What is one must-do activity when visiting San Diego?

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Julia Weiler

Named “Top Beer Town” in America by Men’s Journal, San Diego is quickly becoming as popular for its suds as it is for its sun, sand, and surf.   The county is home to more than four-dozen microbreweries and new ones are popping up every month.  Craft draft connoisseurs from near and far travel to the county to sample its collection of artisanal ales from world-class beer masters such as Stone Brewing Co. and The Lost Abbey.

Most microbreweries have onsite tasting rooms so you can tap into their excellent IPA’s and killer kolcsh-style lagers straight from the source.  Belly up to their bars for exclusive sips of limited edition or seasonal suds then take home your favorites by bottle or growler.  Hit several hop spots in one day – and leave the designated driving to somebody else – by signing up for a San Diego Brew Tour.  You’ll get behind the scenes access to some of the microbreweries and will be able to safely sip and sample to your heart’s content.

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No trip to San Diego would be complete without a visit to beautiful Balboa Park.  The best way to begin your day is to stop in at the Balboa Park Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality.  There you will find up to the minute information about the parks current activities and attractions as well as brochures, maps and just about everything you need to know about what to do and see.  The Visitors Center is open daily from 9:30am until 4:30pm.

Balboa Park is rich in arts, history and culture.  There are more than a dozen museums to choose from including the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the Timken Museum of Art and the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.  Highlights of the performing arts venues include such gems as Spreckels Organ Pavillion and San Diego Youth Symphony along with Starlight Theatre and Starlight Bowl.

Those in search of more playful attractions will appreciate the Balboa Park Carousel and Balboa Park Miniature Railroad.  Meanwhile animal lovers will enjoy the exotic menagerie of the San Diego Zoo.  A collection of beautiful gardens such as the one found at the famous Botanical Building will delight horticulture fans.  The Japanese Friendship Garden is another favorite as is the Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve where guests can get a glimpse of Balboa Park’s original landscape.

For more information on this beautiful historic park and iconic San Diego landmark please visit:
www.balboapark.org

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