Boasting 1.3 million residents, San Diego is California's second largest city and the eight largest city in the U.S. With a sunny climate and 70 miles of coastline, over 11 million people visited the city in 2009. But San Diego has much more to offer than sea and sand. A variety of attractions, especially for adults, are just waiting to be discovered.
National Comedy Theater
The National Comedy Theater offers a great adult night out in San Diego. In a style similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway", this improv show relies on the audience to pick the game, call the fouls and decide on a winner from the host of comedians. As of September, 2010, shows take place every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., with adult tickets costing $15 each with a $3 discount for students, seniors and military personnel. Aside from the shows, the National Comedy Theater hosts regular improv classes.
National Comedy Theater 3717 India St. San Diego, CA 92103 619-295-4999 nationalcomedy.com
Botanical Garden and Lily Pond
The Botanical Garden and Lily Pond is situated inside San Diego's Balboa Park. Built for the 1915-1916 Exposition, the historic Botanical Building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. Features include more than 2100 plants, with collections of cycads, ferns, orchards and other tropical species. The Botanical Garden and Lily Pond is just one part of Balboa Park. Other on-site attractions include the Japanese Garden, Museum of Photographic Arts and San Diego Air and Space Museum. Balboa Park is open Friday through Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entry is free, as of September, 2010.
Balboa Park 1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 619-239-0512 balboapark.org
Situated in the Old Town, four miles north of Downtown San Diego, lies the Victorian Village. This 7.8 acre park is home to San Diego's historic Victorian buildings, which were threatened with demolition during World War II. The Victorian Village includes six houses, with original features, and Temple Beth Israel, San Diego's first synagogue. Stop by the on-site park ranger's office for a self-guided tour pamphlet and park brochure or opt for a guided tour with a $2 donation (as of September, 2010). The park is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and is a seven block walk from the San Diego Trolley Station. On-site parking is available.
Victorian Village 2460 Heritage Park Row San Diego, CA 92110 619-819-6009 heritageparksd.com