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Spend Summer in San Diego

Activities, Arts and Attractions

From the hottest nightclubs to clothing-optional Black's Beach to quirky antique districts filled with one-of-a-kind treasures, San Diego offers something for just about everyone. Let's not forget the region's sophisticated arts and culture and fine dining. With a variety of world-famous family attractions, there's even great places for the kids!

One of the oldest gay and lesbian theaters in the country, Diversionary Theatre produces edgy dramas and playful musicals with gay, lesbian and bisexual themes year-round. If theater is your passion, you can catch pre-Broadway hits at the Tony Award®-winning La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe.

With more than 85 cultural institutions, including 15 museums, and magnificent Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Balboa Park is often called the Smithsonian of the West. The largest urban cultural park in North America, it features nine beautiful gardens with lush horticulture as well as the exotic and educational world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Featuring hundreds of antique dealers in six malls, the Ocean Beach Antique District is a shopper's delight with one-of-a-kind vintage items. If vintage isn't your thing, visit Cedros Design District in Solana Beach for designer home items both luxurious and hip. Feeling funky? Browse through Hillcrest's vintage stores, record shops, used bookstores, kitschy novelty shops, condom and adult video stores and piercing studios.

Serving everything from Afghan to Vietnamese, San Diego's eclectic dining scene is more than just Urban Mo's. Check out Baja Betty'sHash House a Go Go, and Bourbon Street Bar and Grill for fare that rivals the country's best.

With kid favorites such as the San Diego Zoo Safari ParkSeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California, San Diego is the ideal place to bring the family. Hit the sand on a beach in Coronado, consistently recognized as one of top family beaches in the United States.


San Diego's family of gay-friendly hotels offer something for everyone, from intimate bed and breakfast inns to a historic hotel with a wild Friday night happy hour.

  • Ann Callahan's Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast
    Featuring five lavish rooms perfect for the romantic getaway. Its location is within walking distance to Hillcrest's great restaurants, wine bars, boutique shops and Balboa Park.
  • Balboa Park Inn
    Located in Hillcrest just a short walk from the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, is a charming Spanish colonial-style inn featuring 26 themed suites. Choose your escape from options such as the Jungle Nook, Orient Express and Beach House.
  • Inn at the Park
    Built in 1926, the classic Inn at the Park is conveniently located in Hillcrest across from Balboa Park and is home to the popular Friday night rooftop party, "Top of the Park."
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
    An ideal waterfront location with 1,625 luxury bay-view rooms next to the Convention Center, Seaport Village and the night-life of the Gaslamp Quarter.
  • Sommerset Suites Hotel
    In the heart of Hillcrest, is just steps away from exciting nightlife activities, shopping and some of the city's finest dining.

Special Events

From the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration and the Citifest Street Fair in July to the Hillcrest Mardi Gras in February, San Diego offers a variety of exciting community events throughout the year.

More Information

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Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla Ocean View Rooms
Expires: 12/03/14
Enjoy the "suite life" in one of the Grande Colonial's luxuriously appointed and generously spacious ocean- or garden-view suites.
San Diego Luxury Yacht Rental
Expires: 12/31/14
Book a 2 hour Sunset Champagne Cruise and receive an 50% discount on your 3rd hour back at the dock. You get to enjoy the city lights, various wildlife and soak in the ambience.