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The 10 top sightseeing spots 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.

Old Town San Diego Historic Park

Old Town San Diego Historic Park

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.

theNAT San Diego

theNAT San Diego

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.

Maritime Museum San Diego

Maritime Museum San Diego

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.

Point Loma

Point Loma

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.

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium

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.

USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum

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.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

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.

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

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.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

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.

Belmont Park

Belmont Park

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.

Planning Your San Diego Visit

What about the beaches?

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.

When is ComicCon International?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Plan your visit from March to May or September to November, when you'll still have warm weather, but will avoid the school holiday crowds.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Being a senior who has difficulty walking long distances, I was thrilled to be able to rent a electric chair and get myself around to see everything I wanted, (about 2 hours). It as so beautiful with the foliage that seeing the animals was actually a side benefit. It was my first time and regardless of many of the exhibits not available, I was filled with joy and appreciation for the beauty and comfort in doing the various safaris. Because I had the electric chair, I was o.k. with the fact that the Africa Tram was not in service. I was alone and enjoyed a delicious healthy salad for lunch and easily got parking and left the premises without any trouble.

It was awesome and easy to do. The talking GPS is fabulous. I would suggest wearing a sunshade cap under the helmet to avoid the glaring sun even with sun glasses on. Customer service is excellent, but be sure you check on the address of their new location which is NOT Kettner Blvd. it’s Maison Street.

San Diego: Downtown and Gaslamp Loop Scooter Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/30/2020

Everything was great except the narration. The narrator was quite dull! He also talked too much about bars and drinking. You could tell it was the last tour of the day. He seemed to be out of words to say; or at least ones that were interesting. Soliciting tips is unprofessional, in my opinion.

San Diego: Best of the Bay Harbor Cruise Reviewed by Michael J., 10/08/2020

Staff are cooperative, friendly and attentive to the safety of all members. It was our first time kayaking and we enjoyed it so much. Although we went in the water about 30 min late, so we spent only about 60 min kayaking and it’d been much better if it was the 90 mins as described.

La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/26/2020

Нам понравилась экскурсия. Авианосец производит впечатление. Очень круто, что ветераны армии рассказывают про историю, про устройство. Но один минус- в аудиогидах нет русского языка.

The USS Midway Museum: Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Elena, 10/09/2020