Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Best time to visitPlan 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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SERIOUSLY, EVERYONE ASKS ABOUT OUR VACATION.... THE FIRST THING WE TELL THEM IS ABOUT OUR SEGWAY TOUR OF BALBOA PARK WITH JAKE! THE BEST PART OF OUR VACATION! IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN ON A SEGWAY BEFORE, LIKE US, DON'T WORRY.... JAKE GAVE US THOROUGH LESSONS BEFORE WE EVEN LEFT THE STARTING LINE. SO MUCH FUN, WE WILL BE BRINGING FRIENDS OVER AND OVER. PS. MY FIANCE AND I HAVE BEEN TO BALBOA PARK SEVERAL TIMES AND WE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM JAKE THAT WE DIDN'T BEFORE INCLUDING A WHOLE OTHER AREA OF THE PARK WE WENT BACK TO THE NEXT DAY. THANK YOU JAKE, WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN SOON! BRIAN AND KHRYSTYN www.vata7.com
Our guide, Jennifer, was super. Friendly and knowledgeable, which made for just a great tour and a great time
Juan was a man with many talents that made our tour special. He was able to get us thru customs effortless.
Booked the adventure with a dear friend as a way to have a chance to visit. She is more familiar with Balboa Park than I, but that didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. It was fun to hear her reminisce about her favorite memories. I was able to see parts of the park that I hadn't explored before. I would whole heartedly recommend this adventure to anyone.
The USS Midway tour was exceptional! Particularly enjoyable were the personal stories shared with tour guests by the multitude of naval retirees who had served on the warship as pilots, support personal, officers and enlisted, and much more.