Popular San Diego Attractions
San Diego is home to some of the most popular attractions in the country! Below are some of the most popular things to do while you're visting San Diego. If you would like more information or suggestions for your group, please call one of our helpful vacation planners!
Balboa Park (www.balboapark.org): Featuring 15 museums, the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre and the Starlight Bowl. Balboa Park is the cultural heart of San Diego and the largest urban cultural park in the U.S. 1549 El Prado # 1 San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 239-0512.
Belmont Park (www.belmontpark.com): 3146 Mission Blvd on the surf and sand in Mission Beach. Sure to please the entire family with free parking and free park admission. The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster is one of two original oceanfront roller coasters still operating on the west coast. Amusement park rides, wave machine at the Wave House, live entertainment, indoor pool, mini golf, arcade and midway style games, Beach shops and eateries.
Cabrillo National Monument (www.nps.gov/cabr): 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. San Diego, CA 92106, (619) 557-5450. National monument commemorating Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's 1542 exploration of California coast. Point Loma Lighthouse provides spectacular view of San Diego.
The Gaslamp Quarter (www.gqhf.com): 410 Island Ave. (619) 233-4692. A 16 1/2-block historic district located in the heart of downtown San Diego; home of 90 restaurants, 40 retail shops, 20 nightclubs and San Diego’s best nightlife.
Hotel Del Coronado and Coronado Island (www.hoteldel.com): 1500 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118, (619) 435-6611. National Historic Landmark, oceanfront resort, spa, shopping, brunch, dining, nearby marina and golf, boating, surfing and tennis.
La Jolla: Spectacular coastline, exceptional shopping, great restaurants, and art galleries. Stroll along Coast Boulevard and you’ll likely see a family of seals lounging on the shore at Children’s Pool Beach. Scripp’s Park, overlooking the beauty of La Jolla Cove draws adults and children alike. La Jolla Shores, off Torrey Pines Road, features sandy beaches, a grass park, wide beaches, boardwalk, and a play area for the kids.
Legoland California (www.legoland.com): One of San Diego’s premier theme parks—ignites creativity in kids and adults of all ages. An interactive family theme park for youngsters 2-12 with color, amusement, thrills, and action! Rides, shows and attractions. One Legoland Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760-918-LEGO
Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala (www.missionsandiego.com): The first of a chain of 21 missions along the California coast. Museum and gardens open daily, 9 am-4:45pm. 10818 San Diego Mission Rd. San Diego, CA 92108-2498, (619) 281-8449.
Mission Beach / Mission Bay Park: San Diego’s biggest playground. This 4000 acre water wonderland boasts more than 27 miles of shoreline, including 19 miles of sandy beaches, free parking, great playgrounds, Belmont Amusement Park, picnic sites, barbecues, and basketball and volleyball courts. Other activities include surfing, swimming, skating, bicycling, kayaking, jet skiing and waterskiing, sailing, boating playing golf or just relaxing on the beach.
Old Town State Historic park (www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=663) Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to experience the history and learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street
Sail San Diego (www.sailsandiego.com): With over 24 beautiful years on the water surrounding San Diego harbor and thousand of satisfied clients, their crew works diligently to insure each boating excursion is a perfect one for all. Sail San Diego has a selection of boats from 40' to 46. Shelter Island Marina 2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 297-7426 Mention Bluewater Vacation Homes and get $5 off each guest!
San Diego Bay (www.thebigbay.com): 27 miles of scenic waterfront, seven yacht clubs, 16 bayside parks, 17 marinas, 69 restaurants, 14 hotels, hundreds of shops and miles of waterfront promenades and bikeways. (877) 2-BIGBAY
Seaport Village (www.Seaportvillage.com): A waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex, recreating a harbor side setting of a century ago. Four miles of meandering cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, lakes, fountains and colorful, lush landscaping and a quarter mile boardwalk along the San Diego Bay. One of a kind shops, casual dining eateries, and fine dining waterfront restaurants. Located in downtown San Diego on West Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway.
Temecula / Wine Country (www.temeculawines.org): The Temecula Valley has over 30 wineries spread among 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards, within an hour drive from San Diego. Winery tours, tastings, and private tours allow you to savor the hundreds of award winning wines. Balloon rides over the wine country are popular as well. Winery Coupons
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (www.torreypine.org): More than 2000 acres of coastal land preserved the same as before San Diego was developed – with the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, coastal vegetation, spectacular hiking trails, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds.
Safari Park (www.sandiegozoo.org/park) Featuring huge open spaces with herds of African and Asian animals, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a unique experience that brings people thrillingly close to wild and endangered animals.
San Diego Zoo (www.sandiegozoo.org): 4,000 rare and endangered birds, mammals, reptiles; 6,500 varieties of exotic plants. Features Absolutely Apes, Ituri Forest, Giant Pandas and Polar Bear Plunge. Open daily. Park Blvd. & Zoo Pl. San Diego, CA 92112, (619) 718-3000.
Seaworld San Diego (www.seaworld.com): 150-acre marine life park featuring Shamu, the killer whale, new attractions, shows, marine habitats, aquariums. 500 SeaWorld Dr. San Diego, CA 92109, (619) 226-3901.