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Last year, almost 10% of visitors to San Diego were age 65 and older. The area's popularity with seniors has much to do with its year round ideal temperate and sunny climate. It's also because of the ease of getting around to so many enjoyable attractions, with someone else doing the driving. Without having to navigate, drive, and park, you can enjoy the best of what America's Finest City has to offer on your visit! Here is a weekend's worth of sightseeing in San Diego for seniors that involves a few good "rides" and minimal walking.
Old Town Trolley
Old Town Trolley offers highlights of the destination and popular visitor attractions while you travel on a comfortable open‐air trolley. Listen to a knowledgeable driver point out landmarks and present the city's history in an informative and humorous manner. You can hop on and off as you please at any of the 11 stops encompassing over 100 points of interest. Seaport Village, Balboa Park, Little Italy and Coronado Island are popular stops for lunch and photos. Be sure to enjoy Old Town, the birthplace of California, with dozens of authentic restaurants, museums, shops and live entertainment including mariachis and dancers. At the Balboa Park stop, you can access the Zoo.
The Coaster Train
Traveling up the coast from historic Santa Fe Station (downtown) to Oceanside in North County, this train offers gorgeous, panoramic views of the coastline on your journey. You will pass through San Diego's charming, uniquely different beach towns, with plenty of opportunity to get off and explore on your own schedule. Have your camera handy as you coast through Torrey Pines State Reserve and pass over the iconic Del Mar Bridge along the Pacific Ocean! A day pass covering all locations is only $11 for seniors.
Plan a stop in Solana Beach and visit the Cedros Design District. There you can walk an easy 2 ½ blocks featuring 85 one of a kind shops with the look and feel of a European street. Discover collectibles, fashion, jewelry, home décor and art for yourself or as gifts for grandchildren. Also within walking distance is Fletcher Cove, a beautiful park right on the beach, with picnic tables and spectacular ocean views.
The Encinitas Train Station is only one block from its downtown, the heart of everything! Bristling with restaurants, coffee shops and fashion stores, you will love the eclectic look and feel of this popular sea village. Be sure to experience the Self Realization Fellowship Gardens overlooking the ocean - a place of quiet reflection with scenic walkways and tropical flora.
Get off at Carlsbad Village for another vibrant seaside town and more shopping! Restaurants for every palate can be found in the village all within walking distance to the train stop. You might be lucky enough to visit during one of Carlsbad's many street events adding to your enjoyment and choice of gift items.
San Diego Red Trolley
Downtown San Diego is a pedestrian-friendly urban playground for you to explore historic buildings and parks, enjoy shopping and award-winning dining and experience world-class attractions.
Civic Center Plaza
Home to the historic Civic Theater where the curtain rises nightly on Broadway shows and more. One block from shopping galore at Horton Plaza.
Trolley Lines: Blue & Orange
You're in the heart of the famous Gaslamp Quarter for more shopping, dining, and night-time entertainment.
Trolley Lines: Blue & Orange.
Park & Market
Spend the afternoon at Petco Park for a Padres baseball game and enjoy the vibrant East Village boutique restaurants.
Trolley Lines: Blue & Orange.
Enjoy 1.7 million square feet of shopping in this upscale, open-air shopping mall in Mission Valley. If you can't find "it" in the largest mall in San Diego, "it" probably doesn't exist!
Trolley Line: Green
The best part of this trip is the price - just $5 all day! The Senior Discount Monthly Pass is $18 (that's 75% off the regular adult ticket of $72!).
Easy Access for Seniors
If you have more time to explore San Diego, you can make connections to many of San Diego's inland attractions as well. The public transportation system makes traveling across the region quick, hassle-free and cost-effective!
Whatever style of art you enjoy, you are sure to find it among the 90 museums of San Diego, 15 of them conveniently located together in lovely Balboa Park including the Air & Space Museum, the Automotive Museum and the Museum of Photographic Arts to name a few. Just a few miles from downtown San Diego, is the U.S.S. Midway Museum where you will be thrilled by a tour of the USS Midway, the longest serving US. Navy aircraft carrier. The audio tour, narrated former Midway sailors, takes you to over 60 locations on the ship through galleys, sleeping quarters and a 4 acre flight deck.
Cabrillo National Monument
A visit to San Diego's "only" National Park offers tremendous views of the San Diego region and excellent opportunities to explore the natural, historical and cultural history of the area. The Visitors Center is a good place to start your exploration of the park.
Then proceed to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and perhaps even some whales sightings in January and February. And don’t miss a trip back in time at the Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala or Old Town San Diego historic state park including 17 museums and historical sites cataloging early life in California and its Spanish heritage.
Arts & Culture
For those seeking excellence in the visual and performing arts, San Diego has a plethora of offerings. The city is rich with music and theater from downtown all the way out to the north county, in clubs, recital halls, festivals, dance companies, and in professional arts organizations such as Lambs Players, the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, San Diego Civic Theater and the Old Globe just to name a few.
San Diego’s outdoor lifestyle is hard to resist. Hailed as one of the top Golf destinations in the world, over 90 courses dot the San Diego landscape. Many of them offering mid-week and senior discounts.
If feathered friends are you passion, you’ll find San Diego a birding paradise. 70 miles of coast and tideland, plus inland foothills, canyons, mountains and desert, provide permanent or migratory home to over 480 species of birds. Walks and organized tours are available year-round.
And for the sports enthusiast, hiking, biking, sailing, surfing and kayaking are all readily accessible and available.