In the South Bay region of San Diego can be found the multi-culturally diverse community of National City. National City is the second oldest city in the Greater San Diego region. It is a family-friendly neighborhood with lots of things to see, do, and partake in. Read further for recommendations that the entire family can enjoy together.
HANNAH LEE’S VICTORIAN TEA HOUSE. For history enthusiasts, Hannah Lee’s Victorian Tea House offers the experience of stepping back in time to the 1880s. Guests can learn tea etiquette amidst a historic setting. This place is a favorite for steam punk enthusiasts. There’s even a Titanic tea experience on offer. And, if you want to take home a piece of the experience, there’s a gift shop on site with plenty of Victorian-style apparel and accessories.
LIVING COAST DISCOVERY CENTER. This nature center and preserve educates the public on conservation and environmental issues. Families can visit to see the bird sanctuaries, turtle lagoon, as well as the many aquariums that feature fish and seahorses.
NATIONAL CITY DEPOT. The historic National City Depot museum is operated by the San Diego Electric Railway Association. The building’s design incorporates an Italianate architectural style. For train enthusiasts, this is a great spot to visit. There are actual-sized original trolleys, rail cars, and various vehicles on display. And, there’s even a model railway set on location.
OLIVEWOOD GARDENS AND LEARNING CENTER. This National City hidden gem promotes “organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, empowering [all] to be healthy and active citizens.” There are classes on gardening and also cooking in farm-to-table fashion for all ages. Check their website’s calendar for a list of their events.
PIER 32 MARINA. Not only do you get to see many sailboats and yachts harbored here, but there’s a restaurant there, too — and it offers gluten-free and low-fat fare options. Enjoy a nautical-themed experience at National City’s Pier 32 Marina.
STEIN FAMILY FARM. National City’s Stein Family Farm is a living history farm museum. There’s a Victorian farmhouse as well as a century-old barn! According to their website, “The Stein Family Farm is the last cohesive remnant of an original farmstead in National City.”