10 Things To Do in San Diego This Spring

Although there’s never a bad time to visit “America’s Finest City,” San Diego truly comes alive in spring. The weather is gorgeous, the flowers are blooming, and there’s no end of amazing things to do. If you’re planning a springtime visit and need some suggestions for an inspiring itinerary, here are some of the best ways to enjoy San Diego and The Dana on Mission Bay in springtime.


Firefly Eatery & Bar Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt (on-site)

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There’s no better springtime activity than enjoying a leisurely (and delicious!) waterfront brunch buffet with live music, while turning the kids loose to hunt for secret pastel treasures. Join us on Easter Sunday at our excellent on-property restaurant for a hot, fresh, and chef-prepared mid-morning meal (featuring items like our charcuterie spread, Tahitian Vanilla Bean French Toast, breakfast favorites, an omelette station,  Roast Prime Rib carving station and much more). Be sure to bring the whole family, as kids will be welcome to hunt eggs in our Tropical Garden after they’ve enjoyed their fill. We’ will be celebrating with TWO seatings- one at 11am and one at 1pm- make sure to book your spot soon before our annual event sells out! 


Have Some Fun Out On The Bay With Adventure Water Sports (located here on-site!)

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Aquatic adventures are steps from your hotel door, thanks to our good friends at Adventure Water Sports! Their fleet offers easy-to-operate watercraft rentals like twin-engine waterskiing boats, waverunners, pontoon boats perfect for leisurely cruising, and other multi-passenger craft ideal for fun and exploration. The best part? They’re right here at The Dana, so you never have to go far to find a fun-filled day on the waters of the bay. Hotel guests can also enjoy bike rentals for two as part of our optional Advantage Bundle.

1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109 


 SeaWorld Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival (1 mile)

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One of the year’s most anticipated seasonal events returns to San Diego this March. The Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival is a two-month long celebration featuring lots of local craft brews, live entertainment, in-park events, and (of course) no end of incredible global flavors, all prepared fresh by some of San Diego’s most skilled culinary experts. The best part: it all happens at SeaWorld (as part of your admission) on weekends from now through April 28th. *The Dana is within walking distance of the park, and we also offer a hotel guest shuttle. Please ask our front desk team for info upon check-in if interested!

500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109


 Belmont in Bloom at Belmont Park (1.1 miles)

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Looking for a classically Southern California day out? You’ll find much to love at Belmont Park. This timeless boardwalk-style waterfront rides-and-games destination is located in picturesque Mission Beach, and features fantastic attractions like the Giant Dipper roller coaster, mini-golf, rock climbing, classic oceanside dining, and more. Plus, Belmont is right on the beach, which is always a great way to spend a spring day around here. And when the sun sets, you shouldn’t miss your chance to stop in for dinner and drinks at Beach House, an excellent eatery right nearby.  From captivating floral installations to interactive gardening workshops, this celebration of all things spring offers a feast for the senses. Plus, enjoy live music, delicious food, and exciting rides for an unforgettable day of family fun!

3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


 Uncorked San Diego Wine Fest (4.4 miles)

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Pop (like a cork!) down to Spanish Landing Park on March 30th to take part in Uncorked’s San Diego Wine Fest. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in over 150 vintages from across the world — along with impeccably crafted ciders, seltzers, and specialty cocktails. If you ask us, springtime just doesn’t get any better than delicious beverages, local food trucks, live entertainment, and some stunning views. So don’t miss this amazing event! 

3900 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego Padres at Petco Park (8.4 miles)

Sports fans are in luck when visiting us here. Our own hometown heroes the San Diego Padres have been bringing big-time baseball to the city for more than 50 years. The Padres’ home of Petco Park is widely recognized as one of the finest stadiums in the league, too. So much so that it was recently named the league’s #1 park for 2022 by USA Today, who called it “the best stadium in baseball.” So grab a seat on opening day, March 28th! 

100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

 The Carlsbad Flower Fields (29.4 miles away)

The breathtaking Carlsbad Flower Fields draw tens of thousands of visitors to a beautiful super-bloom of giant Tecolote ranunculus flowers every year. Row after row of brilliant rainbow colors ripple across the landscape during the peak months in spring. When visiting, guests are treated to not just the brilliant botanical display, but also a wide range of family-friendly activities — such as antique tractor rides, fruit picking, and more.

5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 

Catch a waterfront concert at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay!

Concert venue

Our sister hotel’s intimate waterfront venue has just unveiled its sensational 2024 season lineup, featuring chart-topping acts like Bonnie Raitt, Clint Black, Chris Isaak, Brittany Howard, Tegan and Sara, Air Supply, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, and many more! Don’t miss your chance to experience live music at its finest against the stunning backdrop of the bay. Check out the full lineup and grab your tickets now!

Check out this year’s San Diego Crew Classic

Join Mission Bay for an exhilarating weekend of rowing races, thrilling competitions, and waterfront fun. Discover the excitement of this renowned sailing event, where teams from across the nation come together to showcase their skills and spirit. Check out the event page for all the details and be part of the action!

Barks and Brewfest

Calling all dog lovers and beer enthusiasts in San Diego! Get ready for a paw-some day out at Barks and Brewfest, happening at Waterfront Park San Diego!  Treat your furry friends to a day of fun, featuring craft beer, delicious food, live music, and pet-friendly activities. Don’t miss out on this tail-wagging celebration! Grab your tickets now and get ready for a day filled with wagging tails and good time!

Plan Your Springtime Stay at The Dana

There’s nothing quite like springtime on Mission Bay and there’s no better spot to experience it than The Dana. Our exceptional accommodations, world-class service and guest-friendly amenities make us the ideal place to enjoy the season. We’ll have a full schedule of activities on our events calendar soon, so check back often for updates. 

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