In addition to 70 miles of beach and plenty of sunshine, summer in San Diego also comes with plenty of family fun and excitement at world-class attractions.
Dive in to SeaWorld's new realm of deep-sea discovery, Ocean Explorer. With multiple undersea bases featuring unique aquariums and digital technology. Unlock the ocean's greatest mysteries and plunge to new depths in your mini-sub on the interactive ride Submarine Quest. Get up close to some of the ocean's most fascinating creatures like a giant Pacific octopus, elusive moray eels and Japanese spider crabs that measure nine feet from claw to claw! Then take a spin on three new family-friendly rides inspired by the sea. Team up with SeaWorld researchers in this immersive new world, Ocean Explorer.
When: Opening Summer 2017
Surf beyond your expectations as the sea comes alive at night and dive into Electric Ocean, SeaWorld's all-new summer nighttime celebration! Electric Ocean is an outrageous festival of lights, music, and life that's as vibrant as the sea itself. Give yourself permission to voyage into exotic underwater worlds that come alive as the sun sets with brilliant energy, electrifying dance music, and dazzling light. Join live performers inspired by playful sea creatures at the party along the shore where world-class DJ's transform the night into an all-ages club beneath the waves.
When: June 17 - September 4, 2017
This spectacular, eight-acre exhibit complex will transform an entire section of the Zoo, replacing the 1930s-era exhibits in Dog and Cat Canyon. Africa Rocks will showcase Africa's diverse habitats, from kopjes and woodlands to highland savanna, tropical forest, and rocky shoreline. The distinctive wildlife that calls these areas home will be the stars: rock hyrax and klipspringers, baboons, leopards and vervet monkeys, sociable weavers and sunbirds, several species of lemurs, and - returning to the Zoo since the 1970s - African penguins. Africa rocks will include a spectacular, state-of-the-art habitat for a large flock of endangered African penguins.
Nighttime Zoo offers visitors a different perspective on the Zoo. The summertime event includes special performances from a variety of artists, but the animals continue to steal the show.
When: June 18 - September 4, 2017
> Find out more about Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo
This year's Summer Safari at the Safari Park will "explore the world" with exciting entertainment from locales around the globe, including Africa, Thailand, Idsia, the Pacific Islands, and Mexico. Enjoy acrobatic feats, rhythmic drumming, colorful music and dance, a flag-filled, world-themed show, and much more.
When: June 24 - August 13, 2017
> Find out more about Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Aquatica is set to make a splash with a combination of high-speed thrills, a relaxing beachside resort atmosphere, up-close animal encounters, and heated resort pools and children's attractions. Big Surf Shores, Loggerhead Lane, Slippity Dippity, Walkabout Waters and Kata's Kookaburra Cove will all be heated to a relaxing 78-80 degree temperature! Also adding to guest comfort this year are additional shade structures, shade trees, lounge chairs and dining tables.
- Daily: May 26 - August 27, 2017
- Select Dates: August 31 - October 8, 2017
> Find out more about Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark
At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park.
This competitive water raceway is designed for children to compete against each other by jumping on a mat and racing down one of six water slides in this California beach themed expansion of LEGOLAND Water Park. Surfer's Cove includes a new "spray ground" with multiple water jets splashing on and off and plenty of new LEGO models to create a fun place to cool off.
This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after 5. On Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, enjoy extended evening hours at eightmuseums, as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park on select dates.
When: May 26 - September 1, 2017
> Find out more about the Balboa Park After Dark
Located on the surf and sand of Mission Beach, Belmont Park is San Diego's only beachfront amusement center! From the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster to the famous simulated wave machines and four dynamic oceanfront restaurants, Belmont Park is the quintessential Southern California beach experience.
Forget your worries, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and reconnect with your wild roots. Join us for Back to Nature, an interactive exhibit featuring new animals such as parrots, mice, iguanas, falcons, frogs, and more! Be among the first to walk through our new Native Pollinator Garden, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees while learning about the role of native pollinators in our everyday lives. As we celebrate our 30 year anniversary, we invite you to look back to simpler times on the Sweetwater Refuge and leave your troubles back in the city.
When: Thru September 4, 2017
> Find out more about Back to Nature
This summer the aquarium will feature a full line-up of exhibit events, guest lecturers and the summer Green Flash Concert Series.
Visitors can explore this remarkable City at Sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history on the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century.
A visit to San Diego's "only" National Park offers tremendous views of the San Diego region and excellent opportunities to explore the natural, historical and cultural history of the area.
Enjoy 2.5 hour whale watching cruises with multiple times daily to choose from. Departing from Newport Beach view gray whales on their migration along with finback whales, minke whales, humpback...
Sunset Dinner Cruises are a deliciously different dining experience, sailing nightly on San Diego Bay. Enjoy a 3-hour cruise, with 3-course dinner, chilled glass of champagne, with entertainment and...
We at the Gaslamp Quarter's BIGA are especially anxious to welcome the arrival of the spring season, as it means our farm partners will have new and exciting harvests to share with us and our guests...
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