock Bottom La Jolla
Rough Draft Brewing Company
San Diego Brewing Co.
San Marcos Brewing Company
Second Chance Beer Co.
Societe Brewing Company
South Park Brewing
Stone Brewing Co.
The Homebrewer, LLC
The Lost Abbey
Thorn Street Brewery
Toolbox Brewing Company
Twisted Manzanita Ales
Urbn St Brewing Co
Valley Center Brewery
Wavelength Brewing Company
Flagship Cruises & Events
Luigi’s At The Beach
The Pearl Hotel
FRIDAY NOV. 6 FROM 6–9 PM
VIP Brewer Takeover
Stone Brewing Co.’s House Band includes: Mitch Steele, Jeremy Moynier, Mike Martinez, Tom Modifica, Ken Wright & Tony Davis
SATURDAY NOV. 7 FROM 2–5 PM
San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
My Own Holiday
Presented by Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Billy Watson & the International Silver String Submarine Band
© 2015 San Diego Brewers Guild
Funded in part (or in whole) by the San Diego Tourism Marketing District Corporation with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds.
The annual Pride festival is coming to San Diego from July 17th – 19th, and will boast multiple stages of entertainment, more than 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, great food and much more. The ultimate goal of the festival is to celebrate pride and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, locally, nationally and globally. This festival will include special performances and appearances from current dance, pop, hip-hop, Latin and other stars including Emma Hewitt, Late Night Alumni, Mary Lambert, Taryn Manning, and dozens more all hosted by Carmen Electra. This two day event starts Friday evening with The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, and continues the following day with the Pride Parade in Balboa Park. If you’re looking for a place to stay while enjoying San Diego’s Pride Parade, look no further than the comfort of a beachfront room at Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn offers gorgeous ocean views and a great location on the Pacific Beach boardwalk, just a short drive from the festivities in Balboa Park.
If you need any more reasons to join in the celebration, consider the following:
- Music Festival: San Diego’s Pride Parade music festival will host about 40,000 people from across the nation, and will feature music, food trucks, five stages, 200 exhibitor booths, craft beer and more. Come enjoy the music and food while celebrating this beautiful festival that calls for equality for all people.
- Block Party: Kick off Pride weekend on Friday, July 17th at the San Diego Pride and Fabulous Hillcrest hosted Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. This signature party kicks off Pride weekend with urban style and flare. This Block Party boasts complimentary drinks and food from 6-7pm, and all guests are welcome!
- Parade: The Pride Parade spans 1.1 miles from 11am-2pm on July 18th, 2015, and is open for the public to enjoy. The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and ends at Laurel St. The parade will accommodate more than 200 floats and is viewed by a crowd of nearly 200,000 people each year.
Worried about transportation? Don’t be! There are shuttles running from 8am-2pm, and public parking is provided around the Hillcrest area as well. Come be a part of this exciting event pride event, and enjoy live music and tasty food. Let the Ocean Park Inn make your stay in San Diego as comfortable as possible: visit oceanparkinn.com for booking information and room details.