Welcome back to Off The 56! Today we’re sharing some useful hacks for living in San Diego!
Museum Pass at a Discount
If you and your family enjoy visiting some of the great museums here in San Diego, you’ll love this first hack! If you become a member of select museums in other areas of the country that are part of the NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum Association), you may be able to get a reciprocal membership for The NAT and The Fleet Science Center in San Diego – and save yourself tons of money in the process. Check out the NARM website here to learn more!
Travel on a Budget
After moving to San Diego, you’ll quickly realize that the San Diego International Airport is not the cheapest airport. In fact, it only has one runway. This means international flights are generally more expensive and there are less flight options. We recommend checking out flight options from Los Angeles International Airport for international travel or even the Tijuana Airport if you’re heading south of the border. You can save a lot of money by exploring other airports!
Parking at the Airport
Although there are airport parking options, it can quickly get expensive. So if you need to leave your car at the airport during a quick trip, check out this hack! The Sheraton Hotel and Marina is right across the street from the airport and only $12 a day for valet parking! Plus, there are shuttles that run every ten minutes to take you to and from the airport. The Four Points by Sheraton also allows you to park your car nearby, at only $10 a day.
California State Explorer Parking Pass
If you are a regular to our channel, you have definitely heard this hack already! But we just had to mention it one more time. This parking pass allows you to park at almost every state beach and park in California for one annual fee! Check out the details here.
Kids Go Free to the San Diego Zoo in October
Every October, the San Diego Zoo allows children free admission! If you have children in your family, this is a great offer to take advantage of!
Balboa Park Free Museum Days
Balboa Park also offers free days at select museums for residents each month, usually on Tuesdays. This is a great way to save some money and entertain your whole family while getting a little education at one of Balboa Park’s many fabulous museums.
SeaWorld Preschool Pass
SeaWorld also offers a free pass for kids ages 3-5 living in San Diego or Orange County for the entire month of December! December is a great time to take your family to the park, as they decorate for the Holidays! Just be sure to claim your spot ahead of time, as there are only 10,000 free tickets allotted each year. For more details, click here.
San Diego has a large military population, so there are many deals for both active military and veterans to take advantage of! In fact, they actually have a ticket office at the commissaries on base with amazing discounts to Legoland California, Disneyland, and more! It also doesn’t hurt to ask businesses if they offer a military discount – they most likely do!
San Diego County has lots of farmers markets running throughout the weekdays and weekend. This is not only a great way to get fresh, affordable produce, it’s an opportunity to meet locals and get involved in the community. Check out the full list of San Diego County markets here.
We hope you liked our San Diego Hacks video. Let us know your favorite hack in the comments below! And we’ll see you next time on Off The 56!