Giant pandas, polar bears, gorillas and koalas are among the more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals living at the San Diego Zoo. Hop on and off the double decker tour buses as they wind their way through 100 acres of exotic exhibits near downtown San Diego.
Built on a bluff overlooking the ocean, the Birch Aquarium is the public exploration center for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates–a great learning experience for both adults and children.
Watch thoroughbred horse racing at the Del Mar Racetrack from mid-July through early September. Join the thousands of fans who converge on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, just north of La Jolla, to see the nation’s top horses, trainers and jockeys in action.
Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park with 15 major museums, performing arts venues and lush gardens. Its Spanish colonial revival architecture dates back to the 1915 Panama California Exposition.