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Best Attractions in San Diego

Updated on June 1, 2009

Things to do in San Diego

San Diego, California's second largest city, has so much fun things to see and do. San Diego is renowned for its great climate, about 70 miles of awesome beaches and a wide array of great attractions. The most difficult decision to make regarding a vacation to San Diego is determining what to do and see as the city has so much to offer in terms of number and qualitys. To make the task simple, here is the list of Best attractions in San Diego which you should never miss in your vacation planning. San Diego County encompasses 18 incorporated cities and numerous other charming neighborhoods and communities.

San Diego County promises a truly remarkable vacation experience for everyone.

San Diego attractions

things to do
things to do

San Diego Zoo

The World Famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California is one of the largest and most progressive zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. It is also one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda. The zoo offers a guided tour bus that traverses 75% of the park. There is an overhead gondola lift called the Skyfari, providing an aerial view of the zoo. esides an extensive collection of birds, reptiles and mammals, it also maintains its grounds as an arboretum, with a rare plant collection.

The San Diego Zoo Panda
The San Diego Zoo Panda

Sea World

Come celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Diego. Experience Shamu’s show Believe, and thrilling rides like Journey To Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and Wild Arctic. Join Elmo and his friends at the Sesame Street Bay of Play featuring family-friendly rides. Don’t miss the Pets Rule show and the hilarious antics of Clyde and Seamore’s sea lion and otter show. It’s a year full of fun at SeaWorld with seasonal events such as Summer Nights that sizzle with high-energy nighttime shows and fireworks. Feed and touch dolphins and bat rays, and get up-close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins.

Dolphin Show, Sea World, San Diego
Dolphin Show, Sea World, San Diego

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a very small beach, tucked between adjacent sandstone cliffs, a top thing to do in San Diego. Due to its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. It is within a short walk of the commercial area of the community of La Jolla, but retains a character "all its own." The north facing La Jolla Cove has unusually coarse sand. Grassy Scripps Park is immediately adjacent and an excellent area for picnicking. Water visibility at the Cove can sometimes exceed 30 feet, making it a popular location for scuba divers and snorklers.

Sea Lion in La Jolla Cove Beach
Sea Lion in La Jolla Cove Beach

Tijuana Up & Down City Tour

You can learn about the history and enchantment that draws tourists to this amazing city which houses 4 million people alone.Thousands of shops lined up waiting for you to make bargains or stay and enjoy drinks along the newly renovated “Avenida Revolution” known for its famous stripped donkey zebras. After the tour, enjoy a beautiful traditional lunch showcasing the city’s fame tacos and more.

Bull Fight in Tijuana
Bull Fight in Tijuana

Harbor Cruise

A harbor cruise tour takes you away from the hustle and bustle, and shows how closely the city is tied to its maritime heritage. It's a great way to rest your feet and get some great city views with ships docked beneath San Diego's modern skyline, or watch sea lions lounging on a buoy. If you're in San Diego on a Sunday, opt for a brunch cruise. Wednesday afternoons are especially good for a San Diego harbor cruise, with lots of local sailboats out for the weekly "beer can" races.

Harbor Cruise
Harbor Cruise

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    • sandiegoseoexpert profile image

      sandiegoseoexpert 

      7 years ago

      Can't forget about Balboa Park

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      Kristie 

      10 years ago

      As a long time native of San Diego, my favorite places to visit are the zoo, Balboa Park and and La Jolla Shores.

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