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Things To Do In San Diego

Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard San Diego's top attraction. You'll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft.

910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-544-9600

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world's finest collections of historic ships, including the famous Star of India. Visit for public events, on the water adventures, unique exhibits, and more.

1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-234-9153

The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park is one of the world's foremost animal research institutions and has vast exhibits featuring lions, giraffes, pandas, orangutans and grizzly bear cubs. The 100-acre zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.

2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-231-1515

The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874. The San Diego Natural History Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, which certifies that this museum continues to demonstrate a professional level of operation in accordance with the standards of excellence prescribed by the American Association of Museums.

1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-232-3821

San Diego has perfect weather year-round (more than 300 sunny days per year!), and a number of world-class resorts, including Torrey Pines Golf Course and the La Costa Golf Resort. Fast becoming one of the country's most popular golf destinations, you'll find all the elements of a great golf vacation in San Diego.

City of San Diego
San Diego, CA 92128

Jump on board the world-famous America sailing schooner for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience. The only whale-watching sailing trip in San Diego, a cruise on America is the environmentally-friendly and most personal wildlife experience in town. Complete your nautical day with a visit to San Diego Maritime Museum any time you like. Whale sightings are guaranteed on your San Diego Whale Watching Cruise. If no whales are sighted on your cruise, you will be welcomed back free of charge on another day the same season.

From its pristine beaches to the Torrey Pines State Reserve - a 2,000-acre tract of wilderness that preserves some of the last coastal forest habitat in Southern California - La Jolla is a spectacular spot. Stop by Children's Pool along the coast to watch wild California sea lions at play in the surf (or just loafing in the sun). Guided bike, walking, and even kayak tours are available to explore the area.

8200 Camino del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 619-235-1169

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, in La Jolla, California.

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-534-3474

Food & Drink In San Diego

La Bastide offers classic French cuisine with a contemporary flair. Guests will do a Tour de France enjoying such delicacies as their famous moules marineieres, salmon papillotes, coq au vin, duck confit, creme brulee, or crepes suzettes prepared by the well-known chef de cuisine Patrick Ponsaty.

10006 Scripps Ranch Blvd, #104
San Diego, CA 92131
Phone: 858-577-0033

Chef Deborah Scott's Island Prime highlights her innovative and eclectic style, which will only be enhanced by the spectacular panoramic view and attentive Southern hospitality. Island Prime overlooks beautiful San Diego harbor.

880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-298-6802

Donovan's rich and intimate ambience is enhanced by world-class unobtrusive service. The Chef serves 100 percent USDA Prime beef 100 percent of the time. Donovan's wine list of over 300 wines features the best the world has to offer. Wine tasting dinners are available.

570 K Street
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: 619-237-9700

For more than 40 years, the Westgate's Sunday Brunch has been a San Diego tradition. Enjoy lively music while sampling a feast of the freshest seafood, gourmet cuisine, bountiful fruits, freshly baked breads and pastries as well as traditional breakfast favorites. Accompany your meal with our full beverage and dessert bar.

1055 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-238-1818

De' Medici Cucina Italiana is one of the Gaslamp's most elegant and highly recommended Italian restaurants. Surrounded in an ambiance of old world charm, de' Medici features the authentic cuisine of Italy, including a vast selection of Italian seafood specialties.

815 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-702-7228

With the most spectacular views in San Diego, Bertrand at Mr. A's is just minutes from downtown and an eternity from the ordinary dining experience. See the beautiful San Diego skyline, with views of San Diego Bay, Balboa Park, Coronado, Point Loma and even the world famous San Diego Zoo, as you dine on Bertand's Continental cuisine.

2550 Fifth Avenue, Ste 406
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-239-1377

For over 30 years, one of San Diego's landmark dining destinations and one of the most unique and memorable restaurants you will ever find. Located inside a replica of a World War I French farmhouse decorated with fascinating military memorabilia, antiques, and aviation relics, the restaurant overlooks Montgomery Field Airport, and has a cozy and romantic ambiance, with large stone fireplaces intimate booths, and beautiful views. The extensive menu features mid-western aged beef and the freshest seafood. Here you will find USDA Choice & Prime Beef steaks, slow-roasted Angus prime rib, succulent lobster tail, fresh fish, rack of lamb, veal, chicken, pasta dishes, and fabulous desserts. Their famous Champagne Brunch is currently the #1 Sunday Brunch in the city on AOL's CityGuide poll and is not to be missed. Beautiful outdoor patios, a very popular Happy Hour, and excellent banquet facilities help make the 94th Aero Squadron one of the great dining experiences in all of San Diego.

8885 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-560-6771

"World travel and its pleasures." Items brought back from different places for decor; great stories shared with others and very importantly, some simple, yet delicious recipes from different cultures. Our mission is humble - it is simply for people coming to our restaurant, to be transported around the world, and to travel with us for an evening, to a place of well-being and happiness."

4090 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Phone: 619-255-4167

Located in La Jolla's famed Bird Rock community, Beaumont's is the perfect restaurant to dine, have cocktails, listen to live music or simply hang out. A favorite by locals and non-locals alike, it's no wonder why San Diego Home Garden Life Styles "Sizzle" described Beaumont's as, "... a favorite for the local in La Jolla's Bird Rock area..."

5662 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-459-0474

Brockton Villa is a beautiful historic home converted into a restaurant located directly across from the ocean. The seaside location offers a spectacular view of the world-famous La Jolla Cove, and has become a favorite "show off" spot for locals and visitors alike. Known for their breakfasts, including the famous Coast Toast. The chef creates many other wonderful dishes seasonally for lunch and our dinner service. The house is the perfect place for you to host your next party. Whether it be a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, baptism, bridal shower, baby shower, or any special occasion.

1235 Coast Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-454-7393

Opened in 1941, the multi-awarding winning Marine Room Restaurant continues a tradition of excellence along the shores of La Jolla. Join Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver on a culinary journey as you indulge in global cuisine rooted in the French classics.

2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-551-4666

George's Ocean Terrace Bistro features the creative cuisine of chef/proprietor Trey Foshee, winner of Food and Wine Magazine's "Top Ten Chefs" award. Consistently named in San Diego Magazine's Reader's poll as the city's best outdoor dining, the bistro overlooks the spectacular La Jolla Cove and northern coastline.

1250 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-454-4244

Recently rated as number one of 105 hot new restaurants world-wide by Conde Nast Publications, Whisknladle lives and breathes the following philosophy, "What you put into the pot is what you get out of the pot." Baking, churning, curing, pickling, ageing, infusing and rolling everything in house and working exclusively with local organic farms, this inspired restaurant serves serious food and wine in a simple, fun and casual atmosphere.

1044 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-551-7575

With Kids In San Diego

The New Children's Museum has a new home located in downtown San Diego's Marina District. The Museum, an environmentally sustainable building designed by architect Rob Wellington Quigley, provides a dynamic, playful public space and community center for children and families. A place to experience exciting art exhibitions, hands-on studio projects, performances, birthday parties, in depth classes, camps and educational programs. Across the street from the new building is a beautiful park, extending the museum visit outdoors with space for running, climbing, family picnics and a view of the trains and trolley going by. The New Children's Museum opens just in time to meet an urgent community need, providing early exposure to the visual arts at a time when arts curriculum is increasingly cut from schools. And with a focus on sustainability, The New Children's Museum provides an environment that encourages active minds, healthy bodies and unstructured play.

200 West Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-233-8792

Nightlife In San Diego

The Tipsy Crow occupies one of Downtown's most historic buildings, the Spencer-Ogden building, dating back to 1874, exuding all the stimulation and excitement of a multi-level, vibrant venue. In exploring the three levels, the Main Bar, the upstairs Nest and the Underground, you'll find an array of old-school games, entertainment, dancing and spots to unwind. There is something for everyone, it is perfect for corporate receptions, watching the game, happy hour and social celebrations.

770 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-338-9300

The American Comedy Co. is a locally owned and operated A-List comedy club and restaurant featuring the best nationally touring stand-up comedians in the business. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in beautiful downtown San Diego, we provide the highest quality entertainment in an intimate, 200 seat venue with an old-city, speak-easy feel. The American Comedy Co. is the greatest comedy club in the country.

818 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-795-3858

With more than 30 breweries in San Diego County, San Diego is one of America's best destinations for craft beer. Choose from three San Diego brewery tours, where you'll taste a variety of beers at some of the city's most notable breweries and learn about the brewing process. Don't worry about driving after drinking -- you'll either be walking or riding a bus as your guide takes you to the best spots in town.

Shopping In San Diego

Westfield Horton Plaza is a unique downtown shopping experience. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Diego, this iconic and architectural wonder features more than 120 specialty shops, ensuring that there is plenty to see and do!

324 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-239-8180

Located in San Diego's Gaslamp South, Eyes on Fifth is dedicated to helping each customer find unique, fashion-forward eyewear and sunglasses. With a large stock of frames including cutting-edge styles from all over the world, as well as those name brands you have come to recognize as providing lasting quality in fashion optics. Although you may have a hard time choosing from such a wide variety of frames, Phil and David are experts in choosing exactly the right frame for your facial features and your lifestyle.

228 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-231-3937

Behind our ornate grapevine-motif brass gate lives a small hidden gem owned by a 3rd generation jeweler whose family have been in the business since 1948. Inside you will find pre-owned fine Swiss watches, very rare and unique Estate and Antique jewelry and beautiful diamond jewelry from past to present. Stop in to browse a piece of history or to just say hello.

562 Fith Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-236-0870

This day trip to Mexico is a must for bargain shoppers, lovers of Mexican cuisine or those curious to see sights like the Old Bullring, Avenue of the Heroes and Plaza Rio. It's only a short drive from San Diego, but you'll feel that you've entered another world when you leave the United States behind and enter Mexico.