atualização em Janeiro de 2012 (originalmente publicado em Jan 2, 2008)
San Diego está dividida na vertical por ruas numéricas, sendo a 1 para o Oeste. E horizontalmente por ruas alfabéticas.
Mapa de San Diego (clique para ver maior)
ATRAÇÕES EM SAN DIEGO
DOWNTOWN / CENTRO
Para viagens curtas, de até dois dias, sugere-se um roteiro básico na Gaslamp Quarter, no centro, local para passear de dia ou à noite. Os quarteirões centrais em lojas, restaurantes e está bem cuidada. Opções de almoço e jantar mais econômicos podem ser encontrados no shopping local (Westifield Horton) ou ao Sul da Market.
Direções: Para seguir ao centro de San Diego pela Cabrillo, seguir a rua 10 e virar a Broadway, ou virar na Avenida B e pegar a Rua 4 (o miolo de Gaslamp fica entre a 4e 6). Se estiver de carro, no centro escolha parking (estacionamentos) no Westfield (grátis se validado).
Uma opção de ir até o centro e não se preocupar com o carro é pegar o Trolley.
Serviço de trolley circula pelas principais vias da cidade. Trolley Day Pass $5
Trolley map only
A linha vermelha indica a direção entre a Mission Valley Center (há um shopping na região) ao norte da cidade, até o Centro da cidade (inclui o Seaport Village, Gaslamp), que funciona em eventos especiais. Fora dos eventos, pode-se fazer a transição entre as linhas.
SUL: SEAPORT VILLAGE, CORONADO
Outra atração popular é o Seaport Village, com botiques e lojas de lembranças. Um local diferente bem no centro da cidade, que não dá a impressão de estar em uma grande cidade.
Há estacionamento no local (pago).
Na região do Embarcadoro, fica o Aicraft Carrier Museum, http://www.midway.org/
$18 adults.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (ingressos apenas até as 16 horas)
Coronado Island é acessível de carro (ou ônibus 901 na Broadway) e a atração principal da cidade é a praia e o Hotel del Coronado (diárias a partir de $300 dólares). Direção: seguir toda a rota 5, haverá indicação para saída para Coronado.
Estacionar: utilize as travessas da orla da praia, onde não é necessário parquímetro.
NORTE DO CENTRO: BALBOA PARK
Outras atrações são o Zoológico de San Diego, um dos principais do país, com espécies raras como o panda gigante.
Dá ainda para conhecer mais do grande Balboa Park, com inúmeros museus (15 no total), o zoológico que foi mencionado antes e muitas áreas de lazer. Linha 7 de ônibus.
$42. Includes unlimited use of Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, and Skyfari Aerial Tram.
Estacionamento: $9 for no-nmembers. Normal Hours (through June 19): 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Old Town, que concentrava o antigo centro de San Diego até 1872. E a missão de San Diego de Alcalá, a primeira do país. Direção: pela Camino Del Rio, ou pela interstate 8, direção a Mission Gorge (há placas sinalizadoras), virar na Twain (Jack in the Box), que chegará até a Missão.
Point Loma, no extremo oeste da cidade (passando pelo Aeroporto), onde tem um Yatch club o Cabrilli National Monument (basicamente um farol antigo, de 1854, e umas casinhas). Se tiver sorte, terá boa vista da cidade do farol e até vista de Baleias… O inverno é a época em que as Baleias estão passando pela região. Acesso difícil por transporte público. Cabrillo National Monument
SOMA (for South of Market) – região da rua Market para baixo, tem comércio e restaurantes. ônibus 3 (na 4th St) e 11 (na Front St).
Pacific Beach, mais ao sul de La Jolla (ônibus 8 ou 9 saindo de Old Town Transit Center).
SeaWorld www.seaworld.com/san... SeaWorld is located on San Diego’s Mission Bay, close to hotels in the Mission Valley, downtown, and beach areas. From Mission Valley, take I-8 west to I-5 north, and exit at SeaWorld Drive. From downtown, take I-5 north and exit at SeaWorld Drive. (ônibus 8 ou 9 saindo de Old Town Transit Center).
Legoland – www.legoland.com/california.htm – parque temáticos dos blocos de montar da Lego, fica em Carlsbad. Acesso pelo Coaster atéCarlsbad Village, pegar taxi até Legoland ou ônibus (verificar o horário do Coaster, pois é mais comum no meio da semana, pois é usado de transporte para os trabalhadores)
Por carro para Legoland: 30 minutes north of San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim. From San Diego North County:Take Interstate 5 South to Cannon Road East, and follow signs to LEGOLAND
From Los Angeles and Orange County: Take the 405 South / Interstate 5 South to Cannon Road East, then follow signs to LEGOLAND
Cruise ship terminal (Broadway and Harbor Drive). http://www.portofsandiego.org/sand…
San Diego Air & Space Museum. www.aerospacemuseum.org/collections/. Open daily 10:00am – 4:00pm
Summer hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm (Memorial Day to Labor Day).Tickets: $15 or $8 (CHILD)
San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art www.mcasd.org
Timken Museum of Art
Maritime Museum of San Diego: www.sdmaritime.com. Tickets: $12 (or $10 by internet).
San Diego Comic Con www.comic-con.org Concorrida feira de comics (animação, desenho animado, quadrinhos, hentai), umas das mais famosas dos EUA. Ocorre no verão em datas específicas a cada ano, na San Diego Convention Center, bem no centro da cidade.
A preferência seria em Downtown, mais próximo ao Gaslamp Quarter, mas os valores dos hoteis não são baixos e muitos esgotam-se mais rapidamente (recomenda-se reserrva antecipadas). Estão acima da média de outras cidades californianas (na época de atualização desse post, a maioria acima de $200 por dia), pois a região de Downtown é muito procurada por turistas e visitantes a negócios. Atenção na hora de fazer a reserva (especialmente em sites de terceiros, como o Booking), pois os hotéis possuem imposto de serviço de 12,6%, além de eventuais taxas extras.
Atenção: a região do Hotel Circle e Mission Valley, que possui muitos hotéis de grandes redes com bons preços, tem o pormenor de ser mais longe da cidade, necessitando deslocamento diário. Para quem estiver de carro, necessitará pagar estacionamento ou utilizar parquímetro. No Centro de San Diego, há hotéis com estacionamento.
Ferramenta de Pesquisa de Hotéis: MUNDI (faz pesquisa em vários sites para obter o melhor valor)
Boas opções custo benefício no Gaslamp Quarter (pesquisa em fevereiro 2012, quartos duplos) aparecem para a baixa temporada com promoções para quem faz a reserva antecipada. Por exemplo, o Hotel Indigo Gaslamp Quarter (site oficial – $150 em fevereiro de 2012, tarifa não reembolsável. #10 no Tripadvisor, 9.1Booking), Gaslamp Plaza Suites (#64 no Tripadvisor, Booking8.5), Ramada Gaslamp e Comfort Inn Gaslamp (site oficial).
Em Donwtown San Diego (um pouco acima do Gaslamp) estão o Sophia Hotel (site oficial #54 no Tripadvisor, em torno de $150 para baixa temporada, Booking 8.3) , Holiday Inn Express Downtown – site oficial (#76 no Tripadvisor, 9.0 no Booking, $170 em fevereiro de 2012) e o Park Manor – site oficial ($170 em fevereiro de 2012).
FAMILIARES:Bristol – site oficial (#29 no Tripadvisor e 8.7 no Booking) tem ótimas tarifas quando feito com antecedência de 2 a 3 meses ou mais, e tem ótima localização, em Gaslamp. Há possibilidade de baixa tarifa no Days Inn Downtown (site oficial – abaixo dos $150), que aceita até 4 pessoas no quarto. Outros que aceitam são o Best Western Seven Seas (Hotel Circle), Days Hotel, La Quinta Inn, todos da rede Travelodge e Vagabond
ECONOMICOS: E para quem estiver de carro, tem hotéis econômicos em Mission Valley (Hotel Circle), como o Vagabond Inn Hotel Circle – site oficial (#58 no Tripadvisor), DoubleTree Club (#147 Tripadvisor, 8.4 no Booking), Days Hotel (#101 tripadvisor e 7.9 Booking), Kings Inn (#133 tripavisor e 7.9 Booking), Best Western Seven Seas (#135 tripavisor e 7.8 Booking) e o supereconômico Americas Best Value Padre Trail (site oficial #118 tripavisor e 7.7 Booking), dentre outros.
E o Old Town Inn (site Mundi) na Old Town.
Listagem de hoteis por classificação de hóspedes: Tripadvisor
Serviço de trolley circula pelas principais vias da cidade. Se estiver de carro, no centro escolha parking (estacionamentos) no Westfield (grátis se validado). Em Coronado, utilize as travessas da orla da praia, onde não é necessário parquímetro.
O aeroporto fica próximo da cidade, pode ser acessado por serviços de shuttle de hotéis (verificar antes sobre a disponibilidade), taxi ou de carro.
Para quem não está com carro, pode-se usar as linhas de ônibus.
1. Truluck’s Seafood La Jolla & UTC
2. Baci Ristorante Italian Mission Valley & Clairemont
3. Donovan’s of La Jolla Steak La Jolla & UTC
4. Bertrand at Mister A’s American Downtown
5. Tapenade Continental La Jolla & UTC
6. Mille Fleurs California North County Inland
7. Donovan’s of Downtown Steak Downtown
8. George’s California Modern California La Jolla & UTC
9. The Melting Pot American Downtown
10. Island Prime Steak Point Loma & Ocean Beach
Del Mar Rendezvous Chinese North County Coastal
Hexagone French Downtown
* San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau – www.sandiego.org
* Visit San Diego http://www.visitsandiego.com
* Things To Do In San Diego – San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau
* ótimo site em inglês: http://tourguidetim.com/
San Diego Magazine – Best of 2012 – http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/August-2012/Best-of-San-Diego-2012/
Go San diego Card www.gosandiegocard.com
1 dia: $74 | 2 dias: $104 | 3 dias: $192 (em JANEIRO DE 2012)
INCLUI os destaques
* San Diego Zoo Best Value Ticket
* SeaWorld (a partir de 3 dias)
* Knott’s Soak City Water Park*
* LEGOLAND California
* Whale Watching Excursion *
* Coronado Ferry
* San Diego Aerospace Museum
(ver abaixo os detalhes de todas atrações inclusas).
JANEIRO 2012 – GOCARD ATTRACTIONS:
+Air and Space Museum
From the first hot air balloon ride in 1783 to ongoing space shuttles, people never tire of going up, up and away. This top museum’s collection showcases all types of excursions — and don’t miss the unique 3D/4D Zable Theater, where you feel like you’re flying, too.
Science, space and aviation history all become real at the San Diego Air & Space Museum—California’s official air and space museum! This venue is a dynamic monument built to celebrate aviation and space flight, to educate the public about aviation’s social and historical significance, and to inspire students to excel in technology, mathematics and the sciences. As San Diego is one of the great American aviation hubs, it’s only natural to pay a visit to this unique museum when you are in the area.
Your journey through the history of flight at the San Diego Air & Space Museum begins as you stand beneath a model of the Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon of 1783 — the first manned vehicle in recorded history to break the bonds of gravity and lift humans above the Earth. Get a sense of the excitement and danger of air combat in the and marvel at the entertaining and risky antics of the barnstormers of the 1920s in the Golden Age of Flight Gallery.
+Belmont Park Unlimited Ride Wristband
Get ready for an ocean view from atop a roller coaster. This beachfront amusement park features excitement galore, including bumper cars, arcade games, thrill rides and the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster. Pair with a cold slushy for a perfect day.
Unlimited rides on roller coasters and thrill rides that overlook the Pacific…need we say more? Belmont Park is an action-packed, palm tree-lined amusement park right on the coast in San Diego, and it is the place to soak up those Southern California rays while enjoying the hustle and bustle of that truly American phenomenon—the amusement park! Roller coasters, bumper cars, carousels, arcades, a cold slushy, and a wonderful breeze coming off the water. What more could you need on a hot summer day? Just an unlimited wristband that lets you ride as many times as you want AND gives you access to the Giant Dipper ride…yup, you got it!
+Birch Aquarium at Scripps
From its unforgettable view of the Pacific Ocean to its memorable marine life exhibits, this aquarium is a must-see for every landlubber. Learn about living coral reefs, watch baby seahorses play and listen to whale song. You can even pet some starfish!
Discover a stunning variety of marine habitats, along with an unforgettable view overlooking La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean! Enter the world of sharks, seahorses, living coral reefs and more, and dive into exhibits that showcase the mysteries of ocean, air, and life, through interactive displays and multimedia. Birch Aquarium is the public exploration center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego. For more than a century, this aquarium-museum has delighted San Diego’s residents and visitors with the wonders of the ocean.
Each of the exhibits at Birch Aquarium brings to life a unique aspect of ocean life.
+Boomers! San Diego Unlimited Pass
Board a bumper boat for a leisurely cruise — then launch a sneak attack with a built-in water cannon. Later, take in the view from the giant Ferris wheel or rev your engine on the Go Karts. With an unlimited ride wristband, you can drive, bat, putt and play.
Enjoy all-day access and an unlimited ride wristband to enjoy every thrilling moment you’re at Boomers! San Diego. Board one of the Bumper Boats for a family pleasure cruise, then launch a sneak attack using the built-in water cannon. Next, practice sinking putts on the lush yet hazardous greens of the miniature golf course.
Getting hungry? Take a break for a delicious hamburger and soft drink at the snack bar.
+Chinese Historical Museum
Uncover a hidden piece of local history at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum in downtown San Diego — rated the best museum in the city by local residents in 2010! Situated in a district that was once home to a small but lively Chinatown, the museum is a testament to the experience of Chinese American settlers in San Diego and a tribute to Chinese culture and history at large.
Within a historic mission building that served as the first church and school for Chinese immigrants to San Diego, visitors find a collection of historical photographs, calligraphy, costumes, artifacts, furniture, and art. Take a break to find your center at the museum’s tranquil Asian garden. The garden path begins with a magnificent gate memorializing Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, followed by a small waterfall and a quiet stream, and culminates in a fishpond. A serpentine stone path leads to the courtyard and is adorned by a bronze statue of Confucius.
Next, peruse the ongoing exhibits of Chinese art and cultural objects in the brand-new extension building. Afterward, your museum experience may serve as a natural inspiration for exploring the surrounding neighborhood, with its lingering influence from the scores of Chinese immigrants and markets it once boasted.
+Chula Vista Nature Center
Discover Chula Vista Nature Center, San Diego Bay’s native wildlife center. A zooquarium that focuses on the importance of coastal resource conservation, Chula Vista Nature Center features a number diverse and fascinating exhibits set just steps from the pristine coastline of San Diego Bay.
Enjoy the new Wergeland Family Discovery Center, which features giant green sea turtles and rainbow trout, as well as a variety of other sea life. In Turtle Lagoon, get up-close-and-personal with the Nature Center’s own endangered Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles. The David A. Wergeland Shark & Ray Experience is a state-of-the-art, 21,000-gallon aquarium that includes a shallow-water touch tank where you can touch the resident rays. Step into the walk-through Shorebird Aviary and enter the home of native water and shorebirds — including egrets, ducks, and herons. At Eagle Mesa, you will be face-to-face with the majestic national symbols of the United States and Mexico: the Bald eagle and Golden eagle. Take a walk down Raptor Row and meet the Nature Center’s native birds of prey, including hawks, owls, osprey, and even the Turkey vulture. As you’re exploring, take notice of the beautiful gardens featuring San Diego’s rich mosaic of plant species. Take a stroll on the Nature Center’s 1.5 miles of walking trails leading to the shoreline, where you may catch a glimpse of a soaring harrier, shorebirds, rabbits, and maybe even an Osprey diving down for lunch.
Free guided nature walks are available on weekends and some weekdays. Call for times and reservations (619) 409-5900 or visit them on the web at ChulaVistaNatureCenter.org.
+City Tour by Gray Line
Beautiful beaches. Historic, vibrant neighborhoods. Charming streets off the beaten path. You’ll see them all from the comfort of a sightseeing bus designed to tour the best of the area. Let someone else do the driving as you take in the sights!
San Diego is one of the most beautiful beachside cities in the country, and is referred to as “America’s Finest City” for its prime Southern California location astride the magnificent Pacific Ocean, and its rich cultural history. Indeed, the beaches are phenomenal, but there is a lot more to this city than boardwalks and beach bums. Gray Line San Diego lets you avoid the hassle of renting a car to see the city, and instead offers you a trip around the city in the capable hands of one of the tour company’s knowledgeable tour guides. Gray Line boasts a reputation as the most trusted sightseeing company in the United States, and has been showing visitors the sights of San Diego for over 25 years!
The Coronado Ferry is the way to get to beautiful Coronoado Island, and your San Diego pass includes a round-trip ticket! Take a scenic, 15-minute ride to Coronado on a ferry that’s miles away from everyday life. Departing downtown San Diego from both the Broadway Pier and the Convention Center, the Coronado Ferry drops you off at Ferry Landing Marketplace — simply put, a shopper’s paradise. The Marketplace offers a charming collection of shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and fun eateries surrounded by swaying palms and a beautiful view of downtown San Diego. The Marketplace’s architecture recalls the gingerbread architecture of the iconic Hotel del Coronado just a mile southeast.
Note: Departures may occur later, but your San Diego pass is only accepted until 5:30 pm.
+Discovery Science Center
Imaginations turn, twist, and fly through 120 exciting hands-on science exhibits at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. Recognized by its landmark 10-story solar cube, the Center features two floors of exciting areas to explore including Dynamic Earth, Dino Quest, Science of Hockey, Space Exploration, Boeing Rocket Lab and new Environmental Exhibits opening Summer 2011.
Guests can play a game of Virtual Volleyball, make music on a Laser Beam Harp, climb a Rock Wall, watch an indoor Geyser erupt, ride out an earthquake in the Shake Shack, participate in fun science experiments, and more. There’s always something new to see! Visit in Spring 2011 for Sesame Street Presents: The Body and Bubblefest, Summer 2011 for The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head and WaterWorks, Fall 2011 for Bug Invasion II and Winter 2011 for Science of Gingerbread.
Grab a bite from the on-site Taco Bell or Pizza Hut Express and head out to the patio for a relaxing lunch break. And don’t forget to browse the Science Store and possibly take a piece of the science fun home with you.
Come in out of the heat … experience fire and firefighting in a completely new way at the Firehouse Museum!
The San Diego Firehouse Museum in historic Little Italy proudly displays over 150 years of firefighting history from around the world. Set in San Diego’s old Fire Station 6 (built in 1906), the museum showcases firefighting equipment, memorabilia, and photographs spanning generations of the fire service — from fire buckets to early firefighting apparatus.
Learn what it took to save lives and property and how the fire service has evolved while maintaining many of the same traditions. Feel the anticipation of the next alarm and learn about the equipment and events that have transformed ordinary men and women into heroes.
+Flagship Cruises: One Hour Harbor Cruise OR Whale Watch
Enjoy the best sightseeing on the bay with San Diego’s longest running harbor cruise company. Choose a 1 hour professionally narrated tour of San Diego Bay. Tours run daily, year ‘round. Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating is available. Snacks, beer, wine and sodas are available for purchase. No reservations required. Join us today!
+Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour
See San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter – the first area settled of what is considered modern San Diego — on a guided, behind-the-scenes, informative walking tour.
Led by a trained guide each Saturday at 11 a.m., the Gaslamp Walking Tour vividly recreates the late 1800s when the city near the waterfront fell into disrepair and the Stingaree district flourished. Learn about the marketing secrets of the naughty ladies of the Stingaree and discover the haunts of infamous former resident Wyatt Earp. The tour also highlights many of the best Victorian style commercial buildings constructed in San Diego during the years between the Civil War and World War I.
In telling the stories of the land, the buildings, and the people, we gain insight into an ever-evolving city where the past and the future come together to create San Diego, “America’s Finest City.”
+GoCar Tours; 30 minute navigational tour
30 minute navigational tour; 2 Go Cardholders required per reservation. GoCar is the first-ever GPS guided tour car that launched in San Francisco in April 2004. Today, it’s the most exhilarating, entertaining and enlightening way to tour San Diego. GoCar is the world’s first computer guided storytelling car. The clever talking car navigates for you, but that’s not all. As you drive, it points out the sights and tells you the stories that bring San Diego to life. You go at your own pace, not the pace set by a tour bus operator. As you go, you’re choosing the attractions you want to stop and see. You can make it a leisurely day trip if you’d rather, stopping to explore attractions or museums along the way. It’s totally your choice. If you’re having the time of your life, keep exploring! It’s a fantastic city and there is plenty to see.
+Guided Tijuana Tour by Grayline San Diego
Travel into the heart of Tijuana, a lively Mexican city with plenty of shopping opportunities. Best of all, someone else will be doing the driving. On this comfy sightseeing bus excursion, a guide narrates along the way as ou prepare your shopping bags for action.
9am departures only: reservations required! Leave San Diego behind you to cross one of the most amazing international borders in the world for an extensive cultural and historical sightseeing tour of Tijuana which blends the new with the old. It’s only a short drive from San Diego, but you’ll feel that you’ve entered another world when you leave the United States behind and enter Mexico.
+Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes Tour by Red Line
Explore Hollywood’s hidden secrets with Red Line Tours” Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes™. Expert guides will lead you through 100 years of Hollywood history using our groundbreaking “Live Audio” technology. Our guides will escort you behind the velvet ropes and inside restored historic movie palaces where the stars still walk the red carpet for their movie premieres including Grauman’s 1922 Egyptian Theatre. Experience the glamour of Hollywood’s most important night, the Oscars™ night as we walk in the footsteps of the stars on “Awards Walk” (the Oscar™ red carpet venue). Stand in the footprints of the stars at world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Let us help you discover where your favorite stars are immortalized on the Walk of Fame. Learn the stories behind the Hollywood Sign and Babylon Court (a recreation of the largest movie set ever built). Discover movie locations for “Speed”, “Back to the Future”, “Charlie’s Angels 2″ and other filming locations that are overlooked without a guide. Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes™ changes your Hollywood experience from ordinary to extra-ordinary!
Swoon over Marilyn Monroe’s sexy dresses and Cary Grant’s Rolls-Royce. Imagine yourself with Rocky’s boxing gloves or Indiana Jones’ whip. This must-see museum has the largest collection of movie costumes and props in town.
Behold the cinematic splendor of Hollywood as you peruse thousands of beloved items from Hollywood’s glitzy history, spread out on four floors and across 35,000 square feet. 10,000 items, including Rocky’s boxing gloves, Marilyn Monroe’s sexy dresses, Indiana Jones’ whip, Cary Grant’s Rolls-Royce, and so much more! The Hollywood Museum boasts the largest collection of costumes, props, and photographs anywhere in Hollywood, and a visit to Tinseltown wouldn’t be complete without checking this place out.
+Hotel del Coronado Walking Tour
“The Del’s” visionary founders — Elisha Babcock and H.L. Story — dreamed of building a seaside resort that would be “the talk of the Western world.” Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite has long been heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. Since then, the resort has become a living legend, visited by celebrities, dignitaries and U.S. presidents. In fact, publisher Rand McNally recognized the Hotel del Coronado for enjoying “more fame and historical significance than perhaps any hotel in North America.” A pronouncement underscored by its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
Volunteers from the Coronado Historical Association leads this walking tour of one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. With its iconic red turrets piercing the taut horizontal lines of an azure California skyline, the Hotel del Coronado radiates with a confidence of gracious Victorian splendor that is without equal.
Today, The Del offers guests a unique combination of modern luxury touched with the charm and grace of this fairytale castle. Include its stunning beachfront locale and it’s easy to see why The Del has been called “one of the top ten resorts in the world” by USA Today. See for yourself on a Hotel del Coronado Walking Tour.
Note: The tour is available exclusively on Tuesday with advance reservations.
+Ice Town La Jolla
Skip the line! Ice Town offers Ice Skating for the entire family. Rental skates are available for children ages 2 and over and adults up to size 15. Ice Town is conveniently located inside the UTC mall food court. Bring the family or your friends, and enjoy a day of shopping in the outdoor mall, as well as ice skating in beautiful La Jolla! This is a truly unique attraction in the San Diego area.
+Japanese Friendship Garden, San-Kei-En
For nearly 100 years, this splendid garden has offered Zen serenity. Created as a gesture of friendship between the U.S. and Japan, the garden features calming elements like a sand and stone garden as well as koi pond with central island. Perfect for leisurely strolls.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is beloved by San Diegans and visitors alike. Whether the purpose of your visit is to find your spiritual center, admire the splendor of a trickling stream or a masterful garden, or simply to enjoy a cup of tea, you will soon discover why the Garden is such a special and tranquil place.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, and the most popular tourist destination in the city. As with many of Balboa Park’s distinctive features, the Japanese Friendship Garden traces its origins to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. A Japanese Tea Pavilion was built for the expo, and strong community interest kept the garden open for thirty years after the fair ended.
+Knott’s Berry Farm
America’s first theme park continues to thrill visitors daily with world-class roller coasters, water rides, children’s activities and plenty of entertainment. Show your bravery on the gravity-defying Screamin’ Swing, or cool down on the Timber Mountain Log Ride.
Experience the pride of Southern California and visit America’s first theme park! The historic Knott’s Berry Farm boasts a lineup of ride and attractions to suit everyone, ranging from 50mph thrill rides and nine world-class roller coasters, to a variety of children’s rides as well as some refreshing water rides! Knott’s Berry Farm has its roots in Great Depression-era highway commerce and an entrepreneurial fruit-stand enterprise that grew with the advent of a hybrid type of berry—the Boysenberry. Now the park boasts a lineup of breathtaking rides and entertainment, while still retaining that old-world California charm that draws in thousands of visitors each day.
+Knott’s Soak City Waterpark
Get ready to be drenched. This major water park features 33 acres of rides and attractions, including the Pacific Spin, a 132-foot long tunnel that plummets riders into a six-story funnel. There’s plenty for little ones, too, including family rafts on a lazy river.
“It never rains in Southern California”…so you will probably want to take advantage and soak up some rays while you’re there! Heat things up and then cool yourself down at San Diego County’s largest water adventure park, Knott’s Soak City Waterpark. Bring the whole family along, because this is an amazingly refreshing way to spend a warm day in sunny San Diego!
Sitting on 33 acres of prime real-estate just minutes from Downtown San Diego, Soak City offers an intense layout of spaghetti-like rides and attractions for even the bravest traveler, including the Pacific Spin, a 132-foot long tunnel that plummets riders 75 feet below into a six-story funnel…definitely not for the faint of heart! Not enticed? How about jetting down one of Imperial Run’s six 80-foot high vertical shoots (hold on to your board shorts!), defying gravity on the high-speed La Jolla Falls slides, or catching a wave in the gargantuan 500,000 gallon Balboa Bay Wave Pool?
+La Jolla kayaking, biking, or snorkeling
With valid Go San Diego Cards, you have your choice of either a one-hour bike rental, a full day snorkeling gear rental package (mask, snorkel, fins) OR a two-hour tandem kayak rental (two person minimum for kayak rental offer). One complimentary offer can be used per day, per valid Go San Diego Card holder.
The best parts of San Diego can only be witnessed on foot or in the water! Kayak along the sea cliffs and caves of La Jolla Shores, bike along the coastal streets of La Jolla, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, or snorkel in the world famous La Jolla Cove.
Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc. offers bike, kayak, snorkeling and rentals at La Jolla Shores. Kayak or snorkel in La Jolla’s Ecological Reserve and witness local marine while kayaking or snorkeling. Kayakers and snorkelers typically see California Garibaldi, sea lions, leopard sharks, shovelnose guitarfish and much more. Bikers can ride along San Diego’s coast for amazing sightseeing opportunities including the Children’s Pool laden with harbor seals, La Jolla Cove, Mt. Soledad, Crystal Pier, downtown La Jolla, the Pacific Beach Boardwalk, Mission Beach’s Belmont Park and much more!
Note: Reservations are required.
Explore a village made of DUPLO blocks, rush through a 312-foot water pipe and play knight in a LEGO® kingdom. And that’s just for starters. This top attraction is full of rides and scenes built from miniature plastic blocks — a definite must-see.
LEGOLAND® California is one of San Diego’s premier attractions. As you might expect from a Southern California amusement park, this place is larger than life—well, except that everything is miniature and made from plastic blocks! LEGOLAND® is packed with enough rides, shows and attractions to keep everyone in the family busy for a full day. Located in Carlsbad, just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, this resort is a great place to get away from it all, engage your imagination and let the little ones live out their wildest dreams. LEGOLAND® California features entire rides built from these world-famous plastic blocks, play areas, water rides and building zones, with acres of fun for you and the whole family.
+Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
Over 225,000 sailors served aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier during its nearly 50 years of operation. This floating museum includes sleeping quarters, flight control deck and even the ship’s jail. Enjoy beautiful water front views of the San Diego coastline as well.
The USS Midway aircraft carrier, 972 feet and 74,000 tons of military muscle, has become a mainstay of San Diego, and is absolutely worth the trip for the whole family. Located at the city’s Navy Pier, this museum takes guests back in time aboard the 20th century’s longest-serving aircraft carrier. Get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the 225,000 sailors that served aboard this “city at sea” from 1945 to 1992, in places as far away as the South China Sea.
+Mingei International Museum
Mingei International Museum is recognized as a place of enlightenment where art speaks eloquently of the similarities and distinctions of individuals and cultures. Dynamic, changing exhibitions feature timeless art of the people from all cultures of the world-historical and contemporary folk art, craft and design. Significantly represented in Mingei International’s 18,000-object collection from 140 countries are objects of use from from India, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and China. There is a large collection representing the continent of Africa, more than 230 pre-Columbian objects with marine animal design motifs, a variety of dolls and toys and a significant collection of contemporary American craft. Also visit Mingei International’s Museum – in Escondido, located at 155 West Grand Avenue.
+Miramar Speed Circuit Race (M-F only)
Ready, set … go! At this indoor kart track, anyone can feel like a real racecar driver. Choose from a track with hairpin turns and straight-aways or a longer, more technical course. Don’t forget to give a wave to the cheering crowd at the end, speedy!
You’ll feel the excitement as you race around Miramar Speed Circuit’s 1/4 technical road course at up to 40 miles per hour! No expense has been spared in creating one of the finest indoor kart tracks in the United States. Feel like a real racecar driver as you climb inside, helmet on, ready to set your own personal record for speed AND fun.
Miramar Speed Circuit’s karts are made by SODI and each one is equipped with Honda 6.5BHP engines. The karts have ROC Timing, which electronically clocks each kart as it rounds the track to give detailed information for each lap completed, letting you keep track of your speed accomplishments as you set that amazing record.
+Model Railroad Museum
All aboard for the largest model railroad display in the world, an interactive toy train gallery and Thomas the Tank Engine activity room. The lively mix of history and models at this distinctive museum will turn anyone into a train enthusiast.
The railroad played a prominent role in westward expansion and in making the United States the interconnected land of opportunity it is today. It’s only fitting, then, that you visit a museum that pays tribute to this American institution—the railroad—on your trip out West. Stop by the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park and let nostalgia take over as you behold the largest model railroad display (27,000 feet, to be precise) in the world.
The Museum also hosts a Thomas the Tank Engine activity room, an interactive toy train gallery, and a relief map of San Diego County featuring a hands-on computer display. The various educational displays contain a centralized traffic control machine, a working semaphore, and a crossing signal, encouraging both children and adults to feel like a part of the world of model trains. You’ll also get a free souvenir with admission!
+Museum of Contemporary Art – Downtown
The recently expanded Museum, in the heart of downtown San Diego, features the new Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building and David C. Copley Building. It is located on Kettner Boulevard between Broadway and B Street. The downtown museum features a number of permanent commissions by artists such as Richard Serra and Jenny Holzer, large, light-filled gallery spaces in the renovated historic Santa Fe Depot baggage building, a lecture hall, and much more. MCASD presents a rapidly changing program of temporary exhibitions as well as evening programs including the popular TNT (Thursday Night Thing), the first Thursday of the month.
+Museum of Contemporary Art – La Jolla
Located on a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, MCASD has been a landmark in La Jolla since it was established in 1941. Designed in 1916 by Irving Gill and originally the home of celebrated philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, the 60,000 square-foot Museum boasts breathtaking coastal views. A renovation and expansion by Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates was completed in 1996. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the region’s foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time. Through exhibitions, film and video screenings, lectures, multimedia performances, and educational programs for visitors of all ages, MCASD reflects the complexity and diversity of contemporary creative expression. The Museum’s collection of over 4,000 works of art includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs, videos, and multimedia works, spanning everything from pop art and minimalist to post-modern architecture and Latin American art. Visit the outdoor garden gallery where kids can interact with the artwork in a park-like setting, grab lunch in the Museum Cafe, and don’t forget to stop by the Museum Store for artful housewares, books, jewelry and more.
+Museum of History and Art, Coronado Historical Association
The Museum of History and Art is located in Coronado’s historic Bank of Commerce and Trust Building, designed in 1910. Two permanent galleries highlight Coronado’s settlers, the role of the U.S. Navy in the development of the town, the landmark Hotel del Coronado, and the Tent City summer resort. The third gallery hosts a quarterly rotation of traveling and special exhibits connected to Coronado’s history, art and architecture. The Coronado Historical Association encourages and promotes the appreciation, knowledge and understanding of Coronado’s unique art, architecture and history.
+Museum of Making Music
The Museum of Making Music presents an interactive journey through a century of musical instrument innovations that helped shape American popular music-from the invention of the player piano and development of ragtime music in the 1890s to the expressive versatility of modern digital instruments and exploration of new wave music of the 1980s. The museum displays over 500 vintage instruments, offers hundreds of audio and video examples at the touch of a button, and features a unique interactive area where visitors can play on over a dozen instruments including electric drums, a digital piano, a Theremin, electric guitars, and more. By combining the sounds and images of popular music with the progression of instrument design and development, visitors can see, hear, and interact with a century of musical history.
+Museum of Photographic Arts
One of the few institutions devoted to photography, this unique museum houses more than 9,000 images. Visitors can see the entire history of the medium, from the 19th century to today. Revel in images that are fascinating, vital and often surprising.
One of the few institutions in the country devoted to photography, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) houses more than 9,000 images representing the entire history of the medium, its aesthetic movements, and technological advances. Since its founding in 1983, MoPA has been devoted to collecting, conserving, and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through exhibitions and public programs.
+Natural History Museum
Fossils, gemstones and dinosaur bones: explore all the richness of Southern California’s natural history at this popular museum. Younger kids will love the “learn and play” activities and the whole family can enjoy a free 3D movie daily.
Once you find out the age of many of the resident artifacts in this museum, it won’t be nearly as impressive to learn that this San Diego institution has been around for 134 years. What will impress are the unique, colorful, and interactive displays found at the San Diego Natural History Museum. This is a great place to learn about the rich history of this beautiful part of the country. Focusing largely on the southern California and Baja California region, these exhibitions combine contemporary science with multimedia art to deliver very relevant and memorable messages about the Earth’s past, present and possibilities for the future.
Your family will enjoy a spending the day at the museum, checking out major exhibitions such as Fossil Mysteries, which uncovers the San Diego region’s secrets beginning 75 million years ago, with everything from-from dinosaurs to mastodons. You can also enjoy fine-art photography galleries, a bite at the Dinosaur Cafe, and giant-screen films shown every hour!
+New Children’s Museum
The New Children’s Museum, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, provides a dynamic, playful public space and community center for children and families. The Museum experience features innovative, provocative artworks that kids can touch, climb, or move; hands-on art making opportunities, and a variety of arts-based classes and workshops. Rounded out with an organic cafe, unique retail shop, abundant seating, and an outdoor park, the Museum provides a comfortable and engaging environment for the entire family to enjoy together.
The New Children’s Museum celebrated the opening of its new home, an environmentally sustainable building designed by architect Rob Wellington Quigley, in May of 2008.
+PETCO Park Tours
The new ‘crown jewel’ of downtown San Diego, PETCO Park serves up baseball Southern California style-complete with swaying palm trees and a sandy beach beyond centerfield. Discover ‘writer’s row’ in the press box, learn about the historic Western Metal Supply Co. Building and explore the Padres’ dugout. An interactive guided tour describes the ballpark’s unique features and takes you behind the scenes to enjoy restricted-access areas that few guests see. Highlights include an exclusive premium lounge and private luxury suite, the press box, dugouts and the bullpen, and the warning track.
+Reuben H. Fleet Science Center plus IMAX
Includes admission plus one IMAX movie
Play scientist for a day by engineering skyscrapers, examining images from the Hubble Space Telescope and comparing medical tissue samples. Little ones will love Kid City, with its conveyor belts and cranes. Bonus: there’s a free IMAX movie daily.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a scientific complex, full of fascinating, hands-on learning experiences for visitors of all ages, AND it is home to the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, presenting the biggest films on earth! Stop by and try your hand at designing images with a sand pendulum, analyzing the vibrations of guitar strings, or just learning a new thing or two about our universe. Here’s a look at some of the exhibitions at the Fleet Science Center:
+San Diego Art Institute
The San Diego Art Institute, in its ongoing commitment to regional visual arts and artists, presents the Museum of the Living Artist. Housed in SDAI’s 10,000 square foot gallery at the House of Charm in Balboa Park, the Museum is a showcase for newly created art by regional artists. A new exhibition opens every four to six weeks, offering a comprehensive perspective on the art being created in the San Diego region. The museum offers ArtBox 2, a program designed as a self-guided exploration of the exhibits to discover the many elements found in art and to stimulate communication between adults and children. Ask for an ArtBox 2 brochure at the door. A visit to the Museum of the Living Artist is your opportunity to see local artwork and support San Diego’s artists and art community. Be a part of what’s happening in regional arts today.
+San Diego Automotive Museum
Started by a renowned auto collector, this unique museum features plenty of memorabilia, photo opportunities and restored classics. Insider tip: make sure to see the road-trip-inspired 1940s Cadillac that’s fitted with fridge, toilet and kitchen sink.
…A bobby-soxer swoons as she passes a 1957 Chevy, folks sing the lyrics to ‘In My Merry Oldsmobile’ as they savor the splendor of an Olds Rocket ’88, and there’s no containing the excitement of a six-year-old as dad gives him an up-close look at a shiny, bright red, 2003 Lamborghini…
Visit the San Diego Automotive Museum and find out why the automobile is a crucial part of the American identity, and a symbol for progress and ingenuity.
+San Diego History Center
Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the San Diego History Center presents the colorful and diverse history of the region, interpreting San Diego’s growth from pre-contact through present day. Its core exhibition, Place of Promise: Stories of San Diego, contains many interactive components and fascinating artifacts, including an 1866 Stagecoach, a 1921 Model T Ford and a 30′ by 30′ floor map of San Diego County. The museum also offers changing exhibitions and public programs to further enhance the visitor’s experience. The galleries will be expanding in the near future, so please call ahead for an up-to-date list of exhibitions.
+San Diego Museum of Art
The region’s largest fine arts museum houses plenty to thrill any art lover. Standout exhibits include the American Arts & Crafts Movement collection, landscapes by French artists like Monet and the works of Spanish artists from four centuries. Truly a can’t-miss.
The San Diego Museum of Art provides a rich and diverse cultural experience for more than 400,000 visitors each year. Located in the heart of world-famous Balboa Park, it is the region’s largest fine arts museum. Its nationally renowned collections include a fine selection from the European Old Masters, important American paintings and sculptures of the 19th and 20th centuries, a prominent Asian collection, works by the “new” masters of 20th-century European modernism, and a growing collection of contemporary art in multi-media. Also on display is an increasingly large collection of recently-acquired African art. The Museum is home to the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of South Asian paintings, one of the most significant holdings of such works outside of India.
+San Diego Museum of Man
Right in historic Balboa Park, this fascinating museum offers a look at what makes us human. Explore four million years of evolution, marvel at distinctive artifacts and discover the art of mummification. Kids can even dress in ancient Egyptian costumes!
San Diego Museum of Man is the only anthropological institution in the region devoted to the celebration of diversity and attempting to answer the question, ‘What makes us human?’ Nestled in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park, the Museum of Man brings together beauty, history, anthropology, art, and artifacts from ancient and contemporary cultures underneath the magnificent California Tower, educating and exciting visitors of all ages. In 1916, the Directors of the Panama-California Exposition sold a 5,000-piece archaeology, ethnology, and anthropology collection to the San Diego Museum Association for $1.00. Today, the museum’s collections total over 100,000 documented ethnographic items, nearly 50,000 photographic images, and 33,000 scientific publications.
+San Diego Sports Museum
No matter what sport you love, there’s likely to be a glimpse of its history in this notable museum. Displays represent more than 40 sports in three floors packed with memorabilia. Insider tip: skateboard enthusiasts should check out the Tony Hawk exhibit!
Established in 1961, the San Diego Hall of Champions is one of America’s historical and educational treasures. Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the Hall is the nation’s largest multi-sport museum boasting three floors of memorabilia contained within 68,000 square feet of space. The museum features a state-of-the-art theatre, fascinating displays representing more than 40 sports, and the Breitbard Hall of Fame, which honors the accomplishments of San Diego’s most talented home-grown athletes. The museum regularly rotates seasonal, topical and traveling exhibits, keeping it relevant and giving visitors the complete Hall of Champions experience.
+San Diego Zoo
From cuddly critters to creepy crawlies — this world-famous zoo has it all, with 107 acres and more than 800 species of creatures. Our ticket includes use of the Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, the Children’s Zoo, Skyfari Arial Tram, and all general admission exhibits and shows.
From the massive to the miniscule, from the cuddly to the terrifying; when it comes to animals, the San Diego Zoo has it all. This zoo is not only one of the world’s largest, but also one of the most progressive in the world. Spanning impressive 107 acres, more than 800 species from around the world can be found here. The San Diego Zoo even boasts an authentic Safari Park that lets you get up close and personal with giraffes, antelope and other creatures in their natural habitat. A trip to San Diego would not be complete without paying a visit to this world-famous zoo, so get ready for a walk on the wild side!
+San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Lions lounge in the grasslands while rhinos and antelopes cool off in a nearby watering hole. All this with no passport necessary. See the best of African wildlife on this memorable safari adventure in a park that’s home to more than 3,500 animals.
No need to go all the way to Africa to experience a safari—San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers a very realistic mini-safari excursion that lets you take in all the splendors of the savannah! Step foot inside the Safari Park’s 1,800 acres, home to more than 3,500 animals and representing 429 species. Climb aboard the Africa Tram Safari for a quick trip around the park.
The Safari Park is a wildlife preserve that mimics the natural habitats of African and Asian animals. The Safari Park’s incredible Lion Camp features a natural exhibit with panoramic views of lions lounging in the grasslands while antelopes and giraffes mingle nearby and rhinos retreat to a watering hole. The 33,000-square-foot enclosure provides guests an opportunity to experience a face-to-face encounter with lions.
+SeaWorld San Diego (ONLY on 3, 5, and 7 Day Cards)
NEW! Come celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Diego. Experience Shamu’s show ‘Believe’ and thrilling rides, like ‘Journey To Atlantis’, ‘Shipwreck Rapids’ and ‘Wild Arctic’. Join Elmo and his friends at the Sesame Street Bay of Play, featuring family-friendly rides. Don’t miss the Pets Rule! show and the hilarious antics of Clyde and Seamore’s sea lion and otter show. Feed and touch dolphins and bat rays and get up-close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins. Enjoy fascinating aquariums, sea turtles, manatees, and exotic birds from around the world. Our newest addition, Blue Horizons, an all-new dolphin spectacular, opened in May 2010. Create memories to last a lifetime at SeaWorld San Diego.
+The Whaley House Museum
The world-famous Whaley House is said to be the most haunted house in America. This two-story Greek Revival-style mansion was designed by San Diego pioneer Thomas Whaley and completed in 1857. Between 1868 and 1872, various rooms in the Whaley House were used as a general store, San Diego’s first commercial theater, and the San Diego County Courthouse and Whaley family members lived in the house for nearly a century. Now a San Diego County Park, the Whaley House and grounds are operated by Save Our Heritage Organization, San Diego’s historic preservation organization who are in the process of restoring the museum’s complex. After touring what the San Diego Herald once called the ‘finest new brick block in Southern California,’ relax in Victorian gardens beneath the pepper trees planted by Anna Whaley nearly 150 years ago.
+Wave House Athletic Club
Your choice: Enjoy a 1 hour FlowRider “ride the wave” session , or the use of the gym, Historic Plunge Pool, and group classes. You can choose one of these offers per day.
The FlowRider is ideal for family participants 42” or taller. Parents, daughters and sons can experience the thrill of riding a wave in a safe and controlled environment (no depth greater than 3 inches). The FlowRider allows anyone to enjoy the excitement and thrill of ‘catching and riding a wave regardless of one’s skill level. The beachfront gym facilities and indoor Olympic Pool at the Wavehouse are also a great place to come and exercise.
+Whale Watch by Flagship Cruises
In this 3.5 hour adventure, watch for majestic gray whales that often pass through local waters. Listen, too: whale and dolphin sounds play in real time, and a naturalist from the Birch Aquarium narrates the tour. And if there’s no whale sighting, you ride again for free!
Join San Diego Harbor Excursions and the world-famous Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a California Gray Whale watching adventure and enjoy the natural beauty of one of America’s finest bays. A whale sighting is guaranteed — or else you ride again for free! Approximately 20,000 gray whales pass through San Diego’s waters in their 10,000-mile annual, epic migration from the Bering Sea to Baja California. Your 3.5-hour, fully-narrated adventure promises to deliver close-up views of the behemoth California Gray Whale. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, sea lions, and migrating birds as well, but don’t get so caught up in the marine life sightings that you miss the spectacular views of San Diego Harbor!
In addition to the standard features of this whale watching cruise, Flagship Cruises now allows you to listen to whale and dolphin sounds in real time using state-of-the art research equipment from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography! Your first-rate tour will be narrated by a knowledgeable naturalist from the Birch Aquarium– an offshoot of the world-renowned research center at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Passengers can choose indoor or outdoor seating, making for a comfortable journey regardless of weather and outdoor temperature (though in San Diego you won’t have to worry too much!). Before the cruise, you’ll also be given a handy fact sheet about the stunning marine mammals that can be seen in the waters around San Diego. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase during the journey.
+William Heath Davis House
The William Heath Davis House is the oldest wooden structure in downtown San Diego. Constructed by William Heath Davis in 1850, the house is a pre-framed lumber ‘salt box’ family home from the east coast, shipped to San Diego by boat around Cape Horn. In 1873, the home became a county hospital for the care of the sick and dying. The spirit of an unknown Victorian is rumored to reside there to this day. The museum has been home to fascinating people, including pre-Civil War West Point graduates and Alonzo Horton, who many consider the founder of San Diego. Each room is decorated to represent different eras in the life of the house and its former inhabitants. Gaslamp Gifts, a unique curiosity shop inspired by William Heath Davis’ 1850s merchandising business, is located in the basement of the museum.
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