San Diego Attractions


Bailey Waitley of San DiegoB Street Pier has long been a mustering point for catamaran trips to the Island of Catalina, and cruise trips to Mexico's Ensenada. B Street Cruise Ship Terminal welcomes dozens of gleaming cruise vessels calling throughout the year.

Visit Balboa Park where the 200 foot California Tower's 100 bell carillon chimes every 15 minutes and includes admission to 13 attractions plus deluxe admission to the San Diego Zoo. Also see the Botanical Building, Japanese Friendship Garden, and the San Diego Aerospace Museum. Northeast edge of the Business District. 619-239-0512

Belmont Park's wooden roller coaster, a carousel and a 175 foot long indoor swimming pool are part of this Oceanside amusement park's allure. 3146 Mission Road. 619-656-1500

San Diego Bay invites water exploration with narrated harbor tours for North Day, South Bay, Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, North Island Naval Air station, the Submarine Base, Coronado Bridge and more. A ferry shuttles between B Street Pier (downtown) and The Ferry Landing Marketplace (Coronado). 1050 North Harbor Drive. 800-44-CRUISE

East County Performing Arts Center is vital to sustaining this vibrant cultural resource that has the potential to enrich our lives. Locate at 210 East Main in downtown El Cajon. 619-440-0395

Gaslamp Quarter is a 16-block National Historic District that contains most of San Diego's Victorian-style commercial buildings. Fourth and Fifth Avenues from Broadway to Market Street.

Upscale La Jolla staked out its own postal zone and is often viewed with good cause as the Monte Carlo of California. The coastal attraction here is Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Kayaking among the La Jolla sea caves, the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Park and picturesque underwater marine preserve, wildlife abounds and sightings of seals, sea lions, dolphins, cormorants, pelicans, garibaldi, and gentle leopard sharks are common. 1492 North Harbor Drive. 619-234-9153

Mission Bay has free admission for kite flying and this 4600 acre aquatic park includes 27 miles of bay front beach and 17 miles of ocean frontage. 2688 East Mission Bay Drive. 619-276-8200

Old Town San Diego is a six-block area of the San Diego State Historic Park which marks the founding of the first European settlement in California and encompasses many of San Diego's original buildings. Bounded by Wallace, Juan, Twigs and Congress Streets.

The 100 year old San Diego Zoo, one of the largest, most famous in the world, has some of the rarest specimens in captivity with exhibits replicating natural environments of the animals. The zoo now cares for more than 4,000 animals representing 800 species. Zoo Drive in Balboa Park. 619-234-3153

Seaport Village, connecting hotels and the convention center with the Harbor is a 14-acre outdoor mall with 75 shops, arts and crafts, dining and recreation with opportunity for sunset watching. 849 West Harbor Drive. 619-235-6569

Sea World of San Diego has hosted more than 100 million adventure-seekers with amazing animals and wondrous shows. Guests can dine with Shamu at a pool side buffet. 500 Sea World Drive. 619-226-3901

Whale watching is uniquely San Diego. On their annual migration from Alaska to Mexico, some 200 barnacled gray whales pass in review of the San Diego coastline each day, often coming within yards of tour boats. Tours, accompanied by a naturalist, start December 26th and run through the end of March. 1050 North Harbor Drive. 619-234- 4111

Wild Animal Park is just 32 miles northeast of the San Diego Zoo and is an 1800-acre wildlife preserve, which allows visitors to view herds of exotic animals as they might have been seen in their native Asia and Africa. Over 3500 animals representing 260 species, and is also an accredited botanical garden. 15500 San Pasquai Valley Road. 760-747-8702