Top attractions in San Diego
Top sights 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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- 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
I visited the USS Midway Museum during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was actually good because it was less crowded than I could hope for! I really enjoyed listening to the stories of the veterans and having all the equipment and functions explained by them! The planes and helicopters on the deck are very interesting and the view on SD downtown and Coronado Island are great!
I booked this for my birthday weekend. This is the first time doing the go cart. We enjoyed the experience very much. We got lost and it was somewhat stressful however fun. We got back a few minutes late and we were not charged, the propriaters were amazing and did not charge us extra fines. A great experience. I will definately participate in this experience.
It was such an amazing experience. The guides are very friendly and let you do your own thing even though you’re included in a group. There’s no big waves so no worries about being knocked off the kayak. You’ll learn about the cove as you make memories. Very enjoyable, can’t wait to do it again during the summer
It was the best experience I’ve ever had. I had a great instructor that new what he was doing & gave me the one on on time I needed. It was unforgettable.
It didn't had all of the area available to walk through like normally before the covid-19, wich is not fault of the nicest people that work over there.