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San Diego, CA 92101-1505
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Things to do in SD

Our central location offers you the opportunity to enjoy many of San Diego's finest attractions within a short walk from our front door. So much is within walking distance that you'll find our location very convenient. Here are some our city's favorite attractions:

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Ok, I know you're going to visit Balboa Park, the Zoo, Old Town, the Gaslamp, and San Diego's other big attractions. While touring these sites you might want to take a little time and check out some of my favorite spots. Here's a list of places that are close to those big sites you're going to tour. Many are within walking distance of the house. Check out one or two while you're in town. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

  1. THE MARSTON HOUSE A turn of the century arts and craft mansion on the edge of Balboa Park. This home and extensive gardens are part of the park and open to the public. The house is open for tours on Friday Saturday and Sunday. The house is located on 7th Ave. at the northwest corner of the park.
  2. THE ROSE & CACTUS GARDENS are located just across Park Boulevard (beyond the big fountain at the east end of the Prado). Visitors often miss these gardens. A footbridge just north of the fountain will take you across busy Park Boulevard.
  3. THE SERRA MUSEUM is on the hill above old town. This museum is often mistaken for the San Diego Mission. The museum and grounds are a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of Old Town.
  4. TIDEPOOLS Check the newspaper for low tide, then drive past Sea World to the very end of Sunset Cliff's Blvd. Park and take the stairs down the cliffs to the rocks below. At low tide you'll have a mile of tide pools to search. More tide pools can be found at Cabrillo Monument. As you enter the monument take the road to the right and proceed down the hill to the sea. You'll find lots of parking. Explore on your own or take a docent guided tour (free!). 858-577-5450 for information on tours and park hours.
  5. LADY OF THE ROSARY CHURCH Located only two blocks from the heart of little Italy (at the corner of State & Date) this little church, built in 1925, is famous for its ceiling executed by the Venetian artist Fausto Tasca. It's not the Sistine chapel but worth a peek. Open weekdays 7am to 4pm, Sundays till noon.
  6. SPRUCE STREET SUSPENSION BRIDGE This bridge was built to allow pedestrians access to the streetcar line that used to run on First Ave. To reach the bridge walk up First Avenue to Spruce street (10 blocks) and turn left. It's only one block to the bridge. Explore the turn of the century homes on the other side of the canyon.
  7. TORREY PINES STATE PARK is located just north of La Jolla on the Coast Highway. This park contains one of the rarest pines on earth, the Torrey Pine. Enter at the north end (off highway 1) and drive up the hill to the visitor center. Many short trails wind through the trees and along the cliffs over the ocean. The views are spectacular. When you leave the park you might want to stop at "The Lodge" located at the Torrey Pines golf course for refreshments or a meal. The arts and craft Lodge has been built in the style of the famous Pasadena architects Greene & Greene. (Park for free at the golf course parking lot)
  8. THE OLD GLOBE THEATRE is located right behind the big tower in Balboa Park (A ten-minute walk from Keating House). The theatre is modeled after the original in London. Call 619-239-2255 for a current playbill or drop by the box office when you stroll through the park.
  9. CORONADO FERRIES No need to take an expensive bay cruise when you can ride the public ferry across the bay to Coronado. Ferries leave this side of the bay on the hour, from Coronado on the half-hour.
  10. POND GATE Walk Fourth Avenue towards downtown and between Fir and Grape streets you'll pass a gate with an aquatic theme. How many reptiles, birds and insects can you find among the flowers and water lilies that make the gate? Did you find the fly?

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