Attractions

Top Choice Museum in San Diego

New Children’s Museum

This interactive children’s museum is new both chronologically (opened 2008) and conceptually, in that it's interactive art meant for kids. Installations are designed by artists, so tykes can learn principles of mov…
Top Choice Notable Building in San Diego

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Going south from Plaza de Panama, you can’t miss the circle of seating and the curved colonnade in front of the band shell housing the organ said to be the world’s largest outdoor musical instrument. Donated by the …
Top Choice Museum in Oceanside

California Surf Museum

It's easy to spend an hour in this heartfelt museum of surf artifacts, from a timeline of surfing history to surf-themed art and a radical collection of boards, including the one chomped by a shark when it ate the a…
Top Choice Library in San Diego

San Diego Main Library

A couple blocks east of Petco Park, the city's newest landmark (2013) is a beauty. Crowned by a steel and mesh dome, the futuristic, nine-story library features art-filled public spaces and plenty of learning opport…
Top Choice Art Museum in San Diego

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla

La Jolla’s branch of this museum gets changing, world-class exhibitions. Originally designed by Irving Gill in 1916 as the home of newspaper heiress Ellen Browning Scripps, who basically created modern La Jolla circ…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

Maritime Museum

This museum is easy to find: look for the 100ft-high masts of the iron-hulled square-rigger Star of India. Built on the Isle of Man and launched in 1863, the tall ship plied the England–India trade route, carried im…
Top Choice Historic Site in San Diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

This park has an excellent history museum in the Robinson-Rose House at the southern end of the plaza. You’ll also find a diorama depicting the original pueblo at the park’s visitor center, where you can pick up a c…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

Mingei International Museum

A rare New Zealand kauri tree (a fragrant evergreen with flat leaves) marks the entrance to this diverse collection of folk art, costumes, toys, jewelry, utensils and other handmade objects of traditional cultures f…
Top Choice Zoo in San Diego

San Diego Zoo

This justifiably famous zoo is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions, showing more than 3000 animals representing more than 650 species in a beautifully landscaped setting, typically in enclosures that replicate their …
Top Choice Cave in La Jolla

Cave Store

Waves have carved a series of caves into the sandstone cliffs east of La Jolla Cove. The largest is called Sunny Jim Cave, which you can access via this store. Taller visitors, watch your head as you descend the 145…