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Dining & Exploring San Diego on a Budget

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Visiting San Diego on a budget, but also want to experience the city’s largest attractions? No problem if you cut out unnecessary spending. For many visitors, eating out is one of the largest vacation expenses and buying food at all of the San Diego attractions doesn’t help. To minimize your spending while visiting local attractions, plan your dining options ahead of time.

The San Diego Zoo is probably the largest attraction in the city and comes along with a hefty price tag. Although parking is free, admission is $44 a person. Add to that any food or beverage purchase and you’ll easily spend over $55. To cut down on food costs, eat a large meal beforehand or eat out afterwards. If you know you’ll get hungry during the day, bring your own lunch or snacks. Aside from food, there are discounts for admission that are available online and some hotels near the San Diego Zoo offer discount tickets.

SeaWorld is another must see San Diego attraction that can easily exhaust a vacation budget. Just like the zoo, discounted admission tickets can be obtained either through online research or at select hotels. SeaWorld, however, has a strict outside food policy where only snack items are permitted into the park. You’ll also need to set aside $15 for parking which makes it worthwhile to take public transportation if you aren’t staying too far away.

Nothing says summer like baseball! If going to a Padre game is in your vacation plans, there are many Petco Park restaurants to enjoy during your stay. However, like all ballpark dining, it can quickly add up so consider grabbing something to eat before going into the park. There are many affordable and convenient places to grab a sandwich or something light to tie you over during the game.

Are you a budget conscious vacationer? Share your money saving vacation tips with us! As a affordable downtown San Diego hotel, we’re always looking for valuable travel information to pass onto our guests.

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