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San Diego Tourist Attractions

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Things To Do In San Diego

There are way more San Diego tourist attractions than you might imagine, so I hope you're planning to stay awhile.  If your vacation time is short, you'll just have to choose from this humongous array of fun things to do.

Of course,  different things will interest different people, whether you are a family with teenagers, a group of friends on college break, parents with toddlers, honeymooning newlyweds, or retired baby boomers enjoying your freedom.  There's definitely something for everyone here, from tours to museums to theme parks to historical sights. 

And if you're on a beach vacation, take some time out to see what else this town has to offer:


  • Balboa Park Museums --  A staggering 15 museums to explore!
  • San Diego Museums -- Other museums outside of Balboa Park
  • USS Midway Museum -- A navy aircraft carrier with many restored aircraft
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum-- learn about aviation and space flight history
  • New Children's Museum -- interactive art museum for kids of all ages
Natural History Museum Balboa Park

Theme Parks and
Major San Diego Tourist Attractions

Of course, everyone's heard of San Diego Sea World, home of Shamu the legendary killer whale.

The world famous zoo is an unforgettable experience, with animal exhibits, shows, and giant pandas! 

Wild Animal Park San Diego is now called the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  See wild animals in natural habitats while on a safari-like experience. They also have shows and other exhibits.

Legoland California is in Carlsbad in North County San Diego and features fun lego themed rides for kids and lego lovers of all ages.

Belmont Park San Diego is a beachfront amusement center with various rides and a roller coaster.

Boomers! San Diego has go carts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, an arcade and a mini theme park for little ones.

Other Sights Around Town

  • Many of these listed below are free San Diego tourist attractions for just looking around, but some charge admission if you want to shop, dine, or take a more in depth view...

  • Balboa Park San Diego -- besides all the museums, a gorgeous place to just walk around on a nice day
  • Tijuana -- the San Diego Trolley can take you there, but it's not such a safe place anymore...if you do go, better to take a guided tour
  • Cabrillo National Monument -- there's a visitor center, tidepools, great views, historical learning experience, a lighthouse and more
  • Gas Lamp District -- a Victorian National Historic District with shopping, dining and nightlife
  • Little Italy San Diego -- an historical yet modern urban business district which has been restored
  • Mission San Diego de Alcala -- the first of the 21 California missions, this one is still an active Catholic parish and has a visitor center and gift shop
  • Old Town San Diego -- historical Mexican area for tourists with shops and dining
  • Bazaar Del Mundo -- in Old Town, this open Mexican style market has unique shops and al fresco dining
  • Seaport Village -- shops, entertainment and restaurants by the bay
  • Birch Aquarium -- part of the Scripps Institute, located just north in La Jolla
  • Coronado -- lovely beach, resorts, marina, restaurants...take the ferry or famous bridge

    and for beach vacationers, let's not forget...

  • Mission Bay San Diego -- the largest man-made aquatic park in the U.S., with an endless variety of boating and water activities possible
  • San Diego beaches -- take advantage of the great weather here!

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