San Diego Attractions

A guide to America's finest city

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San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public. Here are some suggestions for places to visit.

 

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Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park’s site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use. Balboa Park is managed and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Diego.

Top things to see at Balboa:
El Prado
The San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park Carousel and RailRoad
Botanical Building

Birch Aquarium

San Diego is a mecca for aquatic wildlife and oceanic ecosystems; it’s one reason you must visit the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. This La Jolla aquarium has much to offer kids and adults, making it one of the top things to do in La Jolla for families.

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium is home to more than 3,000 fish and 60 habitats, providing a unique opportunity to become immersed in an underwater world of sharks, seahorses, living coral reefs and more! Contained within the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the aquarium offers an immersive experience of the ocean sciences, conservation and research.

 

Coronado

Coronado is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across the San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego. It was founded in the 1880s. Its population was 24,697 at the 2010 census, up from 24,100 at the 2000 census. Coronado lies on the geographic combination of an island connected to the mainland by a tombolo called the Silver Strand

Things to see at Coronado:
Coronado Ferry Landing
Coronado Beach
Hotel Del Coronado
Glorietta Bay

Disneyland

Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.

Disneyland is about an hour and a half drive from San Diego.

Downtown

Downtown San Diego, also referred to as Centre City, is the city center of San Diego, California, the eighth largest city in the United States. In 2010, the Centre City area itself had a population of more than 28,000.

Things to see and do in Downtown:
Gaslamp Quarter
Petco Park
Horton Plaza (shopping mall)

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a laid-back neighborhood whose namesake sands attract surfers, sunbathers and volleyball players. A paved path curls around Mission Bay, a popular spot for water sports. Belmont Park is a small amusement park with a wooden roller coaster built in 1925, while SeaWorld San Diego has marine shows and up-close views of orcas and dolphins. Mission Boulevard is lined with casual cafes and eateries.

Things to see or do at Mission Beach:
Belmont Park
Surfing, Biking, and Body Boarding Rentals
Mission Bay Aquatics

 

 

 

Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex adjacent to San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego, California. It is located at 849 West Harbor Drive, at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Kettner.

Things to see or do at Seaport Village:
Seaport Village
Embarcadero Marina Park
Plenty of stores for shopping and souvenirs

 

 

 

SeaWorld

SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California, United States, inside the city’s Mission Bay Park.

 

 

 

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain is a 262-acre theme park located in the Santa Clarita, California neighborhood of Valencia, 35 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles.

Six Flags Magic Mountain is about a 2 hour and 20 minute drive from San Diego. If you are seeking for a thrill of roller coaster rides, this is the place to make sure to visit.

 

 

 

 

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, California.

This is about 2 hours away from San Diego.

 

 

 

 

USS Midway

The USS Midway Museum is a maritime museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway.