San Diego Attractions

San Diego AttractionsSan Diego became the first community in the state of California during the early 1800s. Guests now experience life during those early years when visiting Old Town San Diego. The location has over one dozen living museum destinations that include everything from a typical residential home to historic law enforcement offices and medical facilities. Additionally, Old Town features an equal amount of shops and stores housed within historical buildings. Proprietors offer a glimpse into the past by demonstrating skills needed during the Victorian period.

Just minutes from downtown San Diego and spanning approximately 1,200 acres, the expansive Balboa Park offers a place to relax, visit agricultural exhibits and museums or engage in a number of recreational activities. Explore the more than two dozen gardens that represent various world countries and eco-systems. The many themes of the 15 different museums in the park include aerospace, dinosaurs, fine and folk art, history and sports. Youngsters always enjoy the park carousel, miniature railroad and a trip to the zoo.

Experience exotic animals in their natural habitat when visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The specially designed reserve encompasses 2,100 acres and represents landscape much like that seen in the home countries of the various animal species. Pathways meandering through the park allow visitors to view the wildlife while on foot or by convenient tram system.

San Diego Harbor features a number of attractions and activities for guests of all ages. A boardwalk lines the coastal area, providing the perfect opportunity for walking, cycling or skating. Venture down to Seaport Village. The complex has over 50 shops and 17 eateries in addition to entertainment provided by street performers. Explore the USS Midway Museum, an authentic retired naval aircraft carrier. During active duty, the vessel held 4,500 crew members and women. Visitors have the opportunity of touring over 60 locations on the ship from the depths of the engine room to the heights of the control tower.

While touring the harbor, guests commonly visit the Maritime Museum. The destination has one of the best collections of historic ships on the planet. The extensive fleet of ships on display includes the oldest active Star of India ship, the H.M.S. Surprise, used for the filming of the Hollywood movie “Master and Commander.” See the 1898 steam ferry called the Berkeley and the 1904 steam powered yacht dubbed Medea. The location also features a Russian B-39 attack sub. Besides touring the vessels, guests have the option of taking a cruise on a 1914 pilot boat or an authentic California tall ship.