San Diego: 10 Tips for the Best Summer Ever

San Diego: 10 Tips for the Best Summer Ever

From saving up for that dream vacation to just connecting with your city, the reasons you choose to drive and ride with Lyft are as unique as you are. This month, we’re celebrating drivers and passengers from the Lyft community by sharing their reasons for choosing Lyft. Head to to see more stories, and to share your own.

When San Diego mom Melissa started driving with Lyft, she never anticipated the impact her passengers would have on her. “I wanted to continue to be a stay-at-home mom and contribute to my family,” Melissa says. “But I kept driving because of the community. With Lyft, we are making a difference in our communities.”

What’s more, the flexibility of Lyft allows her to spend more time with her children. “[Lyft] is a part-time thing. I can take three months off to take care of my family.”

In a city where it is (almost) always summer, Melissa has plenty of favorite haunts. “San Diego is always moving, it is a place where food trucks and burritos rule,” she says. “There is never a dull day here.” Here are her top ‘must-do’ things to do and places to see in San Diego:

  1. Comic-Con. When this convention comes to town, San Diego lights up! Superheroes take over the streets for the largest pop culture event in the United States. Cruise the streets and check out the characters and fans or try to get tickets.
  2. Fireworks. San Diego has some of the best Fourth of July fireworks. Known as the Big Bay Boom, there are several areas that synchronize fireworks so there's no bad seat anywhere in the city.
  3. Balboa Park. Reserved for public recreation in 1868, this place has it all. You'll be able to stop by the House of Pacific Relations, dozens of museums, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, botanical gardens and much more. Do a walking tour, take a Segway tour with local experts, or just pack a picnic lunch and relax.
  4. Downtown San Diego. Shopping in the Gaslamp Quarter can't be beat, there are hundreds of places to spend your hard-earned dollars. Seaport Village has lots of free entertainment, more shopping, and breathtaking views of the harbor. At the Embarcadero you can check out the cruise ships; and the nightlife is hot on Fifth Ave.
  5. Old Town. The first Spanish settlement in the Golden State, Old Town is rich with Spanish heritage. The restaurants are all fabulous, and the sightseeing is great . The nation's most haunted house, The Whaley House, is here, too.
  6. Over The Line Tournament. Over The Line is a local summertime sporting tradition invented in Mission Beach in the 1950s, and the annual tournament is now held annually on Fiesta Island. Boisterous and over the top, it's a fun game to play and the people watching is great.
  7. San Diego LGBT Pride Parade. Check out this awesome parade and the following festival! The people are fun and there are over 200 floats each year.
  8. The beach. It wouldn't be a true San Diego summer without some sand and salty water. Two spots you must check out are the Children's Pool in La Jolla and Ocean Beach Pier Tide Pools . While you're in Ocean Beach, visit Hodad's for a burger.
  9. Brunch and burritos. San Diego boasts some of the best food around. Snooze has the best Eggs Benedict in town. At Eclipse, they infuse chocolate into all their dishes. The brunch menu is every chocolate lovers dream! And JV’s Mexican Food is a hole-in-the-wall taco shop has the best surf ‘n’ turf burrito, hands down.
  10. San Diego County Fair. This annual event is the best place for shopping and weird food finds. Play games at the midway, ride the carnival rides, and eat deep fried chocolate covered bacon.

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