WAYS TO SAVE! SAN DIEGO TRAVEL GUIDE (LOW BUDGET)
You can experience exceptional accommodation and service at a price that will not affect your budget at one of the Marriott hotels in San Diego. Whether you are interested in sightseeing and worshiping the sun or on a business trip, you will surely find a Marriott hotel in San Diego that is right for you and wherever you want to be.
If you’re on vacation, you’ll appreciate Marriott’s unique combination of comfort, luxury and affordability. If you are traveling for business, Marriott hotels in San Diego offer cutting-edge technology for work, as well as the best spa services for pleasure.
Now, it has been said that the best things in life are free. And if you stay at one of the 26 Marriott hotels in San Diego, you’re lucky! We want our guests to fully enjoy this captivating city, regardless of the size of their budget. That is why we have compiled this list of the “best kept secrets” of San Diego that are totally free:
Timken Museum of Art: more than 600 years of art history are within the modern architecture of the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Enjoy the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Rubens, as well as works by American painters such as Eastman Johnson and John Singleton Copley. Always free, call Timken today to find out the hours and special collections of visits (tel. 619 / 239-5548).
All museums in Balboa Park: this may be the best kept local secret! All museums in Balboa Park are open to the public, free of charge, on a Tuesday a month. This is the largest urban cultural park in the United States, with more than 25 museums and attractions. But how do you know what Tuesday which museums are free? We have prepared a list of days off for you:
1st Tuesday of each month: Natural History Museum (tel. 619 / 232-3821), Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (tel. 916 / 238-1233), Model Railroad Museum (tel. 916 / 696-0199)
2nd Tuesday: Museum of Photographic Arts (tel. 619 / 238-7559), Museum of the Historical Society (tel. 619 / 232- 6203)
3rd Tuesday: Museum of Art (tel. 619 / 232-7931), Museum of Man (tel. 619 / 239-2001), International Mingei Museum (tel. 619 / 239-0003), Japanese Garden of Friendship (tel. 619 / 232-2721), Museum of the Living Artist (tel. 619 / 236-0011)
4th Tuesday: Aerospace Museum (tel. 619 / 234-8291), Automobile Museum (tel. 619 / 231-2886), Hall of Champions Sports Museum (tel. 619 / 234-2544)
Concerts in the Organ Pavilion: The 4,518 pipes of the largest outdoor organ in the world have been in almost continuous use since 1915. Enjoy free concerts, all year round, every Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Pavilion of Spreckels Organs in Balboa Park (tel. 619/702-8138).
Chicano Park Murals: Considered the largest and most important collection of outdoor murals in the country, the Chicano Park Murals celebrate and honor Latin heroes and culture. The more than 70 works of art adorn the support towers of the Coronado Bridge in the Chicano Park of Barrio Logan, National Avenue on Crosby Street (tel. 619 / 563-4661).
Gone fishing: you don’t need a fishing license to fish from any municipal dock in San Diego. Just bring your own polo and some bronzer.
Temple of the Self-Realization Community: Built by a yogi in 1937, this retreat in Encinitas, 215 W. K St., offers incredible views. It is an architectural marvel, with its lotus-shaped towers, and also has meditation gardens along the cliff overlooking the Pacific. Visitors are welcome free of charge (tel. 760 / 753-2888).
Tijuana: There are many reasons why Tijuana is the most popular border city in the country. If you have never seen it before, it is a must to see. If you’ve been there, it’s a wish to see again! It is a short drive or tram ride away, and enjoying the views is free.
U.S. Olympic Training Center USA: See for yourself where Olympic athletes train and, if you’re lucky, take a look at some of the next gold medal winners. Free tours are offered throughout the year at the US Olympic Training Center. UU. In Chula Vista. It is the first multi-sport Olympic warm-weather training complex throughout the year (one of four in the United States). A 6-minute film about the Olympic movement is followed by a narrated tour (a 1 1/2 mile walk) through the impressive 150-acre campus. One-hour tours are offered every hour, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. at 3 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. at 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. at 3 p.m. (tel. 619 / 656-1500).
Old Town: OK, you will be charged for eating at the largest collection of authentic Mexican restaurants in the area, but historical tours in the city’s oldest neighborhood are free. A visit to the Old Town San Diego State Historical Park is like going back in time to experience the history of the early days of San Diego. Even today, life moves more slowly in the old town. The Historic Plaza remains a meeting place for community events and historical activities. Old Town, the origin of most renowned state California, is just a petite walk from the San Diego Trolley Transit Center and a petite drive from most San Diego destinations.
Walkabout International: Put on your walking shoes and experience San Diego closely. It is fun, free and for all ages. Walkabout International is a nonprofit educational group that promotes walking in the neighborhood in urban, suburban and rural settings around the world. Guided walks vary in pace and duration, many of which end with an invitation to socialize during a coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner.
San Diego is an ideal holiday destination, with a lot to do, a lot for free and the weather to enjoy it throughout the year. For more entertaining and economical ways to enjoy San Diego, visit the Concierge at one of the Marriott hotels in San Diego where you are staying.
So, go ahead, book your vacation at a Marriott hotel in San Diego today! With so many hotels in San Diego to choose from, you will surely find one right where you want to be. Some of the Marriott hotels in San Diego include:
Courtyard San Diego Downtown
San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
Residence Inn San Diego Downtown
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
…And many more! Reserve today!