The Most Famous San Diego Attractions
San Diego Zoo
Considered one of America’s best, this famous zoo is home to some of the rarest animals in the world including giant pandas and koalas. Visitors explore animal habitats organized into 10 bioclimatic zones, from arctic tundra to rainforest.
SeaWorld San Diego
Home to a plethora of fabulously talented sea creatures including the famous killer whale Shamu.
One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic paradise is packed with an array of attractions, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
Attraction type: Garden; Park; Sports complex; Urban park; Museum complex; Playground; Zoo; Theater; Golf course.
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
A 16-block national historic district that offers visitors a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as an eyeful of Victorian architecture.
Attraction type: Neighborhood; Scenic/historic walking area; Specialty shop; Historic walking area; Historic village
Fourth Avenue between Broadway and Market, San Diego, CA 92101
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Although this park is located within San Diego’s city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds.
Attraction type: Nature reserve; Beach; Geological formation; Hiking trail; Scenic/historic walking area.
Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
Tel: 858 755 2063
Cabrillo National Monument
Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.
Old Town Trolley
Two-hour trolley bus tours that visit major attractions such as Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Coronado and the Embarcadero.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
This museum consists of three ships: the Star of India, the Berkeley and the Medea. Board one or all of them.
The USS Midway is a fantastic experience to anyone, the hands on feel of being on an actual Navy Aircraft Carrier will excite even the dullest of individuals.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.
Attraction type: Historic walking area; Scenic/historic walking area; State park; Neighborhood
San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA
Seaport Village is a 14 acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex recreating a harbor side setting of a century ago. It includes 54 one- of-a-kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries etc.
Attraction type: Town center/square/plaza; Wharf/pier/boardwalk
849 West Harbor Drive, Downtown, San Diego, CA 92101
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park features hands-on exhibits and an Omnimax theater.
Attraction type: Science museum.
1875 El Prado at Park Boulevard, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619 238 1233
Fax: 619 685 5771
Mission San Diego de Alcala
Located in the Mission Valley section of San Diego, this historic mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra, who started a string of 21 missions along the California coast.
Old Globe Theater
One of the nation’s top regional theaters, the Old Globe continues to draw more than 300,000 people annually.
Mingei International Museum
A museum of folk crafts with a variety of displays that run the gamut from textiles and toys to painting and sculpture.
San Diego’s oldest continuous neighborhood business district has continued to be a vibrant ethnic business and residential community since the 1920s.
Attraction type: Neighborhood
1668 Columbia Street (association address), From Laurel south to West A Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619 233 3898
Fax: 619 233 4866
Timken Museum of Art
Museum that celebrates the important role of art as a way of enriching lives by featuring American, Dutch and Flemish, French, Italian paintings and Russian Icons.