With 2024 just around the corner, it’s time to reorganize and jot down your aspirations and goals for the coming months. This, of course, includes listing all the places you want to visit this year. So, to make your life a little easier, we’ve compiled 10 spectacular things you must add to your San Diego bucket list to experience the best of the city.
1. SeaWorld’s Jellyfish Showcase
This year San Diego is kicking off with more than a dozen new experiences; among them, one stands out that we’re particularly excited to try. This 2024, SeaWorld will unveil “Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience.” Although the exhibit’s opening date is yet to be announced, it will showcase four distinct jellyfish species and offer a “hands-on experience,” allowing guests to touch these translucent treasures from the ocean.
2. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
On January 14, have a dream and gather at Embarcadero’s Harbor Drive to honor the life of the great Martin Luther King Jr. in this one-of-its-kind celebration. The Parade will feature dazzling floats, high school bands, and drill teams, as well as an MLK 5k Walk and Fun Run and festival.
3. Candlelight Concerts
No San Diego bucket list is complete without the addition of a Candlelight concert[/trackLink]. Enjoy your songs classically rendered in some of San Diego’s most iconic venues like Mission San Luis Rey or the Star Theater. Let the cozy vibes in this year and treat yourself to a candlelit evening with your favorite people!
4. San Diego Rodeo
Put on your cowboy boots because from January 12 to 14, we have a date at Petco Park’s first-ever rodeo. At San Diego Rodeo‘s this three-day event, the world’s top cowboys attempt to ride, wrestle, and rope their way to a half-million-dollar prize. We bet you’ve never seen anything like this in San Diego.
5. Mabel’s Gone Fishing
Penned as one of the best new restaurants of 2023, Mabel’s Gone Fishing has become a staple of North Park in little time. This local eatery blends the best of Spain’s dishes with Cali’s unique produce. From sourdough pan con tomate —add the staple boquerones, you won’t regret it— to Baja oysters, grabbing a bite at Mabel’s this year has to be on your San Diego bucket list.
6. San Diego Museum of Arts
Make sure to include the San Diego Museum of Art on your bucket list. Explore different perspectives with ongoing exhibitions like “Korea in Color: A Legacy of Auspicious Images.” And, on January 20, join a free community festival featuring K-Pop performances, art activities, snacks, and booths by local artists—all on the museum’s front steps. Enjoy free admission from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
7. La Jolla Coast Walk
We love San Diego in the winter with its low tides and sunny days, creating the perfect conditions for delightful beach walks. Explore La Jolla’s attractions along the scenic La Jolla Coast Walk, featuring highlights like the La Jolla Seals, Sea Caves, Children’s Pool, and La Jolla Cove. The walk spans about 1 1/2 miles, making it a fantastic outing for the entire family.
8. East Village Opening Weekend Block Party
The worst of winter is behind us, and sunny, warm days are here to stay. This can only signal one thing: the upcoming East Village Opening Weekend Block Party on March 30. The entire East Village community joins forces for a celebration packed with pure fun. The event will feature local businesses, live music, delicious bites, a range of family-friendly activities, and, of course, a celebration of the East Village’s very own San Diego Padres.
9. Whale watching
Embark on a thrilling whale-watching expedition off the coast of San Diego. Witness the majestic beauty of these marine giants as they migrate through the Pacific waters. Companies like San Diego Whale Watch and Flagship Cruises offer guided tours that provide not only an opportunity to spot whales but also a chance to learn about the diverse marine life that inhabits the region.
10. Tide pooling adventure
Explore the hidden treasures of San Diego’s coastline with a tide pooling adventure tour. Led by Ocean Connector‘s guides, these tours take you to secret spots where tide pools come alive with fascinating marine life. Discover colorful sea anemones, hermit crabs, and starfish clinging to the rocks at famous tide pool spots Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument.