AJ lives there and I second the Gaslamp district. He just moved there from Pacific Beach and loves it.
Let's see...what to do...
San Diego Zoo
Padres game (depending on your travel dates) - Petco is in the Gaslamp District – or – a Chargers game
Visit Old Town for some kick ass Tex-Mex and 'ritas (Fred's rocks).
After visiting the Midway memorial, go to the KC BBQ where they filmed Top Gun to check out all the movie memorabilia
Plan at least a day on Coronado Island
Take the trolley if not to get places, just for the fun of it.
Plenty of beaches – aforementioned Pacific Beach has tons of cute bars and restaurants, but is really more of a young person’s (read BIG DRINKERS) paradise.
Too many good restaurants to name, but some of my favs are Jimmy’s Famous Tavern and in Gaslamp: La Puerta, Café 21 – AWESOME brunch foods – you MUST have the Tiramisu Pancakes – and the Southpaw directly next to Petco.
ETA: Any of the Cohn restaurants - with kids, check out the Corvette Diner at Liberty Station especially.
If you have time, a day trip to La Jolla to walk the beaches, watch the sea lions and cruise around downtown.
And if you have even more time, walk through Little Italy. Now there’s some good eating!
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