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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 the multi-attraction 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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Must-See California Theme Parks & Attractions

San Diego is packed with great things to see and do including these top theme parks and attractions.

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Balboa Park, The Cultural Heart of San Diego

Just minutes from downtown, explore the history, legacy, and future of this ever changing, always amazing cultural park.

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SeaWorld San Diego

Spread across 190 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld is known for its amazing animals, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides, beautiful landscaping and education programs for all ages.

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SeaWorld Lunar New Year

Jan 11 - Feb 2, 2020

Celebrate as the sights, sounds and aromas of Asia come alive during this local San Diego festival that's fit for the whole family happening weekends January 11, 2020 - February 2, 2020 (to include Monday, January 20, 2020.)

You won't want to miss SeaWorld San Diego's one-of-a-kind Lunar New Year celebration, featuring an incredible Chinese acrobats show, local performers, and delicious culinary delights. Dig into the Asian-inspired offerings of Ramen, Lo Mein, Bao Buns, Dim Sum, rice dishes and more.

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Whale Watching with Birch Aquarium

Dec 14, 2019 - ongoing

Embark on an unforgettable whale-watching journey with the ocean experts at Birch Aquarium at Scripps! Witness the longest mammal migration in the world, when approximately 20,000 gray whales pass San Diego on their annual 10,000-mile round-trip journey from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California.


Whale-watching trips leave from the Flagship Cruises and Events docks in downtown San Diego

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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?

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Birch Aquarium’s Perspective Lecture:Squid Pro Quo

Feb 10, 2020

Jules Jaffe, Scripps Oceanographer


Exploring the undersea world has always presented challenges in terms of cost and accessibility. However, recent advances in ocean observing technology are allowing researchers to explore heretofore unexplored worlds at reasonable cost. Join oceanographer Jules Jaffe as he describes his career as an ocean explorer and technology innovator. Learn how new, cost effective instruments and platforms present unprecedented opportunities for students of all ages to engage in designing, building and experimenting with ocean observing technologies with examples from underwater robots and underwater microscopes.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Member/Public: Free/$8

Students/Teachers: $5

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Must-See California Theme Parks & Attractions

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Balboa Park, The Cultural Heart of San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld Lunar New Year

Jan 11 - Feb 2, 2020
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Whale Watching with Birch Aquarium

Dec 14, 2019 - ongoing
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Inside Look Tours at the San Diego Zoo

Feb 22, 2019 - ongoing
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Birch Aquarium’s Perspective Lecture:Squid Pro Quo

Feb 10, 2020
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Hotel Indigo - San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Valid: Jul 8, 2019 - ongoing

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Cruise Ship Travelers Save $3 at Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Valid: Dec 27, 2019 - ongoing

Looking for fun with a side of science? La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the place for you. As the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch...

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