La Jolla Attractions

Attractions are never far away in San Diego, wherever you may be staying. If you're lucky enough to be visiting La Jolla, you'll find many attractions less than 20 minutes away, whether you go north, east or south. And with San Diego's spectacular weather (a mild Mediterranean climate where the sun shines 70% of the time), you are free to enjoy indoor or outdoor activities at any time of the year.

In La Jolla itself, you can explore the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Birch Aquarium. Drive a little farther north in horse-racing season for an afternoon at Del Mar Race Track. Just up the freeway you can join a safari at the Wild Animal Park or a take a wine-tasting tour.

If you're a history buff, travel south to visit San Diego's Old Town and Presidio Park. Explore downtown San Diego's renovated Gaslamp Quarter and its many fine restaurants. Nearby you can also tour the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the Star of India, and the USS Midway Museum. From Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma, view San Diego Bay as Juan Cabrillo did when he sailed in in 1543.

If you love museums, you won't run out at San Diego's Balboa Park, with 15 in all, from art and aerospace to science and sports. Balboa Park also includes several restaurants and gardens and the adjacent San Diego Zoo, one of the best in the world. If you're a marine animal lover, Sea World is not far away.

In fact, wherever you turn, there are so many attractions in San Diego that you'll just have to come back for another visit!

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest and most respected zoos in the world. It is one of the few to house and breed the giant Panda and it was one of the first to use natural enclosures for animals ...

Sea World

Close to five million visitors walk through the gates of Sea World in San Diego every year, making it one of the most popular amusement parks in the country. That is considerably more than the 400,000...

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a must-see attraction while you're visiting San Diego. In fact, there is so much to see in Balboa Park - museums, gardens, theaters, the zoo - that you'll need several days to stroll th...

Wild Safari Park

If a trip around the world is out of the question anytime soon, a visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park might help quell your wanderlust and satisfy your curiosity about the world's many wild animals...

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument San Diego When the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542, he was looking for treasure, specifically for gold. He didn't find gold,...

Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a quaint shopping village with a maritime theme where you can walk, shop, dine, listen to music, and ride a 100-year-old carousel. All this while taking in stunning views of the San...

Torrey Pines

If a back-to-nature respite is what you need to handle the stress of modern-day life, then try spending an afternoon at Torrey Pines State Park Reserve in La Jolla. It might be just what the doctor or...

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium in La Jolla California is a special San Diego attraction -- interesting, educational and fun for the whole family. Located on the coast just north of downtown La Jolla, Birch Aquariu...

Star of India

Take a trip back in seafaring time and visit the Star of India, a full-rigged merchant ship docked at San Diego Bay near the B Street Pier, along North Harbor Drive. The museum ship has been gracing t...

USS Midway Museum

Come aboard the USS Midway Museum located at 910 North Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego at Navy Pier, just a few steps away from the San Diego Maritime Museum at the Embarcadero. The USS Midway M...

Del Mar Race Track

Located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the one-mile oval track is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and is home to San Diego horse racing every summer. Del Mar Race Track underwent a major renova...

Mission Bay

Would you like to visit the largest aquatic park in the country? Well you can, right here in San Diego! Mission Bay Park and Mission Bay Aquatic Center is the perfect leisure playground for those who ...

San Diego Maritime Musuem

Located at the Embarcadero near downtown San Diego, the San Diego Maritime Museum is a favorite attraction for San Diego visitors. The Maritime Museum was founded in 1948 to collect and preserve the c...

San Diego Missions

The San Diego missions are the best places to explore San Diego's history, including its Spanish, Indian and Mexican heritage. In 1769, Spanish missionaries built the first permanent settlement includ...

Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a popular science museum and planetarium in San Diego's Balboa Park. It is the most visited museum in San Diego and one of the top 10 attractions for visitors. L...

Carousels

The carousel is a combination of old-world craftsmanship and timeless enjoyment. It owes its origins to the many European immigrants who brought the tradition with them when they came to the United St...

Balboa Park Gardens

Balboa Park in San Diego boasts 19 beautiful gardens, each showcasing a multitude of colorful flowers and plants from around the world. Alcazar Garden Balboa Park Alcazar Garden is located close...

Presidio Park

Presidio Park San Diego, the Plymouth Rock of the West Coast, is the birthplace of San Diego and all of California. In 1769 Father Junipero Serra and his band of missionaries established the first Eur...

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