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Fun ways to start the New Year in San Diego

Posted: 2:03 PM, Dec 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-31 17:03:49-05
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego rings in 2020 with new chances for families and singles to have fun in America’s Finest City.

While the winter months tend to be slower as San Diegans adjust to a chilly [well, relatively] average low of 50 degrees, there’s no shortage of great activities.

Theme Parks

The crowds of holiday tourists wane in January, leaving theme parks as close as you’ll get to having your own private park. Be prepared, however, for ride maintenance and shorter hours. Check out our list of discounts at parks including SeaWorld, Legoland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland here.

Get outside

Cooler temperatures make San Diego County’s hot weather hikes more manageable for kids and pets. Our pick is Cowles Mountain, a challenging 3-mile hike to reach the City of San Diego’s highest point. Expect crowds on this heavily-trafficked trail, so early morning hours may be a good choice. Find other top trails here .

Get cozy

It doesn’t rain much in San Diego - just an average of four days in January - but it’s enough to keep locals inside. Whether you want to warm up with hot chocolate or have an indoor adventure, the fun doesn’t stop when the clouds roll in. See our rainy day picks here .

Drink a beer

San Diego produces almost as much craft beer as it does sunshine. With tasting rooms and brewery restaurants scattered across the county, it’s likely you’ve sampled a local brew or two. San Diego BrewFest will celebrate this industry on Jan. 11 at Liberty Station. Also, see this list of San Diego breweries rated among the best in the world to try a new taste.

Ring in the New Year…again

Want to ring in the Year of the Rat? SDCCU Stadium will host the 2020 Lunar New Year Festival the weekend of Jan. 17. Enjoy food, lion dances, fire crackers, and bands. Proceeds will support the San Diego’s Little Saigon District. Get info here .

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