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

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

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

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

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.

Attraction type: Monument; Lighthouse; National park
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Tel: 619-557-5450
Fax: 619-226-6311

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

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

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


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

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.

Attraction type: Mission
10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: 619-281-8449

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

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

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

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

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

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