My husband and I are coming to San Diego in a few weeks.  We have tickets to the Padres
game that weekend.  We were hoping to grab a bite to eat and do a little window shopping  
before the game.  We are concerned about parking, what do you suggest?

Parking, especially near PetCo Park is usually difficult to find.  Most meters only allow two hour
parking before 6pm.  You and your husband may  enjoy walking along the streets in the famous
Gaslamp Quarter, which have many shops and restaurants near the ballpark. Give yourselves
plenty of time if you choose to find a meter. Hereís a tip:  you may have better luck parking
around 5pm, since meters fill up after 6pm when they are free. (check with posted signs).  If you
choose to park in nearby lots, keep in mind that their prices range so you may not want to park in
the first lot you see.  

Iíve heard that San Diegoís Gaslamp Quarter is the main focus of downtown and is
considered to be very historic. How can I learn more about this area and its history

You can take a tour that is offered by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation which is located
in the William Heath Davis House which is one of the oldest buildings and also has a small museum
in San Diego.  For pricing info, and tour times you can call them (619) 233-4692

Hello.  We will be in San Diego next month for a family reunion.  Our children are ages 10
and 3.  With all of the adult activities planned, I would like them to enjoy some time doing
something which is fun and exciting for them.  What do you recommend?

Well, one of our more popular fun things to do here is the San Diego Zoo, located in Balboa Park.  
Itís great for kids and grown ups.  Itís open all year, and their admission prices are pretty
reasonable for the whole day.  General admission for those, age 12 and over is $22, and $14.50 for
children ages 3 to 11.  You can choose to pay for their ďBest Value AdmissionĒ which allows you
access to unlimited Aerial Tram rides, a guided bus tour and unlimited express bus rides.  The
price is $32 for adults and $19.75 for children ages 3 to 11.  You can call the Zoo if you have any
other questions.  (619) 231-1515

Is there a place similar to Coney Island in San Diego?  

If you are referring to and old fashioned amusement park, you will enjoy Belmont Park located in
Mission Beach.  This old fashioned park amusement park has a wooden roller coaster and an
indoor pool.  

What hotels do you suggest we stay at in San Diego?

One factor in determining where to stay in San Diego should be the kind of experience you
envision.  Those who like to be close to plentiful dining and
entertainment should opt for a downtown hotel., while sun worshippers might prefer to hang out
in one of the beach towns.  Prices are generally lower in Old Town, Hillcrest, and especially in the
chain hotels and motels lining Hotel Circle Rd which parallels the I-8 Fwy.

Where are the best beaches in San Diego?

San Diego has three main beaches.  South of Mission Bay is Ocean Beach which has a long fishing
pier, beach volleyball, sunset barbecues and good surf. West of Mission Bay are Mission Beach
and Pacific Beach which are connected by the paved Ocean Front Walk, which attracts skaters,
joggers, and cyclists year-round.  If you are looking for an amusement park,  Belmont Park in
Mission Beach is an old fashioned amusement park with a classic wooden roller coaster.

View from Upper Deck at PetCo

Mission Beach

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