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Local Information - San Diego

Things to do in San Diego

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

(760) 767-5311
As the largest desert state park in the United States, it features wildflowers, a desert garden outside the Visitor Center, and campgrounds (reservations for camping may be made by calling Park Net toll-free at 1-800-444-7275). In addition to firsthand contact with the desert environment, the eroded Badlands of Anza-Borrego provide a window into the region's vanished past to offer insight into paleontology. Learn about nature and the outdoors and have fun while doing it!

Balboa Park

(619) 239-0512
The site of the world famous San Diego Zoo, as well as museums, art galleries, a botanical garden and many spots for picnics. The laser light show at the Omnimax theatre in the Reuben H. Fleet Space and Science Center is a popular event.

Birch Aquarium

(888) 878-6629
Offers visitors an up-close view of sea life off San Diego's coast with marine life displays, outdoor tide pools, classes for children, and a museum located at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Cabrillo National Monument

(619) 557-5450
This landmark commemorates explorer Juan Cabrillo's discovery of the California coast in 1542. Tour the lighthouse, explore the tidepools, watch for whales, and enjoy the breathtaking view. Located at the tip of Point Loma.

Carlsbad Flower Fields

(760) 930-9123
Picture yourself in a sea of vibrant spring flowers stretching as far as the eye can see. Carlsbad's famous Flower Fields, located on the coast of San Diego's North County, bloom from early March through late April. Take Interstate 5 to the Palomar Airport Road exit, go east on Palomar Airport Road to the first stoplight at Paseo Del Norte and make a left. The entrance to visitor parking will be on the right.

Gaslamp Quarter

(619) 233-5227
Tours of the historic district in downtown San Diego are offered by the Gaslamp Quarter Council. There are a wonderful variety of restaurants, dance clubs, and shops to explore.

Hotel Del Coronado

(619) 435-6611
San Diego landmark made famous in the Marilyn Monroe movie "Some Like it Hot." Unique architectural design and picturesque backdrop, located on the island of Coronado. Explore the museum at the hotel and don't miss the quaint shops and restaurants that Coronado has to offer. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118


This small town in the Laguna Mountains is a popular destination during apple season. Tantalize your taste buds with apple pie, apple cider, and a wide variety of apple delicacies while you escape to the mountains of San Diego.

La Jolla Cove

Explore the cave and tidepools of the cove at this popular beach location. Many fine gift shops and art galleries are located along Girard Avenue and Prospect Street. Bring a picnic or try one of the many restaurants that offer spectacular ocean views.


(760) 918-5346
Located in Carlsbad, this is the first LEGOLAND in the United States and is designed specifically for children ages 2 through 12 and their families. Over 25 specialty shops and carts are located throughout the park.

Mission Bay Park

Visitor Center: (619) 276-8200
Aquatic park with 27 miles of beaches, bike trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. Recreational areas for water-skiing, jet-skiing, sailing, and swimming. Enjoy a day in the sun!

Old Town State Historic Park

(619) 220-5422
Includes San Diego's original settlement with buildings dating from the 1820's. Many shops, museums, and restaurants. Bazaar del Mundo offers the exciting sights and sounds from mariachi music to folk dancing. Various restaurants and cafes offer authentic Mexican food and drink.

Palomar Observatory

(760) 742-2119
Visitor center offers an excellent view of the 200-inch Hale telescope. Star-gazing offered in the summer. Located atop Mount Palomar.

Safari Park

(800) 407-9534 Toll-free
Recognized worldwide, this unique 1,800-acre wildlife preserve allows animals to roam freely in settings similar to their native homelands. Offers exotic animal and garden exhibits, exciting animal shows, private safari photo tours, and a fascinating monorail ride through the park. Located six miles east of Escondido.

San Diego Zoo

(800) 407-9534 Toll-Free
World-famous zoo located in Balboa Park. Home to a wide variety of species and state-of-the-art climate zones. Offers a petting zoo for children, animal nursery, Skyfari tram rides and a bus tour.

Seaport Village

(619) 235-4014 ext 3
Daily entertainment, fine dining, and more than 65 one-of-a-kind shops from fine art to handcrafted gifts. Features a carousel from the 1890's, jugglers, music and year-round special events. Magnificent view of San Diego Harbor.

Sea World

(800)-25-7468 (Toll-Free)
Popular marine theme park located in Mission Bay. Offers a variety of animal shows, including a killer whale show featuring, "Shamu," and special exhibits such as the Shark Encounter. Spectacular water-skiing shows and fireworks displays are offered during the summer months.