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San Diego’s Best Tourist Spots

San Diego is one of the jewels of the west coast. Situated in Southern California, along the Mexico-US border, the city is an eclectic mix of old and new. More than 35 million people flock to the city each year to see its sights.

There’s plenty to do for families, from taking surf lessons and lounging on the beach to walking around the historic district. So, pack your bags, throw on some flare jeans or cargo shorts, grab a map, and get ready to see some of San Diego’s best spots.

Balboa Park

One of the most popular places to visit while in San Diego is Balboa Park. The 1,200-acre park, built in 1868, is home to 15 museums, the San Diego Zoo, and gardens. It’s bigger than Central Park in New York City. In 1915, the Panama-California Exposition was held in the city, drawing millions of visitors.

The expo also brought five miniature zoos to the city for visitors to enjoy. A year later, those mini zoos became the San Diego Zoo. These days the zoo occupies a 99-acre plot of land in Balboa Park. More than 3,700 animals live at the wildlife park.

The most recent addition to Balboa is the Comic-Con Museum. San Diego is known for hosting Comic-Con International. The new museum will feature exhibits for comic and popular arts fans around the world.

Your family could spend the whole day at Balboa Park and still not see everything. It’s a great place to visit if you are traveling on a budget, as well.

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is the epicenter of San Diego’s nightlife scene. During the day, visitors can stop by museums, art galleries, concert halls and other cool places to visit throughout the 16-block neighborhood downtown. It’s perfectly family-friendly.

At night, however, Gaslamp takes on a whole different vibe. Bars and clubs open. Music is heard on the streets filled with happy people looking for a good time. It’s the perfect place to go for some adult time.

Coronado Island

Across the San Diego Bay is Coronado Island, home of the Hotel del Coronado. The hotel is the second largest wooden building in the US. Frank Baum, the man who wrote the Wizard of Oz, is said to have used the hotel for inspiration. Fans can visit his home while they’re on the island.

The Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) is also on Coronado Island. The US Navy Seals train there. Sometimes visitors can see the elite group training on the beach or in the area.

La Jolla Cove

Do you love sea animals? Then you might love La Jolla Cove. Seals congregate on the beach, allowing people to get a close-up view of the animals. Although it’s open all year round, the Children’s Pool area closes from December 15 to May 15 to prevent people from bothering baby seals.

Visitors can also stop by La Jolla Village to shop for souvenirs or grab something to eat. There are a couple of piers in the area that make for a great place to take photographs. La Jolla used to be home to the tree said to have inspired Dr. Seuss’ 1971 book “Lorax.” Sadly, the tree fell over a couple of years ago.

Fun for Everyone

It doesn’t matter who goes with you on the trip. There’s fun for everyone. Children will love the beaches, the seals, and the zoo. Adults will enjoy the museums, nightlife and cultural sites. If you stay in the downtown area, you can take advantage of the extensive public transportation, allowing you to forget about driving and focus on making memories with your family. Is there anything better than that?