Within a 30-minute drive
Explore the creatures of the ocean at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the largest oceanographic exhibit in the country. Located at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features 60 habitats of Pacific marine life, tanks filled with saltwater fish and a 70,000-gallon tank that simulates the La Jolla kelp forest. Discover stunning coral reefs and living tide pools with sharks, seahorses, and jellyfish. Explore the sea-themed gallery or take a submarine ride. The aquarium offers whale watching and tide-pooling excursions and special events throughout the year.
Set on San Diego’s Mission Bay, SeaWorld San Diego is a marine-life amusement park where families soar, splash, and play with the sea. SeaWorld San Diego features thrilling ocean life exhibits, animal attractions, rides, shows, and events. Explore amazing exhibits, including Shark Encounter and Rocky Point Preserve, the world's largest dolphin and sea otter habitat. Enjoy encounters with killer whales, dolphins, penguins, harbor seals, and sharks. See incredible shows, including Shamu Rocks.
San Diego’s ultimate dining, shopping and entertainment district, the Gaslamp District offers an eclectic blend of fun, food, and culture in one of San Diego's most historic areas. Originally the heart of San Diego's business district, the Gaslamp District was a raucous centre of gambling houses, opium dens and saloons by the turn of the 20th century. Restored to its old splendor, the 16-block district is now a haven for artists and craftspeople, and home to a variety of theatres, shops and over 100 restaurants.
Biplane, Air Combat and Warbird Adventures
Departing from Montgomery Field Airport, this is the nation’s largest vintage aviation entertainment company. Ride in an open cockpit bi-plane, dogfight in a Varga VG-21 or take a turn on the controls of a WWII era Warbird.
La Jolla Playhouse
Located at the University of California at San Diego, the La Jolla Playhouse is a professional stage that produces a variety of incredible performances year-round and world premieres, and attracts Hollywood and Broadway talent. The playhouse also hosts the university's theater department.
Sophisticates and surfers can be spotted in unity in La Jolla. Once a hideaway for Hollywood elite, La Jolla is an exclusive seaside enclave that has been artfully preserved and enriched with an eclectic mix of galleries, fine restaurants and shopping. Prospect Street is known to locals and visitors as San Diego's Rodeo Drive.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Get wild at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, a wildlife preserve that protects 2,500 Asian and African animals, including many endangered species. Go on a safari adventure and explore a natural habitat where the animals live and roam freely. See exciting animal shows and ride the Africa Tram Safari to get close with giraffes, rhinos, gazelles, and antelopes. Visit Elephant Valley, Savanna Cool Zone and the Cheetah Run.
Old Town San Diego
Early California-style architecture has been preserved in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, lending an old-fashioned ambiance to the area. The birthplace of California, this historic district boasts several museums, restaurants, art galleries, historic sites and 150 shops. Explore attractions including the Old Town Theater, Old Town Saturday Market, Presidio Park, Junípero Serra Museum, and Heritage Park.Old Town San Diego State Historic Park commemorates the early days of San Diego with historic buildings. Tale the Old Town Trolley Tour and experience early Americana with Spanish flavor.
La Jolla Chamber Music Society
San Diego's premier classical music presenter, La Jolla Chamber Music Society features visiting orchestras and ensembles in five concert series. The Main Series offers performances at Copley Symphony Hall. Summerfest La Jolla is a three-week festival in August. Call the box office for information.
Museum of Contemporary Art
With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is devoted to the exploration and presentation of art created since 1950. Located in downtown San Diego and in the coastal community of La Jolla, MCASD features an amazing collection of contemporary works of art in a myriad of mediums, and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and thought-provoking exhibits.