San Diego has always attracted a lot of tourists from all over the country and the world. The southern California city's perfect, year-round weather and its beautiful beaches make it the ideal place to relax and unwind. Here are five of the best tourist attractions to check out next time you visit San Diego.
Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre urban/cultural center located just minutes away from Downtown San Diego. It has nine botanical gardens, ten different world-renowned museums, an outdoors theater that is a replica of Shakesepeare's Old Globe, the San Diego Zoo and a variety of restaurants and gift shops. It can also be fun just to stroll down the Parks main promenade, enjoying the beautiful pond and revival architecture, as well as the outdoors art installations.
A Tour of the Harbor
The San Diego Harbor is always a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. There are affordable Harbor Cruises you can take, so you can see the view of the city from out at sea. There's also the Maritime Museum, which includes four different, immaculately preserved historical sea vessels, among them "The Star of India" (one of the oldest still-working sail ships in the world) and the "HMS Surprise", an 18th century frigate that was features in the movie Master and Commander.
SeaWorld is always tons of fun, whether you have kids or not, but especially if you do. The colorful (and not to mention huge) aquariums are sheer eye-candy. There are also thrilling rides and amazing animal shows that will make you want to come back again next time you visit.
The Gaslamp District
For a more adult night of drinking and dancing in San Diego, there's no place like the Historic Gaslamp District. Located in Downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp has some of the best bars and dance clubs in the city, all within a short walking distance of each other.
The Torrey Pines State Reserve
For the nature lover, a hike in the Torrey Pines State Reserve is one of the greatest San Diego tourist attractions. The park is home to the rare Torrey pine as well as to a variety of animal wild life. Once you make it through the hike, you'll be rewarded with some truly magnificent views of the Pacific coastline.