Sights & Attractions in San Diego

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Name Category Location
 
Bahia Belle
At the dock of the Bahia Resort Hotel, on the eastern shores of...
Nautical Sites Mission Bay
 
Alcazar Garden
The gardens surrounding the Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain...
Gardens / Arboretums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Bea Evenson Fountain
A favorite of barefoot children, this fountain shoots cool jets...
Fountains Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Belmont Park
The once-abandoned amusement park between the bay and Mission...
Amusement Parks Mission Bay
 
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Affiliated with the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography...
Zoos / Aquariums La Jolla
 
Botanical Building
The graceful redwood-lath structure, built for the 1915 Panama–California...
Gardens / Arboretums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Cabrillo Bridge
The park's official (and pedestrian-friendly) gateway soars 120...
Bridges / Tunnels Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Cabrillo National Monument
This 160-acre preserve marks the site of the first European visit...
Parks Point Loma
 
Carousel
Suspended an arm's length away on this antique merry-go-round...
Carousels Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Coronado Ferry Landing
This collection of shops at Ferry Landing is on a smaller scale...
Stores / Malls Coronado
 
Crystal Pier
Stretching out into the ocean from the end of Garnet Avenue...
Viewpoints Mission Bay, Beaches, and SeaWorld
 
Fiesta de Reyes
North of San Diego's Old Town Plaza lies the area's unofficial...
Stores / Malls Old Town
 
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
In 1934, 8 of the 1,000 acres set aside for a military reserve...
Cemeteries Point Loma
 
Harbor Island
Restaurants and high-rise hotels dot the inner shore of this...
Islands Point Loma and Coronado
 
Heritage Park
A number of San Diego's important Victorian buildings are the...
Architectural Sites Old Town
 
Hillcrest Farmers Market
One of San Diego's best farmers' markets, this weekly bazaar...
Markets / Bazaars Hillcrest
 
Hotel Del Coronado
The Del's distinctive red-tile roofs and Victorian gingerbread...
Hotels Coronado
 
House of Pacific Relations
This is not really a house but a cluster of red tile–roof stucco...
Arts / Performance Venues Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden and Desert Garden
These neighboring gardens sit just across the Park Boulevard...
Gardens / Arboretums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Japanese Friendship Garden
A koi pond with a cascading waterfall, a tea pavilion, and a...
Gardens / Arboretums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
La Jolla Caves
It's a walk of 145 sometimes slippery steps down a tunnel to...
Cave La Jolla
 
Maritime Museum
From sailing ships to submarines, the Maritime Museum is a must...
Museums / Galleries Embarcadero
 
Mingei International Museum
All ages can enjoy the Mingei's colorful and creative exhibits...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Mission Bay Park
Mission Bay Park is San Diego's monument to sports and fitness...
Parks Mission Bay
 
Mission Beach Boardwalk
The cement pathway lining the sand from the southern end of Mission...
Promenades / Boardwalks Mission Bay
 
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Driving along Coast Boulevard, it is hard to miss the mass of...
Museums / Galleries La Jolla
 
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)
At the Downtown branch of the city's contemporary art museum...
Museums / Galleries Embarcadero
 
The New Children's Museum (NCM)
Opened in May 2008, NCM blends contemporary art with unstructured...
Museums / Galleries Embarcadero
 
Ocean Beach Pier
This T-shape pier is a popular fishing spot and home to the Ocean...
Marinas / Piers Ocean Beach
 
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
The six square blocks on the site of San Diego's original pueblo...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old Town
 
Orange Avenue
Coronado's business district and its villagelike heart, this...
Neighborhoods / Streets Coronado
 
Palm Canyon
Heading down into this lush canyon near the House of Charm provides...
Canyon Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Presidio Park
The hillsides of the 50-acre green space overlooking Old Town...
Parks Old Town
 
San Diego Air and Space Museum
By day, the streamlined edifice looks like any other structure...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
When the impressive exhibits at this 27,000-square-foot museum...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Museum of Art
Known primarily for its Spanish Baroque and Renaissance paintings...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Museum of Man
If the facade of this building—the landmark California Building—looks...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Natural History Museum
There are 7.5 million fossils, dinosaur models, and even live...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park's—and perhaps the city's—most famous attraction is...
Zoos / Aquariums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Seaport Village
You'll find some of the best views of the harbor at Seaport Village...
Stores / Malls Embarcadero
 
SeaWorld San Diego
One of the world's largest marine-life amusement parks, SeaWorld...
Amusement Parks Mission Bay
 
Shelter Island
This reclaimed peninsula now supports towering palms and resorts...
Islands Shelter Island
 
Spanish Village Art Center
More than 250 local artists, including glassblowers, enamel workers...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
The 2,400-bench-seat pavilion, dedicated in 1915 by sugar magnates...
Arts / Performance Venues Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Sunset Cliffs
As the name suggests, the 60-foot-high bluffs on the western...
Viewpoints Point Loma
 
Thomas Whaley House Museum
Thomas Whaley was a New York entrepreneur who came to California...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Pinus torreyana, the rarest native pine tree in the United States...
Parks La Jolla
 
University of California at San Diego
The campus of one of the country's most prestigious research...
Educational Institutions La Jolla
 
USS Midway Museum
After 47 years of worldwide service, the retired USS Midway began...
Museums / Galleries, Nautical Sites Embarcadero
 
Vacation Isle
Ingraham Street bisects this island, providing two distinct experiences...
Beaches Mission Bay
 
Westfield Horton Plaza
This downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment mecca fronts...
Stores / Malls Gaslamp Quarter
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