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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.

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.

Military Tributes and Music Fill San Diego this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend 2014

With its captivating beaches, world-class attractions and incredible history, San Diego is a fun place to visit any time of year. However, Memorial Day weekend holds a special place in San Diego as this city serves nearly 100,000 uniformed military men and women. Pair that with San Diego’s deeply rooted military history and you get Memorial Day celebrations that are particularly unique and memorable.

Jump aboard the USS Midway!

Families in town for the weekend will find a full schedule during the Legacy Week festivities at the USS Midway Museum. Events kick off this Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. with a Veterans’ Wreath Ceremony. The Midway’s Kids Adventure Discovery Zone delights families throughout the weekend, while Sunday’s celebrations include a “Meet The Aviators and Their Planes” event and a rousing Navy Band performance. Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony features a vintage WWII plane flyover, guest speakers, family fun and much more.

There are several ways to save on admission to the Midway’s daytime events. The Saturday Wreath Ceremony is free, and attendees also receive free admission to the Midway Museum after the ceremony. Donating blood during the Memorial Day blood drive also comes with free Midway admission.

Arguably the biggest Memorial Day event at the Midway will be Saturday evening’s patriotic rockers concert. The Annual American Freedom Festival Concert will feature classic big-name performers from Santana, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston and Steppenwolf. Proceeds benefit several military charitable organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Support Network and ReBoot Workshops. It’s a sell-out event on the flight deck of the Midway, so you’ll want to get your tickets early.

Free Memorial Weekend Activities

If you’re looking to save some money while still enjoying your weekend in San Diego, you can take advantage of plenty of free memorial events, including:

  • Saturday Veteran’s Museum Memorial Service and 21-gun salute in Balboa Park
  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony
  • Memorial Day ceremony in Coronado’s Star Park features a stirring rendition of “Taps” and a group singing of “God Bless America.”

Another way to save money is by booking a room at one of the affordable Hotels near San Diego Bay in Downtown. Marina Inn is the most affordable bay front hotel, located just a block from the water and less than one mile from the USS Midway and close to all other major San Diego attractions.

Non-military Happenings

With Memorial Day acting as the unofficial start to summer, you better believe San Diego is pulling out all of the party stops. This weekend you can enjoy the sounds of the San Diego Jazz Festival at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, you could take a break from fast food to enjoy the flavors of the House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair on Sunday from noon to 4 pm at Balboa Park, or head to downtown San Diego’s Petco Park for the Padres game and a special military salute.

Whether you spend the entire weekend honoring our military or relishing in all of the town’s many pleasures, Memorial Day weekend in San Diego is sure to be an unforgettable experience but a very busy one at that. Be sure to book a room at one of the top cheap hotels in Downtown San Diego today and if you make a reservation at Marina Inn & Suites, you could qualify for our early booking discount!

Marinna Inn is one of the most budget-friendly hotels near Seaport Village, Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter, putting you in a prime location to enjoy all of the Memorial Day weekend activities.

For more information on our special room rates and complimentary amenities, or to reserve a room right now, call us at 1-800-571-2933.

The San Diego Wildfires: How Are They Impacting Vacationers?

San Diego Fires Affect Tourism

Numerous large wildfires fanned by Santa Ana winds are blazing in the drought-stricken mountains of San Diego County, but travelers shouldn’t have much trouble with delays or closures. “Impact on visitors to San Diego is minimal,” the San Diego Tourism Authority noted on the morning of May 16. “All the region’s attractions, beaches and tourist offerings are open for business.”

The eight vigorous blazes, which are scattered around northern San Diego County, have blackened more than a combined 25,000 acres as of May 19. They’ve caused evacuations and school closures in some communities and have been responsible for at least one death in Carlsbad. Power outages related to this disaster forced LEGOLAND in Carlsbad to shut down rides on May 14, but the theme park is now fully reopened.

As of May 19, there are no standing school closures, highway closures or evacuation orders. Thankfully, the San Diego International Airport if far enough away so it has not been affected and is open for business as usual. Those traveling in and out of San Diego for business or pleasure might find it useful to stay in a cheap hotel near the San Diego airport, close to major attractions and far from any of the fire-related destruction.

Firefighters hope the balance is starting to tip in their favor as cool and moist onshore breezes begin blowing inland this week, replacing the unseasonable Santa Ana winds that have been fueling the flames. As of this morning, all of the fires are at least 90% contained, with full containment expected by May 22.
If you’re planning a trip to San Diego in the coming weeks, you most likely won’t be affected by the wildfires. The best course of action is to keep apprised of fire updates on the San Diego Tourism Authority website (www.sandiego.org) or the San Diego County Emergency Site (www.sdcountyemergency.com). It will also be best to avoid the areas of the county that were affected the most: Carlsbad, San Marcos, Oceanside and Camp Pendleton. The Camp Pendleton Marine Core base still has 3 ongoing fires, which are mostly contained, but as much as 18% of the base has already been burned. As our troops and local firefighters continue to battle the flames, you can support our country’s marines by visiting the Marine Core Recruit Depot located near Old Town San Diego. An affordable hotel near the MCRD will allow you time to visit the MCRD museum, historic Old Town San Diego and you’ll also be a few trolley stops away from Downtown San Diego.

What San Diego needs now more than ever is support from incoming tourists. With over $25 million worth of damage, even the most frugal of travelers will help boost San Diego’s recovery efforts. So don’t let these fires hinder your upcoming travel plans! Book your cheap San Diego hotel today at Marina Inn & Suites, located near Downtown San Diego to save money on your vacation without sacrificing your favorite amenities. Call Marina Inn today at 1-800-571-2933 to see how much money we can save you during your San Diego summer vacation.

 

The San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon

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The San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon is an annual event in Southern California that attracts thousands of visitors for a 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon. The event is unique in that participants can stay motivated during their route by listening to live entertainment throughout the course. After the race concludes, an additional concert will begin at Finish Line Festival, featuring a number of local bands for a party that’s open to the public.

Those interested in participating in the Rock n’ Roll Marathon can register online at www.sandiego.org with prices now starting at $145. All registration fees are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Online registration closes on Sunday, May 25 at 11:59 PST or until tickets sell out.

The marathon begins at 6th Avenue & Quince Street near Balboa Park on Sunday, June 1 at 6:15 a.m, while the half marathon and relay begin at 6:45 a.m. That gives runners enough time to enjoy their complimentary breakfast at an affordable hotel near the San Diego airport before lacing up.

The San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon will include a route that takes runners through Little Italy allowing them to enjoy spectacular views of the San Diego Bay during the race. Click here if you’d like to learn more about the neighborhood of Little Italy before embarking on your run. Once reaching the finish line at Petco Park, runners will receive an official tote bag with a finisher’s medal. Each runner will also be able to relax in the Secure Zone, which is a fenced-in area only accessible to participants where refreshments and live entertainment is provided.

Approximately 20,000 runners are expected to participate with over 100,000 spectators present. Participants can plan to meet their family members and friends in the Family Reunion area, which is located near the finish line. The large reunion area will feature tall signs with letters ranging from A to Z. Be sure to pick a letter before the race begins so your family and friends know where to meet you within the Family Reunion Area.

Since upwards of 100,000 people will be swarming downtown San Diego streets during the race weekend, from May 30 through June 1, traffic and parking will be nearly impossible. That is why we recommend booking a cheap room at one of the nearby San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon Hotels. Marina Inn & Suites is a great option located 1.5 miles from the race starting location and the San Diego Convention Center, where the Rock n’ Roll Health & Fitness Expo is taking place. Leave your car in our hotel parking lot for free and enjoy the scenic walk to all of your race related events.

If you’re looking for a way to save money during your Rock n’ Roll weekend in San Diego, book a room at Marina Inn today! We have some of the most competitive room rates in San Diego, plus we offer additional discounts for AAA, AARP and military members. All military and government employees could also qualify for savings on race registration.

To reserve your Rock n’ Roll room at Marina Inn and Suites, call 1-800-571-2933 before we’re booked solid!

Dive into the Highlights of San Diego Food Trucks

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The San Diego food truck scene is as plentiful as it is diverse, brimming to the top with eclectic culinary choices that can expand one’s palate just as easily as they can satisfy a deep-seated craving. The current food truck craze can trace its origins back to early truck-based taco purveyors in Southern California, so it is only fitting that some of the best street grub today is found here in sunny San Diego. Don’t waste any time after you’ve finished unpacking in your affordable hotel near the San Diego airport, let’s get out there and grub on some good food!

For the more adventurous eater, there is just as much variety to be found amongst food trucks as at local brick and mortar restaurants. The aptly-named Eat at Recess, typically housed in the Mission Valley area, describes itself as “mobile playground” and serves up modern takes on lunchtime snacks. Think: Grilled Cheese “TOTwich” stuffed with tater tots, melted cheese and smokin’ BBQ Sauce and we recommend adding the crispy Applewood smoked bacon.

For some diversity try God Save the Cuisine in Pacific Beach which offers British fare on the cheap. Try their Big Ben Burger complete with aged English Cheddar and a tangy smoked salmon flatbread.

If you’re looking for a chance to try the much-lauded Korean fusion cuisine popular among modern food trucks, the Tabe BBQ Truck in La Jolla offers up Korean BBQ Beef Sliders and the Sorong Burrito, a behemoth of multiple meats, fries, rice, and veggies, doused in salsa for good measure.

On the more traditional side of things, there are plenty of Latin American food trucks cruising around the greater San Diego area. Tacos La Mezcla in South Park is a classic, offering traditional and modern fare, including jerk chicken tacos and grilled fish- perfect for the traveler staying in a nearby Little Italy budget hotel. The tacos al pastor come highly recommended and are suitable for any sweet and savory pork cravings. Wading into more ethnic waters, the Mariscos el Prieto truck in Chula Vista offers some of the best Mexican seafood in Southern California. Upon arrival you’ll receive a complimentary cup of their fish stew in a Styrofoam cup – this is true no-frills dining – before you chow down on marlin tacos, mussels and a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail doused in tomato sauce.

San Diego offers all of the diversity of a larger metropolitan area like LA or NY with fewer crowds and better weather: two factors ideal for al fresco dining on the cheap. Whether you seek traditional or more unusual cuisine, there’s certain to be a restaurant on wheels ready to serve you.

For anything and everything food truck related in San Diego County, visit sdfoodtrucks.com and for the perfect family friendly and affordable hotel in Downtown San Diego visit Marina Inn. We’re only a few miles away from a weekly food truck gathering in South Park on Grape Street. Every Tuesday night from 5:30 to 8:30 pm food trucks flock to the corner of Fern and Grape Streets to greet hungry passerby’s.

Come May 23-24 you can get a weekend’s worth of Food Truck fun during the Food Truck Invasion in Valley Center. For more information on the event visit their Facebook listing at facebook.com/westerndays. While you’re at it, add Marina Inn on Facebook to stay up to date on hotel discounts and San Diego events.

 

Rockin’ Live Music Venues in San Diego

Live Music Venues San Diego

If you’re looking for a place where you can tap your feet to the beat of soul moving music, you’ve come to the right place. San Diego is one of the biggest music meccas in the world, attracting some of the top artists while also uncovering local hidden talent. Music lovers will enjoy the variety of venues available in San Diego, from underground blues bands to heavy hitting rock stars, America’s Finest City has it all. If you’re planning a vacation to San Diego and want to see a live show, check out these hot spots with even hotter summer line ups:

House of Blues
You will find the famous House of Blues in the heart of downtown San Diego on 5th Avenue. Housed in the original Woolworth’s building, this club is a great place to get a good meal and hear some great Blues music. On select Sundays, they have a Gospel Brunch presented by Kirk Franklin with live powerhouse singers and popular breakfast items like chicken and waffles. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. guests can experience some of San Diego’s finest craft beers while listening to the tunes of local up-and-coming artists. HOB doesn’t ignore big headliners either. This month artists such as Iggy Azalea and Band of Skulls will be taking the stage. Soak up everything that the Gaslamp Quarter has to offer and book a cheap hotel near the downtown San Diego Convention Center.

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
On Shelter Island you can enjoy some of the top names in music with Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. This seasonal venue is beloved by locals and offers concerts from April to October. Some of the past concerts have included artists such as Huey Lewis, Lynyrd Skynryd and Melissa Etheridge. This outdoor venue couldn’t get more “San Diego” as you soak in some live music surrounded by the stars, palm trees, the San Diego Bay and the lights of Point Loma.  Get your tickets to see Lindsey Stirling on May 13, Christina Perri on May 14, or Gregg Allman on May 18.

The Shout House
For a truly unique live musical performance, you should head downtown to The Shout House. You will get to sing along as the dueling pianos play the songs you know and love. All the staff and servers are in on the performance and will take your song request if you’re brave enough to walk on stage to drop it in their fish bowl, usually accompanied by a small tip. Be prepared for some profanity, silly dancing, good-natured embarrassment and heavy handed drinks. Parking downtown can be a drag, but if you utilize the Downtown San Diego Horton Plaza shopping mall parking garage you can get three hours of free parking until 9 p.m. with validation.

No matter what your favorite type of music is or what vibe you’re searching for, San Diego is sure to have something to satisfy your artistic appetite. After you’ve had your fill of live music, dancing and drinking, make sure you have an affordable downtown San Diego hotel room located nearby. Marina Inn & Suites is a great choice for San Diego vacationers that are looking to save money. We offer plenty of discounts on already low rates, provide a complimentary breakfast, free guest parking and we’re located next to the major city attractions.

To ask us about our available room or to make your reservation over the phone today, call us at 1-800-571-2933.

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.

Petco Park: The Gateway to San Diego Attractions

Petco Park Visitors Information

Ever since Petco Park first opened its gates to eager baseball fans in 2004, it has been at the top of the list for things to see and do while visiting San Diego. Home of the Padres, the famous open air ballpark has been home to fun-filled baseball games and good times for both locals and tourists for years.

If you are planning a vacation to San Diego, know that Petco Park’s location could not get any better. The Indian sandstone and stucco stadium is situated in the heart of downtown so that spectators have a spectacular view of the San Diego Bay and skyline. There is even the “park within the park” where you can stretch out on a blanket in the grass and enjoy the park events from a comfortable distance.

The park is located between 7th and 10th Avenues with the San Diego Trolley just two blocks behind home plate. This makes it a cheap ride to enjoy pre-game drinks, tailgating and downtown nightlife. With a few insider tips, you can group your activities together, allowing you to see a handful of great downtown San Diego attractions all within just minutes of each other. Beautiful Balboa Park is 2.4 miles away, San Diego Zoo is 3.6 miles away and Seaport Village is within walking distance. Your Gaslamp Quarter getaway is going to be a lot more enjoyable if you book a cheap Downtown San Diego hotel room today, saving you time and money.

However, if you really want to take a car, parking is limited but not impossible. Plan on arriving downtown at least one hour before the game starts and have $20 available for parking garage fees. Grab a bite to eat on the way in or pack a cooler full of snacks to enjoy in your stadium seats.

Petco Park, conveniently located next to affordable San Diego Convention Center hotels, is a great addition to any San Diego vacation itinerary. Enjoy the whole day downtown by exploring the variety of restaurants, bars, boutiques and museums that are available. Looking to blend in with some Padres fan gear? Swing by Sports Fever in downtown’s Horton Plaza mall for jerseys, hats and t-shirts galore!

Coronado’s Connection to The Wizard of Oz

Coronado and the Wizard of Oz

There is a definite connection between L. Frank Baum, the author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” series, and Coronado. Although he created the Emerald City four years before he actually visited Coronado, the beautiful California city has been labeled as Baum’s inspiration. It has even been nicknamed the “Emerald Isle.” He definitely saw similarities between this very real island and his mental image of the Emerald City, which is what eventually drew him to the area.

Baum’s Favorite Coronado Accommodations 

Baum lived in Chicago’s Humbolt Park, but he called sunny Southern California home during the winter months. After a first visit to Hotel del Coronado with his wife, they returned every year afterwards until 1910. While staying there he designed four chandeliers that still hang in the Grand Crown Room. Looking for a cheaper hotel near one author’s famous spot? Head to Marina Inn, an affordable downtown San Diego hotel located just 7 miles from Coronado Island.
In 1910 he started renting a home at 1101 Star Park Circle for his winter visits. He wrote three of the Oz series books in this house. Today, visitors can catch a glimpse of the wicked witch at the side of the home, which still stands in memory of the famous author.

Must See Spots for Oz Fans

There are many places where fans can explore the relationship between Baum and Coronado. The Coronado Museum of History and Art has three of the author’s first edition books on display. Coronado Public Library is decorated with large glass panels depicting scenes from The Wizard of Oz, and Coronado Touring offers historic walking tours related to Baum and his time spent here. The 1906 Lodge even has a Wizard of Oz themed room called the Author’s Study. Baum himself never actually stayed in this room, but his great grandson has.

Whether you’re a Wizard of Oz fan or are just looking to enjoy San Diego in the summer, now is the time to start planning your Southern California vacation. Grab an affordable hotel near Little Italy if you’re looking for top dining, nightlife and museums and head to Coronado for an adventure-filled day trip.

To book a room at Marina Inn, located in the heart of San Diego near all major attractions, call our reservations hotline at 1-800-571-2933. Don’t forget to ask about our AAA and Military discounts!

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.

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