Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the unofficial start of summer and what better place to spend it then sunny San Diego. If you’re looking for San Diego Memorial Day Weekend 2020 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in San Diego in May, including…
- Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
- Visit the San Diego Zoo
- Stroll through Balboa Park
- Tour San Diego Harbor
- Kayak with the seals at La Jolla
- and more...
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Regular admission to a number of these attractions is included on the Go San Diego pass. Choose as you go from dozens of San Diego attractions & activities and save up to 55% off combined admission vs paying at the gate. See all available passes and San Diego attractions – Learn more. Please note, some of these special May and Memorial Day weekend events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go San Diego pass.
Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
- Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
- Seaport Village
- Horton Plaza
- Gaslamp Quarter
- McP’s Irish Pub near Hotel del Coronado
- Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, & El Prado Museums
- and more!
Getting In: Hop On Hop Off San Diego Trolley tickets are included as an option with 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go San Diego passes.
Visit the San Diego Zoo
Stroll Through Balboa ParkTalk a walk through the nation’s largest urban park, Balboa Park is a beautiful place you’ll never tire of exploring. You can ride a bike, hold a picnic, or stop in any of the 17 museums in Balboa Park. Even if you don't explore the museums inside, they're also well known for their spectacular and unique architecture. There are also several performing arts spaces, so try to see if you can attend a special show. Performances vary seasonally. Enjoy extended hours at nine of the Balboa Park museums during Balboa Park After Dark, which begins Memorial Day Weekend and runs through Labor Day. Getting In: Many Balboa Park Museum tickets are included with the Go San Diego pass.
Step Aboard the USS Midway MuseumThe USS Midway was an operational US Navy Aircraft Carrier for nearly 50 years, and is now an important part of San Diego’s maritime history. The ship has been turned into a floating museum, complete with sleeping quarters, flight control deck, and more. Fans of military technology and American history alike will relish a visit here. Memorial Day is an especially great day to visit the USS Midway and honor veterans. It's also just a great attraction for any curious visitor - it's among the most-visited attractions in the entire city every year. Getting In: USS Midway tickets are included with the Go San Diego pass.
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Go to a Memorial Day Ceremony
Head to the Richard Nixon Library & Museum for it's annual Memorial Day Commemoration on Monday, May 25 at 11:00 AM. Parts of the ceremony include a wreath-laying by Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, 21-gun salute, and more. After the ceremony, there will be a book signing by Scott A. Huesing, author of Echo in Ramadi and former USMC Infantry Major. Getting In: Admission to the Memorial Day Commemoration is free.
Visit a Theme ParkSouthern California is home to a number of theme parks, and they’re a great way to spend the afternoon or an entire day. It's finally time for the weather to start being really warm, too, so a day spent outside is the perfect way to take advantage of that fine San Diego climate. Two local institutions are Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City. Knott’s Berry Farm was the country’s first theme park, and Soak City is the newer water park; both are sure to thrill the kids. Getting In: Knott's Berry Farm tickets and Knott's Soak City tickets are included with the Go San Diego pass.
Take a Tour of San Diego Harbor
Enjoy a Visit to the Fleet Science Center
Check Out the Birch AquariumExplore the oceans of the world at the Birch Aquarium. Perched right on the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps displays a stunning collection of marine habitats and creatures from around the world. Learn all about coral reefs, pet some starfish, and visit the seahorse nursery. There’s even a giant shark reef! A few featured exhibits at the Birch Aquarium include: "There's Something About Seahorses," "Whales: Voices in the Sea," and the all-important "Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge." Getting In: Birch Aquarium tickets are included with the Go San Diego pass.
Be Active in La JollaCheck out your outdoorsy options in La Jolla. Enjoy the sun and surf of San Diego’s waterfront, and snorkel La Jolla Cove. Take a bike ride along the shore, or explore Mission Bay. If the day gets too hot, take a dip in the water. You can also rent kayaks and kayak the famous 7 caves of La Jolla! These activities are great for kids and adults and are a fun way to get some exercise and spend the day outdoors. Of course, a stroll along the beach is free for all! Getting In: San Diego/La Jolla Bike and Kayak rentals are included with the Go San Diego pass.
Celebrate at a Local Festival
There's nothing quite like a good old street festival to get you in the mood for summer. Food trucks, beer, games, live entertainment -- it's basically summer waiting to happen. A few great local options this Memorial Day Weekend include the Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival (on May 23, 2020) and the Vista Strawberry Festival (on May 24, 2020). The Strawberry Festival is especially popular with kids, and it's free! The Santee Street Fair requires a modest fee for food and beverage but it's well worth it. Getting In: Admission to the Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival is not included with the Go San Diego pass.
Remember to Save on Attractions & Activities
There you go - plenty of fun ideas for things to do in San Diego in May to help you plan your Memorial Day weekend itinerary. With so many things to do in San Diego, you’ll probably end up having to choose between several excellent options. Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the Go San Diego pass, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate. We really hope you consider adding a few of these popular options to your upcoming plans. Enjoy!