31 Fun Facts About San Diego!

1. Holy guacamole, Batman!  San Diego produces more avocados than any other place in the country.

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2. Beachy crooner Jason Mraz actually owns a 5.5 acre avocado farm of his own in the area.

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3. In fact, San Diego has over 7,000 farms, the most in one city in the United States.  Which means you have access to fresh, locally grown food every day during your stay!

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4.  Over 200 cruise ships berth in the San Diego harbor every year. The Star of India, built in 1863, is the world’s oldest active-sailing ship which calls its home a port in San Diego. After completing 21 circumnavigations, the Star of India has survived being stuck in ice in Alaska as well as running aground in Hawaii!

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5. Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.

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6. The first driver across the Coronado Bridge when it first opened was Ronald Reagan in 1969

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7. La Jolla used to have an area of houses built strictly for small people, sometimes referred to as “the munchkin houses” due to the fact that they were inhabited by some of the actors who played Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz film.

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8. The San Diego Zoo played home to the first baby panda born in the Western Hemisphere since 1990 with Hua Mei, born to a pair of giant pandas. The panda even got a café named after her in the zoo.

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9. Water is a hot commodity in San Diego. The city imports an estimated 80 to 90 percent of its water, totaling 168 million gallons a day.  And if the imported water of San Diego was placed into gallon bottles, they would circle the earth more than one and a quarter times. San Diego Facts

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10. Pop-punk lovers might enjoy discovering the band Blink 182 hails from the San Diego area.

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11. Music written about San Diego include Bing Crosby’s “Where the Turf Meets the Surf,” and Eric Clapton’s album “The Road to Escondido.”

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12. San Diego is skater heaven. Olympian Shaun White was born here in 1986 and the legendary Tony Hawk was raised here, too.  In fact, officials of San Diego have declared May 29th to be Tony Hawk Day in the city.

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13. Charles Lindbergh made history when he flew from San Diego to New York and then non-stop to Paris on the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927.

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14. True story: the city of San Diego has never won a World Series, a Super Bowl, or an NBA Final title.  Legend has it that the San Diego Chargers curse was brought on in 1970 when the team traded their wide receiver, Lance Alworth, to the Dallas Cowboys.

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15. Actress Cameron Diaz was born in San Diego in 1972.

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16. San Diego International Airport is the busiest one-runway airport in the country and the second busiest in the world, falling just behind London Gatwick.

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18. The Old Globe and the La Jolla Playhouse have successfully sent more shows to the bright lights of Broadway in New York City than any other city in the country.

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19. All of the lakes in San Diego are manmade–and you can look, but you can’t touch!  Swimming in lakes in San Diego is prohibited.

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20. The country’s first drive-in restaurant, Oscar’s, was opened in San Diego by Robert Oscar Peterson who later founded the fast food chain Jack In The Box in 1951.

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21. The Hotel Del Coronado is the largest wooden structure in the US. It featured the first electric-lit outdoor Christmas tree in 1904.

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22. San Diego was known as the Tuna Capital of the World from the early 1930s through the late 1970s.

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23. The weather might be a dream in San Diego, but the traffic isn’t. The average motorist spends a grueling 256 hours a year sitting in their car.

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24. San Diego was home to everyone’s favorite wacky children’s author, Ted Geisel – more frequently referred to as Dr. Seuss.

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25.  It’s common knowledge that “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” was set in San Diego (as is his mistaken  The San Diego Zoo was also heavily shown in the 2004 Will Ferrell movie “Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy.” However, the scenes were filmed at the old Los Angeles Zoo, not at the San Diego Zoo as depicted.

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26. The San Diego Stadium opened in 1967 with a price tag of $27 million. It was renamed in 1981 after San Diego Union sports editor Jack Murphy. San Diego Facts

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27. The San Diego Padres began in 1969 when the Hollywood Stars came to represent the city in baseball.

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28. WD-40 was invented in San Diego by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953.

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29.  The historic Camino Royal starts in San Diego at Mission San Diego de Alcalá, and San Diego County itself is home to the most missions in the country.  In addition to Mission San Diego de Alcala, you can visit Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel by taking the California Missions Trail.

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Mission San Antonio de Pala (Source: meetup.com)

30. Located in Balboa Park, San Diego’s Museum of Man is an anthropology museum which holds an array of fascinating exhibits, including an extensive collection of Ancient Egyptian antiques and artifacts related to burial rituals and the afterlife.  The exhibit holds authentic mummies and seven painted wooden coffins, including a rare Ptolemaic era children’s sarcophagus–one of only six known to exist in the world.

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31. When the Colorado River broke out of a canal meat to carry irrigated water through the city, it poured into the dry Salton Basin seabed forming the Salton Sea sometime between 1905 and 1907. Feature Image Source: Knowyourmeme.com

 

 

What’s your favorite fun San Diego fact?