Senior Vacation Destination Ideas in San Diego

Once you’ve purchased or rented a portable oxygen concentrator unit, you can look forward to travel with a lightweight, maneuverable machine! Let’s take a look at attractions in San Diego, California perfect for seniors traveling with oxygen.

First stop, Balboa Park. Built in 1916 for the Panama-California Expo, this 1200 acre park features gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and many art museums and galleries. Be sure not to miss the Spanish Village Art Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the Veterans Museum, and the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Just outside of the main city center you’ll want to visit several of the 21 missions located nearby. Then head back into the city to visit Old Town State Historic Park for more San Diego history.

You’ll want to make sure to stop for lunch or dinner at the Gaslamp Quarter, home to many of San Diego’s best eateries.

If you’re interested in naval history, San Diego is the city for you — it serves as the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command center, and has since the Second World War. The Maritime Museum is a must-see for armed services buffs; so is the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and Museum. You might also enjoy Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, which is a federal military cemetery featuring lovely coastal views. You may want to take the San Diego Bay Walk, which includes views of huge ships and the aircraft carrier.

The San Diego Zoo offers a senior discount and can accommodate visitors with varying mobility. It’s one of the largest zoos in the world and you won’t want to miss its panda exhibit, which houses the largest number of these adorable creatures outside of China.

If you enjoy the water, check out a whale or dolphin watching sightseeing cruise or one that features many of San Diego’s famous sites from the water, courtesy of Hornblower Cruises and Events. You also might want to spend some time at the beaches of La Jolla Cove, where you can visit leopard sharks and sea lions in their natural habitat. San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay Park is the perfect spot for walking, biking, or picnicking along the gorgeous bay.

If you enjoy hiking don’t miss the centrally located Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, filled with trails overlooking spectacular vistas. You’ll enjoy the breathtaking scenery and will hardly believe how close you are to millions of city-dwellers. The Cabrillo National Monument offers more hiking trails, as well as beautiful tidal pools and gorgeous view of the coastline.

San Diego’s Little Italy features boutiques, restaurants, wineries, and more for a day of urban culture. It’s a hotspot you won’t want to miss.

If you’re a sports enthusiast, stop at Petco Park to enjoy a baseball game, soak up San Diego’s fabulous climate, and walk to nearby restaurants.

There are tons of things to do and sites to see in San Diego for seniors. It’s a gorgeous outdoor port city long on history and maritime attractions, and perfect for taking along your portable oxygen concentrator.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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