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New rides and exhibits, extended hours, and more!

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.

SeaWorld's Electric Ocean

SeaWorld San Diego

Emperor Dive Coaster

Anticipated Opening 2021
Soaring more than 60 mph, SeaWorld San Diego's all-new coaster, Emperor, is the tallest and fastest floorless dive coaster in the state. Dangle and drop more than 150 ft on Emperor before plunging 90 degrees into exhilarating loops, a tribute to the Emperor penguins' journey from chilly, frosted cliffs to their deep dive into the depths of the ocean. Emperor is California's first floorless dive coaster.

Electric Ocean

When: June - September 2021
Surf beyond your expectations as the sea comes alive at night and dive into Electric Ocean, SeaWorld's fantastic summer nighttime celebration! Make plans to celebrate summer with nine amazing experiences, including two shows, Cirque Electrique and Illuminight, and an end-of-night laser light spectacular. 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.

Rex - San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Komodo Kingdom and Hummingbird Habitat

Opens: June 1, 2021
Komodo Kingdom will offer visitors the chance to see these magnificent giant lizards up close, and learn more about the species, the challenges they face and the work San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is doing to the save their species—and hundreds of others like them—and the delicate ecosystems they call home.

The adjacent infinity-loop-shaped Hummingbird Habitat will offer endless flight opportunities to several species of hummingbirds, as well as other rare birds from their native regions in North and South America—shining a light on species many people have heard of, but may not know a lot about. This new, immersive walk-through experience also features streams, cascading water, orchids and other plants reflecting the diversity and beauty of the birds' native regions—as well as a open-water pool that guests can view from an observation bridge along the pathway.

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

When: June 11 - September 6, 2021
Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo. Come "rock and roar" every day this summer with live music and other amazing entertainment experiences. There's so much to do, see and hear at Nighttime Zoo - it's a good thing summer hours are longer!

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Entrance

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: May 29 - August 15, 2021
Summer fun is hearing up weekends at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Join us to learn about amazing African wildlife and expereince the sights and sounds of incredible music and entertainment throughout the park.

Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark

Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark

It's the Final Season!

Open Dates: May 29 - September 6, 2021
Aquatica is like no other waterpark, combining high-speed thrills with the amenities of a beachside resort. From serene to extreme, experiences range from lounging on sandy beaches or luxuriating in a private, reserved cabana, to splashing and playing in heated pools, to journeying down high-speed water slides. All this sun-powered fun takes place amongst a lushly landscaped, South Seas-themed, resort-style environment. Up-close encounters with Caribbean flamingos and freshwater turtles round out the experience, as only SeaWorld can.

LEGO Movie characters in front of THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD

LEGOLAND California Resort

At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park.

LEGO® MOVIE WORLD

Movie World is based on the blockbuster films The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. The new land fully immerses you into the LEGO Movie universe and places you onto the streets of Bricksburg. On the flagship ride, Masters of Flight, guests hop aboard Emmet's triple decker flying couch for a thrill-seeking adventure. Enjoy the rush of falling from Unikitty's Disco Drop after being launched to the top of Cloud Cuckoo Land, then dropped, spun and bounced down to earth. Explore Benny's Play Ship, ride a fully reimagined carousel, and meet Emmet and friends in Emmet's Super Suite apartment.

Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park

Balboa Park

The cultural heart of San Diego

Summer is a time to relax, explore and enjoy—and there's no better place to perfect the art of summer than in Balboa Park. At 1,200 acres, this cultural gem is an outdoor wonderland that offers a variety of ways to appreciate summer's sunny days as well as its sultry nights.

Mission Beach's Belmont Park

Belmont Park

Beachfront Fun is Back

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.

Seadragon at birch

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

More Time for Fun

When: July 1 - August 31, 2021
For the first time ever Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is offering extended hours this summer. The aquarium, which has traditionally closed at 5:00 PM, will be open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily, with the last entry at 6:00 PM. During extended hours, all exhibits and hands-on activities - including the newest touch pool exhibit where guests can touch juvenile sharks - will remain open and guests will also be able to explore a new 600 cylindrical Moon Jelly experience in the Hall of Fishes.

USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum

Cleared for Takeoff

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.

High Speed Swift Boat Tour from the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Swift Boat Naval History Tour

Be a part of history, ride the only active passenger carrying Swift Boat in the country. Feel the power of the twin 12 cylinder 2-stroke Detroit Diesels as you take a behind the scenes 75 minute narrated tour of San Diego's military history.

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument

A Voyage of Discovery

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.

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