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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!

Free Monthly San Diego Art Walks

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San Diego is a diverse city that loves to celebrate art, culture and local businesses and one of the best ways to do this is through monthly art walks. Every month throughout San Diego county various cities, towns and villages host art walks where locals and tourists are welcome to come wander the streets, sample food, browse through art galleries, sip on vino and mix and mingle among local artists and business owners. Want to know the best part? It’s all free! Of course if you want to leave with a stunning new sculpture or some handmade jewelry you’ll have to fork over some cash, but just wandering through the city streets is an experience in and of itself.

Each of the events listed below aim to celebrate the eclectic avenues available for art, cuisine and entertainment. Stroll through the doors of local galleries, sample tasty food vendor bites, grab a drink at a street-side wine bar or sit and listen to live music while people watching.

Here are the regular monthly art walks happening each month in San Diego:

  • Art in the Park | The 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, Spreckles Park in Coronado Village | 9 am to 4 pm
  • Friday Night Liberty | First Friday of every month, NTC at Liberty Station | Starts at 5 pm
  • Ray at Night | 2nd Saturday of every month, North Park | 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Second Saturday Art Walk | 2nd Saturday of every month, Downtown Escondido | 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Kettner Nights | 2nd Friday of every month, Little Italy North | 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Family Sunday | Every 3rd Sunday of the month, Balboa Park | noon to 4 pm

For more information on what to see and do in Balboa Park and Downtown San Diego during your family vacation, click here! You’ll also find information on affordable Gaslamp Quarter accommodations.

The culturally rich and trendy community of Little Italy is also hosting the Mission Federal Art Walk next month on April 26-27, from 11 am to 6 pm. This two day event will go above and beyond by featuring special 30th Anniversary Art, live street painting, a special hands-on Kids Walk, and live performances from acclaimed musicians and dance troupes. Turn this special event into an excuse to take an extended San Diego vacation and book a nearby Little Italy budget hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites.

To book your cheap downtown San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites you can click on the “Reservations” tab above or call a friendly reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933. Don’t forget to ask about our available discounts and follow us on Facebook for exclusive offers!

Dive into the Nightlife in San Diego

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Fluxx, Stingaree, Hard Rock. If you’re familiar with downtown San Diego’s nightlife scene, you’ve likely frequented, or at least heard of these popular nightclubs. However, as a cheap hotel in downtown San Diego, we know that it’s not always in the budget to dance the night away at these often expensive clubs. That’s why we wanted to present a list of our favorite dive bars, perfect for the nights when you’re looking to relax with a cheap drink in hand.

  • Aero Club Bar – A little off the beaten path, Aero Club Bar is located in the Midtown neighborhood of San Diego. However, if whiskey’s your drink of choice, the distance from the Gaslamp is worth the 5 minute cab ride. With more than 800 types of whiskeys available, the perfect whiskey is waiting for you to find it. And for those who prefer their drinks a little bit lighter, there are also craft cocktails available. We recommend the Aero Mule at an affordable $5.50.
  • Star Bar – The definition of a dive bar, the Star Bar offers cheap, but stiff drinks that are sure to hit the spot after a long day of sightseeing. Combine this with friendly service and attentive bartenders and you’re sure to enjoy your evening out. While the décor might be a bit outdated, the bar makes up for it with a crowd that’s always ready to have a good time. Keep in mind that this bar is cash only so don’t forget to stop at the ATM before you go.
  • Tivoli Bar – Established in 1885, Tivoli Bar is known as “The Gaslamp’s Oldest Bar” with a daily happy hour from 12pm to 7pm as well as a late night happy hour from 10pm to 12am. Head over for $3 wells and domestic drafts and $10 pitchers. Tivoli’s location right besides the San Diego Convention Center always draws a crowd, creating a scene of locals and visitors from around the world. If you’re looking for a hotel in the area, learn more about cheap San Diego Convention Center hotels and availability for your upcoming trip.
  • The Field – If you’re looking for authentic, nothing beats The Field Irish Pub. The restaurant was literally shipped from Ireland piece by piece to recreate the Irish drinking hole. Hosting live music, games and trivia and playing international sporting events including the English Premier League and 6 Nations, there’s always something to do at the Field. They also have a complete menu with great bar snacks and happy hour you can soak up your Guinness with something more substantial.
  • The Local – As its name states, The Local is the place for San Diegans to gather to watch the best of sports while enjoying an ice cold brew. They have a wide selection of craft brews from San Diego’s finest including the popular Ballast Point, Stone, Green Flash and Karl Strauss to name a few. Don’t forget to check out The Local’s daily chalkboard specials which are perfect for trying something new without spending too much.

No matter which bar you choose to frequent, the friendly people at these dives are sure to make you feel right at home. Always drink responsibly and take advantage of San Diego’s public transportation system, hail a cab or make use of cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotels so you don’t have to drink and drive. For more information about inexpensive hotels near San Diego bars, contact the Marina Inn & Suites at 1-800-571-2933 and learn about our current hotel deals for our already discounted rates!

Blooming Spring Activity for Nature Lovers

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With the month of March only a few days away, spring is in the air! If you’re planning a trip to San Diego for spring break or a weekend getaway, there are countless things to do from visiting top attractions like the Zoo and SeaWorld to roaming the streets of historic neighborhoods such as at the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy. Yes, these activities are fun all year-round, but what San Diego destination can’t be missed by springtime visitors? Balboa Park!

This month, we’re highlighting San Diego’s Balboa Park as our must-see attraction. This urban outdoor park, located minutes from our cheap downtown San Diego hotel, is filled with winding pathways, rolling hillsides and lush tropical gardens that come alive in the spring. In fact, the natural beauty of the park is so breathtaking, an entire tour has been dedicated to exploring the brilliant spring blossoms.

There are rotating tour themes including Balboa Park History, palm trees, other trees in the park, desert vegetation and tour del dia, each highlighting the unique botanical offerings that thrive during the season. Other destinations within the park that you won’t want to miss are the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, overflowing with more than 2,500 roses, and the Alcazar Garden which has won national awards for its intricate composition of floral designs.

Interested in going on the tour? Here’s what you need to know.

  • When: Every Saturday morning at 10am
  • Where: Meet outside the Balboa Park Visitors Center
  • Duration: 1 hour (from 10am to 11am)
  • What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes and a hat or sunscreen

Because of the early Saturday morning start time, visitors have plenty of opportunity to explore the rest of San Diego during the day. Stop for lunch at the popular Prado at Balboa Park or head back towards your cheap hotel near San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that line 5th Street, before continuing your city explorations.

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San Diego Mardi Gras Events!

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If you’re visiting San Diego during the weekend of March 4 you couldn’t have picked a better time! If you can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, San Diego’s celebrations come in a very close second.

Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? Fat Tuesday is traditionally the Tuesday before lent begins and is a day of stuffing yourself full of fatty foods and alcohol before the fasting and religious practices begin on the following day known as Ash Wednesday. However, you don’t need to be religious in order to enjoy Mardi Gras in San Diego on Tuesday, March 4!

Hillcrest Mardi Gras 2014

If you’re staying in a cheap hotel near Balboa Park taking a short 2 mile trip to University Ave in Hillcrest on this festive Tuesday to celebrate with a wild, eclectic and energetic group of party people will be easy. From 6 pm to 11 pm Hillcrest will go head-to-head with New Orleans for the best party parade. People will be flooding this popular street, between 10th Ave and Herbert St., donned in colorful costumes, masks and beads. A Masquerade Parade will kick the party off right followed by bead tossing, stilt walkers, trapeze performers, fire dancers, live music, DJs, private bars and VIP lounges. Need we say more?

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission. Want to splurge on Mardis Gras while sticking to your San Diego vacation budget? Save money on your hotel stay by booking a cheap San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites!

Gaslamp San Diego Mardi Gras

The biggest Fat Tuesday temptations will be found in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Just down the street from the San Diego Convention Center is where 5th Avenue will be transformed into a one night wonderland full of circus acts, pop-up bars, beads and fried foods from 5 pm to midnight. Those who choose to celebrate San Diego style will see 5 different stages, 20 DJs and performers, the Fat Tuesday Parade and drink specials galore! And that’s all just the tip of the iceberg. As if you need more reasons to show up, San Diego’s sexiest professional dancers will be wow-ing the crowd and plenty of show-stopping surprises are to be expected.

Tickets range from $30 to $75 based on whether you want general admission, the Voodoo Lounge VIP Pass or the Club VIP Passport.

Looking for a cheap hotel near Downtown San Diego and Hillcrest? You can get 10% off on your weekday stay at San Diego’s Marina Inn with discount code 10WEEK. Just call 1-800-571-2933or click here to book your reservation online so that you can start your San Diego Mardi Gras party planning today!

Online Coupons Save San Diego Visitors Buckets of Money

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Are you tired of scouring the internet just to save a buck or two? Ready to hang up the scissors and toss out the coupon booklets? Printing and cutting coupons is now a thing of the past. Wallet conscious shoppers and diners can now easily find discounts and savings online from their laptop or smartphone at home or on the go. This is why it’s also important to book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel room with free WiFi so you can do your browsing without burning through expensive data rates. Once you settle in to your room, don’t forget to check out these helpful websites and smart-phone apps that could save you from spending an arm and a leg:

  • U-T Deals
    This local San Diego newspaper is expanding their horizons by offering a plethora of online deals, discounts and giveaways at utsandiego.com/offers. Save at local hair salons, bars, restaurants and much more. Shopping discounts online is best for this website because their smartphone app is hit or miss when it comes to purchasing your deal of the day.
  • Goldstar
    Planning on getting tickets to a San Diego event? Goldstar.com has discounted tickets to shows throughout San Diego County. If you’re planning on attending the San Diego Travel and Adventure Show at the San Diego Convention Center grab your 50% off admission tickets at Goldstar! To learn more about the San Diego Convention Center, like cheap hotels near the SDCC and parking tips, click here.
  • Groupon.com
    Groupon has quickly become the largest online source of savings and for good reason. Users can easily plug in their email address and zip-code (be sure you change yours to San Diego if you’re from out of town) and then they can sift through hundreds and hundreds of deals. Looking for something specific? Use the filters located in the left hand column.
  • LivingSocial.com
    This money-saving site is great for quick tips on where and how to save. Their homepage showcases the most popular deal of the day and the large colorful photos help make your decision on whether to buy or not a little easier. Try using their smartphone app for money saving discounts while you’re out and about.
  • Get1Free.com
    This website and monthly mailer is specific to San Diego but allows you to select different regions in the county. From their website you can purchase deals, print coupons, and even read restaurant reviews. This website is definitely worth a look before you head out for dinner.

These website all have corresponding smartphone apps to make it easier for your to save money while you’re traveling. Another way to save money during your San Diego vacation is by booking a discounted room with Marine Inn and Suites in Downtown San Diego. We save you money by offering discounts of up to 12% off just for booking in advance. Also, if you purchase your discounted SeaWorld admission through us we’ll give you 15% off already affordable SeaWorld San Diego hotel rates.

Call a Marina Inn reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933 to book your discounted room today!

Sushi in Old Town San Diego?

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Believe it or not, San Diego’s Historic Old Town – an area that celebrates its Spanish founders – is home to some of the best Japanese cuisine in the county! Everyone already knows about the fresh made tortillas, California burritos and small Mexican markets, but what about the hand rolls and sake shots?

If you want to experience Old Town like the locals, skip over the Mexico-inspired tourist hot spots and head straight to the small hole-in-the-wall eateries that are serving up the best sushi in San Diego. Unpack your bags at your budget hotel near Old Town San Diego and head over to these top restaurants located just steps away from Marina Inn:

  1. Sushi Tadokoro serves traditional Edo-mae style sushi or Nigiri (raw fish over small balls of vinegar-marinated rice). This warm and inviting restaurant on San Diego Ave. has some of the best fresh shrimp in the city and is the place to go for sashimi (raw fish) and ama-ebi (sweet shrimp). There’s always the option of ordering Omakase which means “I’ll leave it to you.” Just have an open mind and give the sushi chef a price range and they’ll make you something special, unique and delicious. Seating is limited so be sure to make a reservation beforehand and sit at the bar if you want one-on-one service with the chef himself.
  2. Yoshino Japanese Restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when it comes to the food they’ll leave your taste buds dazzled. This cozy restaurant on the outskirts of Old Town serves up a vast array of Japanese food items like fresh sashimi, traditional and trendy sushi rolls and their famous sesame chicken. Seating is first come first serve so you’ll want to show up when doors open at 5 pm for a guaranteed seat, especially on busy weekend nights.
  3. Harney Sushi breaks all the rules in a wonderfully delicious way. This sushi restaurant strays from tradition and instead creates new and interesting combinations that are sure to please your palate. Their lively atmosphere is largely due to the late night happy hour from 10 pm to 12 am and the in-house DJ that mixes up tunes while you down sake bombs. Don’t leave without trying the Flaming Lip Roll which is a tempura fried California roll with cream cheese, spicy mayo, jalapeno and sriracha.

Reservations at an Old Town Japanese restaurant could be the cherry on top of a wonderful fun-filled day in San Diego during your vacation. Take time to wonder around Old Town soaking in the rich foods, history and shops before you stray over to the nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum just across the street near the San Diego Bay. Click here to learn more about the San Diego MCRD and why it’s a great tourist stop even if you’re not a military member.

If you’d like to make your travels easier you can always book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel room that’s walking distance from the above mentioned activities. No need spend extra money on a rental car when Marina Inn & Suites is located less than 2 miles from the MCRD, just 3 miles from Old Town San Diego and the Old Town trolley stop.

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Balboa Park’s Secret Nightlife Scene

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Call your babysitter because it’s time for an adults-only night out in San Diego! Balboa Park is kicking out the kids after dark for a nightlife centric array of events featuring live music, cocktails, art and socializing. Once you unpack your bags at your centrally located and affordable San Diego Airport hotel, don’t waste any time hopping into a taxi and heading to Balboa Park!

Here are three events happening in San Diego’s Balboa Park, located next to the Gaslamp Quarter, that you should pencil into your vacation schedule:

  • The San Diego Museum of Arts in Balboa Park is getting ready for their next Culture and Cocktails event on February 20. This 21+ event turns the museum into a social mixer where the city’s young up and comers mix and mingle. The museum will be decked out with a DJ booth, lighting effects, performances and interactive exhibits. Guests can walk around the museum with a cocktail while viewing famous South Asian Art amidst Bollywood dancers, a Henna body art station and a slow motion photo booth. Expert mixologists will be on hand to prepare a Mumbai Mule Cocktail for you or you can nibble on some sweets at the colorful candy booth. Tickets to this event, which starts at 6 pm, are free for SDMA members and $20 for non-members.
  • The Rock in the Park concert series began with a bang this month all in celebration of the new guitar exhibit at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Stop by from 7 to 10 pm on select Fridays through March to enjoy a guitar-heavy rock concert. Each show will feature two performances, food made available by The French Gourmet, a no-host bar and access to the museums exhibits. The February 21 concert will feature multiple musicians in a tribute show to celebrate beloved local weatherman Loren Nancarrow. On March 7th rock out with Venice and Michael Tiernan or catch their last show on March 21st with a special surprise guest. Tickets are $25 in advance online and $30 at the door.
  • Do you like beer? If so, you can’t miss the annual San Diego Winter Brewfest on February 22. Plan ahead for a day full of drinking and reserve a room at a cheap hotel near Gaslamp Quarter before purchasing your Winter Brewfest ticket. Tickets will include access to some of the best local craft beer, a souvenir glass and concerts performed by Headshine and Soda Pants. If you want to take your beer tasting experience to the next level, purchase the VIP ticket for entrance into the festival an hour early with a special cheese and beer pairing. If purchased in advance, general admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $60. All of the action will be taking place in The Hall of Champions in Balboa Park from 6 to 10 pm. Food trucks will also be rolling up to prepare some gourmet goods on the go for starving beer guzzlers.

The Marina Inn & Suites is located less than 3 miles from Balboa Park and just a block from the San Diego Bay. Book with us today and you could save up to 12% off on already cheap room prices! Click here or call us at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your budget downtown San Diego hotel room before we sell out.

Balboa Park’s Secret Nightlife Scene

Call your babysitter because it’s time for an adults-only night out in San Diego! Balboa Park is kicking out the kids after dark for a nightlife centric array of events featuring live music, cocktails, art and socializing. Once you unpack your bags at your centrally located and affordable San Diego Airport hotel, don’t waste any time hopping into a taxi and heading to Balboa Park!

Here are three events happening in San Diego’s Balboa Park, located next to the Gaslamp Quarter, that you should pencil into your vacation schedule:

·         The San Diego Museum of Arts in Balboa Park is getting ready for their next Culture and Cocktails event on February 20. This 21+ event turns the museum into a social mixer where the city’s young up and comers mix and mingle. The museum will be decked out with a DJ booth, lighting effects, performances and interactive exhibits. Guests can walk around the museum with a cocktail while viewing famous South Asian Art amidst Bollywood dancers, a Henna body art station and a slow motion photo booth. Expert mixologists will be on hand to prepare a Mumbai Mule Cocktail for you or you can nibble on some sweets at the colorful candy booth. Tickets to this event, which starts at 6 pm, are free for SDMA members and $20 for non-members.

 

·         The Rock in the Park concert series began with a bang this month all in celebration of the new guitar exhibit at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Stop by from 7 to 10 pm on select Fridays through March to enjoy a guitar-heavy rock concert. Each show will feature two performances, food made available by The French Gourmet, a no-host bar and access to the museums exhibits. The February 21 concert will feature multiple musicians in a tribute show to celebrate beloved local weatherman Loren Nancarrow. On March 7th rock out with Venice and Michael Tiernan or catch their last show on March 21st with a special surprise guest. Tickets are $25 in advance online and $30 at the door.

·         Do you like beer? If so, you can’t miss the annual San Diego Winter Brewfest on February 22. Plan ahead for a day full of drinking and reserve a room at a cheap hotel near Gaslamp Quarter before purchasing your Winter Brewfest ticket. Tickets will include access to some of the best local craft beer, a souvenir glass and concerts performed by Headshine and Soda Pants. If you want to take your beer tasting experience to the next level, purchase the VIP ticket for entrance into the festival an hour early with a special cheese and beer pairing. If purchased in advance, general admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $60. All of the action will be taking place in The Hall of Champions in Balboa Park from 6 to 10 pm. Food trucks will also be rolling up to prepare some gourmet goods on the go for starving beer guzzlers.

The Marina Inn & Suites is located less than 3 miles from Balboa Park and just a block from the San Diego Bay. Book with us today and you could save up to 12% off on already cheap room prices! Click here or call us at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your budget downtown San Diego hotel room before we sell out.

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.

San Diego Museum Month offers 50% Off

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San Diego’s 25th Annual Museum Month has officially begun! For the entire month of February museum lovers can get a free museum pass that grants them 50% off at 44 local museums. That means you have 22 whole days left to enjoy the plethora of participating San Diego museums. The overzealous can even attempt to tackle two museums a day to see them all. If you’re flying into San Diego for your vacation, click here for information about San Diego Airport hotels that are minutes from all the museum action!

The San Diego Museum Council started this event 25 years ago in 1989 as a way to draw tourists and locals to local museums. All you have to do to participate is go to 1 of 14 Macy’s stores in the San Diego Area, Temecula or Imperial Valley to pick up your free Museum Pass. One pass is good for 50% off museum admission for up to four people throughout the entire month.

Here is a list of the 44 participating museums:

  1. Adobe Chapel
  2. Barona Cultural Center & Museum
  3. Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  4. Bonita Museum and Cultural Center
  5. California Surf Museum
  6. Coronado Museum of History & Art
  7. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  8. Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House
  9. Heritage of the Americas Museum
  10. Japanese Friendship Garden
  11. Junipero Serra Museum
  12. La Jolla Historical Society
  13. Living Coast Discovery Center
  14. Lux Art Institute
  15. Maritime Museum of San Diego
  16. Marston House & Gardens
  17. Mingei International Museum
  18. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown
  19. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla
  20. Museum of Making Music
  21. Museum of Photographic Arts
  22. Oceanside Museum of Art
  23. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  24. San Diego Air & Space Museum
  25. San Diego Archaeological Center
  26. San Diego Automotive Museum
  27. San Diego Botanic Garden
  28. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  29. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
  30. San Diego History Center
  31. San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  32. San Diego Natural History Museum
  33. Santa Ysabel Store
  34. The New Children’s Museum
  35. The San Diego Museum of Art
  36. Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center
  37. Timken Museum of Art
  38. USS Midway Museum
  39. Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
  40. Visions Art Museum
  41. Warner-Carillo Ranch House & Museum
  42. Water Conservation Garden
  43. Whaley House Museum
  44. Women’s Museum of California

As you can see, there is a vast array of museums throughout the county specializing in different subjects, from boats and botanical garden to surfing and song, your interests will surely be appeased.

Of the 44 museums, 13 are located in the beautiful Balboa Park next to the San Diego Zoo. For a day full of cheap family fun, book a budget hotel near the San Diego Zoo to enjoy the local museums like the popular Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park before walking to the Zoo to ogle the new panda cub. Or you could make this an adult only vacation and attend Balboa Park’s Culture and Cocktails event at the San Diego Museum of Art on Feb. 20. This 21+ social event features South Asian art, multiple bars inside the museum, an after party and a live DJ! Who said museums weren’t any fun?

Book your cheap San Diego hotel now and start planning your SoCal vacation so you don’t miss out on these great affordable events. For more information about discounted hotel rates, contact the Marina Inn today at 1-800-571-2933!

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