We Know: 10 Best Things to See in San Diego

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San Diego, located in southern California near the Mexico border, has a lot to offer visitors.

We Know: 10 Best Things to See in San Diego

  1. Sea World: See Shamu the killer whale perform live or enjoy any of the many shows, events, rides and attractions that the park offers. Located at 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego.
  2. The beach: Surf, sun, or walk barefoot through the sand and enjoy watching the scenery. Spend the evening watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
  3. Whale watching: From late December until early April the gray whales migrate along the coast. See them while aboard one of the many whale watching cruises available, or find a vantage point from along the shore.
  4. San Diego Harbor Excursions: This company offers three choices of cruises. The Full Bay Tour runs two hours and 25 miles as you pass San Diego's skyline. The North Bay Tour runs one hour and covers 12 miles. See Shelter and Harbor Islands, the United States Naval Submarine Base, the North Island Naval Air Station, and the Cabrillo National Monument. If you choose the South Bay Tour, you'll see the United States Naval surface fleet, the shipyards, and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Located at 1050 North Harbor Drive San Diego. 619-234-4111 (Toll free: 1-800-44-CRUISE).
  5. Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour: Walk past Civil War and WWI era Victorian buildings. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Tours begin at the William Heath Davis Historic House Museum, 410 Island Ave, San Diego.
  6. The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park: Comprising 1,800 acres, the zoo contains more than 3,500 animals. See the jungle kings at the Lion Camp, a 33,000-square-foot grassland enclosure where the lions mingle with antelopes and giraffes. Located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido.
  7. San Diego Zoo: Spend all day enjoying the exhibits and more than 4,000 animals. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also spend the night with the Roar and Snore and Beastly Bedtime sleepover program. You'll see the animals close up, camp overnight and enjoy a camp meal. Located on Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, north of downtown San Diego along Park Boulevard.
  8. Birch Aquarium at Scripps: Many interactive exhibits and shows in which you can see actual coral reefs, sharks, and other ocean creatures like seahorses. Located at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla.
  9. Charter sport fishing: Join one of the many charter boats sailing out of San Diego Bay and reel in a monster striped marlin, dorado, or wahoo and then enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many nearby seafood restaurants.
  10. The San Diego Firehouse Museum: Among other exhibits, see fire trucks from the Civil War and World War II. The station holds memorabilia from 9/11 brought back by local fire fighters who were called to action in New York on that day. Located at 1572 Columbia Street, San Diego. 619-232-3473.

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