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Affordable Summer Fun for San Diego Tourists

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San Diego is a beautiful city known for its pleasant year-round climate and cool Pacific Ocean breezes. As the second largest California city, San Diego isn’t lacking in great choices for fun activities and entertainment venues when planning your vacation itinerary. And with so many affordable options, planning adventure-filled day trips for the whole family will be as easy as pie.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the country’s most famous wildlife parks. With 100 acres of incredible scenery and 800 species of over 4,000 animals, the San Diego Zoo is a terrific family adventure. Take the Skyfari aerial tram for a bird’s eye view of the park or hop aboard the 1-hour bus tour to see as many exotic animals as possible during your trip. You can also walk through the park to get up close to lions, tigers and bears (oh my!). There’s so much to see and do at the San Diego Zoo, just don’t forget to pack some snacks and wear your walking shoes.

San Diego County Fair

As the 4th largest county fair in the country, The San Diego County Fair is a fun-filled annual event that draws over one million visitors each year. The 2014 fair begins Saturday, June 7th and runs through Sunday, July 6th. You can enjoy exhibits of art, photography, woodworking and jewelry. Stroll the fairgrounds and sample delicious foods, pet farm animals, jump on thrilling rides, play fun games and listen to great music at the Toyota Summer Concert Series every night. The San Diego County Fair is a great family adventure you don’t want to miss and you can purchase discounted tickets at your local Alberston’s or Save-On store.


San Diego is known for its expansive beaches and warm ocean waters. If you like being active outdoors you can try your hand at surfing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming and sunbathing at one of San Diego’s many beaches. Coronado Beach, voted one of America’s best beaches by The Travel Chanel, is a beautiful, quiet beach best suited for families or those looking to relax. La Jolla Beaches are popular for swimming, surfing and snorkeling as the cove attracts a vast array of sea life. Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas offers out-of-the-water fun with a playground, volleyball courts, fire pits, a snack bar, bathrooms, showers and parking. It’s popular with visitors who want to spend the entire day at the beach.


San Diego offers hundreds of great restaurants with everything from gourmet dinners to budget lunches. For great food and prices, try Henry’s Pub on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter. It’s a friendly neighborhood pub with tasty burgers and entrees, fresh salads, scrumptious deserts and tap beer. The downtown area is lined with coffee shops and sidewalk cafes that offer all types of cuisine and deserts. You also can’t go wrong with San Diego’s specialty: cheap and delicious Mexican food. Grab fish tacos at a local food stand or try Wahoo’s fish tacos for some of the finest cuisine. Whatever your food preference and budget, you’ll have no problem with choices in San Diego.


Map out your own fun day in San Diego to get the most out of your summer vacation. If you’re looking for a cheap San Diego hotel near the water, Marina Inn is your best bet – we’re one of the top hotels near Seaport Village, which is right on the Big Bay. We’re also located close to all of San Diego’s major beaches, attractions and restaurants:

  • Walking distance to some of the top restaurants in San Diego
  • 1 block to the San Diego Bay
  • 1 block to Little Italy
  • 1 mile from Downtown San Diego, making us one of the cheapest hotels near Horton Plaza Mall
  • 3 miles to the San Diego Zoo
  • 7 miles to Coronado Beach

Marina Inn Hotel & Suites will just keep getting better once you hear about our room specials, free amenities and pet-friendly accommodations! Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to schedule your reservation today.

Advance Booking

14 Days - 12% Off

7 Days - 10% Off

3 Days - 8% Off

Zoo & Seaworld Discount

15% OFF

With any purchase of
Zoo or Seaworld tickets

Weekday Discount

10% OFF

Stay any day
Sunday - Thursday

Other Discounts

10% OFF

AAA, Military, AARP
Other Package

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