San Diego is a well-known haven for summertime fun, surfing, and laidback culture, however, there are many things you don’t know about America’s Finest City! Explore these best-kept secrets of San Diego and discover a hidden city even the locals may not know about!
Secret #1: Dr. Seuss is Very Popular in San Diego
As a long-term resident of the gorgeous La Jolla village area, Theodor Geisel or Dr. Seuss left behind a huge collection of original Dr. Seuss material and manuscripts to the University of California San Diego’s Geisel Library. Even more, as benefactors to the library, Audrey and Theodor Geisel’s library has been controversial with its unusual design and architecture. Dr. Seuss’s nonsensical cartoons and backdrops are also claimed to be taken from America’s Finest City.
Secret #2: Lavender is Abundant in San Diego Summer Months
San Diego’s country fields are blooming with fragrant lavender in May and June for lavender harvest season. The Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center is 8 acres of farmland that grows over 2 dozen different types of lavender! Take a tour of the farm, sip on an English High tea, and learn about distilling lavender to create an essential oil!
Secret #3: San Diego is a Foodie Favorite During its Lobster Season
Typically an East Coast favorite, lobster is sought after for its tender, juicy meat, and the lobster season in San Diego ensures tasty lobster from the beginning of October to mid-March. Savor the many tastes of San Diego’s delicious seafood at La Jolla’s El Pescador Fish Market, Point Loma Seafoods, The Fish Market in Downtown San Diego, and The Fishery in Pacific Beach.
Secret #4: You CAN See San Diego Without a Car
It is possible to see San Diego even if you don’t have a car. Many locals think that’s a large feat but San Diego actually has a very extensive bus and trolley system. You can soak in a lot of San Diego scenery while riding the bus or trolley; if you plan on traveling outside of San Diego, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and the Coaster commuter train.
Secret #5: California was Born in San Diego
Always known as home to the local Native American Kumeyaay people, it was Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo from Spain who made the first European landing in San Diego in 1542. It was another 200 years before the Spanish decided to act on California land with an expedition of Gaspar de Portola to build a settlement. Today’s present day Old Town is where the first group of adobe homes were established for military families.
Secret #6: Many Broadway Blockbusters Become Famous in San Diego
San Diego theatres are known for sending musicals and plays to Broadway! Especially The Old Globe Theatre and the La Jolla Playhouse have launched blockbuster â€œJersey Boys,â€ â€œDirty Rotten Scoundrels,â€ â€œThe Full Monty,â€ â€œDamn Yankees,â€ and â€œHow to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.â€ You can always catch a future Broadway hits at one of San Diego’s deeply rooted theatres.
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