Summer may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Enjoy one last summer weekend in San Diego this Labor Day – we know you’ll have a blast.
There are tons of great special events, exhibits, and outdoor activities to enjoy with the whole family. A few fun ideas include:
- San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo
- Summer Nights at SeaWorld
- US Sand Sculpting Challenge
- Kayak or bike ride on Coronado Island
- And more!
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Please note, the special events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go San Diego Card.Note: the below ads are not affiliated with SmartDestinations.com
US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition
September 2 -5, 2016
B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier
Did you love building sand castles as a kid? Do you wish you could make those amazing sand sculptures to impress your kids?
Take the whole family to the country’s largest Sand Sculpting Challenge this Labor Day for an explosion of creativity and fun.
Master sculptors from all over the world will gather in San Diego to compete against American sculptors, so you know you’re in for some special treats.
You’ll also find artwork for purchase, food trucks and beverage vendors, plus some live music. Make a whole day of it!
Getting In: Admission to the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Diego Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the attraction website.
Festival of Sail
September 3 – 5, 2016
Maritime Museum of San Diego
This iconic event is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast, and it’s a favorite with locals and visitors alike.
Watch the entire North Embarcadero be transformed into a nautical adventure park, with everything from beautiful visiting ships to a petting zoo for the kids.
Enjoy mock naval battles, photo ops with pirates, live entertainment, a beer garden for adults, and tons of arts and crafts vendors. Don’t forget about the famous Tall Ship parade!
Getting In: Admission to the Festival of Sail is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Diego Card. For more information about this attraction and to purchase tickets, please visit the attraction website.
San Diego Zoo Nighttime Zoo
Through September 5, 2016
San Diego Zoo
This fun and festive event is perfect for the kids. This year’s theme is the Zoo’s centennial and you’ll find everything from upbeat live music to great interactive activities for the little ones.
Musical entertainment spans a variety of genres and themes, and is designed to be educational.
Admission to Nighttime Zoo is included with regular Zoo admission, and also includes special pricing at vendors, and even some specialty arts and crafts.
Getting In: San Diego Zoo tickets are included on the Go San Diego Card.
Summer Nights at SeaWorld San Diego
Through September 4
SeaWorld San Diego
Watch as SeaWorld transforms after dark into an even more marvelous venue.
‘Celebrate the Wonder’ fireworks display is a featured part of Summer Nights at SeaWorld.
Getting In: SeaWorld tickets are included as an option on 3, 5, and 7-Day Go San Diego Cards.
Head to Belmont Park
There are few things so quintessentially summer than amusement park rides. From Ferris wheels to teacups to roller coasters, we all have a favorite childhood memory.
Take your kids to enjoy the classic amusement park at Belmont Park and you’ll all have a blast.
Getting In: Belmont Park All Access Combo Passes are included on the Go San Diego Card.
Visit Coronado Island
What better way to celebrate summer than with a visit to one of the area’s most famous beach communities?
Coronado Island has been a beach destination for generations (as the historic Hotel del Coronado attests) and is the perfect place for some leisurely sunbathing and a relaxing stroll on the boardwalk.
There are tons of waterfront bike paths so there’s plenty to explore. Or, you can choose to rent a kayak and paddle around the beautiful coves and inlets of the San Diego area coastline.
Getting In: Coronado Bike & Kayak rentals are included on the Go San Diego Card.
See Historical Sights
San Diego is full of history, especially in when it comes to military and scientific history.
Get a glimpse of the past and the beauties of nature at the Cabrillo National Monument, alongside the historic Point Loma light.
Or, pay a visit to the USS Midway Museum and enjoy one of the city’s most popular attractions as you explore their historical offerings.
Getting In: USS Midway Museum tickets are included on the Go San Diego Card. Admission to Cabrillo National Monument is free.
Explore Seaport Village
One of the most charming neighborhoods in San Diego is the delightful Seaport Village.
Filled with boutique and chain shops, delicious waterfront restaurants, and tons of great outdoor entertainment, Seaport Village is a must-visit destination for travelers to San Diego this summer.
Look out for special events that may be occurring during Labor Day weekend, such as musical performances by well-regarded local groups.
Getting In: Admission to Seaport Village is free.
Summer Movies in the Park
Through October 29, 2016
Various locations throughout San Diego
If you’re searching for some good free family fun, the San Diego County’s Summer Movies in the Park series is a great option.
Offering a wide variety of family-friendly movies at venues throughout San Diego County, this summer event series offers the perfect way to spend a warm summer evening under the stars.
Getting In: Admission to Summer Movies in the Park is free.
Balboa Park After Dark
September 2, 2016
Balboa Park & Participating Museums
Take advantage of extended evening hours (usually until 8 pm) at the nine participating museums in Balboa Park at this fun family summer event.
You can also enjoy sampling fare from top local food trucks with the kids, plus live entertainment throughout the park.
This is a great opportunity to see more of the museums that you couldn’t fit into your itinerary during the day!
Getting In: Admission to several of the participating museums is available through the Go San Diego Card; please note that the last admission using the Go San Diego Card is at 5:30 pm, although visitors can stay at the attraction as long as the attraction is open after that time.
Remember to Save on Attraction Admission
So there are a few examples of fun and exciting things to do in San Diego Labor Day weekend.
Remember, some of these great attraction options are included on the Go San Diego Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, the Labor Day weekend events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go San Diego Card.
We hope you consider visiting some of these attractions to help round out your summer vacation in style.