Visit These 9 Unique Attractions When You Come to San Diego
San Diego, California has some of the best attractions for tourists. Here are some of San Diego's coolest places to check out at your next visit!
Whether you're on a one-way trip to San Diego alone or heading off for a day with the kids, this city has so much to offer for tourists. Attractions vary from educational centers to places for animal-lovers to visit. These nine San Diego attractions are some of the city's most loved and well-known places to visit, and of course, are places every San Diego tourist should visit at least once!
1. San Diego Zoo
Housing almost 4,000 diverse animals of over 600 different species and subspecies, the San Diego Zoo makes for one of the top zoos in the United States. Kids love visiting all the various animals this zoo has to offer from the Galapagos Tortoise to the Clouded Leopard. As for their zoo gardens, check out their Butterfly and Backyard Habitat or their beautiful Hawaiian Native Plant Garden if you're more of a nature person.
If you are unfamiliar with or have never visited the San Diego Zoo, perhaps you'd like to take a quick tour of the place or experience the zoo from a different perspective. For new-comers, take the one-hour Discovery Cart Tour, or for a behind-the-scenes look, take the Inside Look Tour. This zoo also has several restaurants from Poppy's Patio to Treetops Cafe, many fun shops, shows, 4D animal-related movies in playing in their theater, play areas for children, and much more!
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
2. Reuben H Fleet Science Center
Feeling something more educational? Reuben H Fleet Science Center is for you, offering both adult and youth programs and family-friendly exhibits. With currently 12 permanent exhibits from Origins of Space to Cellular Journey, Reuben H Fleet Science Center has some of the neatest experiences for all ages.
At their Look! Touch! Listen! exhibit, kids can use their senses to see and feel a tornado, play around with the turntable, and even whisper dishes to experience how sound works. After that, why not stop on by to watch an IMAX film or digital show or participate in one of Reuben H Fleet's one of many events going on? There's really a lot to offer!
1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
3. Belmont Park
If you're in the mood for something a little more thrilling, stop by Belmont Park. Opened since 1925, Belmont Park is an amusement park that has been and continues to be loved by so many generations. For the kids, they will enjoy the Overdrive Bumper Cars, the Liberty Carousel, the Speedway, and the Tilt-a-Whirl. As for the older kids and adults, hop on the Control Freak, Beach Blaster, or even the Octotron.
While you dine at one of Belmont Park's delicious restaurants or go shopping, have the kids head on out to Belmont Park's arcade, laser tag, lazer maze, or the Tiki Town Adventure Golf. Fun for the whole family ranges from Sky Ropes to the FlowRider, where you can surf in on an artificial wave, and even Belmont Park's zip line! For a quick snack, stop by Dottie's Pop Shop for a smoothie, nachos at Wave House, or the Sweet Shoppe & Beach Treats' caramel apples and kettle corn.
3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
4. Escapism Puzzle Room
If you've never tried out an escape room, you're missing out. To sum up an escape room in a sentence, it's an interactive live game where you and others are put in a room and are given clues, and as a team you must figure out how to escape. The Escapism Puzzle Room is one of the best escape rooms in San Diego that both tourists and residents love. You and a group of people can enter the suspenseful Escapism Puzzle Room in hopes to escape the room simply by solving various puzzles and decoding clues to work your way out. Remember, though, the whole point of the escape room is to be cooperative and work as a team!
With only an hour to escape, many players may find themselves frustrated, but if you and your group do win, you'll get your picture taken and put up on their wall! Also play for a chance to make it on their leadership board if they beat the time record. Tickets are $28 plus tax a person, plus an additional booking fee.
3919 4th Ave San Diego, CA 92103
5. Sea World
A common and well-loved place to visit in San Diego is Sea World, home of aquatic animals. Their San Diego location has six fun rides for kids, though is mainly known for their fantastic shows and exhibits. Take a look at their killer whales close up, stop by Turtle Reef, or watch Sea Lions Live. Opened since March of 2014, Explorer's Reef is a popular attraction at San Diego Sea World showcasing "...four different touch pools, Explorer's Reef gives guests the opportunity to interact with a variety of fish, including 400 brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks, and more than 4,000 cleaner fish," as Sea World mentions. This very visual, hands-on experience is fun for kids!
Before you take off, don't forget to stop by one of Seaworld's restaurants for a bite to eat and at one of their gift shops for a wide selection of aquatic-themed souvenirs. So, if you love family-fun entertainment and under-the-sea animals, stop by Seaworld while you're in town visiting!
500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
6. The Whaley House Museum
The San Diego, mid-19th century styled museum, the Whaley House, is a brick house where the Whaley family used to reside back when it was finished being built in 1857. Being the oldest brick home in Southern California with some sketchy, tragic history, it's no surprise that thousands of San Diego residents believe this place to be haunted, which is why it is now visited as a museum by ghost lovers all around. The Whaley House Museum also hosts ghost hunting events every now and then in case you're really interested in the potential paranormal experiences that go on in this used-to-be home.
If you happen to take pictures of any possible ghosts or orbs, be sure to submit them to the Whaley House Museum's website, or post them on Yelp for others to see. Don't be surprised if your pictures come out with weird lighting; several visitors of the Whaley House found that if they took pictures east of the cemetery or upstairs, they had their photos come out with creepy, pale lighting but had no idea why. Crazy, huh? Even if you don't believe in ghosts, the Whaley House is still interesting to take a look through, as well as to learn more about the Whaley family history.
2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
7. Old Town Market
For a bit of shopping, stop by the historic marketplace, Old Town Market, which contains over 40 unique and cultural shops. Check out Amore Leather for leather goods, Bonita Blanket for mexican textiles, Pueblito Cuetzalan for Mexican-inspired party supplies, and various shops for cultural artwork. The Old Town Market definitely gives off San Diego cultural history! Also stop by one of three of Old Town Market's restaurants: Old Town Mexican Cafe, Plaza del Pasado, or Hard Rock Cafe for American food.
Old Town Market also has various events going on; just check on their website to see what's going on around the marketplace. Events that occur range from ghosthunting to community coffee. If you want to take a cultural exploration of Mexican-American history, Old Town Market is the place to visit!
4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
8. WorldBeat Cultural Center
In preservation of African culture, WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park is again another great place to experience culture in San Diego. Stop by to take part in one of their many events that often take place. Some events that have occurred in the past include Children's West African Drumming Classes, West African Dance Class, Dumbek Drumming, Emei Qigong Practice, and Tribal-Style Belly Dancing Class.
WorldBeat Cultural Center also has an outdoor classroom in collaboration with several San Diego schools where children can watch and experience the great outdoors, participate in various workshops and projects, and learn about gardening and nature as a whole. Overall, the Worldbeat Cultural Center has a lot to offer especially for those who want to learn about and experience African culture, viewing life from a much different perspective.
2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
9. Total Combat Paintball
For $45 per person, you can paintball at Total Combat in San Diego! This package includes marker rental, a face mask, compressed air filters, payment for a field referee, and 200 paintballs. Extra supplies can be rented out through Total Combat Paintball. Be sure to check out their website for any special events going on!
One reviewer of Total Combat Paintball says, "It was a total blast. The dads, myself included, spent the whole time cracking up at our silly antics and lame old man moves. We took many head and neck shots and just laughed them off. Some dads even tried diving and rolling around the obstacles in pure comic fashion. It was great." That's right, folks, Total Combat Paintball is for all ages! Check this out whether or not you have kids tagging along with you.
1699 Main St, San Diego, CA 92113
There's just so much to do in San Diego both with and without the kids. Amusement parks, zoos, and cultural centers are all just a few of the great attractions you can find in beautiful San Diego. Be sure to check at least check out one of the places mentioned next time you head in the area!
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