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The most difficult part of planning a San Diego vacation is deciding what to do, what to see and where to go. With infinite options for activities to try, regions to explore and attractions to enjoy, you’ll find something new each time you visit.
San Diego offers every kind of activity imaginable; from world-renowned attractions, unlimited outdoor recreation, a thriving arts and culture community, sightseeing tours and award-winning restaurants, you’re sure to find a host of things to entertain and inspire.
But perhaps the best part of a San Diego vacation is doing nothing at all. With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, countless parks and gardens, and endless opportunities for pampering at one of the areas many spas and resorts, San Diego is an excellent destination for some quality R&R.
San Diego Beaches: If San Diego is known for one thing, it would be for our gorgeous beaches. With 70 miles of pristine coastline, year-around sunshine and mild temperatures, you can enjoy the surf and sand almost any day of the year. For visitors and locals alike, the beach is a veritable wonderland and the place to spend entire days with family and friends.
From expansive sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, reefs, tide pools and everything in between, the beaches in San Diego are as varied as the California beach towns that were built around them. Discover beaches perfect for families and dogs, beaches coveted by the world’s top surfers, or to enjoy a fire, play volleyball, spot sea creatures or simply relax and people watch. One thing’s for sure, on any given day at any beach in San Diego, you’ll find a front row seat to a magnificent display of the western sky as the sun descents into the Pacific.
Theme Parks/Attractions: San Diego is home to many of Southern California’s top tourist attractions which provide exhilaration, education and excitement for adults and kids of all ages. San Diego’s close proximity to Anaheim also makes for an easy day trip to Disneyland.
LEGOLAND® California Resort has a lot that's new to make your visit the most memorable ever. This summer, play your part at Pirate Reef. Families choose the blue ship or the red ship and fire water cannons across the ships' bows. To add to the excitement, you can join a buccaneer-filled boat as it races down a flume between the battling ships. The Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, including the new LEGO® STAR WARS™ Miniland area and the world’s first LEGOLAND Water Park with fun slides and a lazy river where you can build your own LEGO themed raft.
At SEA LIFE™ Aquarium, you'll find undersea creatures like sea stars, sharks and stingrays, along with interactive discovery zones. And our newest exhibit, CLAWS! is a real grabber, showcasing crabs and other crustaceans in an up-close encounter.
Come celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Diego. Experience the amazing Shamu show, and thrilling rides like Journey To Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and Wild Arctic. Dive into the world of sea turtles at Turtle Reef, an attraction featuring a 300,000-gallon aquarium with up to 60 threatened sea turtles, an interactive game that teaches kids about the threats turtles face in the wild, a map that tracks rehabilitated turtles and an exciting ride called Riptide Rescue. Don't miss the Pets Rule! show and the hilarious antics of Clyde and Seamore's sea lion and otter show. Feed and touch dolphins, and get up-close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins.
An urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit amazing habitats for animals such as gorillas, tigers, sun bears, flamingos, mandrills, polar bears, birds of paradise, giant tortoises, leopards and more. Take a Panda Trek to visit the giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and to see a herd of Asian elephants. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or an aerial view from Skyfari, dine in the peaceful surroundings of Albert’s Restaurant, and see animals up close in the Children's Zoo. The festive, lively atmosphere makes the San Diego Zoo a great place for family fun and gathering friends.
Shopping: If you’re looking for some retail therapy, San Diego is the perfect place to indulge. Shopping can be enjoyed outdoors in San Diego, where open-air malls and shopping centers beam with sunshine throughout the year. From luxury brand storefronts, unique boutiques, vintage shops and antique malls, if you’re looking to make some investments or just browsing for inspiration, there’s plenty of places to exercise your stroll, and your wallet.
Sports & Recreation: San Diego's ideal climate, 70 miles of coastline and diverse topography encourages year-round recreation opportunities for visitors and residents alike. Match that with San Diego’s active lifestyle and you’re sure to find something exhilarating, exciting and thrilling to watch, do and discover in San Diego.
San Diegans love a good adventure, and will stop at nothing to take advantage of the area’s natural playground -- on the water, in the air, or on the trails. For a bird’s eye perspective on the gorgeous San Diego coastline, try your hand at paragliding or hang gliding from La Jolla’s Gliderport. A plethora of options await for recreation on the water; from fishing, sailing and jet-skiing, scuba diving to surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and kite boarding. On land, explorers can enjoy gorgeous hikes in the desert or a trek up mountains to take in beautiful views, tour the terrain on horseback or on a mountain bike, or enjoy the lush greens of the many golf courses spotted throughout the region.
Arts & Culture: San Diego’s vibrant arts and culture scene teems with lively performances, thought-provoking exhibitions, and engaging historic sites and monuments. Known as the Smithsonian of the West, Balboa Park hosts an incredible concentration of arts and culture offerings including 15 museums and performing arts venues. San Diego is also home to two Tony® Award-winning theatres, historic sites, public art, music, dance, film, galleries, missions and a multitude of other cultural offerings. No matter what inspires you, there’s always something happening in San Diego to engage your senses and enrich your mind.
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Text & Facts courtesy: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau