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.
Get ready to be EELectrified as San Diego’s tallest, fastest roller coaster thrusts riders forward and backward with a triple-launch experience, accelerating to more than 60 mph and rocketing skyward nearly 150 feet, offering an upside-down view of Mission Bay. Riders and non-riders can also learn about the elusive eel through an interactive game and by checking out an exhibit with California moray eels.
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.
When: June 16 - September 2, 2018
Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo. Come "rock and roar" every day this summer, with live music, a variety of surprise encounters, and African-themed entertainment for the whole family, which will add a chorus of excitement to your summertime plans. An amazing trampoline act, Dr. Zoolittle, and more are ready to "wow," plus a procession of larger-than-life animal puppets headline an end-of-the-evening performance. Rock-and roar-on!
When: June 17 - September 3, 2018
Get transported to a faraway land featuring a walk-through exhibit teeming with kangaroos, grasslands where wombats frolic, and forests filled with kookaburras and cassowaries. Experience wildlife from the Land Down Under and come face-to-face with some of the most mysterious animals on Earth.
This family friendly, summertime festival celebrates culture with music, dancing, drumming and acrobatics! During Summer Safari, Park hours are extended from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.
When: June 23 - August 12, 2018
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.
- Daily: May 25 - September 3, 2018
- Weekends: September 8 - October 7, 2018
At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park.
Dive underwater in a real submarine on a hunt for treasure. Pass real sea creatures, including stingrays and sharks, as well as bright LEGO® fish, crabs and scuba divers, on your journey to find glowing gems and lost sunken treasure.
When: Opening Summer 2018
Summer is a time to relax, explore and enjoy – and there's no better place to experience all summer has to offer than Balboa Park. From evening concerts to extended museum hours to food truck feasts to gardens and picnics and more, Balboa Park is the destination for summer fun – all day and into the night.
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.
Naturally Wild incorporates new animals, new hands-on exhibits, and a summer full of family-friendly events and activities! Each day you can experience exciting presentations, animal encounters, and hands-on activities where you will learn about wildlife and how animals thrive and survive in their natural habitats.
When: Thru September 3, 2018
It's a Bird, it's a Plane, it's a...Giant Tube Worm? Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections is a comic book-inspired exhibit that highlights the astonishing adaptations (aka super powers) of ocean species. From super vision and invisibility to protective armor and the ability to create electricity to zap prey, real marine creatures do amazing things every day that stretch even the wildest imagination. This interactive exhibit will include examples of some of the most unique creatures from all depths and highlight how they have inspired everything from cinema and pop culture to medicine and engineering. Learn what it takes to collect scientific samples and have the opportunity to test out some of these unique adaptations through creature cosplay.
When: Opening June 29, 2018
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...
When you purchase an admission ticket you will receive one bucket of sprouted barley to feed the animals. We grow the sprouted barley hydroponically at the Retreat. The animals love it!
Stay 2 nights starting now through May 31, 2019 and get the 3rd night free* and take advantage of all the exciting happenings at the Inn! You must select a 3 night consecutive stay when...
Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.
For the ultimate guide to planning your San Diego vacation, view and download the San Diego Visitor Planning Guide, packed with useful information that will help you plan the perfect San Diego getaway.
English | Change Language