It’s that time again! At Homes.com, we’re packing up and getting ready to travel to San Diego for this year’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo. We’re so excited about the trip that we’ve taken the time to research the area to find out which San Diego hotspots we should visit while we’re in town. If you’ll be joining us in the birthplace of California, here are our top seven recommendations.
Lions, Tigers and Bears
The San Diego Zoo is one of the most well-known animal habitats in the United States. With over 3,700 animals and more than 650 different species and subspecies, the Balboa Park-based zoo pioneered the open-air, cageless space concept, attempting to recreate the animal’s natural habitat. Home to the rare giant panda and a new Australian adventure exhibit, this famous location should be high on your list of things to do.
Rest in the Lap of Luxury
A historic beachfront hotel, Hotel Del Coronado is known for catering to presidents, royalty and celebrities since 1887. The hotel is the second largest wooden structure in the United States, and is one of the few remaining examples of an architectural design known as the wooden Victorian beach resort. But, don’t get too comfortable if you stay; there are also reports that the hotel is haunted.
Make a Splash
Being by the sea assures that San Diego is no stranger to marine life. See it for yourself at SeaWorld San Diego. Known for housing fish and marine mammals alike, SeaWorld also contains the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, which carries out research on marine biology and provides education and outreach programs for the public. To date, the park has 26 animal habitats and 10 rides.
Seal the Deal
If you want to see even more marine life, stop by La Jolla Cove for an unforgettable beach experience. The beauty of this jewel lies in the vast population of seals, sea lions and other marine life. The protected marine refuge area strictly prohibits surfboards, boogie boards and inflatable devices, but snorkelers and swimmers are welcomed. If you’re more of a beach bum, the white sands of the cove give you the perfect place to soak up the sun.
Travel Back in Time
Located in the Old Town neighborhood of San Diego, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is a tribute to the early days in San Diego. Known as the birthplace of California, the park includes historic buildings from the 1820s to the 1870s. Learn the history of San Diego by visiting the shops, restaurants and museums located in this district.
Knock One Out of the Park
Built in the retro-style with red brick and green seats, PetCo Park is home to the San Diego Padres. If you visit this architecturally-magnificent landmark and make it to the grandstands, you’ll be treated to the sights of San Diego, including San Diego Bay, the San Diego skyline and Balboa Park. Even the colors of the ballpark evoke the natural elements of the surrounding city.
Once you’ve experienced the sights of San Diego, stop by the Homes.com booth (#1919) at the Expo. Each day, we’ll be giving away $500! While you’re there, enjoy a Homes.com signature Orange Margarita at the open bar on Friday from 3:00-6:00, Saturday from 1:00-4:00 and Sunday from 2:00-5:00. Homes.com is your place for quality leads, so before you leave, be sure to lock in your zip codes before your competition does.