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Fun Things to Do in San Diego California

By Edited Aug 17, 2015 2 9

Girls (and Boys) Just Want to Have Fun 

San Diego, California is a wonderful place to visit and it is at the top of many vacation lists. There is so much to do and see in San Diego that you'll want to go back and visit again and again and again! The coastal communities are breathtakingly beautiful and it is also such a wonderful place to live that numerous visitors have made San Diego their "home away from home." In addition to the spectacular coastline, there are historic sites, amusing and entertaining places, and much, much more! Most people find, after visiting many of the attractions, they had so much fun that they want to revisit them again and again.

Fun Things to Do in San Diego California

LegoLand Sign
Credit: Introspective Pics.

Amusement Parks 

LEGOLAND®: 1 Lego Drive, Carlsbad: (760) 918-5346 

This famous theme park opened in the beach community of Carlsbad in 1999 and has proven to be a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. The entire park, which includes over 60 rides, shows and attractions, is Lego themed. Just adjacent to the park is the SEA LIFE™ Aquarium and the LEGOLAND® Water Park. Also, opening April of 2013 is the all-new LEGOLAND Hotel.  

San Diego Zoo: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515 

 The world famous San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals and is one of the largest zoos in the world, housing over 800 species. The zoo is also home to the popular giant pandas. 

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702 

The safari park includes a botanical garden and is located on a 2,100-acre preserve and over 3,500 animals representing 260 species wander freely in surroundings similar to that of their native homelands. Visitors are able to observe the animals and many exotic plants through a quiet railway, pathways and shows. 

SEA LIFE™ Aquarium: at LEGOLAND® California Resort, One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 918-5346 

This fun aquarium combines active hands-on learning with up close encounters with sea creatures. Take an interactive tour of life under the sea and see "Claws," a new exhibit featuring some of the largest species of crab in the world. Watch an underwater diver interact with sea life, including sharks! There are even "Mommy and Me" tours offering play activities, mini creature exploration and staff-lead special tours and education programs. 

Sea World: 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego (619) 222-6363 

This ocean theme park features rides and shows, including crowd favorite the all new Shamu show. Other popular attractions include Manta, a coaster which immerses you in the stunning world of rays and then takes you through a thrill ride aboard the biggest ray, the Manta. The Shark Encounter takes you on an adventure through one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels, while the Wild Arctic allows access to a frozen land of ice and arctic animals. There is so much more to see and do, it's almost impossible to do it all in one day. SeaWorld San Diego is open different times throughout the year, call the park or check the website for more information.

SeaLife at Legoland
Credit: Introspective Pics

Tours 

Hornblower Cruises: Broadway Pier, Embarcadero (619) 686-8700 

Hornblower offers daily scheduled 1 and 2 hour narrated tours of San Diego Bay. They also have nightly dinner and dance cruises, and Sunday brunch cruises. Private charter cruises are also available. 

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego: 4010 Twiggs Street, San Diego (619) 298-8687 

Take a narrated sightseeing tour through San Diego and Coronado and see sights such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Old Town, Horton Plaza Mall, Hotel del Coronado and many, many more interesting and amazing sites. You can even get off the trolley and visit any of the locations, then board one of many trolleys on your route. 

Sail San Diego: 2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego (619) 297-7426 

You can take-in the beautiful scenery of the San Diego Bay in the relaxing atmosphere of a private sailing tour. The company offers a 3-hour small group tour or a private sailing tour on a luxurious 40 foot Catalina sailing vessel. 

San Diego Seal Tours: 500 Kettner Blvd, San Diego (619) 298-8687 

Take a 90-minute narrated Tour throughout the city of San Diego prior to splashing down for a cruise through the waters of San Diego Harbor. The amphibious vehicles are driven by experienced captains and are specially designed and built to navigate on sea and land. Every vehicle is Coast Guard approved and meets all passenger vehicle and department of transportation requirements. Learn about San Diego's military history and sail along the waters that are home to the California Sea Lion. 

Skysurfer Hot Air Balloon Rides: 2658 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar (800) 660-6809 

Hot air balloons are one of the most popular attractions in the San Diego area. Folks enjoy watching the sunrise over Temecula Valley wine country or catching the beautiful colors of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

San Diego Coastline
Credit: Introspective Pics.

Uniquely San Diego 

Gaslamp Quarter: Fifth Avenue, San Diego 

The Gaslamp Quarter is a trendy hot spot and one of the liveliest areas in San Diego. It is full of restaurants, nightclubs and boutique shops. It is also where the one and only Horton Plaza Mall is him located. 

Old Town San Diego: 3985 Harney Street, San Diego (619) 220-5422 

The first European settlement in California has been restored to reflect life in the 1800's. Visit adobe casas, Victorian homes, an old-time barbershop and newspaper office. Find many shops and restaurants at Bazarr del Mundo and see the atmosphere of Old Mexico come alive. There is also free entertainment on the weekends. 

Seaport Village: 849 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego (619) 235-4014 

Enjoy the charming atmosphere and relaxing views of a waterfront boardwalk. Visit any one of the 57 shops and restaurants featuring handmade gifts and original art pieces or just relax and enjoy the live music and street performers. For the kids and the "kids at heart," there is an 1890's Looff carousel. 

Other Fun Places 

California Water Sports at Carlsbad Lagoon: 4215 Harrison Street, Carlsbad (760) 434-3089 

Enjoy various water sport activities in a spacious area with private areas available. Rent wave runners, canoes, power boats, kayaks, aqua cycles, and stand-up paddle boards. If you are new to water sports or a bit rusty, instructions are available for water skiing and wakeboarding. 

Temecula Valley Wine Country: Rancho California Road, Temecula (951) 699-6586 

The Temecula Valley Wine Country is an enchanting place to visit, with rolling hills, spectacular views and thirty-five member wineries offering hundreds of award-winning wines. Enjoy the irresistible charm of a veritable paradise and friendly tasting rooms. Go for a day or stay longer at a local bed and breakfast inn, there is always much to see and do. Take a winery tour, attend a winery event or enjoy a nature walk. There are also plenty of restaurants that serve delicious mouthwatering food. Temecula Valley Wine Country is also the perfect location to host a beautiful wine country wedding.

Still More 

For more places to visit in San Diego take a look at the article; "San Diego California: Museums Parks and More." San Diego California . . . always fun things to do!

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Comments

Jan 24, 2013 1:45am
davwrite
This whets the appetite. Maybe I'll get there one day.
Jan 24, 2013 8:36am
Marlando
Hi--Right on! I lived in San Diego for around five years or so and loved it--And, it is quite a beautiful city just to look at. Great information and 2 big thumbs from me.
Jan 25, 2013 8:54am
Introspective
Yes, it is quite beautiful. I one of those people who likes to call San Diego my "home away from home." Thanks so much, Marlando.
Feb 26, 2013 2:11am
macauley86
Yes, all these attractions are very nice, but San Diego, as a city, is a bit overrated. North County is nice, though.
Feb 26, 2013 8:05am
Introspective
I think San Diego is a terrific place; to each his own I guess. Thanks for the comment.
Feb 26, 2013 4:55pm
migreig
How did I make it this far in life not knowing that there's a 'Lego Land'? Road trip planning to commence immediately. Thanks for the great article.
Feb 27, 2013 9:44am
Introspective
Enjoy!
Feb 28, 2013 1:41pm
sord87
What you wrote has blown up my interest to visit our first Legoland in Malaysia even though what you have in San Diego is very much better !Thanks fr giving a useful information about Legoland.
Aug 30, 2014 2:34pm
TanoCalvenoa
I love visiting San Diego, I'm about 90 miles to the north. Two attractions I'd add to this list are the rollercoaster at Mission Bay (near SeaWorld), and the Birch Aquarium. My favorite however is either of the two parks operated by the San Diego Zoo.
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