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San Diego: Things to Do Both Inside and Out

Finding things to do in San Diego on a budget can be all about the zip code. North Park is a great area to keep the purse strings taut while giving your taste buds a treat. Try The Mission Restaurant (for breakfast or lunch) at 2801 University Avenue, where entrees are under $10 (with most breakfast items under $6) including gluten free options for the more particular palette. Sit down for dinner at The West Coast Tavern, just up the block at 2895 University Avenue, with a tapas menu and delicious American fare infused with an Asian palette. The Tavern is located in one of North Park’s most historic buildings and offers free WIFI and happy hour.

San Diego boasts a plethora of public parks that draw thousands of residents and tourists each year. Balboa Park, located at 1549 El Prado features free tours about history, architecture, horticulture and botanical gardens. Ready for a swim but can’t quite fathom the chilly ocean water? Consider the indoor pool at Belmont Park, a stone’s throw from the ocean and home to the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster. And if you’re in the market for some fun activities in San Diego that involve artwork, check out The Spanish Village Art Center at 1770 Village Place, home to more than 200 artists with just about every kind of medium you might imagine.