Though the days of poodle skirts and greasers may be behind us (at least for the most part), there still exists a way to time travel through the decades, even in San Diego. The city offers a wide array of options for people to take a step back from today and temporarily transport themselves into the embrace of the 20th century.
Here’s a look back at how leisure time was spent in the past, and how girls, boys, friends, couples, families of all ages can integrate something old with something new.
Tea Time: San Diego offers up a multitude of tea parlors, from the Aubrey Rose Tea Room in La Mesa to the Coral Tree Tea House in Old Town. Enjoy a wide selection of teas at these vintage-themed parlors, or even break out the tea kettle at home with snacks, of course, too.
Dancehall: The Cha-Cha-Cha, Quickstep, and Waltz, can be taught at the Balboa Park Dancers Ballroom Dance Club to beginners. Having two left feet is no reason to not twirl into the moves of the past.
Diner: Milkshakes, first dates, and roller skates – these are what the 50’s were made of – the diners at least. In San Diego, diners such as Corvette Diner and Classic Malt Shop allow people of all ages to consume classic American fare all whilst amidst the neon lights.
Rollerskating: Calling all 70’s and 80’s disco queens and kings. Skating around in circles on a roller rink to the funky, upbeat sounds of this decade can be found at Skateworld in Vista. Bring your friends, your favorite pair of disco pants, and you’re all set.
Drive-In: It seems as though drive-ins are in every teen high school romance movie known to humankind. This is the original home of the yawn-arm stretch for couples. In San Diego, viewers have the option to watch popular flicks at the South Bay Drive-In theatre at Coronado or the Santee Drive-In theatre. Plus, viewers can sneak in snacks easily. Say goodbye to sticking everything into an “inconspicuous” bag.
Basket Picnic: Nothing beats a lunch on a grassy lawn. Though California is an area of extreme drought without many green pastures (sans a view of the highways), picnics can still be had at beaches and local neighborhood park. Mission Bay, Carlsbad, La Jolla, and Oceanside are just a couple of scenic locations.