At first glance, this massive urban culture park might feel like Seville, Spain. Grand, Mission-style buildings with colorful, tiled roofs are complemented by lush gardens. As scenic as this park is, its 15 major museums, The Globe Theater and its biggest attraction, the San Diego Zoo, will keep you occupied and captivated for days.
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.
Experience some of the most thrilling San Diego attractions at SeaWorldŽ, where you can ride the ray on our double-launch roller coaster MantaŽ, take in amazing live shows and enjoy special attractions such as Turtle Reef and the Shark EncounterŽ. Most importantly, SeaWorld is about animals: From ShamuŽ to sea lions, polar bears to penguins and bottlenose dolphins to beluga whales, marine life abounds!
On your next trip to San Diego you can be assured of two things: the weather will be amazing and you'll discover lots to do at Seaport Village. Come explore this 14-acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex, recreating a harbor-side setting of a century ago. Includes 54 one of a kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries, and four fine dining waterfront restaurants. Located in close proximity to local hotels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, in La Jolla, California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parq has brought together the leaders in every nightclub industry to bring you an unparalleled nightlife experience in San Diego. Enjoy a Vegas-style VIP Experience, world-class lighting and sound systems, unparalleled design features, and the ultimate in entertainment.
Located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Cafe Sevilla features a lively nightclub with live music and dancing seven nights a week. Learn to salsa dance, dine on tapas, or enjoy a dinner and flamenco show on the weekends.
Located on the 22nd level rooftop of the Marriott hotel, the Altitude Sky Bar and Garden Lounge has stunning views of downtown San Diego, the ocean, the skyline, and the ballpark. It is the highest outdoor bar in the city and on game days at Petco Park, guests can watch an unobstructed view of all the action.
Discover San Diego's coveted secret for art lovers at the Spanish Village Art Center (SVAC). Situated between the Zoo and the Natural History Museum in the heart of Balboa Park, the flowering bougainvilleas and multi-colored cobblestones escort you into the Villages center courtyard. There you will enjoy artwork of over 200 artisans and craftspeople showcasing their work in and about 37 colorful working artist studios and galleries. Patrons, art lovers and the just curious folks will have the opportunity to discover this unique destination that celebrates art 7 days a week, 362 days a year (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years).
This 16-block area is equal parts stately and fun loving. The historic district, which gets its name from the gas-lit street lamps lining Fifth Avenue, has gone through many incarnations. Today, it is filled with restaurants ranging from burger joints to four-star Italian bistros. Numerous nightclubs and wine bars give this district a vibrant pulse after dark.
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!
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.