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Culture Abounds: Best Attractions in Balboa Park

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on October 5, 2015

If you’re new to San Diego you may already know about our world-famous zoo, but have you heard about its next-door neighbor, Balboa Park? This extraordinary park is home to many diverse attractions like museums, theaters, gardens, restaurants, and cultural experiences to enrich any visitor’s experience. Here are a few fan favorites at the park provided by visitors at the Marina Inn San Diego. Botanical Gardens The greenhouse features a beautiful lily pond out front with a lattice design on the massive building that allows natural light to filter in. Over 2,100 plants are featured inside, including gorgeous orchids, ferns, palms, and even carnivorous plants. The attraction offers free entry to guests for an incredible …

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5 Popular Night Clubs in the Gaslamp Quarter

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on September 28, 2015

If you’re a night owl visiting San Diego, you may be wondering where to find the best clubs and bars. For a truly thrilling experience with San Diego nightlife, look no further than the Gaslamp Quarter. Here are five exciting clubs that come highly recommended by the staff at the Marina Inn and Suites San Diego. 1. Moonshine Flats With its line dancing lessons and honky-tonk decor, this venue is one of the top choices for country music fans. The 10,000 square foot club has five bars and San Diego’s biggest dance floor. Even if you don’t love country music, you will enjoy the game area with Ping-Pong, arcade games, and pool. 2. The Tipsy …

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5 Fun Activities Walking Distance from the Marina Inn

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on September 21, 2015

Planning to stay at the San Diego Marina Inn and Suites? Lucky you! Its central location in the heart of downtown offers no shortage of exciting diversions to keep you busy without needing to travel far. Here are five activities within walking distance from the Marina Inn. 1. Visit Waterfront Park The Marina Inn is just around the corner from downtown’s Waterfront Park, a sprawling public green with grassy areas, play equipment for the kids, spray fountains, and artwork. The park is also known for its Guardian of Water fountain on the harbor side. This sculpture was carved from a 22-ton granite block in the late 1930′s for the city and delights visitors to this …

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San Diego’s Most Affordable Attractions

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on September 14, 2015

Are you worried that you might need a bank loan just to visit San Diego? Though the city has a reputation for being a little expensive and is home to some costly attractions, there are plenty of great things you can do with your partner or kids that won’t break your budget. Here are a few affordable attractions recommended by the friendly staff of the San Diego Marina Inn. Petco Park If you think seeing a Major League Baseball game is too expensive, think again. PetCo Park offers bleacher seats for just $10 and special lawn seating for just $5. With prices that cheap, you can afford to treat your family to hot dogs and …

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4 Useful Gadgets to Bring on Your San Diego Vacation

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on September 7, 2015

While many see vacations as time to unplug and get away from the stress of their daily life, the act of unplugging doesn’t need to be taken too literally. Afterall, technology is designed to be useful and assist us on the go. If you’ve got a vacation planned, here are four useful gadgets that your friends at Marina Inn San Diego recommend you bring along. 1. Noise-Cancelling Headphones When you fly on an airplane, noise-cancelling headphones can feel like total salvation. With this nifty gadget, you can catch up on your binge-worthy shows and movies without waiting for a quiet setting. 2. Pocket-Size Camera These cute little gizmos have made a recent comeback. Many of …

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How to Have an Amazing Day in San Diego for $50

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 24, 2015

If you’re visiting San Diego and are trying to stick to a budget, the staff at the Marina Inn and Suites San Diego has some helpful tips on how to spend your day without breaking the bank.  Breakfast Fuel up for your affordable day in San Diego with asatisfying breakfast. The Mission serves up tasty French toast topped with berries and mouthwatering maple syrup. At Cafe 21, the hearty pancakes and French toast stuffed with ricotta cheese and topped with fruit is hard to pass up. Looking for a more complete meal to start your day? Order “the scramble” at Single Fin Surf Grill. It comes with three eggs, bell peppers, cheese, onions, a side …

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4 Activities Under $20 in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 17, 2015

If you’re traveling to San Diego for a summer vacation, you may be looking for ways to reduce your travel costs. At the Marina Inn San Diego, we understand that vacationing can be expensive, which is why our staff members have come up with four fun San Diego activities that you can do for under $20.  1. Go to a Padres Game If you’re visiting San Diego during baseball season, consider going to a Padres game. Even if you’re not a diehard fan, Petco Park offers a gorgeous view of downtown San Diego. Lawn seating tickets, located just outside of the stadium with a view of the game on a large-screen TV and access to …

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4 Benefits of Traveling Solo

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 10, 2015

If you’re considering visiting San Diego for a summer vacation, you might have imagined coming with family or friends. For many people, however, traveling alone can be more fun and relaxing than traveling with a group. Read on to learn more about why the staff members at the Marina Inn San Diego suggest coming to explore the city on your own.  1. Streamlined Planning Traveling by yourself makes trip planning much simpler. Since group travel involves taking several people’s different interests, schedules, and budgets into consideration, planning can get confusing and complicated. Solo travel, on the other hand, only requires that you have to plan for your own needs. This way, you can choose whether …

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5 Ways to Spoil Yourself Rotten in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 3, 2015

If you’re traveling to San Diego for a vacation, you’re probably excited to be leaving the monotony and stress of work and home. One of the best ways to take advantage of time away from everyday life is to give yourself a little treat. Read on for ways that the staff members at the Marina Inn Hotel San Diego suggest you spoil yourself while on vacation in San Diego.  1. Coronado Island Take a ferry or drive over to the sparkling, gold-flecked sand beaches on Coronado Island. If you decide to drive, parking can be a bit challenging, but it’s a worthwhile tradeoff for a long and lazy afternoon lounging in the sunshine. Make sure to get …

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San Diego’s Neighborhood Spotlight: Normal Heights

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on July 27, 2015

Called “one of the most walkable neighborhoods in San Diego,” Normal Heights was founded in 1906. Today, this neighborhood is full of unique book and antique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops covering about a dozen blocks on each side of the restored business district on Adams Avenue. If you’re going to head to this funky neighborhood, be sure to include the San Diego Marina Inn’s top 6 hotspots on your list. 1. Mariposa Ice Cream An old-school ice cream shop, Mariposa specializes in unique flavors, such as cappuccino almond fudge. With Will Ferrell and Kristen Bell among its fans, the ice cream here is famed by celebrities and locals alike. 2. Dark Horse Coffee Roasters …

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