Magnet Max is a small little store located in Sea Port Village. Run by a team of Magnet Maxers (the stores employees), this delightful little store is the perfect place to stop if you are visiting San Diego from out of town and want a souvenir to take home with you. In addition to San Diego souvenir magnets, they also sell talking magnets, magnets with words, animal magnets, cartoon magnets, and just about any other type of magnet that you can imagine, including a large selection of attitude magnets. If you have a friend who collects magnets, think of Magnet Max as a magnet collectors dream shop, and a place to find everything from your ordinary every day refrigerator magnet to rude, crude, and socially unacceptable magnets, and absolutely everything in between. The best part about this store is that the magnets are not just thrown into bins that you have to dig through to find the perfect magnet; instead they are neatly displayed, so you can see what magnets are available. Chances are, whether its a talking magnet, or a magnet shaped like a hamburger, that Magnet Max will have just the magnet that you are looking for.
Kite Flite is the best place to go if you are a kite enthusiast. Whether you are a mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa taking your child out for their first kite flying lesson, or you are an old pro when it comes to flying kites, Kite Flite is sure to have the perfect kite for you. They not only have kites, but also a large selection of various kinds of windsocks, and al kinds of accessories that will help keep your kite soaring high above San Diego. San Diego is like the perfect kite flying city boasting warm days with cool breezes, and lots of parks with open space to run around and fly a kite. The staff really knows their kites, and they even have a try before you buy test fly program, where they will teach you the real way to fly a kite properly. They sell top notch kites, of all kinds, including acrobat stunt kites, and quad line foil kites. Of course, they have a large selection of average, every day kite flying kites as well. The location of this shop (Seaport Village) just happens to be near one of the best parks for flying kites anywhere in San Diego. The waterfront area makes the breezes perfect for flying kites of all kinds. You really should visit Kite Flite, even if you think you already know everything that there is to know about kites. You wont be sorry that you visited it, and you will definitely learn something new and exciting about the world of kites and kite flying. The quality of the kites in this store is really worth mentioning, some of their kites have a lifetime guarantee, and all though those kites are a bit on the high end, price wise, they are definitely worth the investment if you are a serious kite flying enthusiast.
The Mugger is a little mug shop in the Sea Port Village shopping area, that has the most mugs you will find anywhere in San Diego. They have mugs of every NFL team you can think of, as well as mugs with dogs, cats, birds, and just about anything else that you can possibly imagine on them. The prices are a bit steep, but not outrageous for what you would expect to pay for a mug, considering this is a specialty mug store. There are a couple of things about this store, that makes it a must shop. Do you have one of those names? You know the type, the hard to spell, hard to pronounce what were your parents thinking kind of names? If you have that kind of name (you know who you are) you know how hard it can be to find a mug that has your name on it. Well, at The Mugger, now you can have your name on your very own mug. They will put any name on a mug, and they have more than 50 different lettering styles that you can choose so that your mug reflects who you really are. The other thing worth mentioning is the large collection of teapots, and mini tea sets that this store carries. You are sure to find a mug or teapot, for every person on your gift list at The Mugger.
Mistletoe is a wonderful store that makes you feel like its Christmas, even in the middle of a heat wave in June. The small shop is nestled into the Sea Port Village shopping area, and they have all the name brands that you think of, when you think of Christmas decorations including Department 56 and Snowbabies. Its the best place to find Victorian themed ornaments; they have an entire room devoted exclusively to those blast from the past era ornaments that are making a comeback. The large selection of babys first Christmas ornaments is one of my favorite things about this store. Most stores offer 1 or 2 babies first Christmas ornaments, while this store stocks a large selection of them, both for boys and girls, as well as generic that just say Babys First Christmas on them. The other thing that I love about this store is that it offers San Diego style Christmas ornaments. You can find everything from ocean life to surfing Santa Claus that will help make your Christmas feel like a true Southern California Christmas. The staff is knowledgeable and very friendly. Looking for a strange, peculiar, or hard to find ornament? Chances are they have it, or something like it. If they dont, they will tell you where you can get it, if they know of a source. In a place like San Diego, where the holiday weather can feel more like summer, its nice to have a little shop like this that lets you experience Christmas full force any day of the year.
The San Diego Junior Theatre is a great place for children to shine! They offer various camps, classes, and other programs that encourage children to get involved in the theatre. Not only can kids get involved but parents, children, and regular everyday people can get a chance to see some wonderful productions put on by kids, at an affordable price. The ticket prices are much lower than those of the main theatres, and you still get a chance to see hot performances, and who knows, maybe some day that little red haired girl you saw play Annie at the San Diego Junior Theatre will be starring in movies or on Broadway. One of the hidden secrets about the San Diego Junior Theatre is that they have a costume sale every year, where they sell various costumes that are no longer needed for productions. The sale, usually takes place early during the month of October, and all of the proceeds benefit the San Diego Junior Theatre. The costume sales are a wonderful place to pick up an expensive costume for a special child in your life at a great price.
Buffalo Breath Costumes is one of the biggest rental costume companies in San Diego. Their prices are on the high-end, okay, the very high end, but if you have one of those once in a lifetime Halloween or costume parties to attend, or you need a special costume for a school event, or even a family reunion, chances are that they will have the right costume for you. What sets Buffalo Breath Costumes apart from all of the other costume rental places in San Diego is their large selection of historical costumes. Whether you want to be Cleopatra Queen of the Nile, a gladiator, a military figure, or anything in between, they are sure to have what you need. You can opt to buy a costume, instead of rent, but keep in mind, that these are expensive, not every day costume store costumes. All though their store is located in San Diego, they have a website, that features many more costumes then they could ever fit in the store, close to 25,000 costumes. Chances are if there is a costume that you havent been able to find anywhere else, that Buffalo Breath Costumes will have it. Even if you do not plan on renting a costume from them, this store is definitely worth taking a look around. Costume enthusiasts will love all of the authentic looking, era specific costumes, and children will love the wide selection of costumes made especially for them. This is the best costume shop for all of your costume rental needs, whether you visit their shop in person, while you are in San Diego, or you browse their website, dont let another Halloween go by without a trip to Buffalo Breath Costumes.
The William Heath Davis House is another real life Haunted House located in San Diego. It is not just a house that is supposedly haunted, but also, a very nice museum to visit. The William Heath Davis House is the oldest building in downtown San Diego, and there are loads of stories that go along with this wonderful museum. The tour guides are up to date on their haunted stories and one simple tour will leave you wondering just how haunted this museum and house really is. Lights that turn off and on by themselves, mysterious Victorian women, and museum artifacts that move all by themselves are just some of the many haunted happenings that have been reported at The William Heath Davis House. When you visit this museum, to take a guided tour, make sure to experience it early in the day, as the guided tours run limited hours. Even if you dont experience anything out of the ordinary during your visit to The William Heath Davis House, you are definitely sure to enjoy your visit to this special piece of San Diego history. Its an experience quite unlike any other in town.
The Haunted Hotel is another Gaslamp Corner scary haunted house. The price is $12.99, and there are great discounts around all over town. Dont ever pay full price to get into a San Diego haunted house, no matter how much you are looking for a scare, because even fast food places offer discount tickets. The Haunted Hotel isnt recommended for children under 10 years of age, and thats because of just how scary it really is. Adults and teens will love to have the pants scared off of them at this and other local haunted houses. The best part about The Haunted Hotel is the fun theme that they do every year, which changes year to year. Every time they change the theme, they seem to pump up the scare factor. The theme for 2005 brings horror movies to life, including such films as Resident Evil, Saw, and Land of the Dead. You can find the Haunted Hotel right next to Hooters, and its one of the many haunted houses in San Diego that you wont want to miss if you are looking for a hair raising scare.
The Frightmare on Market Street is probably one of the scarier haunted house setups in San Diego. It appears every year, as a tradition in San Diego, right around Halloween. Every year they claim its bigger, better, and scarier, and every year, they live up to their promise scaring hundreds of adults and children alike each season. Frightmare on Market Street is located in the Gaslamp Quarter, and usually runs from the very end of September until the end of October (for about one full month) every year. Tickets might seem pricey for a haunted house $12.99 but many local businesses offer discount coupons and tickets. If you plan to go to the Frightmare on Market Street, track down a discount coupon first. All though its a great haunted house, I hardly think that it is worth paying $12.99 to be scared out of your mind, but if you are a die hard haunted house enthusiast, you will very much enjoy it. Because of its scary reputation, there are not very many small children around Frightmare on Market Street; however, it is a popular place for teenagers. If you have one of those children in your family who feels that they are too old for haunted houses, take them to Frightmare on Market Street, it will definitely make them scream, jump, and scare the living day lights out of them.
The Cabrillo National Monument provides one of the best views of most of the city. The highest point in this park is the setting of an old lighthouse that gives you a fun, historical trip back in time. Many local schools take a field trip to this place, especially during whale migration season. Its a beautiful place to visit, well kept, breathtaking scenery, and really just a beautiful place to spend the day or a couple of hours. Its a great place to go for a hike, but make sure you have on the right kind of shoes (dont try it in heels). There are also places that you can bike around this gorgeous place. Visit on a clear day for one of the best views of the city. The light house even allows you to go up inside of it. The best part about this area, is the tide pools in the area. Just remember not to take anything from the tide pools so that people who visit the Cabrillo National Monument in the future will be able to enjoy them too. There is plenty of room for children to run around and play, and its a great place for a family picnic on a lazy summer afternoon.