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Best Tourist Spots in San Diego

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On the landing at San Diego, you will be greeted by the valet guy, sleekly dressed up in polo shirts, khaki shorts and white sneakers. There are a numerous things to gratify you in San Diego. You can venture into San Diego Zoo for a never before thrilling zoo experience; soak in the city's history and art at Balboa Park; or enjoy nature and wildlife at its best at Torrey Pines State Reserve. Join us to discover the wonderful locations that make San Diego one of America's most spectacular travel destinations.

San Diego Zoo

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An abode to more than 4,000 animals, including rare species like Giant Panda, koalas and Komodo dragon, San Diego Zoo is one of the world's most progressive zoos. For a more insightful zoo experience, you can also take the Double Decker zoo tour. The facility is surrounded by zoo gardens and its sister San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Address: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego

1 619 231 1515
Website: www.sandiegozoo.org
Prices: 1-day pass adult/child from $46/36; 2-visit pass to Zoo and/or Safari Park adult/child $82/64
Opening hours: 9am-9pm mid-Jun–early Sep, to 5pm or 6pm early Sep–mid-Jun


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LegoLand is a theme park nestled in the peaceful, rolling hills of North County. Awaken your childhood fantasies amidst the thrilling rides, interesting shows, Splash Battle (water cannons firing). There are many fine restaurants to fuel you up and also a Lego water park for some aqua fun.

Address: 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad
Telephone: 1 760 918 5346
Website: www.california.legoland.com
Prices: adult/child from $83/73
Opening hours: daily mid-March–August, Wed-Sun September–mid-March


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SeaWorld San Diego offers you aquatic-themed rides, animal encounters (Penguin Encounter,  Shark Encounter) and many amazing exhibits. The park's notable pulse is the live shows displaying trained dolphins, killer whale (Shamu) and sea lions, where you can experience an uncomfortably close up encounter with the animals. The facility also has an Antarctic habitat set up for the cute penguins.

Address: 500 SeaWorld Dr
Telephone: 1 800 257 4268 1 800 257 4268
Website: www.seaworldsandiego.com
Prices: adult/child 3-9yr $84/78
Opening hours: daily

Balboa Park

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Balboa Park, is an architectural masterpiece of San Diego. With a well preserved picturesque landscape of art and culture, the park encompasses numerous fine museums (Centro Cultural de la Raza, Marstone House, Museum of Photographic Arts); performing arts centers, stunning gardens (Alcazar garden, Australian Garden, Desert Garden). It is also here that you can participate in many recreational activities in the Balboa Park Activity Center, Balboa Park Golf Complex or Balboa Park Tennis club.

1549 El Prado San Diego 92101
Phone: (619) 239-0512 (619) 239-051

Aquatica San Diego

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This is where people from all inclinations, young or old can spend a splendid aqua funtime. This fun loaded aqua land will entertain you with wave pool, beautiful silver white sand by the pool, Seaworld with flamingos and turtles, a host of adrenaline-boosting kick body and tube slides. The facility is adorned with many fine restaurants serving delicious food as well as many drink choices for the grown ups. You can also rent a cabana for the day, equipped with mini-fridge, welcome basket and water bottles for the entire day.

Address: 2052 Entertainment Circle
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Phone: 800.257.4268800.257.4268
Website: www.seaworldparks.com

Coronado Island

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This enchanting Island nestles off the coast of downtown San Diego and there are lots of interesting things to explore. Visit the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, which serves one of the city's best breakfasts. A little further South of the island, will take you to Silver Strand Beach, a gorgeous spot  for beach activities and to view the stunning sunsets. To dine and shop, head to Downtown Coronado, a place flooded with the city's best restaurants and numerous boutique shops. To feel the romance of Venice, Italy in San Diego, you must visit the Coronado Cays, decked with their gondolier-powered vessels swirling along the many canals that wind around the residential areas.

Address: 1100 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA
Phone: 619.437.8788
Website: www.coronadovisitorcenter.com

Cabrillo National Monument

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Cabrillo National Monument is situated on top of a steep hill, and a serene spot to get an epic view, learn about the city's history and enjoy a relaxing nature walk. The place also offers you a close up of the gray-whale migration (January to March) from land. There is a visitor center where you can find great exhibits on the region's history and learn about the native inhabitants. The famous Point Loma Lighthouse sits atop the point and well furnished with lamps, late-19th-century period furniture and picture frames.

Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr
Telephone: 1 619 557 5450
Website: www.nps.gov/cabr
Opening hours: 9am-5pm

Seaport Village

Seaport Village
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Seaport Village is situated in Embarcadero, the shores of the San Diego Bay. The place is flocked with various charming shops and fine dining restaurants. The focal point here is the 100-year-old carousel centerpiece and the sight is flocked with various charming shops and fine dining restaurants. It is here, you will find numerous buildings, constructed in various Victorian and Mexican styles. While in the vicinity, you can also visit the huge U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier museum, that lies just adjacent to the village.

849 West Harbor Drive, #D
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.235.4014619.235.4014
Website: www.seaportvillage.com

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is Southern California's one of the wildest stretches of land. Discover this mammoth reserve that encompasses the rare Torrey pine, the maritime chaparral, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon. Here, you can walk a tranquil trail, or enjoy workout in a gorgeous, nature fresh environment and explore the beautiful plants and animals habitats.

Address: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla
Telephone: 1 858 755 2063 1 858 755 2063
Website: www.torreypine.org
Opening hours: 7:15am-dusk, visitor center 10am-4pm Oct-Apr, 9am-6pm May-Sep

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