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San Diego Attractions

San Diego Attractions

Bring the entire family to San Diego. With its sunshine and near-perfect climate, San Diego is a vacationer's paradise. Given the abundant San Diego attractions, beaches and boundless recreational activities, its no wonder the city is naturally a family vacation destination.

On any day in San Diego you may find yourself exploring the hidden treasures of the ocean's depths or the far reaches of outer space. The area draws visitors of all ages with attractions like Legoland, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Sea World. Old Town San Diego, Gaslamp quarter and Balboa park are the quintessential San Diego hotspots. From the finest shopping to museums, this area of San Diego is well-known for being a trendy locale. Pacific or Imperial beaches offer a great opportunity to get some exercise or just enjoy some time in the sun.

You will never run out of things to do in San Diego. Below is a list of attractions and activities to help you plan your next visit to beautiful San Diego.

San Diego Attractions

SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego

Get ready for a day of adventure at SeaWorld San Diego ocean theme park. Get up close to Polar Bears, Beluga Whales and Walruses. Discover the gentleness of the Manatees, the playfulness of the Penguins and the antics of the Californian Sea Lions.

Sesame Place San Diego
Sesame Place San Diego

Sesame Place San Diego waterpark features up-close animal experiences. A combined marine park with a water park, Aquatica allows guests to interact with animals like dolphins, stingrays and flamingos.

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

Get up close and personal to some of the worlds rare and exotic wildlife at the world famous San Diego Zoo. Be captivated by the gentle Giant Pandas, Gao Gao and Bai Yun. See Koalas and Kangaroos, Polar Bears, and Gorillas, and ride on the Skyfari aerial tram for a bird's eye view.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Dubbed as the zoo of the future, the 1,800-acre wildlife preserve mimics the natural habitats of African and Asian animals. Explore San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park aboard a narrated railway tour or get up close with rare and exotic animal ambassadors. The world will never look the same again.

LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND California is a world where imagination becomes reality! This family theme park where everyone's imagination runs free. Offeing interactive attractions, family rides, and shows specially geared for children ages 2-12 and their families.

Birch Aquarium
Birch Aquarium

Discovered the ocean world through the exhibits and educational programs at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Come and see the wonders of the ocean come alive!

San Diego Attractions

Shopping in San Diego
Shopping in San Diego

San Diego is a shoppers paradise. Shopping in San Diego is not your typical retail experience, in this town, it's all about the outdoors. Visit a few of the many malls, neighborhood trendy boutiques or bargin filled outlet malls. San Diego boasts shopping opportunities to suit all styles and budgets

Downtown San Diego Attractions
Gaslamp Quarter

Explore the many unique and diversified areas of San Diego's vibrant Downtown, the Embarcadero with it's breath-taking habor views, and the historic Gaslamp Quarter with it's old-world buildings.

Gaslamp Quarter Embarcadero
Seaport Village The Children's Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - Downtown PETCO Park
Little Italy Firehouse Museum
Coronado Ferry San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
USS Midway Museum
Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego is the birth-place of San Diego and within its one mile length and one-half mile width, encompasses within its boundaries most of the important aspects of San Diego's early history

Spend the day walking around original buildings dating back to 1821, and travel back in time to learn about San Diego's history.

  • Qualcomm Stadium
  • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park - provides a connection to early San Diego through food, arts, entertainment and history
  • The Whaley House Museum - The 1857 Greek revival mansion served as Thomas Whaley's business, was the first brick house in San Diego, San Diego's first theater, and County court house, among other things.
  • Heritage Park - a village of Victorian structures that features many styles of San Diego's Victorian heritage. Located on the corner of Juan Street and Harney Street
  • Trolley Tours
Balboa Park San Diego Attractions
San Diego Zoo

Ranked as one of the best parks in the world, Balboa Park with its immense variety of institutions, gardens, and artistic elements best preserves San Diego culture. Truely a destination for everyone, Balboa Park is situated on 1,200 acres of beautifully landscaped ground, and comprised of 15 museums, renowned performaning arts venues, beautiful gardens and the world famous San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man San Diego Art Institute
Museum of San Diego History Museum of Photographic Arts
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum
Mingei International Museum The Old Globe Theatre
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Mission Bay / Mission Beach
Belmont Park Attractions
La Jolla Attractions
La Jolla Attractions

La Jolla is known as the jewel of the Pacific, with many upscale shops and restaurants

Coronado Attractions
Hotel del Coronado
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • Orange Avenue
  • The Ferry Landing
  • Museum of History & Art
  • Cabrillo Monument & Old Point Loma Lightshouse
San Diego North Coast Attractions
Flower Fields of Carlsbad
South Bay Attractions
Imperial Beach CA

This part of San Diego is considered the most southwesterly section of the United States. South Bay is home to Imperial Beach. Boasting miles of big surf beaches and wetlands, Imperial Beach

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