San Diego Tourist Attractions

San Diego Tourist Attractions
Sun seekers flock to San Diego with good reason. The city's temperate climate affords visitors sun nearly year-round, and in the summer, there are a plethora of beaches from which to choose. Water sport fanatics can surf, water ski, and sail at Mission Bay. On land, there are a number of biking and running trails to enjoy. The city is also home to a number of tourist attractions that range from family fun to nightlife.

San Diego Zoo

The world famous San Diego Zoo can be a day of fun for children and adults alike. The zoo has nine different zones that range from the Lost Forest to the Polar Rim. Whether visitors want to meet a giraffe or a hippo, the San Diego Zoo does not disappoint; it is home to a variety of animals from all types of habitats. There are a whopping 11 dining options within the zoo, as well 12 shops. The zoo is home to 13 walking trails that take from 7 to 30 minutes to complete.

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-1515


In addition to Shamu, the killer whale, dolphins and sea lions also call SeaWorld home. Each animal is featured in at least one show or presentation, of which there are 11 as of late 2009. Aside from the animal shows, SeaWorld also offers six rides. Shipwreck Rapids will take visitors through river rapids on a raft-like inner tube, while Journey to Atlantis is a rollercoaster that invites guests to go on a heart-pumping 60-foot plunge. Restaurants and shopping are also available on site.

500 SeaWorld Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 226-3901

Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego is rich in history. In fact, it is home to 27 historic buildings and sites that visitors can explore. Some of the most popular sites in Old Town are El Campo Cemetery, the reportedly haunted Whaley House, and Heritage Park. In addition to its historic sites, Old Town has 32 restaurants and more than 150 shops. Getting to Old Town is a breeze, as there is a trolley stop just a short walk away.

Old Town San Diego
Chamber of Commerce
2383 San Diego Ave.
San Diego CA 92110
(619) 291-4903

Gaslamp Quarter

In the heart of downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is home to nightlife, dining, and shopping. Visitors to San Diego will not want to leave without exploring what the thriving area has to offer. Nightclubs like Belo and Stingaree provide a place to dance and drink, while pubs like The Blarney Stone and Hennessy's Tavern are excellent venues to grab a pint. Over 100 shops afford a unique shopping experience, and there are dining options from Italian to Indian.

Gaslamp Quarter Association
614 5th Ave Ste. E
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-5227

Article Written By Lara Webster

Lara Webster has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been featured on Relationships in the Raw, The Nursery Book, Spark Trust and several travel-related websites. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in mass communication and media studies, both from San Diego State University.

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