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The 10 top sightseeing spots in San Diego

We can see why San Diego calls itself America's Finest City. With more than 100 miles of coastline and world-class attractions, you won't be wondering what to do, but how to fit it all in! Plan your visit with our list of the 10 best things to see.

Old Town San Diego Historic Park

Old Town San Diego Historic Park

Step back in time to the birthplace of California. The beautiful park offers monuments plus a schoolhouse, blacksmith, houses and gardens, adding to the trip down memory lane.

theNAT San Diego

theNAT San Diego

This natural history museum is housed in an impressive building. The dinosaur exhibits are always a favourite with kids. Allow half a day and try to catch a movie for extra value.

Maritime Museum San Diego

Maritime Museum San Diego

A seaside location means fresh seafood, clean air and plenty of maritime history. This place is a family pleaser as ship tours give a fascinating sense of a life on the open seas.

Point Loma

Point Loma

The site of the first European landings in California, Point Loma is a place of historical significance and great beauty. The Old Lighthouse is particularly photogenic at dusk.

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium

Possibly the best place to learn about marine biology in California. You can snorkel with leopard sharks, see an amazing array of coral, or learn about protecting the oceans.

USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum

This historic aircraft carrier dominates the downtown coastline. A hit with teenagers and Top Gun fans alike, you can cover the ship with a self-tour narrated by former servicemen.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Billed as a landscape of arts and culture, this isn't your average park. A historic carousel, miniature railway, Spanish Village, and museums make it at least a full day out.

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

Killer whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea lions compete for your attention at this famous attraction. There's plenty to fill an entire day, and admission is cheaper in the week.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Animal lovers can get up close with the panda, tigers, leopards, lions, gorillas, elephants, and hundreds more species at this vast zoo. Try to time your day around the feedings.

Belmont Park

Belmont Park

For an old-school funfair experience head to Belmont Park. Don't miss the Giant Dipper - a wooden roller coaster that opened in 1925. Wristbands are good value if you stay all day.

Planning Your San Diego Visit

What about the beaches?

There are plenty of places to swim, surf or sunbathe in San Diego, and it's warm all year round, just don't expect tropical waters: the North Pacific Ocean is famously cool. La Jolla is popular for watersports such as kayaking and snorkeling, while Ocean Beach is lined with palm trees and has an impressive skatepark.

When is ComicCon International?

Every year, thousands of self-confessed nerds descend on San Diego for the annual ComicCon comic book convention. The event has grown year on year, and now encompasses everything superhero, fantasy and pop culture have to offer, including scores of big-name actors. The event takes place over four days in July.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Plan your visit from March to May or September to November, when you'll still have warm weather, but will avoid the school holiday crowds.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Great crew of people and a fun experience!

Seriously, these people were AWESOME! Took my wife and two kids kayaking and our instructor was super helpful as he recognized my youngest was pretty scared getting out into water over the initial waves. They guided us at an easy pace and kept it casual, informative and entertaining. Thanks for a great experience!

La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves Reviewed by Brian, 07/13/2019

The best way to know the Downtown, Old Town and Coronado Island

To new and old visitors whose wants to new those special places to visit in San Diego, then you will plan to go to those places, walking, in scooters, taxis, private cars etc. San Diego is one of the top ten cities in USA, great place to visit and the Old Town Tour is great...!!!

Great way to see a lot of San Diego in one day!

This was a great way to see a lot of San Diego in one day! At some places the buses/trollies were very crowded, and you were given a number to board the next bus. Wish they ran a little later in the summer to spend more time at various places, like Balboa Park.

Old Town San Diego: Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Tour Reviewed by Melba, 07/08/2019

Easy and cost efficient way to see San Diego!

These Go Passes were super easy to use and allowed us to see so many different tourist attractions during the 5 day period that we definitely got our money's worth when you look at individual gate admission prices. Well worth the money!

excellent - great to see so much in one setting

very nice on top deck, outstanding and informative narration! if you get hot, go to the middle deck. Refreshments avail. Saw Helicoptors, planes, sea lions, and many sail boats.

San Diego: Harbor Cruise Reviewed by Jesse, 08/30/2019