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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Experience SeaWorld with its many attractions, shows and sea life exhibits with Five Star Tours.
Toddler Time: Hullabaloo
Oct 23, 2019
Our popular toddler series is back! From storytime and live music, to art activities or animal interactions, Toddler Time is a fun and engaging event for our littlest guests ages 5 and under and an accompanying adult. Every other Wednesday showcases a different activity with a special guest. Check the website for details. Included with admission.
This week, get moving and grooving and sing along with hit children's band Hullabaloo! Hullabaloo is Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer, friends since kindergarten. Steve plays guitar, sings and writes goofy songs. Brendan plays drums, sings and smiles.Over the course of fourteen years Hullabaloo has won seventeen national awards, received rave reviews from People, Parenting, Parents, Cookie and Parent & Child Magazines and landed on three national “Top 10 Best Children’s Music” lists.
Feb 26, 2019 - ongoing
Witness the fastest land mammal up close and personal doing what it does best: run! Shiley's Cheetah Run, located near Lion Camp, is a unique, jaw-dropping experience for all guests that's included with Park admission. During Shiley's Cheetah Run, the sleek cat races on a straight 330-foot-long track that allows it to really stretch its legs and reach maximum speed of about 70 miles per hour.
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?
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.
Awesome Attractions for the Whole Family
Adventures await for kids and adults alike
San Diego is well-known for its world-class attractions that are a haven for younger kids and teenagers, who may even be surprised by how much they can crank up the fun.
Tours & Sightseeing
First Timer Trips to San Diego
Special 1-day itinerary highlights top attractions
To help you make the most of a first-time visit to San Diego, we've developed a special day-long itinerary highlighting some of the city's top attractions.
First Time in San Diego for Families
10 Things to Know Before You Go
It's not an exaggeration to say that everyone can find their happiness in San Diego. Young, old, thrill-seekers, curious minds, sports buffs, culture vultures, poolside loungers and spa seekers — San Diego has it all, all year-round. Whether you're looking to squash screen time and tire out the teenagers or just relax on the beach and reconnect as a family, San Diego was made for the all-ages vacation.
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