Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, teaches visitors about Scripps research and the ocean world through magnificent marine habitats and interactive exhibits for all ages. The most popular features include a stunning 70,000-gallon kelp tank featuring colorful sea life, a fascinating shark reef with dozens of species, and three living tide-pools where visitors can touch and learn about creatures such as brilliant sea stars, hermit crabs, and lobsters. Come see the mysterious leafy sea dragon and the extroverted two-spot octopus. Stay for the dive shows where Scripps divers take the plunge into the kelp tank for a half-hour show about “underwater” San Diego. Current exhibits include Feeling the Heat: the Climate Challenge, The Art of Deception, and Wonders of Water.
In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, consisting of 16½-blocks around Fourth and Fifth Avenues, grand Victorian-era buildings are home to more than 100 of the city's finest restaurants, 35 pubs and nightclubs and 100 retails shops, as well as theaters, art galleries, offices and residential/work lofts.
It’s 30 minutes north of San Diego. LEGOLAND® California brings out the hero in everyone. There are more than 50 super rides, shows and attractions for the whole family.
Museum of Contemporary Art
At MCASD Downtown, explore contemporary art in a historic setting—the Jacobs Building, formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building—that is easily accessible via San Diego’s trolley system.
Visit Old Town and witness the living legacy of San Diego history. Guests are also invited to wander free through Old Town’s historic buildings, including the blacksmith shop, Seeley Stables, Stewart House, Estudillo House and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego.
San Diego Natural History Museum
A flagship museum in Balboa Park focusing on the natural wonders of Baja and Southern California with award-winning exhibitions, films, and programs. Please click here for additional information regarding the San Diego Natural History Museum.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California is one of the largest, most progressive zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. It is privately operated by the nonprofit Zoological Society of San Diego on 100 acres of parkland leased from the City of San Diego, and ownership of all animals, equipment and other assets rests with the City of San Diego.
The zoo offers a guided tour bus that traverses 75% of the park. There is an overhead gondola lift called the skyfari. It was built by Vonroll ltd of Switzerland. It is the famous Vonroll type 101. It provides an aerial view of the zoo and is a quick way to move between opposite ends of the zoo.
Even before browsing any of Seaport Village’s 54 specialty merchants or perusing the menus of our 17 restaurants, you’ll sense a difference at Seaport Village. It’s shopping that doesn’t quite feel like it. Four miles of tree-lined paths. Quaint maritime buildings. Fourteen acres of coastal paradise. Sweeping panoramas of San Diego’s Big Bay. Weekly music and entertainment. All of it made even better by that everyday San Diego sun. Whether shopping, dining or just strolling, Seaport Village provides it all. Everything. Under the sun.
SeaWorld San Diego
Venture beyond the ocean’s door at SeaWorld San Diego. Get so close you can touch a dolphin's fin, stare down a shark and connect with the sea’s creatures in their world.
Come see what everyone is talking about and experience "Believe," the visually-stunning Shamu show; encounter polar bears at Wild Arctic; and brave the daring drop on the Journey To Atlantis water coaster.