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Seniors in the Sun

San Diego is a diverse city with countless activities. Vacationers flock to our beautiful city year-round looking for fun, exciting, relaxing things to do. Many of our visitors are seniors escaping the confines of the day-to-day. If that sounds like you or someone you know, read on for a list of wonderful senior-friendly happenings.

1. The USS Midway Museum

  • $20 Adults (18+)
  • $17 Seniors (62+)
  • $15 Students (13-17 or w/ college ID)
  • $10 Retired Military (with valid ID)
  • $10 Youth (ages 6-12)

A perfect day-time activity for Veterans and civilians alike, the USS Midway Museum gives patrons a peek into life on board an aircraft carrier. Located in the San Diego Harbor, the Midway has been converted from its former warship status to a family-friendly museum. Here, visitors can explore the flight deck, check out the crew dining areas, compare the sleeping quarters of the enlisted men to the officers, and so much more! Personally, my favorite exhibit is the video on the main deck all about the Battle of Midway called, Voices of Midway.

2. Whale/Dolphin Watching Cruise

  • Prices Vary from $44-$200

For a beautiful day on the ocean, you can’t go wrong with a whale watching cruise. Spend the day on the water enjoying the cool ocean air and the playful splashes of whales and dolphins.  There are many options for one of these exciting excursions, including San Diego Whale Watch – a company that guarantees you a second cruise free if you do not see a whale, and half-off a second cruise if you see dolphins, but no whales. Be careful if this is on your “must-do” list, whale watching cruises only occur December-April and June-September!

3. Sailing/Harbor Cruise

  • Prices vary from $50-$550 (price range for dinner cruise through yacht charter)

Have dinner while cruising around the San Diego Bay, enjoying the stunning skyline, mesmerizing waves, and top-notch service on one of many harbor cruises. If indoor boating isn’t your style, try a sailing experience! There are countless opportunities to board a stunning sailboat and traverse the waters around San Diego with you loved ones, taking in the sun and surf.

4. Mormon Battalion Historic Site

  • FREE

Come trek from Iowa to San Diego alongside a group of Latter Day Saints who joined the US Army. At this site you’ll learn what these brave men and women accomplished during and after their march and why they decided to join the Army, as well as experience hands-on exhibits and find resources for researching more about the individuals who served in the battalion.

5. Old Point Loma Lighthouse

  • Passenger vehicle $10.00 per vehicle
  • Motorcycle $7.00 per vehicle
  • Walk-in $5.00 per person

Situated on the tip of the Point Loma peninsula at the mouth of the San Diego Bay, this historic lighthouse guided the way for sailors for 36 years, but was then decommissioned because fog often obscured the light. The gorgeous lighthouse resides inside a NAtional Park, so there’s plenty more around it to explore! Take a guided tour of the grounds and/or the lighthouse built in 1855 and illuminate the past.

6. Tip Top Meats

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Relax for a meal at one of Carlsbad’s classic eateries. Open 6 am to 8 pm daily, this diner-style restaurant is perfect for a calm, homey meal. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tip Top Meats is a local favorite, focusing on bringing the highest quality meats from farm to table. If you enjoy your meal and want to bring some home from your vacation, stop into their market on your way out to purchase some DIY ingredients!

7. Bingo at the Fairgrounds

  • Paper Only $25
  • Level 1 (Electronic Tablet) $35
  • Level 2 (Electronic Tablet) $65

Support local charities and win big at the Del Mar Fairgrounds! Every Sunday the doors open at 1:00 pm and the games begin at 3:00. Competing with friends and strangers, winning cash and prizes, while supporting charity – what more could you want in an afternoon?

8. Golf

  • Prices vary by club and package

This may not be much of a shock, but California is famous for its extensive and lavish golf courses. If you want to spend a day outside while getting some light exercise, golf is for you. In addition to golfing, most golf clubs nearby have spas for total vacation relaxation. Some wonderful local clubs include The Grand Golf Club, The Loma Club, and the Mission Trails Golf Course.


These are only some of the many things to do in and around San Diego that are ideal for seniors. Make the most of your vacation and visit these picturesque sites!