Summer fun in San Diego

Andrew J. Murphy and Andrew J. Murphy

With summer here, school almost over and almost three full months of free time in Southern California, what can you do to keep yourself occupied?

San Diego has hundreds of activities that cost little to no money and, as college students, this is important.

Here are a few things to do under $50 besides work off next year’s book fees:

The San Diego Zoo, located about one mile from City College’s campus, is home to over 3500 species.

Pack a lunch and walk, ride or soar over all five continents for less than $30 per person.

Start off with a walk through Monkey Trails, exploring over 35 different species of apes, chimps and other primates found on the African and South American continent. The giant gorillas never fail to amaze and gain a laugh.

Watch the tigers play in the Tiger River exhibit and the hippos spend hours at the bottom of a pool in the Ituri Forest exhibit.

A visit to the Hotel del Coronado will require some sunscreen and about $40 for lunch.

“The Del” lets you relax and enjoy the amazing ocean views without the hundreds of tourists often found at the other beaches.

For some all-American home cooking visit Mc P’s Irish Pub and Grill, where you can order of fries with gravy.

If you want to enjoy great barbecue, check out Phil’s BBQ, located at 3750 Sports Arena Blvd. for the coldest beer and the best pork ribs in town.

Prepare for a long line that moves quickly, a friendly staff, great blues music and a variety of sporting events on over 20 plasma screens.

Phil’s BBQ provides catering services ranging from deliveries to full service to onsite cooking that allows customers to have barbeque masters cook in your own backyard.

Also, check out the new event center at the restaurant. With two rooms and a full bar, this is a great place for birthdays. Dinner is less than $20 per person.

San Diego offers many more distractions, including the San Diego Wild Animal Park, Belmont Park in Mission Beach and the Point Loma Lighthouse.

For more information about things to do in San Diego, visit www.sandiego.org