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San Diego Attractions Reopen

Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld and More

New year excitement rises as San Diego attractions reopen for visitors. It's time once again to enjoy plenty of fun at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego. You can also visit Balboa Park's beautiful gardens, popular maritime museums and San Diego's beautiful bays where outdoor activities abound.

Here is a list of San Diego attractions ready to open to make your visit safe, healthy, memorable and fun

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

The world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are welcoming guests with open arms. At the zoo, you can check out its newest Africa Rocks exhibit and Elephant Odyssey with African and Asian species. Urban Jungle features giraffes and rhinos, and the Outback habitat has the largest colony of koalas outside of Australia. At the Safari Park, wild animals roam free over vast expanses as they would in their native habitats of Africa and Asia. Some of the most mysterious animals from the Land Down Under reside at the Walkabout Australia exhibit, including kangaroos, kookaburras and cassowaries.

To ensure safe, healthy guest experiences, both parks are hosting fewer guests, maintaining attendance capacity limits. There are limited shows, shopping, dining, and transportation experiences available at both parks. Reservations are required for entry. All visitors ages 3 and up are required to have either a ticket or a membership and reservation. Health screenings are required for all guests prior to entry, and no same-day re-entry is permitted. All guests 2 years of age and older must wear protective masks. Extensive signage and team members are roaming through the grounds to remind guests about safe distancing practices.

SeaWorld San Diego

Located on Mission Bay, SeaWorld San Diego offers more than 100 acres of beautiful outdoor grounds filled with amazing animals and plenty of outdoor fun. Animal exhibits feature bamboo sharks, orcas, sea turtles, sea lions, otters, penguins, dolphins, flamingos, and more. Animal presentations include SeaWorld's world-famous Dolphin Days, the Sea Lion Show and the Orca Encounter live educational presentation. The new Rescue Tails is an educational presentation that teaches guests about SeaWorld's commitment to animal care and rescue.

SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival

When: March 5 - May 2, 2021
SeaWorld is bringing back international flavors, amazing beverage tastings and live music performances with the return of the Seven Seas Food Festival. The event runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from March 5 through May 2. In addition to tasty bites and delicious drinks, guests can safely enjoy three live music stages and all of their favorite outdoor animal exhibits.

To help ensure a safe, healthy and fun experience, the park is hosting fewer guests, maintaining attendance capacity limits. All coasters and rides including the Skytower, Bayside Skyride and Sesame Street® Bay of Play children's play area are temporarily closed. Reservations are required for entry. Guests and employees must undergo and pass temperature screenings upon arrival. Employees and guests 2 years of age and older must wear face coverings. Signage and markings are installed throughout the guest areas to identify appropriate, six-foot physical distancing. There is also increased frequency of cleaning of all key areas within the park.

LEGOLAND California

Build and Play Days

When: March 5 - May 2, 2021
Ready to have some fun? Enjoy some of LEGOLAND California's most popular outdoor playgrounds, including the Hideaways in Castle Hill and DUPLO Playtown! Young builders can take part in special building activities in Fun Town, design their own LEGO minifigure cut out in Miniland or test their luck in the I-Spy Miniland U.S.A. Scavenger Hunt. Join in all of the fun above PLUS, never-before-seen musical entertainment featuring Kevin Johnson the Ventriloquist and Kids Imagine Nation dance party!

Also enjoy outdoor dining including Smokehouse BBQ, Beer Garden, and Granny's Apple Fries. Or try one of their reinvented menu items like deconstructed s'mores, colorful rice crispy treats, popcorn and more. The BIG Shop is also open, featuring the largest selection of LEGO products on the West Coast.

As the health and safety of guests and employees at the LEGOLAND continues to be paramount, their extensive plan of enhanced health and safety measures includes reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning regimes.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is the cultural heart of San Diego and home to stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, Spanish Village Art Center, 17 museums, and much more. Although indoor museums are temporarily closed, you can visit many of the museum's gift shops and spend an entire day discovering the hidden treasures of the park.

The Japanese Friendship Garden features tranquil strolling paths, a koi pond, tea pavilion, and Zen garden. The colorful Spanish Village Art Center is where more than 50 local artists create, display and sell their works in a charming Spanish-style village. The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden displays more than 130 varieties of roses, full of fragrance, color and beauty. The Alcazar Garden recreates the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain.

To ensure safe, healthy guest experiences at the Japanese Friendship Garden, guests must wear protective face masks and practice social distancing at all times. They must also wash/sanitize their hands often. These guidelines are also encouraged at the Spanish Village Art Center and throughout Balboa Park's gardens and public spaces.

Museums and Aquariums

USS Midway Museum

The popular USS Midway Museum reopened its gangplank on San Diego Bay. More than 200,000 servicemen served on the naval aircraft carrier during its 47-year history before being decommissioned in 1992. Guests can experience the legacy of the USS Midway and view its extensive collection of naval aircraft with the ship's audio tour. Midway volunteers, who served aboard the carrier, bring the flight deck to life recounting stories of life on the high seas.

To ensure the safety and health of guests, the Midway is focusing its onboard experience to the flight and hangar decks. Touchless, non-evasive temperature checks are conducted on guests and staff prior to entry. All guests and staff must wear face coverings while onboard. The Midway reminds guests to maintain physical distancing through 'Check Your 6' signage and floor markers, along with monitoring by museum staff. A unidirectional tour route guides guests across the hangar deck and flight deck.

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Reopened for weekend visits, the Maritime Museum of San Diego consists of several historic sailing vessels including the iconic Star of India, built in 1863 and the world's oldest merchant sailing vessel still in operation today. Among other vessels are the HMS Surprise, an 18th century Royal Navy frigate; the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California, and the San Salvador, a historically accurate reconstruction of the ship that entered San Diego harbor in 1542 under the helm of Spanish explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo.

To ensure the safety and health of guests, tickets are reserved for same day visits and based on reduced capacity. Temperature checks and wellness screenings are required of all staff, volunteers and visitors prior to admittance. Facial coverings must be worn at all times. Social distancing protocols are being followed, and the Museum has designed an easy-to-navigate one-way foot path. Additional sanitation, disinfection and cleaning procedures have also been implemented throughout the Museum's vessels.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Perched high on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is one of the nation's top aquariums. Visitors can enjoy cool breezes and panoramic ocean views while learning about life on the ocean's edge. On the outdoor tide pool plaza, children of all ages can get up close and personal with anemones, urchins and sea cucumbers. They can also get a chance to touch warmer water species like cleaner shrimp, hermit crabs, sea stars, and young epaulette sharks at the Coral Reef Animal Touch Experience.

To ensure the safety and health of guests, Birch Aquarium is requiring advanced reservations. All guests will be asked general health questions before entry, and re-entry is not allowed. All staff and visitors 3 years and older are required to wear a face covering at all times. All families or groups must maintain 6 foot distance at all times from staff and other guests. They must also follow a one-way path for exploring the aquarium and keeping groups together.

San Diego Bay

San Diego Bay is one of the world's most beautiful natural harbors. It bustles with activity throughout the year and serves as the homeport for Navy ships and sport-fishing vessels. One of the best ways to see San Diego is from the waters of the bay. Hornblower Cruises and Events, Flagship Cruises & Events and other tour companies offer relaxing sightseeing cruises along with seasonal whale watching excursions, dinner cruises and more. Passengers can enjoy unique views of active U.S. Navy ships, water wildlife, downtown's dynamic skyline, and the magnificent San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Whale watching excursions are extremely popular with many daily sightings of these gentle giants of the sea.

Some health and safety procedures on tours include limiting the number of passengers to allow for maximum physical distancing. All crew members and guests 3 years of age and older must wear face coverings. All crew must complete daily pre-boarding health checks. Sanitizers are readily available and accessible in all public spaces, and high-contact areas (seats, tables, bars, etc.) have increased cleaning frequency.

Mission Bay

A 4,600-acre aquatic playground, Mission Bay is a perfect place for visitors who love the outdoors. Mission Bay features separate, designated areas for sailing, power boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing. Water enthusiasts can also enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. Around the bay's shorelines are 20 miles of paths for walkers, runners, bicyclists and in-line skaters.

Mission Bay provides lots of fun and healthy activities on land and water to enjoy San Diego's great outdoors while social distancing.

Safe Traveler Pledge

As San Diego attractions reopen, the community encourages all visitors to take a pledge for safe, healthy travel while in the destination, from wearing a mask or cloth face covering in public to being patient with staff at area attractions, hotels and restaurants as they learn to adapt to new safety procedures. Read and download San Diego's "Safe Traveler Pledge" prior to your visit.

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