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.
Things to Do in San Diego
Top Attractions in San Diego
- 1USS Midway Museum
- 2SeaWorld San Diego
- 3San Diego Zoo
- 4Balboa Park
- 5San Diego Natural History Museum
- 6Coronado Bridge
- 7Petco Park
- 8Cabrillo National Monument
- 9Belmont Park
- 10Birch Aquarium
- 11Maritime Museum of San Diego
- 12Mount Soledad
- 13Point Loma
- 14Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Other Sightseeing Options in San Diego
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What People Are Saying About San Diego
The instructors was very good to work with--very patient and encouraging to me as a first-time rider. The tour covered a lot of area that would have taken a long time to walk.
There is a lot to learn, everything is very well organized, I wish I had more time to visit. Consider 3-4h for a comprehensive tour!
The overall presentation of the Midway Museum is excellent. Some tips to organizers: - you need more than 2 or 3 languages on your translation head-sets - participants should print out their tickets BEFORE you get there to avoid any hassles - the folks in their ticketing office are EXTREMELY helpful in resolving any issues The overall experience is excellent!
Our guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. We really enjoyed the tour!
This service made our vacation even more enjoyable. Did not have to do the driving and we saw all of the major sites within the city. The drivers (conductors I should say) were all excellent, funny (and say that lightly), and very courteous. The narration was great and the whole process was very accommodating for those in need of a relaxing adventure in San Diego. I suggest a MUST DO for anyone visiting the city.