San Diego County Attractions and Activities for Adults and Kids

San Diego Attractions

Hotels

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Hostels

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Animals

San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park (Escondido) Features endangered animals from all over the world.

Sea World The place to go if you love dolphins, otters or whales.

Historical Sites

Balboa Park Acclaimed for its horticultural treasures and world-class museums.

Old Town A trip to the past that includes shopping and cultural exploration.

Hotel Del Coronado A National Historic Landmark, the Hotel Del has a rich and colorful heritage.

Cabrillo National Monument The park offers a superb view of San Diego’s harbor and skyline.

Martitime Museum Home of the famous Star of India, the oldest active tall ship in the world.

USS Midway Visitors can take a look back at the history of America's longest serving aircraft carrier.

Step back in time with a stop in Julian, a century-old gold mining town in the Cuyamaca Mountains and later enjoy a slice of homemade apple pie - a Julian specialty!

Hiking

Batiquitos and San Elijo are San Diego County Lagoons.

San Dieguito River Park "Coast to Crest Trail" includes 55 miles of well-marked trails to walk and hike. Lake Hodges for mountain biking and horseback riding.

Mission Trails Regional Park Hiking, mountain bike and equestrian trails.

Palomar Mountain Camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing.

Mt. Laguna for fresh mountain air whispering through the pines

Regional Shopping Centers

Horton Plaza Open air shopping center and extensive food court.

Seaport Village A popular place for tourists and locals alike.

Restaurants

Gaslamp District Premiere dining and entertainment district with bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs.

Little Italy Many delicious restaurants, quaint cafes & delightful pubs to choose from.

Mexico

See Tijuana Don't let the urban legends scare you - visit during the day, if you're a little wary - just use the same precautions you would traveling to any foreign country (and bring your passport).

Family Fun

LEGOLAND The original plastic-brick playland, with 15,000 LEGO models built from more than 30 million pieces.

Belmont Park Ride the restored wooden Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, built in 1925.

Mission Trails Regional Park Has three paths that ascend 1,400-foot Cowles Mountain.

Balboa Park Surrounds cultural attractions with 1,200 acres of woods, gardens, and sports fields. Mingles museums with lush greenery and a nonstop sense of fun.

Mission Bay Park 4600 acres and 27 miles of meandering shoreline, sandy beaches, bay breezes and grassy swards with picnic tables and firepits.

Grab your picnic basket and head to Torrey Pines State Park where you can watch talented and daring hang-gliders do tricks in the strong winds that sweep along the coastline cliffs.

Performance Arts

Old Globe Theatre Shakespeare and more.

La Jolla Playhouse Resides on the UCSD campus.

San Diego Symphony Classical music with some pops mixed in.

Scenic Views

Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla for breathtaking, 360-degree views of San Diego, including the gently curving La Jolla coastline and Mission Bay.

Spectacular views of San Diego’s East County communities also await guests at the top of Mt. Helix.

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