Arts and Cultural
The Living Coast Discovery Center
The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires care and exploration of the Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats. This nonprofit zoo and aquarium is located on the Sweetwater March National Wildlife Refuge, which offers visitors an ideal setting to explore the amazing plants and animals that call this coastal region home.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States, with a world class collection of ships and artifacts. The centerpiece of the museum's collection is the Star of India, an 1863 iron bark. The Museum also maintains the MacMullen Library and Research Archives aboard the 1898 ferryboat Berkeley. The museum is kid-friendly, with a variety of hands-on experiences for families.
San Diego Museum of Man
This anthropological museum located in Balboa Park contains artifacts, folk art and archeological finds. Visitors will find plenty of exhibitions as well as a variety of educational experiences to inspire human connections and explore the human experience.
San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum or Art is a fine arts museum that features American and international art. The museum is the region's oldest, largest and most visited art museum with a nationally renowned permanent collection that includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings and 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures.
San Diego Natural History Museum
The San Diego Natural History Museum features fascinating exhibitions and a giant-screen Dolby digital 3D theater. The exhibitions focus on the unique and biodiverse southern California region, with a host of traveling exhibitions throughout the year.
San Diego Civic Theatre
The San Diego Civic Theatre is a performing arts venue that is home to the San Diego Opera, Broadway/San Diego and hosts regular performances of the California Ballet. Since opening in 1955, the Civic Theatre has hosted the world's greatest talents in opera, classical music, orchestras, dance and Broadway.
Points of Interest
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park with museums, several theaters, gardens, walking paths and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park features 16 gardens, including the Japanese Friendship Garden and the San Diego Botanic Garden. Balboa Park is also home to Pepper Grove Children's Playground, which provides picnic areas along with recreational options for children of all ages.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
The wonders of the ocean come alive at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, perched on a picturesque bluff in La Jolla with over 60 tanks of colorful marine life, including sparkling coral reefs, thrilling sharks, jellyfish and living tide pools. An interactive museum features research discoveries on climate, earth and ocean science.
Downtown Gaslamp Quarter
Located in the historic heart of downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp combines Victorian charm with urban living, creating a lively dining, entertainment and shopping district. The Gaslamp Quarter contains more than 100 restaurants, 40 bars and nightclubs, 100 retail shops and theaters and art galleries.
Old Town San Diego
Considered the "birthplace" of California, Old town San Diego gives visitors a glimpse into colonial life from 1821 to 1872 in San Diego. Within walking distance of the area, visitors will find award-winning restaurants and more than 100 shops. At the center of Old town is the Whaley House Museum Complex, featuring five historic buildings, the most famous of which is the Whaley House, called the number one most haunted house in the United States.
San Diego Botanic Garden
Located just north of San Diego, the San Diego Botanic Garden features four miles of garden trails, restful vistas, flowering trees and the nation's largest bamboo collection. Exhibits include rare bamboo groves, desert gardens and a tropical rainforest, as well as the Hamilton Children's Garden, which is the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast.
San Diego Zoo
With over 3,700 animals and more than 650 species and subspecies, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see for any trip to San Diego. The zoo is also one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda, making for a memorable trip.
USS Midway Museum
The U.S. S. Midway opened in 2004 as a naval aviation museum, providing an unforgettable adventure for the entire family with more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 27 restored aircraft. Visitors are invited to explore the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour of over 60 locations on the carrier.
San Diego Waterfront Park
Description: Since 1938, the County Administration Center has stood on the San Diego Bay welcoming residents and visitors alike, symbolizing the highest aspirations and ideals of public service. The newly constructed Waterfront Park is the most significant waterfront open space in downtown San Diego and fulfills a vision decades in the making slating it as a quintessential destination for residents and visitors.
Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is a quaint and lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops, hotels, and the beautiful Amici Park.
Spanning 1.7 million square feet of space and housing over 200 stores and restaurants, Fashion Valley is the area's most popular retail destination, meeting every budget, taste and style. Amenities include a movie theater, six department stores, a food court, water features and seating areas throughout the mall.
This waterfront shopping and dining complex adjacent to the San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego provides plenty of options for entertainment, with more than 50 diverse shops, 17 unique eateries and outdoor entertainment to help visitors make the most of the San Diego sun.
Westfield Horton Plaza
This five-level outdoor shopping mall is located in downtown San Diego with plenty of options for dining and shopping, including Macy's, Nordstrom and 100 specialty stores such as GAP, Teavana, White House Black Market, Coach, and more.
Sports and Entertainment
LEGOLAND California features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions based around the LEGO toy brand. Specifically designed for families with children ages two to 12, LEGOLAND has more than 22,000 LEGO models in the Park created from more than 57 million LEGO bricks.
Petco Park is spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Architecturally magnificent, it celebrates the sea, the sky, the natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique spirit of our region. Innovative design features evoke the timeless traditions of baseball in an intimate setting, with state-of-the-art fan amenities to suit every taste and budget.
QUALCOMM Stadium is home of the San Diego Chargers, San Diego State University Aztecs, and Holiday Bowl.
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld is an animal theme park, oceanarium and marine mammal park, offering rides, shows and attractions for the whole family.
- Coast Guard Air Station
- Jimsair Terminal
- Lockheed Terminal
- Naval Base San Diego
- Point Loma Nazarene University
- Rady Children's Hospital
- San Diego Beaches
- San Diego Convention Center
- San Diego State University
- San Diego Universities
- Share Coronado Hospital
- University of California
- University of San Diego