6 ways to experience San Diego virtually

Mar 19, 2020 - Heather Dewis

Whether it’s rain, distance, or unforeseen events, sometimes things just don’t happen the way you hope they will. Luckily, there are always opportunities to explore the art, nature, and community San Diego has to offer. Here are six fun ways to experience the region–from the comfort of your own home, wherever you are.

1. Seaport Sessions

Seaport Village is taking its pop-up music and arts festival online. Hosted by Tim Pyles of 91X Loudspeaker, the March session features musical sets by Low Volts and Dirty Sweet, and work by Seaport Village’s artists in residence: Studio by the Bay, Bread and Salt, La Bodega Gallery, Oslo’s Sardine Bar, Jessica Ling Findley, and Studio Marissa. You might miss the view of the bay and the fresh air, but if you close your eyes and enjoy the music, it’s almost like you’re there. Click this link to enjoy Seaport Sessions virtually at 6 pm on March 19.

2. Hikes

Miss the great outdoors? San Diego County’s YouTube account offers quick virtual hikes and tours across the region. Choose from ten different one to two-minute-long experiences, including Volcan Mountain Summit in Julian and Lake Morena, then enjoy the chill music and beautiful views. Choose your adventure via this playlist.

Hiking in San Diego: Cowles Mountain

3. San Diego Zoo

It’s true–you can visit the zoo from the comfort of your sofa (or bed, no judgement). Thanks to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park  website, you can see 10 different animals in real time–including penguins, polar bears, koalas, and more. Plus if you missed the pandas, you can enjoy archived footage of Bai Yun and her son Xiao Liwu from their conservation loan. Click here to see giraffes, owls, and more.

4. San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art is full of ways to experience its exhibits from a distance. In addition to its guest lectures, you can enjoy recorded San Diego Ballet or Youth Symphony performances in the Museum’s beautiful space. But for a quick dose of art, watch one of the Museum’s ArtStops–15 minute staff-led tours of one to three works–then start building your bucket list for your next Balboa Park visit. Watch lectures, special exhibitions, and more.

5. San Diego Tech Hub

A community of San Diegans working in tech, this group meets monthly in Carlsbad. This month, they’re taking their meeting virtual to provide guidance on remote-friendly workplaces, career advice, and key resources. Register for the March 31 meeting here.

6. Ocean Beach

Really. You can visit the beach from wherever you are, thanks to Ocean Beach‘s live cam. If the view below sounds pretty great, you can set the OB live camera to see a constant feed of the beach, pier, cafe, lifeguard stand, and more (disclaimer: dog not included). Visit Ocean Beach by checking out this link.


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