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San Diego City Trip - Attractions

Colorful Horton Plaza mall in the Gaslamp District

What to See & Do in San Diego

Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to San Diego.

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES


Ellen Scripps Browning Park
Ellen Scripps Browning Park

Ellen Scripps Browning Park
Along Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
www.sandiego.gov


Hike Bike Kayak San Diego

2246 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla
866-425-2925
www.hikebikekayak.com
Explore the waters of La Jolla Coast by kayaking, and see if you can spot wildlife like the leopard shark

International Village
2125 Park Blvd.
San Diego
61-234-0739
www.hofshi.net
Thirty countries are affiliated with the International Village, many with small cottages on the premises open to the public on Sunday afternoons

Japanese Friendship Garden
2125 Park Blvd.
San Diego
619-232-2721
www.niwa.org

Found in Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden has a beautiful koi pond and lavender wisteria

Legoland's Mount Rushmore

Legoland California
One Legoland Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-918-5346
www.lego.com
Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in the North County community of Carlsbad, Legoland offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions most suited for kids ages 2 to 12

Old Globe Theater
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego
619-231-1941
www.oldglobe.org
This replica of Shakespeare's original theater is host to many midsummer nights' plays (and plenty of daytime shows, as well)

Surf Diva Surf School
2160 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, California 92037
858-454-8273
www.surfdiva.com

Seaport Village
Seaport Village

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr.
619-234-3153
www.sandiegozoo.org
Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo has 4,000 rare and endangered animals and a botanical collection of more than 700,000 exotic plants

San Diego Wild Animal Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido
760-747-8702
www.sandiegozoo.org
This expansive wildlife sanctuary features roaming herds of creatures in spaces similar to their native homelands. Among the park’s 3,500 animals are a rare California condor and the largest crash of rhinos in any zoo

San Diego’s Old Town
Chamber of Commerce
2383 San Diego Ave.
San Diego CA 92110
619-291-4903
www.oldtownsandiego.org

Seaport Village
849 Harbor Dr.
San Diego
619-235-4014
www.seaportvillage.com
Get a feel for San Diego by strolling through the small, touristy stores, then renting a boat or jet ski to catch some air in the harbor

A dolphin at SeaWorld
A Dolphin at SeaWorld

SeaWorld
500 SeaWorld Dr.
800-25-SHAMU
www.seaworld.com
A San Diego staple, at SeaWorld you can meet and maybe even pet sharks, penguins, dolphins, manatees, tube worms, sea hares and hermit crabs. Watch GAYOT's exclusive video interview with senior animal trainer Jennifer Fuhs to find out more about the SeaWorld San Diego's Dolphin Interaction Program.

Torrey Pines State Reserve

11000 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
858-755-2063
www.torreypine.org
One of the wildest stretches of land on the coast, it offers eight miles of trails and a stunning parade of ocean views, sandstone formations, wildflowers, chaparral and picturesque trees

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

Alcala Gallery + Bauer's Rare Books
7470 Girard Avenue
La Jolla CA 92037
858-551-5103
www.bauerart.com

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Images of Nature
7916 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-551-9553
www.mangelsen.com

MOPA
1649 El Prado
San Diego
619-238 7559
www.mopa.org

Fans of photography will love exhibitions by Matthew Brady, Dorothea Lange and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others

Museum of Contemporary Art
700 Prospect St.
La Jolla
858-454-3541
www.mcasd.org
MCASD features art from the past 50 years, including paintings, sculptures, mobile installations and much more

Quint
7739 Fay Ave.
La Jolla
858-454-3409
www.quintgallery.com
This gallery features exhibitions by contemporary artists

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego
619-238-1233
www.rhfleet.org
Featuring an IMAX Theater where guests can learn about the "Mystery of the Nile" (among other things), this is a great way to learn and have fun at the same time

The Flight Deck on the U.S.S. Midway
The Flight Deck on the U.S.S. Midway

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
1649 El Prado
San Diego
619-696-0199
www.sdmodelrailroadm.com
Mixing fun with learning, this museum features miniature train displays to teach about the history of the railroad

Tasende

820 Prospect St.
La Jolla
858-454-3691
www.artscenecal.com
Contemporary art including painting and sculpture is exhibited at this gallery in the shopping district at Girard Street and Prospect Avenue

USS Midway
910 N. Harbor Dr.
San Diego
619-544-9600
www.midway.org
Once the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the history of the U.S. Navy, the U.S.S. Midway now serves as an interactive naval aviation museum

SHOPPING


Eden

520 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-696-3336
Glass hearts from Kita Ceramics

Kita Ceramics
517 Fourth Ave., Ste. 101
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-2600

www.kitaceramicsglass.com

The Wine Bank

363 Fifth Ave., Ste. 100
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-7487

www.sdwinebank.com

RESOURCES

For more information about what to do in and or around the city, visit the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.sandiego.org


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* Images courtesy of Joanne DiBona, The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and Kita Ceramics

 
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