Things to Do in San Diego
Planning any San Diego itinerary is next to impossible. With so much to see and do, so many activities to try out and so many regions to explore, it’s just impossible to come to a decision about what to see and what to leave out. San Diego is home to world famous attractions, a magnificent art and culture community, unique sightseeing tours, fascinating restaurants and all sorts of outdoor recreation activities. Furthermore, the presence of 70 miles of beaches, beautiful parks and gardens and unending pampering opportunities also ensure that you have everything that you need for some quality R&R.
Sea World San Diego is considered to be one of the main attractions of San Diego. Shamu, the killer whale, might be the main attraction in Sea World, but there’s a lot more to see and do as well. You are offered with a chance to check out marine creatures from up close and you can also touch and feed them. There are a few rides and a water play area for children as well.
La Jolla, (translates to “the jewel”) is an ideal name for a beautiful seaside town that exudes a Mediterranean feel and offers visitors with amazing shopping facilities, exotic restaurants, breathtaking ocean views and a range of outdoor activities such as tide pool hopping, surfing, ocean kayaking, hiking and biking. If you’re lucky enough to visit the town when there’s a show playing at the famous La Jolla Playhouse, don’t miss it at any cost. The Birch Aquarium is also located in La Jolla. It might not be as popular as some of the other aquariums in the state, but it definitely offers visitors with some exciting exhibits. The star exhibit at the aquarium are those leafy sea dragons, creatures so unique that they look to be right out of a fairy tale book. The sea horses are quite popular as well. However, if you’re already visiting the Sea World or the aquarium exhibit at Legoland, you could skip the aquarium as its pretty much the same thing.
Balboa Park is a 1400 acre site that is full of unique museums, Spanish-Mexican styled historic buildings, breathtaking natural beauty and beautiful gardens. The park was designed to for the 1915-16 Panama California Exhibition and most of the buildings in the park date back to the event. Some of the main highlights of Balboa Park include the Museum of Natural History, San Diego Zoo, Botanical Gardens and Lily Pond, Museum of Man and the San Diego Museum of Art.
The Mission Beach overlooks the Pacific Ocean in northwestern San Diego. It is considered to be one of the most popular beaches in the city. It offers a 2 mile stretch of powdery white sands and is almost always full of bikini clad sunbathers and hoards of surfers. The beach fits the clichéd SoCal image to a T. The Belmont Park located on the northern edge of the beach is also quite popular because of the Giant Dipper roller coaster located here.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park and is believed to be one of the best, largest and most famous zoos in the United States of America. The zoo offers its visitors with all kinds of animals from all over the world. It is spread out along an entire canyon and is famous for its challenging terrains and beautiful animal exhibits. The pandas are among the most popular animals at the zoo.
USS Midway Museum
If you’re in a mood to understand what is it like to live on a US Navy Aircraft Carrier, a trip to the USS Midway Museum is a must. The USS Midway was the longest serving 20th century American aircraft carrier and it offers its visitors with 29 beautifully restored aircrafts and 60 different types of exhibits. Visitors can check out the jail, the sleeping quarters, the engine room, flight control room and the flight deck. Furthermore, the museum is also home to two exciting flight simulators.
San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art is a replica of the University of Salamanca that dates back to the 17th century. The museum features an exciting collection of works from all over the world and its collections are known to date all the way back to 7000 years. It is mainly famous for its European art, Spanish old master paintings, Native American art and Asian art collections.
Legoland is basically every child’s dream come true. You can find all sorts of life size lego creations such as dinosaurs, traffic cops, decorations around park rides and a vast array of other objects. The lego block objects might seem to be the star attraction at Legoland, but they’re just decorations that have been placed around the exciting rides that the park has to offer. The Sea Life Aquarium located next doors is also worth a visit if you’ve missed out on the Sea World or the Birch Aquarium.
Gaslamp Quarter comprises of restored 19th and 20th century Victorian buildings. It is believed to be one of the trendiest areas in San Diego and is full of galleries, restaurants and shops that attract locals and tourists alike. The area runs from the San Diego Bay to the Broadway and it is also home to a number of posh hotels.
The Coronado Beach might seem to be deserted when compared to the more popular Mission Beach, but it is an ideal place for those looking for peace and serenity. It is popular among couples and families alike and offers its visitors with beautiful sceneries and an exciting aura. The Hotel del Coronado, a National Historic Landmark, is also located here. Boogie boarding, swimming, sunbathing, walking and body surfing are the most popular activities here.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, popular as the most visited State Park in California, offers tourists an insight into the early American and Mexican history of San Diego. The park was founded around the year 1820 and is famous for its historic buildings, including numerous ancient adobe houses that have been fully restored. You can also find unique shops and restaurants with outdoor patios in the area.