From exotic animals to thrilling rides, you'll find it in San Diego
The only hard part is choosing what to do first
San Diego is home to many of Southern California’s top attractions, with plenty of options for adventure-seeking, fun-loving explorers. Have a close encounter with an exotic animal. Take a wild ride down a 375-foot water slide. Step aboard a real aircraft carrier. Or even take a day trip to Disneyland, just a short drive north to Anaheim. Plus, you can save time and money with a multi-attraction Southern California CityPass or a Go San Diego card. Purchase attractions tickets right here on this site, just click to buy tickets from the list below.
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Foodies and craft beer aficionados will love SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival, featuring craft beer from favorite local breweries, plus fresh international cuisine infused with local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world.
Cabrillo Under the Stars
May 18, 2019
Cabrillo National Monument Foundation will celebrate our 5th Annual “Cabrillo Under the Stars”, our most “fun” raising and largest “fund” raising event. It is a well-attended, fun-filled evening with local fare from popular restaurants and craft beer/wines provided by local brewers/vintners. Of course, the ability to enjoy the Park “after hours” with its spectacular sunsets and night-time views of the lights of San Diego and the Bay is a rare treat for anyone. The event comes to life with live music, silent auction, wine and gift card grabs, and opportunity to “Sponsor-a-Kid”. All this fun benefits the special education programs at San Diego’s only National Park, Cabrillo National Monument. Hope to see you there!
Inside Look Tours at the San Diego Zoo
Feb 22, 2019 - ongoing
The Inside Look Tour is a two-hour entertaining and educational adventure offering special behind-the-scenes views and interesting information about how we take care of our animals. It is filled with experiences and stories you can’t get anywhere else. You’ll be part of a small group traveling the Zoo on foot and in a shuttle cart visiting off-exhibit areas. See the Zoo the way everyone wishes they could—from behind the scenes! Which Inside Look will you choose?
Military Working Dogs
Aug 6, 2018 - ongoing
See the Military Working Dog exhibit showcasing the history, training, equipment and missions of Marine Corps military working dogs.
The Marine Corps launched its military dog program during WWII. Marine Corps dogs have participated in every deployment and war since that time. Military working dogs conduct searches of vehicles, open areas, and buildings for the detection of explosives or illegal drugs as well as for lost or wanted persons. Check the website at www.flyingleathernecks.org for announcements about live military working dog demonstrations!
In addition to the exhibit on dogs, visitors can see 31 historical aircraft up close as well as artifacts from the earliest days of aviation to the present. Admission and parking are free.
The Balboa Park Explorer Passes are San Diego's best cultural value. The one-day pass offers admission to 5 museums, while the multi-day (seven consecutive days) offers admission to all 17 museums, with savings of more than 50%. The Multi-Day Explorer/Zoo Combo includes the Balboa Park Multi-Day Explorer Pass plus a one-day admission ticket to the San Diego Zoo, all for one low price.
The Go San Diego Card all-inclusive pass allows you to visit as many attractions as you’d like for one low price. The more you do the more you save…up to 55% vs. paying at the gate. Choose as you go from over 40 top attractions including the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld and more.
Or if you already know which attractions you plan to visit you can "Build Your Own" Go San Diego Pass. Purchase any 2 or more attractions and save 20%.
San Diego is packed with great things to see and do including these top theme parks and attractions.
Sports & Recreation
San Diego Water Parks
Discover more ways to play in the water
Discover San Diego’s awesome water parks, providing family friendly alternatives to a beach day and hours of fun in the sun.
San Diego's Water Wonderland
A water-lover's paradise
If it's the water that you love, nowhere in Southern California gives you more choices to get out on the water and play than Mission Bay and the surrounding beaches. From sailing and fishing to surfing and tide pooling, you'll find it all here.
Day Trip to Disneyland - Hooray!
Tips for a day trip to the Magic Kingdom
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