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Affordable & Fun Activities near the MCRD

Whether you’re in town for a Marine Graduation, are on vacation, or are just visiting family and friends, staying at one of the downtown hotels near the MCRD San Diego provides you with many options for fun and affordable activities. At the Marina Inn, we understand that not all travelers are fortunate enough to visit this city with an unlimited travel budget and provide a list of some of our favorite (cheap) activities to enjoy in America’s Finest City.

First, take advantage of happy hour! San Diego is home to thousands of restaurants; while this might seem overwhelming at first, it’s actually great news for visitors because they’re all competing for your business. What’s this mean? Happy hours are available everywhere. If you’re staying near the MCRD, one of our favorite local restaurants is Gabardine, owned and operated by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. Head over to this Point Loma restaurant from 4:30 to 4:30 and enjoy dollar oysters and dollar beers. Chef specials and picks change daily, however all offer fresh quality ingredients, making it one of the best valued happy hours around.

Second, check out the many art galleries and museums of San Diego. This is a great way to experience a bit of the local culture of the city and most have free admission or only require a nominal fee. If you’d prefer to stay out of the hustle and bustle of the Gaslamp District, walk around San Diego’s Little Italy. There are countless galleries featuring ancient sculptures, modern paintings and everything in between. Also located in Little Italy is the Fireman’s Museum. For a few dollars, you can learn about the heroes that have protected and helped make the community what it is today.

Finally, slow down! Many visitors often get caught up in the city and want to do as much exploring as possible. However with beautiful weather year round and most places in the city offering stunning views of the water, grab a coffee, cocktail or dessert and lounge while you watch the boats go by. Gather your family or friends and reconnect, share stories and relax – what vacation’s are really all about. Plus, it’s an activity that surely won’t break the bank.

Looking for an Affordable MCRD Hotel?

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego and are looking for affordable lodging near the MCRD, but do not want to sacrifice quality or comfort, reserve a room at the Marina Inn Hotel & Suites. We are a downtown San Diego hotel in close proximity to the city’s top attractions and offer discounted hotel deals throughout the year. For more information, contact a Reservation Manager today.

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14 Days - 12% Off

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