Grab Your Girl Gang and Have a Sunday Funday!
Let’s be honest—Super Bowl Sunday isn’t for everyone. Sure, we love any excuse to gather with friends over chips, dip and a round of cold beers, but if football simply isn’t your game, you’re not alone. Why waste a Sunday pretending to care about touchdowns when you could plan a Sunday Funday with your girls? San Diego is home to tons of great restaurants, museums and outdoor activities, and there are plenty of ways to avoid FOMO while skipping on the standard Super Bowl festivities. So we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do on Super Bowl Sunday when you simply DGAF about the game.
Get Brunch at Madi in Normal Heights
Swap beers for mimosas this year! Madi is the latest and greatest spot to hit the San Diego brunch scene. This bright and colorful eatery specializes in all things breakfast food. Spend game day by getting your griddle game on and enjoying a stack of their sweet strawberry and mango pancakes. If savory is more your move, the chilaquiles verdes come with a perfectly poached egg and carnitas. Of course, no brunch would be complete without mimosas, and Madi has six different flavors to choose from, ranging from mango mint to white peach and basil.
Take an Edible and Explore WNDR Museum
Prefer getting trippy over waiting for halftime? WNDR Museum is an award-winning, immersive light and sound simulation that takes visitors on a wild ride in the name of art. General admission is $32, but if you want to go all-out with the VIP experience that includes expedited entry, tickets are $50. From light floors that’ll make you feel like you’re floating to a quantum mirror room that has over 150 mirrors, WNDR Museum curates an otherworldly experience that is meant to be paired with your favorite edible.
Take a Seaside Yoga Class at Moonlight Beach
Get zen on Super Bowl Sunday with a yoga class at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Instead of listening to screaming fans, listen to the sound of the waves hitting the sand as you get in tune with your body and stretch into serenity. The class is hosted by Yoga in Beautiful Places and takes place every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. A single drop-in class is $20, but if you plan on continuing past Super Bowl Sunday, you can buy a 10-class punch card for $150.
Spend a Self-Care Day at Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge
Skip the Sunday scaries and immerse yourself in a world of relaxation at Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge, located on the grounds of Oceanside’s Seabird Resort. Sit back and let your worries melt away as you enjoy Pacific views from the comfort of your plush and private lounge chair while waiting for your service. Sunny’s Spa offers everything from customizable massages to metaphysical therapies like reiki and sound bathing. Get your body and soul right before heading to the beauty salon for an oceanside mani and pedi. You can also turn to Sunny’s Spa for all of your hair-care needs, including cuts and colors.
Rent a Duffy Boat on Mission Bay
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Become the captain of your own team by renting a Duffy Boat and cruising around Mission Bay. Aqua Adventures offers a fleet of easy-to-drive boats that are perfect for a group of friends looking to hit the sea without the stress. You can even bring all of your favorite drinks and snacks on board, and each Duffy is complete with a built-in cooler and Bluetooth stereo. The full canopy top and window enclosure ensure that you’ll stay warm and dry no matter the weather, and since the boat can only go about 5 miles per hour, anyone over the age of 21 can drive.
Sip + Listen to Music at Part Time Lover
Get your mind off the game and into some music by visiting Part Time Lover for craft cocktails and vintage record shopping with your besties. This retro, Japanese-inspired listening bar sets the scene with ‘70s-inspired lamps, midcentury modern furniture and walls of classic records. The record shop portion of the establishment is open from 4 to 10 p.m., while the bar keeps the fun going all the way until 2 a.m. The rotating cocktail list features innovative combinations and fresh flavors, but you can’t go wrong with the dirty martini made with Japanese gin, Fino sherry and a housemade scallion brine.
Take a Pottery Class at Mud Lily
Looking to get down and dirty this weekend? Let the creative juices flow by taking a pottery class at Mud Lily in the hip neighborhood of North Park. This modern and airy studio offers everything from ongoing ceramics classes to one-time pottery workshops, allowing you to find an experience best suited for your group’s needs and interests. If you opt in for the one-time workshop, you’ll be able to complete an entire project in just one visit, and you can choose between hand-building or the pottery wheel.
Eat Your Hearts out at Market on 8th
More of a foodie than a football fan? We don’t blame you. Market on 8th is the ultimate place to satisfy multiple cravings in one place. With 15 different merchants on-site, patrons are able to restaurant hop and even do some boutique shopping along the way. If you’re looking to keep warm from the winter weather, enjoy a bowl of ramen from Weapon Ramen and spend your Sunday slurping away. Looking for something light and fresh? EWA88: Poke is a veteran-owned business that keeps things traditional and true to the Hawaiian dish.
Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.