What are the best places to go to in San Diego during the beginning of July?

I am going to San Diego with a couple friends to San Diego for a graduation trip. We are going to be graduating high school. It will be our first time going to San Diego and somewhere by our self. We need something affordable and that we could expand for the week long trip. And what are the best places to go to in 4th of July. Is there also buses that can go place to place to that is affordable for the week trip.


  1. They San Diego County Fair is going on in Del Mar at that time of year and they always have fireworks as well as concerts and rides.

    Mission and Pacific Beach are your best bet for fun in the sun. Belmont Park has a vintage wooden roller coaster (one of two remaining seaside coasters on the west coast) as well as other rides. There is a strand (boardwalk) that runs the entire 3 mile length of both beaches. It’s a great place to walk, run, sun, rent a bike or skates.

    For 4th of July you need to make a day of it at the beach. People arrive before dawn to gab a location at a fire pit. By noon all parking is taken and the streets are closed to traffic. From Mission Bay you can see three major fireworks displays, including the one at Sea World.

    There is also a major fireworks display downtown at the harbor. Again, people arrive early and camp out all day.

    The Padres are on the road for the 4th so they will have their fireworks display when they play the World Champion SF Giants on July 12.

    While you are here, some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. Known as the "Smithsonian of the West" Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.

    My favorite museum in the park is the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. It has some of the largest model layouts in the world. It is really awesome and a real hidden gem.

    Other attractions in the park are the Air and Space Museum, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center and IMAX theater, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Man, the Automotive Museum, the Old Globe Theatre, the Hall of Champions, the Botanical Gardens, and the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world (free concerts on Sunday).

    North County San Diego is home to the Zoo’s Safari Park. There are multi acre enclosures where herds of wild animals roam plus lots of hiking trails. It’s worth the visit and is a different experience from the zoo. You can ride a zip line, tour the park on a Segway, or take a photo caravan into the enclosures and feed the giraffes.

    La Jolla offers great views, great surfing, great food, great theater, and great shopping.
    Check out the surfers at historic Windansea Beach. At low tide you can walk out onto the tide pools. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food at Alfonso’s. Then head to the Birch Aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It has a spectacular view of the bluffs over the Pacific Ocean. The Tony award winning La Jolla Playhouse is located nearby on the campus of UCSD.

    The USS Midway is an aircraft carrier turned into a museum

    The Maritime Museum offers a hands-on look at San Diego’s days as a bustling seaport. You can tour the Star of India, the world’s oldest active merchant sailing ship.

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  2. Colorado beach is a good spot for the 4th. Make sure to buy an all day pass if you’re using public transportation

  3. Anywhere where you can see the San Diego Bay for the July 4th firework show. I like Harbor Island the best. You CAN use the bus, but I don’t recommend it. Bringing your own car would be much easier. San Diego is very widespread, so the public transportation is slow.

    SD is known for the beaches and perfect sunny weather. We have a lot of beaches but I recommend you go to Coronado Beach. There’s also the Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Sunset Cliffs, Torrey Pines State Reserve, kayaking, jet skiing, bay cruises, Mexican food on every corner, and way more too many things to name.

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