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San Diego Attractions

Horton Plaza

The centerpiece of San Diego's revitalized downtown is Horton Plaza, an 11.5-acre, multi-level shopping and entertainment complex with shops, restaurants, three major department stores, a 14-screen cinema, and a performing arts theatre.

Horton Plaza
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Brett Shoaf

Historic Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego's hottest dining and entertainment district features more than 70 restaurants and nightclubs within the 16 1/2-block historic area. The Gaslamp Quarter highlights history, museums, and art galleries, as well as unique shopping boutiques.

Historic Gaslamp Quarter
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Brett Shoaf

Old Town San Diego

In a prominent corner of modern San Diego, Old Town, California's birthplace, remains a constant, colorful reminder of the Old West and the heritage San Diego proudly shares with Mexico. This state historic park features interpretive displays, restored homes, points of historic interest, quaint shops, and early-California-style restaurants. A wide variety of imported and handcrafted items is available at the galleries and specialty shops in the area.

Mariachis in Old Town San Diego
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bazaar Del Mundo

Bazaar del Mundo is a festive south-of-the-border-style shopping and dining village, complete with margaritas, mariachis, and hand-crafted treasures from around the world.

Dining in Old Town's Bazaar Del Mundo
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Brett Shoaf

Golf Courses

San Diego offers every type of golf course for every type of golfer -- from seaside settings to desert mountains, and a range of green fees that will fit every budget. With over 90 courses, San Diego is the ultimate destination for golfers around the world. Search the San Diego Convention & Visitor's Bureau Golf Services to find your San Diego golfing paradise.

Auld's Golf Course -- The 5th hole
Photo Credit: The Auld Course and Tom Head

San Diego Wild Animal Park

The next best thing to taking a vacation to the wilds of Africa or Asia may be to visit the San Diego Wild Animal Park, a 1,800-acre sanctuary that enables animals to roam freely in settings similar to their native homelands. Park visitors can ride the Wgasa Bushline Monorail (shown here), which takes passengers on a five-mile, guide-narrrated tour past groups of various species. Also available are photo caravan tours for amazing, close-up views.

San Diego Wild Animal Park
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Zoological Society of San Diego

SeaWorld

SeaWorld San Diego is a 150-acre marine zoological park on San Diego's Mission Bay. With several major shows, fascinating exhibits, rides, aquariums, and Shamu (the park's star attraction), SeaWorld is one of San Diego's most popular attractions.

Shamu
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Zoological Society of San Diego

San Diego Zoo

During your stay in San Diego, be certain to make time in your busy schedule to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo! It houses over 4,000 rare and endangered birds, mammals, and reptiles, and 6,500 varieties of exotic plants. The Zoo features include the Ituri Forest, the Giant Panda Research Station, and much more!

Giant Panda
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Seaworld San Diego

LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND California, the first LEGOLAND theme park in North America, is the newest addition to San Diego's family of world-class attractions. The park features six distinctive play areas, each with rides, astonishing LEGO models, and opportunities to build with LEGO bricks. LEGOLAND is located in Carlsbad, a coastal community in San Diego's North County.

LEGOLAND California
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Joanne Dibona

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is undeniably the cultural heart of San Diego. Visitors are transported by the architecture to a Spanish town of the 17th Century, rich with ornamentation, swaying palms, colorful gardens, and majestic eucalyptus trees, spanning over 1,000 acres. Within the borders of the park are museums, art galleries, theaters, sports facilities, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Plaza De Panama, Balboa Park
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Brett Shoaf

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla's rugged, beautiful coastline blending into lushly covered hillsides has often been compared to the French Riviera. Further inducements of this seaside village include quaint shops and restaurants, museums, balmy breezes, a variety of watersports from surfing to diving, and championship golf and tennis facilities.

La Jolla Cove
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Brett Shoaf

View of San Diego Skyline From Pt. Loma

Nestled between the mountains on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west, San Diego's modern skyline is an imposing contrast to its surroundings. San Diego is the second largest city in California, but still retains its natural beauty.

View of San Diego Skyline From Pt. Loma
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and James Blank

Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala

Four of the best reminders of San Diego's Spanish heritage can be found in its beautiful missions. In 1769, seven years before the Declaration of Independence, Padre Junipero Serra established the first link in his 21-mission chain at Mission San Deigo de Alcala. The other three missions are Mission San Luis Rey, near Oceanside; Mission San Antonio de Pala, near Mt. Palomar; and Mission Santa Ysabel, near Julian.

Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala
Photo Credit: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau


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