Spending time in sunny San Diego, California is something travelers from across the globe enjoy doing year after year with good reason. From its sunny demeanor and laid-back vibe, San Diego is a place where you can relax, unwind, and savor the moment in authentic California style no matter when you arrive. That said, it’s also a city that comes with a few surprises too! The following are just a few of the many things you might not already know about San Diego.  

It’s a Mecca for Farming 

While somewhere in the Midwest might come to mind first if you were to be asked which city hosts the most small farms, the correct answer would be San Diego, California. For all of its urban appeal, San Diego is home to no less than 7,000 small farms that thrive thanks to the area’s diverse microclimates. These range from apple orchards and strawberry farms to date palms in the desert. The city is the top national producer of avocados and comes in third in honey production.  

It Was Home for Dr. Seuss 

Theodor Geisel, otherwise known as the famed author Dr. Seuss, has a home in La Jolla. Today, you can visit the Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego, which is named in his honor. A visit will also offer up the opportunity to check out a collection of his original manuscripts and drawings on display! 

It’s Zoo Hold Records 

Wildlife enthusiasts often head to the iconic San Diego Zoo when they come to town and when they do, they’re visiting one of the largest of its kind in the country! The San Diego Zoo is situated in Balboa Park and is home to over 12,000 endangered and rare creatures across a 100-acre park and 1,800 acres wildlife safari park.  

It’s Home to a Rare Tree 

A trip to San Diego is a chance to get up close to one of the rarest pine trees in the world. The Torrey Pine thrives exclusively in San Diego and on Santa Rosa Island. These critically endangered trees are breathtaking to observe and are well-protected within the parameters of San Diego’s Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. It’s easy to see why it was named the city’s official tree! 

Holiday Spirit Ends in February  

It’s a slightly strange city ordinance, but a good one to take note of. In San Diego, residents who don’t remove their holiday lights from their homes and yards by February 2nd are subject to a fine. The rule applies to apartments too, so it’s best to have a plan in place for getting those lights down in time once the holidays are done.  

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