Attractions

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San Diego is one of the nation’s top travel destinations and best cities. San Diego attractions include the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Balboa Park, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, Mission Bay, Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Bay, it’s miles of beaches, many towns, campgrounds, parks, lakes, mountains, reserves, and much more.

By Location

San Diego Coast Attractions
The San Diego coastline has several attractions, including historic downtowns, museums, theatre, parks, ocean piers, tidepools and campgrounds, and much more.

San Diego Bay Attractions
San Diego Bay area has several attractions, including historic downtowns, specialty shopping centers, shoreline parks, marinas, harbors, museums, landmarks, historic sites, theatre, campgrounds, and much more.

Mission bay Attractions
Mission Bay has several attractions, including shoreline parks, secluded coves,  watersports centers, campgrounds, and island paradises.

San Diego Inland Attractions
San Diego inland area has several attractions, including historic downtowns, museums, theatre, parks, reserves, lakes, campgrounds, casinos, wineries, horse ranches, and more.

Uptown San Diego Attractions
Uptown San Diego has several attractions, including historic downtowns, theatre, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and more.

By Attraction Type

Theme Parks
San Diego has some top-notch theme parks, including LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Zoo Safari Park, Belmont Park, Aquatica and Birch Aquarium.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park is one of San Diego’s greatest treasures and offers tourists and locals alike an eyeful of beautiful architecture, serene gardens, mind-opening museums and, of course, the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Boardwalks
Stroll on a concrete path along the shore. Mission Beach boardwalk is the longest, La Jolla Coast Walk is the most scenic.

Campgrounds
Chose from a handful of campgrounds along the coast—atop ocean bluffs, and one next to the sand.

Casinos
Several top-rated casino resorts, with world-class entertainment, dining, golf, spa, all in scenic settings.

Downtowns
Historic downtown districts, along the coast, including Coast Hwy 101.

Farmers Markets
Several along the coast.They offer fresh produce, imported foods, arts & crafts, entertainment.

Harbors
Stroll along Oceanside Harbor’s boardwalk, dine at an outdoor cafe, go on a fishing charter.

Horse Ranches
East County is filled with ranches, of all sizes, offering diverse disciplines, sales, boarding, and trail riding.

Lagoons, Reserves, Preserves
These wetlands are often overlooked by passerbys. They have hiking trails and serene surroundings.

Lakes
The lakes and surrounding areas offer fishing, boating, hiking, and camping in some cases.

Marinas
San Diego has several marinas, located at Oceanside Harbor, Mission Bay, Coronado, Shelter Island, America’s Cup Harbor, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, National City, and Chula Vista.

Museums, Landmarks, Historic Places
Art, music, history and surf museum along the coast. Historic sites.

Nature Centers
Located next to lagoons or reserves, nature centers offer exhibits, workshops, and tours.

Parks
These parks are next to or overlook the ocean, ideal for a picnic, walk, snooze, or play.

Piers
Walk out to the end of a public pier. Enjoy the scenic view, go fishing, dine at a pier restaurant.

Shopping
Shopping promenades, shopping malls, specialty shopping districts, and more.

Theatre, Art & Music
Several beach towns have live theatre houses. Del Mar has a cool art center, Oceanside an outdoor amphitheatre.

Tidepools
Explore San Diego reefs at low tide. Point Loma is the most extensive with Docents available.

Old Town San Diego
Old Town State Historic Park and Village, Whaley House Museum, Heritage Park, The Presidio, Serra Museum and more.

Swap Meets
Shop or barter for merchandise ranging from low quality items to bargain priced items of the highest quality or used goods. Also, food, fresh produce and more.

Watersports, Recreation
Aquatic and recreation centers, boat rentals and classes, hang gliding, and more.

Wineries
Small boutique wineries and vineyards fill the rural country side of East San Diego County. Several wineries in particular are located in the beautiful Ramona Valley.

San Diego Bay
The Bay has a harbor, deep water port and US Navel Base. The bay is 12 miles long and up to 3 miles wide.

Other
Includes La Jolla Caves, Steven Birch Aquarium, and Self Realization Fellowship Gardens.