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Our Staff's Top Picks

Top Picks

Want to see the city like an insider? Check in with the staff of our bayside hotel in San Diego - some have been working their magic with guests for 40 years! They’re San Diegans who love everything about their hometown, from favorite restaurants to music festivals to Padres baseball. You’ll find their best San Diego travel tips and insights every month, right here.

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Summer Fun at Belmont Park

Summertime and amusement parks go together like rollercoasters and lost hats. This summer, as you explore San Diego to see what it has to offer, make your first stop Belmont Park. Belmont Park is here to bring you all of the rides, attractions, and snacks you can handle.

Start your relaxing day by blasting off in the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster or hang on tight as you whirl around the Beach Blaster. Slam into friends with the Overdrive Bumper Cars or ruin a stranger’s day on Krazy Kars. When you need a break from the rides, grab a refreshing smoothie or bite to eat. Quick snacks like street tacos and burgers are always available as well as full restaurants if you really need a break. Admission is free and the motto is “pay as you play,” so make your way down and take advantage of summer.

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Get Wild at the San Diego Zoo

Every year, the San Diego Zoo attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all around the world and for good reason - a large diversity of rare, amazing animals. The zoo itself is large enough to make you feel like you’re at an amusement park. If lions, rhinos and giraffes are right up your alley, then come experience their natural beauty first-hand.

San Diego Zoo has been called the best zoo in the world and boasts one of the largest and most diverse collections of animals in the world. It is one of a handful of zoos in the U.S. that has pandas so you will have the opportunity to see these goofy giants up close and personal - their babies too!

Starting June 16th, San Diego Zoo will also be hosting a daily event called Nighttime Zoo. Guests can enjoy extended hours and an assortment of live musical acts showcasing unique instruments and performers from far away parts of the world. In addition to the living main features of the zoo, there are also sky trams, 4d theater experiences, bus tours, and safaris so definitely plan to make this trip an all-day event!

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Baseball + Beer, Right On Cue

The San Diego Padres are brewing up extra summertime fun in Petco Park this season: a series of five BeerFests for San Diego’s beer-loving baseball fans. Look for more than a dozen San Diego breweries to be on hand for each BeerFest, where they’ll serve 12-ounce “samples” for $5. Sip from 4:30 pm until the first pitch at 7:10 pm.

We scored the line-up of Friday BeerFests so you can plan accordingly. Best of all admission is free with your ticket to the game.

  • March 29, 2019 - Padres vs San Francisco Giants
  • May 3, 2019 - Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers
  • June 28, 2019 - Padres vs St Louis Cardinals
  • July 26, 2019 - Padres vs San Francisco Giants
  • August 23, 2019 - Padres vs Boston Red Sox

Still thirsty? You’ll find San Diego’s favorite local breweries well represented inside Petco Park, including Ballast Point, Iron Fist Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing Co., Mike Hess Brewing, and many more.

Cheers!