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Get lost in aviation and space exploration at this top-flight museum in the heart of Balboa Park! 

Published by Terri Graham

san diego air and space museums


Get lost in aviation and space exploration at this top-flight museum in the heart of Balboa Park!  See a flight-worthy replica of the Spirit of St. Louis, which carried Charles Lindbergh on the world’s first solo trans-Atlantic flight.  Experience the real Apollo 9 command module, one of only a handful on display in the world. View aircraft used by barnstormers of the 1920s. Appreciate classic military aircraft from World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Enjoy the only 3D/4D in Balboa Park. Opening […]

Fleet Science Center Has Smart Fun For Everyone!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Experiment with 100+ interactive, “do-touch” exhibits and check out fun traveling exhibitions in this inspiring science museum and planetarium in Balboa Park. Inside the Fleet Science Center you can construct marble roller coasters in the Tinkering Studio, interact with a swirling tornado, learn how to generate electricity and explore other fun science concepts!

The Fleet is also home to the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater, showing stunning nature and science films in an immersive, wrap-around screen experience.

Without leaving your seat, you’ll feel as if you’re exploring […]

Pay homage to classic motorcycles and collectable autos at the San Diego Automotive Museum

Published by Terri Graham




Pay homage to classic motorcycles and collectable autos of the 20th century at this world-class museum in Balboa Park. Check out “Show Stoppers,” a permanent car and motorcycle collection including a stunning group of Indian Motorcycles, an extremely rare 1966 Bizzarrini P538 and of course the beautiful three-wheeled 1932 Morgan Super Sport just to name a few. Other exhibits include presentations on actor and automobile and motorcycle racer Steve McQueen, and Louis Mattar’s Fabulous Car.

San Diego Automotive Museum

2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego   • […]

Visit Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden

Published by Terri Graham


Find peace and enjoy meditation among the ornamental plants, colorful Koi pond and beautiful Bonsai display in this expansive Balboa Park garden. Considered to be a living work of art in Japanese culture, the garden also features a meandering path flanked by artfully arranged rocks, shrubbery and trees.  The garden is a popular venue for weddings and corporate events and  has both indoor and outdoor facilities. Docent tours are free with paid admission, and special exhibits are also a must see while visiting!

2215 Pan American […]

Train Your Sights on the San Diego Model Railroad Museum!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

San Diego Model Railroad Museum Balboa Park

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Engineer a day devoted to miniature heaven at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. Both San Diego locals and out-of-towners love this impressive venue, which spans 27,000 square feet of space in the lower level of the Casa De Balboa building.

The museum features six bustling train exhibits and an unparalleled attention to detail that has to be seen to appreciated. Chug along and be transported to real and imaginary railway lines with weathered and modern trains running through them.


The […]

Explore the 4-acre flight deck of the awe-inspiring aircraft carrier USS Midway! Get Your FREE Youth Admission, with Paid Adult Coupon!

Published by Terri Graham


Explore the 4-acre flight deck of the awe-inspiring aircraft carrier USS Midway, a naval aviation museum in downtown San Diego berthed at Navy Pier. The floating “city at sea” houses an extensive collection of restored aircraft. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour, narrated by former Midway sailors to more than 60 locations, including sleeping quarters, engine room, galley, brig, post office, machine shops and pilots’ ready rooms, officers quarters and the bridge—the tallest point of the ship and its command and control center. Family-oriented activities […]

Enjoy Healthy, Fresh Fare at Lanna Thai in Pacific Beach!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

By Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

Whenever I am in Pacific Beach around lunch time, I make it a point to stop by one of my favorite Thai restaurants: Lanna Thai. It’s a quaint restaurant tucked into a small strip mall on Mission Bay Drive.

Inside, easy listening music filters through the dining room and intricate wood carvings from Thailand adorn the walls. The warm waitstaff take eat-in and to-go orders of entrees like Pad Thai, Pa-nang Curry with rice and crispy tropical duck with mango. Other […]

Let Lanna Thai Make Your Day Memorable 

Published by Terri Graham


Delight in elegant ambiance and savor fresh, light and healthy homemade recipes passed through generations at this charming restaurant in Pacific Beach. Easy listening music filters through the dining room and intricate wood carvings from Thailand adorn the walls. The warm waitstaff take eat-in and to-go orders of entrées like Pad Kee-mao noodle, Panang Curry with rice and crispy tropical duck with mango. Other favorites include Summer Salmon, Spicilicious Seafood and Royal Nest (stir-fried shrimp, chicken, vegetables and cashew nuts on a crispy noodle nest). […]

Enjoy Cool Things to Do in Our January Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Our January newsletter is filled with cool things to do such as whale watching, ice skating, destination shopping, museum exhibits, tasty local fare, wine tasting and more!

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Delight in Homemade Dishes at Hob Nob Hill Restaurant! A San Diego Favorite Since 1944!

Published by Terri Graham

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Locals rave about the homemade dishes at this San Diego landmark, serving classic American cuisine since 1944. Coffee cake like your grandmother made, omelets and fresh-baked pastries, bacon waffles, fresh-roasted turkey dinner, potato skins, patty melts, slow-roasted prime rib served Thursday-Sunday, chicken and dumplings and more keep San Diegans coming back. Showcased on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for melt-in-your-mouth corned beef, Hob Nob truly pleases the palate. Enjoy breakfast served all day, as well as bottomless mimosas (limit of six) and daily […]

Find The Perfect Extended Stay, Corporate Housing, Long-Term and Vacation Rentals

Published by Terri Graham

stay san diego Vacation Rentals


Stay San Diego Specializes in Extended Stay, Corporate Housing, Longterm and Vacation Rentals

Imagine waking up in the morning to a beautiful view of San Diego Bay from your balcony and being within walking distance to downtown San Diego’s attractions, restaurants and shops. Stay San Diego has dozens of fully-furnished properties for corporate, extended stays and vacation rentals.

Stay San Diego
302 Island Ave. #103, San Diego  (619) 696-3280

Come play with your dogs in the surf and sand, then stop at the dog wash and clean them by hand!

Published by Terri Graham

Come play with your dogs in the surf and sand, then stop at the dog wash and clean them by hand! This do-it-yourself dog wash in Ocean Beach is the answer to your doggie care dreams. All supplies are provided and they even clean up after you provide the scrubbing love. For grooming there are dryers, grooming tables with a Clipper Vac® and a dog-friendly staff to do nail trims, or to teach you how. Shop from a wide variety of accessories for dogs (and […]

Ring in the Season With Our 2019 Holiday Event Planning Guide!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Hosting a party this season? Check out our 2019 Holiday Event Planning Guide! Book your company party, banquet, wedding, birthday, anniversary or other special event at these San Diego venues designed to impress.
#SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #November #December #holidays #thingstodo #followppsd

Enjoy A Tasty Texan Meal Or Cater Your Next Event With Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ!

Published by Terri Graham



Enjoy a tasty Texan meal or cater your next event with Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ! The restaurant can serve up a barbecue with all the fixins’ for any event, any size, with full service at your office, party, home, or picnic. View the Catering Menu here. Guests dining in for lunch or dinner will enjoy a friendly and laid-back environment. Mouthwatering menu items include the showstopper Texas Chainsaw Mammoth Sandwich, platter specials like the Baby-Back Pork Ribs, sampler plates such as Beef Brisket and […]

Satisfy your South-of-the-Border cravings at Marieta’s Restaurants

Published by Terri Graham


Satisfy your South-of-the-Border cravings at Marieta’s, a Mexican favorite that customers have loved for generations. The family-owned restaurant is known for its authentic cuisine prepared with quality ingredients, sauces and dressings. Marieta’s has three East County locations (La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee), all offering tacos, burritos and tostadas as well as many delicious combination platters (served with rice and beans). Popular menu choices include sizzling fajitas (beef, chicken, shrimp and combination), Enchilada Suizas (with homemade green sauce and sour cream) and Pollo Sonora. Don’t miss their lunch […]

Behold the largest tasting room in San Diego. A place to create your own barrel-aged beer blends, pay tribute to baseball legend Tony Gwynn, or just sip a couple pints with friends.

Published by Terri Graham




Founded in 1995, AleSmith started as a small single-unit space. Soon after, its handcrafted ales began winning medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. AleSmith’s reputation was further solidified with its purchase in 2002 by Peter and Vicky Zien. Peter, a grand master judge, had already won over 400 home-brewing awards at the time, making him one of the most respected brewers in the world.

Forging ahead, AleSmith closed its original location and opened a brand new 105,000 square-foot facility two blocks away in […]

Unwind, create, play and learn at Kroc Center in East County San Diego! Get Discount Coupon For 50% Off Day Pass!

Published by Terri Graham



The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Unwind, create, play and learn at this exceptional recreational, educational and cultural arts facility, open to all, and made possible by a generous gift by the late philanthropist Joan Kroc. Located near the vibrant neighborhoods of East San Diego, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, this nurturing and inspiring gathering place teems with activities year-round. Visitors can drop in on dozens of exercises classes from cycling to yoga, work out on treadmills, bikes and stair climbers, splash […]

Discover Region’s Past at the San Diego History Center

Published by Cathy Hendrie


A Wells-Fargo stagecoach, Wyatt Earp’s signature and the story of Bum the town dog make for fascinating fun at the San Diego History Center, located in the heart of Balboa Park. The 1866 stagecoach could travel from San Diego to Los Angeles in just two days. Gambler Wyatt Earp had business dealings in San Diego properties and bet on prizefights and horse racing. Bum the St. Bernard/spaniel arrived in the city as a stowaway on a late-1800s steam ship and decided to stay.

But the birth […]