Local Attractions and Activities

USS Midway Museum

910 N Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 | 619-544-9600

Docked along the Embarcadero, the USS Midway Museum is San Diego’s maritime treasure. It’s is the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Re-live nearly 59 years of world history as you explore the massive engine room, sleep quarters, galley, brig and more with a guided audio tour. The four-acre flight deck has more than 20 aircraft—kids, big and small, enjoy the climb-aboard cockpits and flight simulators. Families should request the child’s audio guide tour with content geared specifically to 7-12 year olds.

The Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 | 619-238-1233

The Rueben H. Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages! The Fleet offers meaningful experiences that embrace the power of science that impacts the world around us. Explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity. Become immersed at the Giant Dome Theater through a wide variety of IMAX film adventures that show you the world like you’ve never seen it before. Mesmerizing stories showcase the wonders of the planet – and beyond – providing exciting experiences for everyone.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

2600 N Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-755-2063

2,000 acres of coastal state park located in the community of La Jolla, off North Torrey Pines Road. Although it is located within San Diego city limits, it remains one of the wildest stretches of land (8 km²) on the Southern California coast. The reserve consists of a plateau with cliffs that overlook Torrey Pines State Beach, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. Many different kinds of wildlife and flora are found within the reserve. The 8 miles of trails within the park offer an attraction for hikers and beach-goers and a small museum sits at the top, as well as the Torrey Pines Lodge, a hotel and tour station. From the cliffs or many places along the beach, it is possible to see La Jolla to the south and Del Mar to the north. During whale migration, you can see whales from the cliffs. At the southern end of the beach is a large rock that projects into the ocean, called Flat Rock.

La Jolla Cove

1100 Coast Boulevard La Jolla, 92037 |

An unforgettable beach located in San Diego, ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and swimming. The cove is usually swarming with snorkelers and swimmers looking to take advantage of this beautiful area. The ocean floor at La Jolla Cove is often covered with bright orange Garibaldi, the California state fish, seals, sea lions and countless other striking local sea life. With the protection of sea cliffs, this area rarely has high surf making it ideal for safe snorkeling and water play during the summer months. A white sand beach is inside the cove and although small, it’s a beautiful secluded area to lay in the sand and soak up the San Diego sun. The cove in La Jolla also has a gorgeous grass park above the sea cliffs perfect for playing Frisbee, enjoying a picnic against the backdrop of the cove and Ocean scape of La Jolla. Tip: Pick up a cup of the world’s best clam chowder from “El Pescador Fish Market” located in La Jolla and enjoy it overlooking the cliffs.

The Cave Store

1325 Coast Boulevard La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-459-0746

The Cave Store is La Jolla’s oldest continuously running business and home of the Sunny Jim Sea Cave. Here you can descend a 145-step tunnel that provides the only land access to a sea cave in California. The tunnel and store are historical landmarks.

Gaslamp Quarter

In the Heart of San Diego’s Nightlife, rising from the 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers that stand side by side, housing more than 100 of the city’s finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and retails shops, as well as offices and residential/work lofts. Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is a veritable playground, rich with cultural offerings that include theaters, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues and museums. For those looking for a more upscale high end good time try Fluxx Nightclub or the new Parq or classic Sky Lounge for dancing. Hit up Donovans, Searsucker, or Oceanaire for dinner first. You can spend an entire day in the Gaslamp Quarter, shopping at one of the many trendy boutiques or in the multi-level outdoor mall, “Horton Plaza”. Fun with the family continues as you discover the colorful past of the former Stingaree District at the Gaslamp Museum and the Davis-Horton House. Explore the whimsical and educational exhibitions at the New Children’s Museum or visit beautiful Seaport Village. Make a reservation at any of the high-profile restaurants featuring celebrity chefs, enjoy a signature cocktail by a crafty mixologist at a rooftop bar, or dance at any of the many famous nightclubs.

Old Town

2415 San Diego Avenue |

The historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort. Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Pause to reflect at the fountains at Fiesta de Reyes and in the Bazaar del Mundo and plan a day or two to visit the dozens of historic sites. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in early California ambiance. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is in the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century.

Boomers! San Diego

6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92111 | 858-560-4211

Boomers has miniature golf, go karts, rock wall, bumper boats, arcades and batting cages! A GREAT place if you have little to medium kids.

Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley San Diego, CA 92108 |

Fashion Valley, centrally-located in San Diego’s Mission Valley district, is a shoppers’ delight, not only because of its 200 stores and restaurants, but because of al fresco design draws in plenty of SoCal sunshine to enjoy in between stores. The center houses a wide variety of retail stores including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and JC Penny. Excellent outdoor cafes and restaurants are interspersed throughout the complex. The mall is constantly updated to include hot brand name stores and boasts the widest variety of any mall in San Diego County. Whether you need a designer dress for a black tie affair or a kids birthday present, you can find it here.

Torrey Pines Gliderport

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-452-9858

The Torrey Pines Gliderport, is the most historic aviation site in North America, with nearly 100 years of flying history. It is Southern California’s premiere location for paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes. The Gliderport provides a world class flying site, flight lessons, certifications, tandem flights, equipment sales, and repair services. We seek to promote all forms of flight and to make Southern California a destination for flight enthusiasts from around the world. For about $175 you can Paraglide with an instructor or you can Hang Glide for about $220 not bad for a once in a lifetime experience!

San Diego Sailing Tours

1450 Harbor Island Drive San Diego, Ca 92101 | 619-786-0173

Ditch the over crowed tour boats and join us on one of our classic sailing yachts for an adventure you will never forget. We offer a variety of different packages to suit you or your groups’ needs from individual tickets, to private charters. We focus on creating intimate sailing experiences by only taking small groups aboard our our spacious and fully-restored vintage sailboats. Come see San Diego the way it was meant to be. From a 2h Sail for 2 for only $79 to a Private Sail for 4-6 people for $349.

Another Side Of San Diego Tours (Segway)

300 G Street San Diego, CA 92101 | 619-239-2111

On this awesome Segway tour, you will learn how to safely operate a Segway and then take off on the adventure of a lifetime. This Segway tour is very popular because it allows you to zip quickly all around the dynamic downtown city area, all the way to our beautiful bay front, while providing a comprehensive sightseeing itinerary without having to be stuck inside a vehicle. Come try the tours that we are famous for on this unforgettable experience in San Diego.

K1 Speed (Electric go Karts)

1709 Main Street San Diego, CA 92113 | 619-241-4740

The staff is friendly and helpful. There are plenty of tables and seats to hang out and watch your friends race each other. There is also a small arcade and a food stand to keep you occupied. the go-Karts are electric so there are no gas smell in the building they goes 25-to-30 mph very fun! Overall, a nice place to have a good time with your friends or family.

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