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7 Things to Do this May

Celebrate Moms, Memorial Day and More

Spend time this May in San Diego celebrating Moms, Mexico and Memorial Day while also enjoying a multitude of museums, movies under the stars, outdoor offerings and more.

Mother and Daughter at the beach in San Diego

Treat Mom to a Memorable Meal

Treat mom to spectacular La Jolla Cove views and a Mother's Day brunch on the Ocean Terrace at George's at the Cove in La Jolla. Take mom to the food hall of Liberty Public Market and enjoy a picnic lunch amid the historic buildings and beautiful landscaping of Liberty Station. Head to The Prado for a delicious meal on a lush courtyard. Take selfies afterwards with mom at Balboa Park's iconic Lily Pond. Make a toast to the "World's Best Mom" before perusing "Top Chef" Brian Malarkey's rustic, wood-fired menu at Herb & Wood in Little Italy.

Mount Soledad Cross in La Jolla

Honor our Military Personnel

Celebrate Memorial Day by visiting the Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center n Balboa Park. View a collection of military artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, and artwork honoring the active men and women of the military. Take a drive to the Mt. Soledad National Veteran's Memorial in La Jolla. The striking memorial honors veterans from the Revolutionary War to the current global "War on Terror." Pay tribute to the more than 200,000 servicemen who served aboard the USS Midway Museum. Meet museum volunteers who served aboard the carrier. Commemorate the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers and all who served on them at the Aircraft Carrier Memorial, located near the Midway.

Folklorico dancers at Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town San Diego

Get in the Spirit of Mexico

There is no better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than Old Town San Diego. Experience the spirit and culture of neighboring Mexico in Old Town's colorful restaurants, bars and shops. Feast on authentic Mexican cuisine, tasty margaritas and tequila, and festive music at Fiesta de Reyes, Café Coyote and Casa Guadalajara. Enjoy one-of-a-kind mezcals paired with Oaxacan bites at Tahona Bar. Escape to Oculto 477, a hidden speakeasy bar adjacent to the historic Campo Santo Cemetery graveyard. Shop for unique gift items including ethnic clothing, jewelry and pottery at Bazaar del Mundo and the Old Town Esplanade.

California Tower and Dome at the Museum of Us in Balboa Park

Spend Time at a Museum

You can find a different San Diego museum to discover each day in May. Start in Balboa Park's 17 museums with the San Diego Museum of Us featuring anthropology discoveries from around the world. Head to The New Children's Museum in downtown is where children can think, play and create with innovative, hands-on art activities and exhibitions. Stroll through the ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station in Point Loma, home of the New Americans Museum which celebrates America's cultural diversity. Check out Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, displaying more than 3,000 fish in the nation's largest oceanographic museum.

Woman wearing a mask ans safely viewing dolphins at SeaWorld San Diego

Have Fun with Friends and Family at Attractions

Take your friends and family to SeaWorld San Diego filled with amazing animal exhibits and plenty of outdoor fun. Check out the San Diego Zoo's Africa Rocks exhibit and Elephant Odyssey with African and Asian species. Take a Walkabout Australia at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Find some of the most mysterious animals from the Land Down Under including kangaroos, kookaburras and cassowaries. Escape to the streets of Bricksburg at The LEGO Movie World, the newest attraction at LEGOLAND California Resort. The fun-filled attraction is based on the blockbuster films The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Hop aboard the flagship ride, Emmet's Flying Adventure for a thrill-seeking adventure.

Rooftop Cinema at Night

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Enjoy Movies Under the Stars

Buy your snacks, sit back and enjoy Cinema Under the Stars in the charming Mission Hills neighborhood. Watch current, classic and cult favorites on an outdoor 20-foot screen. Check out the Rooftop Cinema Club screening films on the fourth-floor terrace of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in downtown. Enjoy movie favorites like Bridesmaids (May 1) and The Princess Bride (May 2) with downtown's dynamic skyline as your backdrop. Experience a fun San Diego evening watching a movie and dining alfresco on San Diego Bay. Hornblower's Dinner & A Movie on the Bay Cruise features date-night Thursdays and family-themed Sunday showings.

Bikers on a Misison Bay paved trail

Bike along Scenic Water Settings

Cruise along popular bike paths while enjoying San Diego's sunny skies, mild temperatures and scenic water views. Peddle around Mission Bay's bike paths, perfect for family bike rides, leisurely biking and sightseeing. You can also branch off on side trips to Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach. Bike the Silver Strand in Coronado, offering an easy 10-mile ride along picturesque San Diego Bay. It is often called the most beautiful and cyclist-friendly bike route in Southern California. Power up the hills to the tip of the Point Loma peninsula and Cabrillo National Monument. Enjoy early California history surrounded by enticing views of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay and San Diego’s stunning coastline.

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Bonus: 25 Fun & Free Things to Do

Having fun in San Diego doesn't require a lot of money; in fact, many things to see and do are absolutely free. This May, visit San Diego for a fun and inexpensive getaway with these 25 free things to do.

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