The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. And only 5 minutes from The Lafayette!
You can find more information and tickets here. Be sure to check with the front desk for discounts!
Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.
Find a full list of museums and attractions here.
Experience some of the most thrilling San Diego attractions at SeaWorld®, where you can ride the ray on the double-launch roller coaster Manta®, take in amazing live shows and enjoy special attractions such as Turtle Reef and the Shark Encounter®. Most importantly, SeaWorld is about animals: From Shamu® to sea lions, polar bears to penguins and bottlenose dolphins to beluga whales, marine life abounds!
Find tickets and information here.
We've listed a few of our favorite beaches below but San Diego boasts 70 miles of beautiful coastline! For a more comprehensive list of beaches and their individuals features check out www.sandiego.org. The folks at The San Diego Tourism Authority are the experts, after all.
Pacific Beach offers a variety of things to do including fun on miles of sandy beaches, funky beach bars and taco stands, sleek modern hotels, sultry night clubs and fine dining establishments.
Centrally located in San Diego, Mission Beach is the closest thing in San Diego to classic East Coast beaches like Atlantic City and Coney Island.
La Jolla Beaches
Known as “The Jewel” of San Diego, La Jolla features luxury homes, fine dining and upscale shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive. But the real jewels in La Jolla are the beaches and reefs, which are freely available for visitors and locals alike.
Come explore 50-plus diverse shops, 17 unique eateries and outdoor entertainment. Seaport Village is where the magic of the sea comes to life. Four miles of meandering cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, lakes, fountains and colorful, lush landscaping make up this quarter mile boardwalk along the San Diego Bay.
Find a complete list of shops and restaurants here.
Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace.
Visit www.midway.org for more information.