Tag Archives: San Diego

Pepper Grove Playground

Spring break will soon be upon us, and if you’re looking to engage the kiddos with some physical activity while they’re out of school, the playground at Pepper Grove in Balboa Park may be just what the doctor ordered. Of course, you don’t need it to be spring break to visit the playground—go any day. The play area is quite

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Santa Fe Depot

With the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, San Diego believed that it could become a great shipping port on the west coast—the first in the United States that ships would have an opportunity to visit as they sailed north. To sell the idea to the world, San Diego hosted the Panama-California Exposition in 1915, drawing thousands of people

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Spreckels Organ

A century-old gem in the heart of Balboa Park is the Spreckles Organ Pavilion. The organ was played for the first time on New Year’s Eve 1914 to kick off the Panama-California Exposition that began on 1 January 1915, and it’s been entertaining park visitors ever since. Each Sunday afternoon, you can enjoy a free hour-long concert that begins at

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Torrey Pines State Reserve

If you’re into hiking, rare trees, towering cliffs, sweeping panoramic views, the ocean, beaches, salt marshes, and waterfowl, then Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (not park) is for you. Why the distinction between a reserve and park? Well, the Torrey pine is found in only two places, Torrey Pines Natural Reserve and Santa Rosa island, and because it is so

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Venissimo Cheese

A cheese lover’s paradise, Venissimo Cheese offers a wide variety of cheeses from around the world. Their friendly and helpful staff will let you sample the products and will help educate you before you make your decision—and making a decision is a tough prospect here. You can choose between cow’s, sheep’s, or goat’s milk cheeses that range from mild to

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The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Each spring, 50 acres of hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad are washed in the brilliant colors of thousands of Tecolote® Giant Ranunculus flowers. Typically, the bloom season is early March through early May, but that can vary based on weather patterns each year. The 2016 bloom season opens 1 March. You can wander through the fields at your

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A Taste of Germany at Tip Top Meats

My grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Germany in the 1920s, and I speak enough German to embarrass myself—a skill that isn’t all that handy here in San Diego given the prevalence of Spanish speakers. (Although my rudimentary German has been helpful interacting with guests from Germany and Austria when volunteering at Cabrillo National Monument.) When I feel the need to reconnect with

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Imperial Valley Desert Museum

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum (IVDM) certainly takes small, regional museums to the next level with its interactive displays, exhibitions, activities, and easy access to their curatorial staff. The IVDM Society worked for nearly 40 years to create a space to house and display the archaeological collection of the Imperial Valley Community College, and their efforts culminated in the construction

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