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Travel Guide to San Diego

What to do when you're in Southern California

Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego

  • Old Town San Diego
  • Children's Pool in La Jolla
  • Kobey's Swap Meet
  • LEGOLAND Water Park
  • Little Italy Farmers Market
  • New Children's Museum
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Wild Animal Park
  • Barona Resort & Casino
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Old Town
Old Town is frequently visited by both San Diego residents and tourists and features 25 restaurants within a mile radius. This popular attraction recreates the setting of California life between 1821 and 1872 when San Diego evolved from a Mexican village to an American frontier town. In keeping with that era, the park displays 22 historic buildings, and has 42 concession operators (mostly shops and restaurants) who pay the state a percentage of their revenues. Learn more

San Diego Zoo
The world-famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park is one of the largest zoos in the world. The Zoo is year-round with San Diego’s perfect climate. Best time to save money is in October, when kids are admitted free. Located in Balboa Park near downtown, the Zoo can be conveniently reached by car or public transportation from most San Diego hotels. Learn more

From the USS Midway aircraft carrier museum on the San Diego harbor, to the 15 museums located in Balboa Park, you'll have plenty of options to choose from, all of which are easily accessable and family friendly. Learn more

San Diego Beaches
Of course, if you're in San Diego - you want, no, you NEED to visit the beach. But with almost a dozen different and unique locations, which is the best for you and your travelers? We've segmented each area out, from surf spots to dog-friendly beaches. Learn more

Water Parks
If you're into splashing around, but the beaches are too crowded, San Diego now has two water parks to choose from: Knott's Soak City in Chula Vista (south of downtown), or LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad (north of downtown). Both are unique experiences that you should experience; Knott's offers a full water park experience with 32 acers and is the city's only full-scale waterpark, while LEGOLAND has opened up a section of the park called Splash Zoo, aimed at children from ages 1 and up.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Safari Park is one of the largest tourist attractions in Southern California and houses wild and endangered animals in their natural habitats. Here you will find over 140 birds of over 40 different species, lions, elephants and village of shops, restaurants, animals and activity centers. Learn more

Swap Meets
There are eight large, professional swap meets in the San Diego county region. Heading to a San Diego swap meet is a great way to experience the culture and diversity of local merchants, and entry usually costs $1-2 each. Learn more

Farmers Markets
Come experience the community feel, live music, creative artisans, diverse food court, and local farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers of San Diego Farmers Markets. There are sixteen different Farmers Markets running every week in San Diego, each with different features and selections. Learn more

What would a vacation be with a little gambling? There are eleven different casinos within your reach in San Diego, all with a variety of gambling, entertainment and food options. While Pechanga Resort and Casino offers a 200k sq/ft gaming floor, Sycuan offers the largest smoke-free slot area in San Diego. Learn more