Things to Do in San Diego

You can’t beat San Diego for sightseeing and recreational opportunities, especially when the average daily temperature ranges from 65 to 77 degrees year round. The beach is a way of life here, whether it’s surfing, swimming, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, bicycling or jogging. In the nearby mountains and desert, there are beautiful views as well as popular camping and hiking spots. America’s Finest City has countless activities for residents and tourists alike. Some of San Diego’s most popular destinations are listed below or you can visit the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information.


Hornblower Cruise & Events (1-2 Hours)

970 North Harbor Drive (at USS Midway)
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 686-8700


This tour covers the Harbor and Shelter Islands, Point Loma, North Island Naval Air Station, the Submarine Base, the Coronado Bridge and much more. The vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, as well as food and beverages in the gallery.


Seaport Village

849 W. Harbor Drive, Suite D
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 235–4014
Hours of Operation: Daily, 10am – 9pm


Seaport Village offers free entertainment, leisurely strolling and window-shopping at any of the 54 specialty shops. Enjoy a day of relaxation by hanging out on the grass and watching the yachts and ships pass by on the San Diego Bay, or take great pleasure in dining at one of seventeen bay-view eateries.


Gaslamp Quarter
A historic San Diego neighborhood, consisting of 16½ blocks of renovated turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture, boutiques, art galleries, specialty shops and more. Enjoy fine dining options from 100 restaurants, in addition to, nightlife and entertainment. 


Old Town San Diego
Old Town is a legacy of San Diego history. This neighborhood’s historic buildings include the blacksmith shop, Seeley Stables, Stewart House, Estudillo House and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego. You’ll also enjoy wonderful Mexican cuisine, art galleries and shops that sell unique and one-of-a-kind merchandise.


Old Town is located 3 miles north of downtown San Diego. Exit off the 5 Freeway at Old Town Avenue and continue east. Old Town is serviced by the Trolley and Coaster.


Balboa Park
1549 El Prado Suite 1 and 8
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239–0512


Balboa Park is known for its beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. It also offers 15 museums (select museums free on Tuesdays for San Diego residents), free daily park tours, public organ concerts (Sundays), and spectacular gardens (seven are free daily).


The Info Center is open daily from 9:30am – 4:30pm. You are welcome to purchase a Visitor’s Passport which is a discounted admissions booklet allowing you to visit each of the 14 attractions.


San Diego Zoo (Located in Balboa Park)
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231–1515
Hours of Operation: Daily, 9am – 5pm. Extended hours during the summer.


500 SeaWorld Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
(800) 257–4268 (800–25–SHAMU)
Hours of Operation: Sunday–Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday, 10am – 7:30pm. Extended hours during summer.