Top Tours & Activities in San Diego
We can see why San Diego calls itself America's Finest City. With more than 100 miles of coastline and world-class attractions, you won't be wondering what to do, but how to fit it all in! Plan your visit with our list of the 10 best things to see.
Step back in time to the birthplace of California. The beautiful park offers monuments plus a schoolhouse, blacksmith, houses and gardens, adding to the trip down memory lane.
This natural history museum is housed in an impressive building. The dinosaur exhibits are always a favourite with kids. Allow half a day and try to catch a movie for extra value.
A seaside location means fresh seafood, clean air and plenty of maritime history. This place is a family pleaser as ship tours give a fascinating sense of a life on the open seas.
The site of the first European landings in California, Point Loma is a place of historical significance and great beauty. The Old Lighthouse is particularly photogenic at dusk.
Possibly the best place to learn about marine biology in California. You can snorkel with leopard sharks, see an amazing array of coral, or learn about protecting the oceans.
This historic aircraft carrier dominates the downtown coastline. A hit with teenagers and Top Gun fans alike, you can cover the ship with a self-tour narrated by former servicemen.
Billed as a landscape of arts and culture, this isn't your average park. A historic carousel, miniature railway, Spanish Village, and museums make it at least a full day out.
Killer whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea lions compete for your attention at this famous attraction. There's plenty to fill an entire day, and admission is cheaper in the week.
Animal lovers can get up close with the panda, tigers, leopards, lions, gorillas, elephants, and hundreds more species at this vast zoo. Try to time your day around the feedings.
For an old-school funfair experience head to Belmont Park. Don't miss the Giant Dipper - a wooden roller coaster that opened in 1925. Wristbands are good value if you stay all day.
There are plenty of places to swim, surf or sunbathe in San Diego, and it's warm all year round, just don't expect tropical waters: the North Pacific Ocean is famously cool. La Jolla is popular for watersports such as kayaking and snorkeling, while Ocean Beach is lined with palm trees and has an impressive skatepark.
Every year, thousands of self-confessed nerds descend on San Diego for the annual ComicCon comic book convention. The event has grown year on year, and now encompasses everything superhero, fantasy and pop culture have to offer, including scores of big-name actors. The event takes place over four days in July.
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- Best time to visitPlan your visit from March to May or September to November, when you'll still have warm weather, but will avoid the school holiday crowds.
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What People Are Saying About San Diego
I had two days and wanted to get as much as possible in a limited time.?i was able to visit an aquarium, the zoo, and multiple museums where I got to skip lines and go straight to the turnstiles. Sea world and LEGO land included as well as many ocean activities. WOW
It was a nice long tour that took us on the side walks of downtown and up through the vast beautiful Balboa park. You could not walk all the places we went in a whole day
For people to interessted in: to the Navy and Military aircraft, is this an awesome trip. One holds a really excellent impression about the life and work on an aircraft carrier. Thoumbs up!!!
I was able to learn a lot about the different animals. It was a great experience. I think parking should be reduced or included in the ticket price but overall, it was great.
Only criticism was the food that was being brought to us on trays should have started earlier. People got the cheese, crackers, etc. and filled up on that when the staff brought out the good coconut shrimp, etc. That should have come out much earlier. Also staff was quick to pick up empty glasses which was good but couldn't someone walk around the deck with a garbage bag like the airlines to get all the paper waste. The wind is blowing, folks are trying to eat and hold down the trash. A walk through with a plastic bag would have been so nice. We're celebrating and dealing the wind (loved it) and popping up to get food and drinks and tossing trash. Anyway I enjoy the trip but needed to be waited on at 70.