San Diego Attractions, Things To Do in San Diego, CA

San Diego, with its sunny days and year-round mild climate, offers so many things to do. This visitor-friendly city features dozens of world-class attractions within a short drive: SeaWorld, the Wild Animal Park, LEGOLAND, and the most famous San Diego attraction, the San Diego Zoo, located in beautiful Balboa Park.

San Diego

The most difficult decision to make when planning a vacation to San Diego is determining what things to do and see among the region's vast and diverse variety of attractions. From the theater to wild animals we've got something for everyone.

With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego is known worldwide as one of the best tourist destinations.

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego
The San Diego Zoo is home to 4,000 rare and endangered animals, including giant pandas. The Wild Animal Park is unlike traditional zoos, with giraffes, rhinos, antelope, and zebras roaming in huge field enclosures.

Even though the 100-acre Zoo is known for its amazing array of animals, it is actually the plants that are the Zoo’s most valuable collection. The exhibits often mimic the native habitats of the animals, including the plant life.

Sea World
500 Sea World Dr., San Diego, CA 92109
SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California.

Balboa Park and Museums
As an urban cultural mecca, San Diego is filled with art galleries, exhibits and world-class museums. Balboa Park hosts 15 major museums alone, including the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Museum of Man, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. As the largest U.S. Navy base on the West Coast, San Diego is also home to the USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum, offering incredible naval exhibits and even tour-guided ships.

The Beaches
With seventy miles of sand and surf, there's plenty of space away from the other San Diego attractions.
Blacks Beach, Coronado Beach, Imperial Beach, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach Dog Beach, Windansea Beach

1 Legoland Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008
Legoland is designed for kids ages 2 to 12, although 10 is probably the upper limit for kids to feel engaged by most of the attractions.

Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is home to the world's oldest sailing vessel that still sails - "The Star of India". This beautiful square rigger can be visited on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. The museum has several other ships as well. The topsail schooner "Californian " is at this museum, and goes out on regular public afternoon sails.

USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway is docked at the Navy Pier in downtown San Diego. The ship has a variety of exhibits and activities, including a flight simulator, watching active duty military ceremonies or listening to pilots share their stories. This attraction also includes a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors that brings you to 60 different locations throughout the ship. Touring the museum is a great learning experience for the whole family.

Harbor Cruise
San Diego has a long-standing maritime heritage and a beautiful skyline, and you can enjoy them both from a boat.

Coronado Ferry
Take a scenic, 15-minute ride to Coronado on a ferry that's miles away from everyday life. Departing downtown San Diego from both the Broadway Pier and the Convention Center, the Coronado Ferry drops you off at Ferry Landing Marketplace, The Marketplace offers a charming collection of shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and fun eateries surrounded by swaying palms and a beautiful view of downtown San Diego. Once across you’ll arrive at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a waterfront marketplace full of over 25 unique shops and restaurants.

La Jolla
Charming, romantic seaside town. Go for shopping, galleries or tidepool-hopping.

Cabrillo National Monument
Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego
Discover America’s Finest City aboard Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego. This two hour, fully narrated tour will show you San Diego and Coronado with stops at Seaport Village, Old Town, the Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza, Little Italy, Balboa Park and the World-Famous San Diego Zoo. With 11 stops, guests can disembark for shopping, dining and attractions. Old Town Trolley Tours has a 100% money back guarantee.

San Diego Seal Tours
See the best of San Diego by land and sea on the Seals. Aboard the Hydra Terra’s, you will discover the birthplace of California and its rich history before splashing into San Diego Harbor for a totally different perspective of America’s Finest City. Get a close up view of North Island Naval Air Station, Aircraft Carrier Row and the beautiful downtown skyline. Along the way you might run into some locals as well, California sea lions.

Chinese Historical Museum
Uncover a hidden piece of local history at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum in downtown San Diego

The Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp Quarter is Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district, where you'll find a truly eclectic blend of food, fun and culture all within one of San Diego's most historic areas.

Discovery Science Center
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Segway of Pacific Beach
Day Sail San Diego

Sail San Diego
With over 20 years on the beautiful waters surrounding the San Diego harbor and thousands of satisfied clients, our crew works diligently to insure each boating excursion is a perfect one for all!Whether the need is for a beautiful boat for your corporate event, a sailing lesson for you, a family whale watching experience, or a most memorable celebration at sea including private parties, proposals, anniversaries, birthdays or a romantic sunset sail, call Sail San Diego to plan your event.

San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Speed Boat Adventure Tour. A guided and narrated San Diego Harbor Tour with a twist. You are able to navigate and captain your own speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following our trained and knowledgeable guides to experience the best of both worlds – the THRILL of driving your own speedboat, and the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the beauty of San Diego Harbor. The witty yet historical narration is done through wireless disposable headsets that are given to each customer.

Other Museum's in San Diego
Centro Cultural de la Raza
Japanese Friendship Garden
Marston House
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Photographic Arts
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego Art Institute (SDAI): Museum of the Living Artist
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Natural History Museum
The San Diego Museum of Art
Timken Museum of Art
Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
WorldBeat Center

There are plenty of other things to do in San Diego besides the ones on this list. If you are very interested in a specific sight or activity, and you have plenty of information about it, don't skip it. Research it carefully before you go to be sure you spend your vacation time and money wisely.

San Diego Zoo
City of San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego
USS Midway
San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park Discounts and Deals
SeaWorld San Diego


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