Fun and Free ways to Celebrate Dad this Fathers Day in San Diego

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, on June 15, so it’s time to lock in some fun plans for dad this weekend during your time in San Diego. Celebrate with Dad this coming Fathers Day by taking him to some of the free events being offered in America’s Finest City if you’re looking to celebrate without going over budget.

4th Annual San Diego Father’s Day Fest and Walk

On Saturday, June 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., this popular free event will be held at the UTC Westfield Mall to celebrate and give thanks to fathers, whether civilian or military. Perhaps Dad will like to take part in the Amateur BBQ Cook-Off, watch live entertainment, learn about the “Man Cave” and much more.

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Free live music is presented every Saturday evening through September at the oceanfront Cliffhanger Cafe, where you can watch gliders soar. The Gliderport is a private-use city-owned glider airport which is the home to paragliding, hang gliding, radio-controlled model sailplanes, and full-scale man-carrying sailplanes. If you really want to take your dad or loved one for the ride of their life, sign your pops up for a tandem paragliding session!

Chula Vista U.S. Olympic Training Center

Tour this 155-acre complex, which is dedicated to the development and performance of America’s future Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The large facility houses 4 soccer fields, 6 sand volleyball courts, 3 BMX tracks and has areas dedicated to almost every Olympic sport imaginable.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Free public outdoor walking tours will be given on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. as well as on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. Visit historic buildings and walk on the 1,090-foot-long working research Scripps Pier of one of the world’s most prestigious marine and earth sciences research institutions. A map and tour details will be provided with advance registration confirmation.

Balboa Park and Museums

This is the largest urban cultural park in America and has some of San Diego’s top attractions such as: the San Diego Zoo, an IMAX Theater, multiple botanical gardens and 17 museums. There is free Tuesday admission on a rotating basis, free guided tours on Fridays at 1:00 p.m., and a free organ concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Sundays.

 

Continue saving money by booking your cheap San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites. Dad will enjoy the complimentary buffet breakfast, in-room WiFi and ESPN/HBO on TV. You can’t beat our location close to downtown San Diego.

If you want to take dad to a Padre’s Game then you should book a room at one of the area’s cheap hotels near Petco Park Downtown San Diego. Marina Inn would love to help you celebrate Father’s Day in San Diego, which is why we’re currently offering discounts that are good for up to 12% off already low room rates. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to book your Father’s Day stay in San Diego.

 

An Insider’s Guide to the 2014 San Diego County Fair

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Beginning on June 7 and running for nearly a month, the San Diego County Fair delights Southern Californians and visitors alike – and has been an annual attraction since the 1880s. Beginning as a strictly agricultural exhibition space, the fair had different names and locations until settling in at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where it has remained since 1936.

While plenty of animal and commercial exhibits remain, the emphasis at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is on entertainment, fun and food. The theme this year is “The Fab Fair”, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in America.

Read these tips to make your San Diego County Fair experience more enjoyable and don’t wait to schedule your stay at one of the cheap hotels in downtown San Diego.

Ticketing

Daily passes are available for purchase at the fairgrounds and several San Diego area merchants offer discount coupons on specific days. A pass for the entire run of the fair is an economical buy for enthusiasts, and the $24 ticket is available at area Albertson’s grocery stores. Children under 5 are always free, and the 6-12 age group gets free admission on two Tuesdays. There are many other deals and discounts offered which can be viewed at sdfair.com.

Parking

Public transportation via train or bus means you don’t have to hassle with driving, but if you take the car, ample parking is available at the grounds for $10. Insiders know that free parking with a complimentary shuttle is located at Torrey Pines High School, MiraCosta College in Cardiff, and the Horsepark on El Camino Real in Del Mar.

Music and Entertainment

The fair is full of musical acts and entertainers from morning until night, including bands of national note as well as amateur talent competitions. Many of the shows including some of the biggest acts are free with your fair admission. A complete line up of the entertainment scheduled is viewable online at the fair’s website.

Food, Food, Food

One of the best things of any fair, and it’s no exception here, is the broad selection of fun and unique fair foods. No matter your taste of budget, you’ll find plenty of food and beverage options at the fair. Be sure to bring money for your favorite fried foods, ice cream, turkey legs and cotton candy.

Just for the Kids

There are many games and competitions geared towards children, who are admitted free on two Tuesdays: June 24 and July 1. Popular food stands will be selling reduced size kids’ portions at discounts this year and you can also look for “Kids Meal Deals” signs throughout the fair for other targeted refreshments. Family Funfield, located in the infield area of the track, has special exhibits, entertainment and attractions that are family-oriented.

Services

A host of services are designed to make your visit more enjoyable including picnic areas, ATMs, information booths, stroller and wheel chair rental, and a lost and found.

Directions

From the South, take Interstate 5 (the San Diego Freeway) twenty miles north of downtown until you reach the Via de la Valle exit, turning left on Via de la Valle until you reach Jimmy Durante Boulevard, where you will take another left. Follow the signs and parking personnel from that point.

Make transportation and accommodations easy by grabbing a cheap hotel near San Diego airport. Marina Inn and Suites is a top and trusted budget inn located near freeway access to the fairgrounds, top local attractions and of course, the San Diego Airport. Make the most of your summer vacation by booking at room with family friendly amenities at Marina Inn.

For more information on our available vacation packages and room discounts at Marina Inn hotel San Diego, call us at 1-800-571-2933.

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.

Beaches

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.

Restaurants

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.

Family Friendly Festivals in San Diego: May 2014

San Diego Family Friendly Events

San Diego has five fun family friendly festival events this month… it doesn’t get much better than that. This month is one of the best times of the year to visit San Diego. The month of May promises beautiful weather and is still early enough in the year that visitors will avoid the high-traffic summer months between June and August. Book your cheap downtown San Diego hotel today and head to one of these fun spring time events:

May 3-5 | Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
The ultimate Cinco de Mayo party is happening this week in historic Old Town San Diego. Bring the entire family for three days’ worth of dancing, singing, visual and cultural arts, homemade cuisine and entertainment. If you show proof or AAA or AARP membership at Marina Inn, a family friendly hotel near Old Town, you could qualify for 10% off your hotel stay.

May 4 | Carlsbad Spring Village Faire
This is the largest one day street fair in the country and it’s happening this weekend! From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carlsbad Village guests of all ages can peruse through the over 900 vendors lining the street.  This is a great event for shopping, culturally diverse food options, a children’s fun area, beer and wine garden, live entertainment and much more. For more information on this event visit Carlsbad.org.

May 8-11 | Gator by the Bay, Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
Head to Spanish Landing on Harbor Island for four days of soulful southern style fun. A $30 festival tickets grants your access to a night full of a Louisiana French Quarter Food Court, award-winning musical artists, family friendly activities, the Bayou Grove Cultural Experience where you can learn about Zydeco music and a festival marketplace where guests can take time to shop for mother’s day presents.

May 18 | 21st Annual Sicilian Festival
Little Italy is at it again with this all day event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by for music, dancing, culture and plenty of rich Italian cuisine. There will be multiple stages set up for live music and dance performances throughout the day. Children will have the opportunity to hop on festive rides and enjoy a colorful parade.

May 30-31 | San Diego: Health & Fitness Expo

Held in conjunction with the Rock n’ Roll Marathon, this expo is brining everything a fitness freak desires to the San Diego Convention Center. Stop by for sales on athletic apparel, sports nutrition, running clinics and hundreds of vendors, all free to the public. With 100,000 expected to attend, we recommend booking a cheap hotel close to the San Diego Convention Center today.

Pick a date and don’t wait to reserve your San Diego hotel room. Marina Inn & Suites near downtown San Diego offers affordable rates, advance booking discounts, savings on local attractions, a complimentary breakfast and family-friendly suites. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room before we sell out.

Fun & Free Places to go in San Diego

Free San Diego Activities

If you’re looking for ways to have fun in San Diego and save money at the same time, you’re in luck. San Diego offers a wide array of exciting and free attractions. Traveling without going over budget might seem difficult, but with our help you can experience San Diego main attractions and sights on a dime!

  1. Wake up early, and take a free fly fishing class with the San Diego Fly Fishers Club on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Murray. Don’t worry about bringing your own equipment, they’ll supply that too!
  2. If you and your family love to learn, don’t miss out on San Diego’s many fun and educational museums, 35 of which offer free admission for children. Some of our favorites include: San Diego Botanic Garden, Museum of Making Music, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego Air & Space Museum, and The San Diego Museum of Art.
  3. If you reserved a budget hotel near Old Town San Diego then you can enjoy their free events including a weekly farmer’s market, the Southern California Folklorico Competition this weekend or Fiesta de Cinco on May 3 and 4.
  4. Do you like to cook? If so, head over to Williams-Sonoma for a free cooking class. How often do you get the chance to learn from true culinary professionals? You’ll walk out feeling like a gourmet chef yourself.
  5. If you prefer dining out over cooking, grab some grub at one of the many San Diego restaurants where kids eat free:
    Barra Barra Saloon |10 years and younger/nightly
    Mia Francesca | 12 years and younger/Sundays
    PeriPeri | 12 years and younger/Tuesdays starting at 4 p.m.
    The Weevil Burger | Any age/Sundays
  6. Looking to unwind? Sit back and enjoy a free organ concert at 2 p.m. every Sunday at Spreckles Organ Pavilion. You’ll be impressed as you listen to the beautiful music of one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs.

These are all great examples that it’s possible to visit San Diego on a tight budget. As long as you plan ahead of time, book a room at a cheap hotel near the San Diego airport with a free breakfast, it’s possible to have a fun weekend in San Diego without it costing an arm and a leg.

Booking a family-friendly hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites is the perfect option for San Diego visitors who are traveling on a budget. Our affordable downtown San Diego hotel rooms come with plenty of free amenities, including WiFi, breakfast, and parking. We are also always helping our guests save money with discounts of up to 12% off on already competitive rates.

To see how much money Marina Inn can save you on your upcoming San Diego vacation, call us today at 1-800-571-2933.

Things Parents Need to Know about Vacationing in San Diego

Parents Guide to San Diego

A San Diego vacation with the kids can be a terrific experience. This amazing city has something for every age from toddlers to teens. With the proper planning, your San Diego vacation can be affordable, with some sights and attractions not costing you a single dime. Here are a few things that all parents need to know about San Diego before they visit.

  • Freebies – The best way to save is to take advantage of all the free activities. Fortunately, even some of San Diego’s top attractions offer freebies throughout the year. For example, the San Diego Zoo offers free admission to children during October. On select Tuesdays you can get in free to a handful of museums at Balboa Park, and Old Town walking tours are always free of charge. Don’t forget to hit the beach for some cheap fun in the sun and if you visit from December through March, head to Point Loma’s Whale Overlook to catch a glimpse of the seasonal whale migration and stop by the tide pools for more up-close and personal exploration opportunities.
  • Accommodations – Do some research before booking your stay. San Diego has several hotels located close by the major attractions. This makes it convenient to take a nap break during the day with little ones. For instance, look for cheap hotels near the San Diego Zoo which will be centrally located to all of downtown San Diego, and be sure to look into additional amenities such free wireless internet, parking and in-room amenities such as microwave and refrigerator which can go a long way in keeping food costs down if you’re enjoying an extended vacation.
  • Food – Embarcadero is an excellent family spot. This mile long stretch by the bay is home to Seaport Village. Along with souvenir shops and a carousel you’ll find great family friendly casual restaurants. The San Diego Burger Company has children’s nuggets and burgers along with more adventurous dishes for Mom and Dad. Asaggio serves up kid friendly pizzas with a fantastic view from their outdoor seating and prices are affordable as well. Not sitting down at full service restaurants for every meal can help lower food costs during your trip
  • Theme Parks – Children are more tolerant of adult activities if they know they’ll have their day too. San Diego has many theme parks suited just for kids. Sea World has hands on exhibits and thrilling shows by Shamu and all your marine favorites. Click here for affordable hotels near SeaWorld San Diego. Legoland is another great option and is one of California’s top family destinations where you’ll find more than 15,000 LEGO structures intermixed with creative play areas and thrilling rides.

With these tips in mind, you can plan a successful family vacation that everyone is sure to enjoy and remember for years to come. If you’re not sure of where to stay, look for affordable hotels near the San Diego Airport and Gaslamp Quarter district which will give you access to major parts of the city. Interested in making a hotel reservation right now? Contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about the affordable accommodations at the Marina Inn and the hotel’s wonderful location in the heart of downtown San Diego.

Traveling to San Diego with Toddlers

Activities for Toddlers in San Diego

If you’re a first time parent, traveling with your toddler may seem like a challenging and somewhat daunting task. Fortunately, there are many vacation destinations that are great for families with toddlers, San Diego being one of the best. Although popularly praised for its active nightlife scene, America’s Finest City offers a variety of new experiences for little ones that will provide endless discovery and delight.

If you haven’t yet made reservations for your family vacation, start by booking a room or suite at the Marina Inn, a family friendly and affordable hotel in downtown San Diego. Then, check out our top picks for mom-approved activities that are great for toddlers to complete your vacation itinerary.

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

The San Diego Zoo is located in the heart of downtown San Diego and offers plenty of space for your toddler to roam and meet new friends. This zoo is world-renowned with more than 4,000 animals in 9 distinct habitats. Although it seems like a lot of walking around, there is a bus and an aerial tram where you can catch a glimpse of zebras, lions, and giraffes without having to exert too much energy. With numerous playgrounds and play areas, movie theaters, live shows and a carousel, there are plenty of activities for your toddler to enjoy. If you’re on a budget this vacation, know that kids under 3 are admitted into the park free of charge and there are a few options for quality, yet cheap San Diego Zoo hotels that will help keep you and your wallet happy.

Under the Sea

Your toddler will have plenty of space to explore what marine life’s all about at SeaWorld in San Diego. Before heading out for a full day of fun, be sure to grab breakfast at your affordable SeaWorld San Diego hotel or outside of the park. This will help ensure your little one has all the energy he or she needs for a full day at the park. Your toddler will delight in watching the dolphins play and perform tricks, and even has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the penguins at the park. SeaWorld also has a section of the park devoted just to younger visitors and your toddler can meet, greet and have their photo taken with their favorite Sesame Street characters. And for a bit of fun, don’t forget to stop and check out the rides including Elmo’s Flying Fish or Oscar’s Rocking Eel.

Touching Allowed

The New Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum for children to touch and discover the world around them. The exhibits have been created with younger visitors in mind, making for a stimulating yet fun activity that isn’t offered at many attractions. If you’re visiting on a Friday, be sure to stop by in the morning because the museum offers a fun weekly activity that is geared towards toddlers. After participating in the day’s arts and crafts and the weather is nice (which it almost always is in San Diego), check out the bubble fountain in the outdoor area. Here you and your little one can select from a variety of bubble wands, creating bubbles of all shapes and sizes and can also chase some of the larger ones around.

With the proper planning, your first vacation with your toddler can be an experience that the entire family will enjoy. While planning is important, also be flexible with your schedule, allowing extra time at lunch to eat or pushing your itinerary for a much needed mid-day nap. For more tips for visiting San Diego with the family, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Check Out San Diego Zoo Play Days 2014

San Diego Zoo Play Days

Spending the day at the San Diego Zoo can be a great way to have fun with your family while also educating your kids. While the zoo can be a budget buster without proper planning, one zoo event, the San Diego Zoo Play Days, will be taking place over the next few weeks and will help you get the most out of your trip to the zoo. The Marina Inn, a preferred cheap hotel in downtown San Diego, offers information about the Play Days and how you can save additional dollars when attending!

The San Diego Play Days event runs from March 29-April 20, 2014 and provides visitors with extra activities they wouldn’t normally get to enjoy. With the regular price of admission, you get to participate in special events such as:

  • Exclusive Keeper Talks where the zoo caretakers answer questions and talk about the unique animals and plants they care for
  • Expert Meetings based on specific animal behavior topics
  • Digital Easter Egg Hunt where you use the camera feature on your smartphone for a chance to win backstage zoo passes for additional exploration and fun
  • A visit with the Easter Bunny where families can take pictures

Special events such as these give you more bang for your buck since you’re not only getting to enjoy the animals you would normally see, but are also able to take advantage of additional activities for no additional cost.

Another way during the San Diego Zoo Play Days is to bring your meals with you! Spending money on food and snacks throughout the day is a huge expense and can be a budget buster for any size family. Save those dollars for souvenirs or special attractions by bringing food with you to enjoy. Though coolers aren’t allowed in the park, you are allowed to bring food with you in backpacks or purses. Items to consider packing for the day include water, granola bars, cookies, crackers, and sandwiches that don’t require refrigeration. You also have the option of bringing a cooler to leave in the car and enjoying your meal just outside the zoo at their picnic area. Since paid ticket holders are able to get their hands stamped for re-entry, taking a break to eat lunch outside the zoo won’t keep you from enjoying the rest of your day.

Spending a day at the zoo can be both fun and inexpensive if you take advantage of the tips above. For more information about affordable accommodations near the San Diego Zoo for Play Days 2014, contact the Marina Inn & Suites. We are a San Diego hotel offering discounted prices on our clean and spacious rooms and suites. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 for summer availability and don’t forget to ask about our current promotions for additional savings.

A Fun Day of Learning for the Entire Family

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When on vacation, your children are likely excited for the theme parks, afternoons on the sandy shores and trips to the pool. However, who says your kids can’t enjoy a little bit of learning too? San Diego is a premier vacation destination, appealing to individuals of all ages for its diverse range of activities. In addition to Mission and Coronado beaches and popular attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and LegoLand, be sure to stop at Balboa Park for an exciting day of hands-on learning and fun.

Balboa Park is home to more than a dozen museums, with some appealing to the younger individuals in your group. If you’re on a budget, be sure to reserve a cheap hotel near downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and purchase the Balboa Park Museum Pass for the most savings. Then you’ll be set for checking out these family and kid-friendly museums:

  • San Diego Air & Space Museum – This museum highlights some of history’s top aircrafts and spacecrafts from around the world including the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits including a space shuttle simulator and a 3D/4D interactive kids’ zone. If you’re visiting soon, don’t miss out on the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not exhibition which is sure to leave your kids in amazement and wonder.
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum – If your little one has an affinity for model trains, there’s no better place to go than the San Diego Railroad Museum. As the largest indoor model railroad display in the world, there are countless trains to observe and even play with. The best part about this museum is that children 14 and under are free!
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – Individuals of all ages will be captivated by the attractions that the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. In addition to a variety of hands on exhibits and attractions which allow visitors to explore the endless sky, stars and planets, there is a one-of-a-kind planetarium show. With the help of one of the museum’s experts, you’ll enjoy an in-depth and informational narration as you watch the stars fly by.
  • San Diego Natural History Museum – Dinosaur lovers unite! At the San Diego natural History Museum, kids can check out life size replicas of dinosaurs of the past or can play at Camp-o-Saurus, a campground just for kids. After a long day of checking out the exhibits, head over to the on-site restaurant and eat dinner with Al the Allosaurus or check out a movie at the Kaplan Theater.

If you haven’t yet reserved a hotel for your upcoming family vacation to San Diego, consider the Marina Inn & Suites. We are a family-friendly hotel in downtown San Diego and offer our guests all the essential amenities of home including free wireless internet, parking and hot breakfast prepared fresh daily. To learn more about our discounts for our popular Kids’ Suite, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today!

Fashion Valley Mall Food Guide

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If you’re planning your San Diego shopping excursion to Fashion Valley Mall, which we highly recommend, you’re going to need to rest those feet and your wallet during the day, and one of the many restaurants or cafes is the perfect place to do it. This newly renovated mall has tons of options for every preference, taste and budget.

First, some basic information about the mall: it’s open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. There are five department stores, 200 shops and restaurants and an 18-screen AMC movie theatre. The stores cover big name brands like Burberry and Gucci and budget stores like Forever 21 and H&M.

If you’re making the mall trip a fun family outing, then take a play break with the kids at the Geppetto’s children area on the first floor next to Gap Kids. The mall also has multiple baby changing stations, including one near Guest Services on the lower level.

If you’re coming from another country to vacation in San Diego you might want to utilize the mall’s Foreign Currency online ordering with Travelex option. You can have U.S. currency delivered right to your door or you can have money preloaded onto your Cash Passport. Something else that might make your travel easier is staying at a cheap hotel near the San Diego International Airport.

Now that you have content kids and the right currency, it’s time to eat! Here are our suggestions for Fashion Valley Mall food destinations:

Cafes

  • 59th& Lex on the third floor in Bloomingdales is a nice quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the busy outdoor mall.
  • The Zodiac is a hidden gourmet gem nestled inside Niemen Marcus that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Nordstrom Café also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner but caters to the busy grab-and-go shopper who’s just looking for a quick bite.

Restaurants

  • California Pizza Kitchen in the top level food court is a great place to bring the kids. Their diverse menu has everything from pizza (of course) to chicken plates, pastas and kids meals.
  • Cheesecake Factory is the place to go for large plates and hot dates. The expansive restaurant has a hot happy hour, large booths and an inviting patio.
  • True Food Kitchen is the one true option for the health conscious eater who wants delicious food options while still sticking to their diet.
  • Stacked is a great burger and pizza joint that lets you decide when you get your bill and when the food arrives. This is a great option for families with sometimes fussy kids.

For a full listing of Fashion Valley stores and restaurants you can visit the Fashion Valley mall website at simon.com/mall/fashion-valley. Its central location makes it a great destination to relax whether you spent the day at SeaWorld San Diego, the zoo or one of the fantastic beaches along the coast.

Now that you’ve got some information about San Diego, start planning your vacation! To see what a nearby family friendly budget hotel in San Diego can offer you, click here. The Marina Inn near downtown San Diego has all the family friendly amenities you’re looking for: free breakfast, affordable rooms, and a Kid’s Suite that has an adjoining room with a bunk bed for the little ones! To book a room at the Marina Inn, please call our Reservations desk at 1-800-571-2933 and be sure to inquire about our available discounted rates.

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