San Diego attractions

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in La Jolla

Children's Pool

Built in the 1930s behind a wave-cutting seawall, La Jolla’s Children’s Pool was created as a family beach but has since been invaded by herds of seals and sea lions. Tourists come in droves to see them larking arou…
Top Choice Aquarium in La Jolla

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

This state-of-the-art aquarium is a wonderous underwater world where you can watch sea horses dance, sharks dart, kelp forests sway, and even meet a rescued loggerhead turtle. The Hall of Fishes has more than 60 fis…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

New Children’s Museum

This interactive children’s museum offers interactive art meant for kids. Installations are designed by artists, so tykes can learn principles of movement and physics while simultaneously being exposed to art and wo…
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 Historic Site in San Diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

On the site of San Diego's first European settlement, Old Town consists of a cluster of restored or rebuilt historic 19th-century buildings filled with quaint exhibits, souvenir stores and cafes. A good place to sta…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

Maritime Museum

Next to the new Waterfront Park, this collection of 11 historic sailing ships, steam boats and submarines is easy to spot: just look for the 100ft-high masts of the iron-hulled square-rigger Star of India, a tall sh…
Top Choice Library in San Diego

San Diego Main Library

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

USS Midway Museum

The hulking aircraft carrier USS Midway was one of the navy’s flagships from 1945 to 1991, last playing a combat role in the First Gulf War. On the flight deck, walk right up to some two dozen restored aircraft, inc…