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    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.

    Attraction type: Zoo; Garden; Wildlife park.
    2929 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

    Tel: 619 234 3153
    Fax: 619 231 0249
    URL: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/

    SeaWorld San Diego

    Home to a plethora of fabulously talented sea creatures including the famous killer whale Shamu.

    Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Aquarium; Wildlife park
    500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
    Tel: 800 25 SHAMU
    URL: http://www.seaworld.com/

    Balboa Park

    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
    Tel: 619-239-0512
    URL: www.balboapark.org
    E-mail: bpvisitor@balboapark.org

    Gaslamp Quarter

    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
    Tel: 619-237-1492
    Fax: 619-233-4693
    URL: www.gaslamp.org
    E-mail: info@gaslamp.org

    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
    URL: www.torreypine.org
    E-mail: contact@torreypine.org

    Cabrillo National Monument

    Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.

    Attraction type: Monument; Lighthouse; National park
    1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
    Tel: 619-557-5450
    Fax: 619-226-6311
    URL: www.nps.gov/cabr

    Old Town Trolley

    Two-hour trolley bus tours that visit major attractions such as Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Coronado and the Embarcadero.

    Attraction type: Tour; Tram
    4040 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92101
    Tel: 619-298-8687
    URL: www.oldtowntrolley.com

    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.

    Attraction type: Maritime museum
    1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
    Tel: 619-234-9153
    URL: www.sdmaritime.com
    E-mail: info@sdmaritime.org

    U.S.S. Midway

    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.

    Attraction type: Ship
    910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

    URL: www.midway.org

    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
    Tel: 619-220-5422

    Seaport Village

    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
    Tel: 619-235-4019
    Fax: 619-696-0025
    URL: www.spvillage.com
    E-mail: mcapizzi@gmsrealty.com

    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
    URL: www.rhfleet.org

    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.

    Attraction type: Mission
    10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
    Tel: 619-281-8449
    URL: www.missionsandiego.com

    Old Globe Theater

    One of the nation’s top regional theaters, the Old Globe continues to draw more than 300,000 people annually.

    Attraction type: Theater
    1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
    Tel: 619-234-5623
    URL: www.oldglobe.org
    E-mail: tickets@TheOldGlobe.org

    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.

    Attraction type: Specialty museum
    1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
    Tel: 619-239-0003
    Fax: 619-239-0605
    URL: www.mingei.org

    Little Italy

    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
    URL: http://www.littleitalysd.com/splash/index.asp
    E-mail: mail@LittleItalySD.com

    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.

    Attraction type: Art museum; Museum
    1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
    Tel: 619-239-5548
    URL: http://gort.ucsd.edu/sj/timken

    San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum

    Attraction type: Museum; Specialty museum; Military museum
    910 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
    Tel: 619 544 9600
    Fax: 619 544 9188
    URL: www.midway.org

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    For Southern States University Students, Faculty, and Graduates! WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th TIME: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm LOCATION: San Diego State University, Love Library, Room 261 Please come and join your fellow classmates, graduates, and instructors from SSU in this very special visit specifically organized for the SSU community. A finance professor from SDSU […]

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