Things to do in San Diego

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San Diego is the oldest town in California, with lots of sunshine and beaches for an ideal vacation.

This city by the bay offers all kinds of entertainment – history, wildlife, art, thrill, and nature. It is a perfect family destination.

San Diego is an easy city to explore via bicycle or walk.

During your San Diego holiday, don’t forget to mingle with the locals at Balboa Park.

Discover the top tourist attractions in this balmy city with our list of the things to do in San Diego.

USS Midway Museum

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USS Midway is an aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years, and till 1955 was the largest ship in the World. Today, USS Midway is a museum in San Diego, a tribute to the Battle of Midway, which happened in June 1942.

Inside USS Midway

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Inside USS Midway Museum, visitors get to see more than 60 exhibit areas painstakingly restored to their glory days. From high up on the ship’s bridge to the main engine room below, USS Midway has 10 acres of exhibits and displays, including 30 restored aircraft.

San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo is spread over 100 acres with more than 3,500 animals. Many consider it one of the best zoos in the country for its 700+ unique species, conservation programs, excellent visitor facilities, and friendly staff.

San Diego Zoo for kids

Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is very kid-friendly. With more than 4 million visitors annually, it is the most visited zoo in the USA. Families with kids start early in the day so that they can explore more of the zoo.

San Diego Zoo vs Safari Park

Both the wildlife attractions are totally different experiences. But tourists on a budget holiday or those with only a few days in the city usually end up asking: “Should it be San Diego Zoo or the Safari Park?”

San Diego Safari Park

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The 1,800-acre Safari Park houses more than 2,500 animals of 300 species in open field enclosures. It is San Diego Zoo’s sister and often gets referred to as San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Safari Park animals

Animals in San Diego Safari Park are divided into 11 primary habitats, each unique to the animals. To explore all of them, visitors only need a regular ticket since it includes the African Tram Safari.

Safaris at Safari Park

Besides the free 30-minute African Tram Safari, the Safari Park also offers 13 other paid safaris. Find out everything about San Diego Safari Park’s safaris so that you can get closer to wildlife.

SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego is an aquatic theme park with lots of animal interactions, exciting shows, and some of the world’s most thrilling rides. This family-friendly attraction gets around five million visitors annually. 

San Diego SeaWorld rides

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Most visitors check out the animal encounters, attend animal shows, then head out to SeaWorld San Diego’s rides for their adrenalin rush. SeaWorld has five high thrill rides, out of which four are roller coasters.

San Diego Harbor Cruise

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San Diego Harbor Cruises is the best way to explore the San Diego Bay area. Visitors can choose from numerous options – dinner cruises, champagne cruises, speed boat rides, drive-your-own speedboats, etc.

Whale watching

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Tourists love whale-watching cruises in San Diego, which are both entertaining and educational. Guided by marine biologists, these tours are an excellent way to explore the beautiful marine ecosystem of San Diego.

Legoland California

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More than 60 million LEGO plastic bricks make up Legoland California. Visitors get to explore miniature Lego cities, scenes from several of the Star Wars movies, more than 60 rides, two water parks, and a SeaLife aquarium.