San Diego’s sunny skies, mild temperatures and beautiful beaches attract visitors from across the country and all over the world. Our climate is perfect for outdoor activities and sports–running, bicycling, boating, fishing, swimming, surfing and golf. In fact, San Diego is home to some of the nation’s most highly rated and best-designed golf courses in the country.
Visit SeaWorld San Diego for the ultimate ocean adventure. Watch captive killer whale, sea lion, and dolphin shows and experience an exhibit that takes visitors through a giant shark tank by way of an underwater viewing tunnel.
Kids can let their imaginations run wild at LEGOLAND California, one of two LEGO-themed parks in the U.S. With its more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, this LEGOLAND (located in Carlsbad) is the only LEGO property in the world that includes a water park.
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.
San Diego boasts two nationally renowned theaters that have produced dozens of new works and revivals. Many of them, like Jersey Boys, Memphis and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, have gone on to become Broadway hits. The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park and the La Jolla Playhouse, located on the UC San Diego campus, offer fantastic regional theater experiences.
The San Diego Symphony performs more than 100 concerts throughout the year. When musicians aren’t playing the traditional classical repertoire with popular guest artists at Symphony Hall, they’re entertaining audiences at the outdoor Summer Pops series along San Diego Bay.
Opera America ranks the San Diego Opera as one of the top ten opera companies in the nation. During the company’s four-month-long season, productions regularly feature internationally known artists.
Enjoy a range of contemporary musical artists at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. This 1,400 seat outdoor theater along San Diego Bay plays host to some of today’s hottest rock, jazz, blues and folk artists.
Places to Go
Cross the soaring blue bridge over San Diego Bay to explore the city of Coronado, a popular tourist destination and home to the legendary Hotel Del Coronado. The all-wood Victorian beachfront landmark has been the backdrop for a number of Hollywood movies. The Travel channel rated Coronado Beach as the fifth best beach in America.
Enjoy breathtaking coastal scenery, excellent shopping and outstanding restaurants in San Diego’s most affluent neighborhood, the Village of La Jolla. Stroll the shop-lined streets, take in the spectacular views at La Jolla Cove or sunbathe on the beach at La Jolla Shores.