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Spring in San Diego (And 12 Things To Do While You’re There)

 

Our first trip with a baby!

A quick walk at Mission Trails and a stop to see the wildflowers.

A quick walk at Mission Trails and a stop to see the wildflowers.

Last month we got to escape the never-ending Minnesota winter and spend two weeks in sunny San Diego! And when I say never-ending, I actually mean it. There was a record-breaking snowstorm back home that dumped over a foot of snow in two days. Yikes.

This was our first time traveling a long distance with a baby, and I have to say, it wasn’t as hard as I imagined! We had great flights—4 hours nonstop in the middle of the day—and our first flight wasn’t full so we had a whole row to ourselves. Olivia adjusted to the time change very quickly and she experienced so many new things!

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Most of our trip photos were taking on my phone, as I’m trying to be more present in everyday moments instead of trying to capture every “beautiful” picture.

I did bring my DSLR along though! The 3 photos above (the palm tree, the yellow flower, and the flowers among the leaves) are ones that I submitted to Unsplash. Unsplash is a stock photo site that actually has (very) beautiful, free images for you to use. You can download my photos (I have more on there too) here!

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If you’re looking for recommendations on things to do in San Diego other than SeaWorld or the Zoo, here are my picks:

  • The beach

    • We went to a few beaches during our visit: Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and Stan’s Beach in San Diego, and Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas. Ocean Beach has a really great laid back, hippy vibe to it. Marijuana is legal in California, so OB (as the locals call it) is probably not the best option for your family beach day. Moonlight State Beach was really nice, and you can walk up the shore and see the cliffs.

  • Taylor Guitars Factory Tour (every Monday through Friday at 1 pm)

    • This is an amazing tour! You get to see the entire process of guitar construction, from wood selection to final assembly. It’s free too.

  • Coronado Island

    • A trip to San Diego is not complete without a visit to Coronado Island. We love to walk along the Stan’s Beach; it’s gorgeous!

  • Sunset Cliffs

  • La Jolla

    • We got some ice cream here at Scoops La Jolla after walking by the coast and taking a look at the sea lions.

  • Mission Trails Regional Park

    • I wish we had more time to hike these trails! I really wanted to see some of the wildflowers that were blooming, so I researched and found a beautiful trail at this park. The Oak Canyon trail is more shady than some of the other trails, follows along a river, and isn’t too difficult of a hike.

  • Balboa Park

    • My favorite place to just stroll around. I have yet to hear music played at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, but if you’re able to, I’m sure it’s amazing! There are a bunch of interesting museums and peaceful gardens in the park and the architecture is absolutely breathtaking!

  • Pigment

    • This is my little shopping spot when we visit the area. It’s the cutest boutique ever with everything from succulents to home decor to baby goods.

  • The Purple Mint

    • If you’re looking for great vegan food, The Purple Mint won everyone over in our group, meat eaters included!

  • Miguel’s Cocina

    • There are a few locations around the San Diego area. We went to the one on Coronado Island, and mmmm was it good!

In Encinitas

  • Barrels and Branches

    • If you’re looking to bring home some new plant friends, I highly recommend coming here! I wanted to bring home every succulent I saw, but only got three (and a crystal too). After we stopped here, we went to Moonlight State Beach and walked along the shore.

  • Lotus Cafe

    • A great place to have lunch! They also offer a wide variety of fresh made-to-order juices, smoothies, and shakes.

I need this stuffed octopus for Olivia! Pigment is just the cutest boutique.

I need this stuffed octopus for Olivia! Pigment is just the cutest boutique.

Plants I wish I could take back home with me from Barrels and Branches.

Plants I wish I could take back home with me from Barrels and Branches.

The cutest little greenhouse at Barrels and Branches.

The cutest little greenhouse at Barrels and Branches.

We had a great time in San Diego. We hope to go back every year to visit family and start a tradition. Olivia grew a lot while we were there and it has been amazing seeing her personality shine through! Also, now she knows that the outside world isn’t always cold and snowy lol.

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Have you been to San Diego? What are your favorite places? I’d love to know for our future trips!