The San Diego Zoo is a world-famous 100-acre tropical garden that houses 4,000 animals of 800 rare and exotic species. Spectacular bioclimatic exhibits like Monkey Trails, Absolutely Apes, Ituri Forest, Rain Forest Aviary, Polar Bear Plunge, Gorilla Tropics, Sun Bear Forest and Tiger River house endangered species in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. Popular zoo activities include a three-mile guided bus tour, sky tram, children's petting zoo and baby animal nursery.
Located on Mission Bay, SeaWorld San Diego is a 189-acre park features six major shows, fascinating attractions and dozens of exhibits containing marine life from around the globe. Animal highlights include the popular Wild Arctic, Penguin Encounter, Shark Encounter and Manatee Rescue. In other areas of the park, visitors can pet dolphins, touch and feed bat rays, pick up starfish for closer inspection, view the largest waterfowl collection in the U.S., ride on Shipwreck Rapids or take in a panorama of San Diego from SeaWorld's Skytower or Mission Bay Skyride.
LEGOLAND California, located 10 minutes north of our hotels in the coastal community of Carlsbad, delivers fun, interaction, imagination and entertainment geared to kids aged 2-12. The 128-acre theme park features more than 50 interactive attractions and rides that are "kid powered" where kids push, pull, steer, pedal, squirt, climb or build their way through a wonderland of activities.
The largest urban cultural park in the United States, Balboa Park is often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West" for its vast concentration of cultural institutions. Its 1,200 lush acres are home to 15 museums, eight gardens, the San Diego Zoo, art galleries and renowned performing arts venues like the Tony Award®-winning Globe Theatres.
The USS Midway Museum pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who served their country aboard the ship and highlights San Diego's rich military history. The Midway, part of the Navy fleet for 47 years, was home to more than 200,000 sailors during the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars, as well as other conflicts and crises around the world. The museum is located at Navy Pier on San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego.
The San Diego Zoo's Safari Park is a 1,800-acre preserve where wild animals roam free over vast expanses as they would in their native habitats of Africa and Asia. The Journey into Africa Tour, aboard an open-air tram inspired by the legendary safari trains of Africa, brings riders eye-level with animals, such as white rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, Roosevelt's gazelles and African crowned cranes. Exhibits like Elephant Overlook, Lorikeet Landing, Hidden Jungle, Kilimanjaro Safari Walk and African Aviary house endangered species in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats.
Every summer, San Diegans go horse-crazy and flock to Del Mar to bet on thoroughbreds. One of the nation's top horse-racing venues, the historic Del Mar Thoroughbred Club first opened in 1937. Races are presented six days weekly from mid-July through mid-September. On Fridays, a free concert series with big-name rock acts—Flaming Lips, Violent Femmes, Pinback—follows the races. The DMTC is also home to the famed San Diego County Fair, which runs mid-June to July 4th every year.