Search form

SanDiego.com Declares Top 3 San Diego Attractions of 2012

San Diego Logo

San Diego is home to many great attractions and each one tries to outdo the others with over the top events or seasonal specials and 2012 was no exception. SanDiego.com has broken down the list to determine the top 3 San Diego attractions of 2012.

2012 proved to be another great year in San Diego with incredible weather, fun events and local attractions competing to be the best around. Ranging from the World Famous San Diego Zoo to the quaint coastal shopping area of Seaport Village, attractions in San Diego go above and beyond every year to stand out among the rest.

Huge seasonal events like the Nighttime Zoo during summer and SnowWorld at SeaWorld over the holidays make it difficult for guests to choose their favorite attraction, so SanDiego.com has taken a look back at the best and the brightest to determine the top 3 San Diego attractions of 2012.

  1. Gaslamp Quarter: The thriving Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego is constantly bringing the biggest and best events to San Diego. Huge festivals like the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, Gaslamp Music and Art Festival, Halloween Block Party and Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp make this a San Diego attraction no visitor should miss. Locals love it for some wild fun and guests love it because it’s incredibly convenient for any vacation. Some of the best San Diego hotels, restaurants, and nightlife venues are all packed on 16 blocks in this vibrant part of town creating the perfect place to let loose in San Diego. No matter what time of year, there are numerous events taking place in the Gaslamp Quarter making it the top San Diego attraction of 2012!
  2. San Diego Beaches: With over 70 miles of coastline, San Diego is known for amazing beaches. Each stretch of coast has a different appealing aspect from expansive family friendly beaches to small secluded coves and many of them are hosts to big local events and fun happenings. The beaches are a top San Diego attraction every year but they were especially hot in 2012 with incredible weather, warm water temperatures and lots of fun water activities. The beaches were packed this year with surfers, sunbathers, swimmers and kayakers getting out and enjoying San Diego’s best natural attraction.
  3. San Diego Zoo: It’s almost impossible to list the best attractions in San Diego and not include the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Every year the zoo goes all out to attract visitors from all over the world. The most notable seasonal event is the Nighttime Zoo held every summer. In 2012, the San Diego Zoo featured a China Celebration with live performers, stilt walkers, dancers, musicians and animal interactions. Extended summertime hours gave guests the opportunity to see the animals in a different light, making the San Diego Zoo a top San Diego attraction of 2012. 

2012 was an exceptional year in San Diego for locals and visitors alike. Big events were better than ever and the city's best attractions pulled out all the stops to impress the masses in hopes of becoming the best San Diego attraction of 2012.