When it opened in 1888, The Del was considered a premier vacation and health destination, where the sea-swept air was both preservative and restorative. A century later, the timeless Pacific breezes still have the power to restore the mind, body and spirit. The world-class Spa at The Del features 21 treatment rooms, sanctuary areas, hydrotherapy… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Attractions
The Torrey Pines Gliderport (30) in La Jolla is the place to go for a day to remember. Come see the hang gliders and paragliders gracefully soar off the ocean cliffs at Torrey Pines. It’s a fabulous attraction! Plus, it’s free! If you’ve always wanted to fly a hang glider or paraglider, ask about their… Read more »
La Jolla Kayak, 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla (858-459-1114) [lajollakayak.com]. Open daily 8 a.m.–sunset. Established in 1995, they are the original ocean adventure outfitter in San Diego. Today, this full-service kayak, snorkel and bike rental company offers fascinating 90-minute guided tours of the spectacular sea cliffs at the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, the… Read more »
This beautiful church, renowned for beautiful music, is located across from the La Jolla Museum of Art. Encircled by palm trees, the Spanish-style church was built in 1930. Take a rest from your day and enjoy the bell chimes and the St. James Gift Shop.
On the windswept tip of Point Loma is Cabrillo National Monument, which is the third most visited national monument in the United States. From this vantage point, 422 ft high above the ocean, you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of San Diego and beyond. On a clear day… Read more »
USS Midway Museum at the Navy Pier in San Diego Bay, 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown (619-544-9600) [midway.org]. USS MIDWAY IS A HISTORIC MUSEUM Experience the magic aboard one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in U.S. Naval history, the USS Midway. It’s a must-see San Diego attraction. The tour lasts 3–4 hours and is included with… Read more »
This is the only marina and boat harbor in North County and it’s home to over 950 yachts and boats. While it is a small harbor, there are plenty of fun things to do here. Making up this one-of-a-kind harbor setting is a small Cape Cod-style fishing village, complete with a lighthouse. The village is… Read more »
For a glimpse into the fascinating way of life of the Franciscan missionaries who first colonized San Diego in 1769, visit the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, which is still in use today as a church. Self-guided and cassette tours available. Suggested donation ($3) for adults.
Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden,… Read more »
The Spa at Rancho Valencia is one of the finest facilities of its kind in the greater San Diego area. It features 10 treatment rooms, each with its own private garden, outdoor shower and soaking tub. Luxurious treatments range from massages and facials to reflexology and skin care. Amenities include a signature Vichy Room, Watsu… Read more »
The San Diego Botanic Garden is a place of year-round beauty. Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety of microclimates giving the visitor a… Read more »
You’ll definitely have fun at this award-winning karaoke bar. Their awards say it all: “Best Karaoke/Song Selection” in 2001 by Karaoke Star magazine; “Best Karaoke” by AOL City Guide, City’s Best 2005; and “Best Karaoke Bar” 2003 by San Diego Reader. They are consistently the favorite spot for San Diegans looking to have a great… Read more »
Visiting Mexico? For the best and safest place to park your car, go to Border Station Parking & Tourist Information Center (1) at 4570 Camino de la Plaza (619-428-9477). To get there take the last exit before crossing the border from the freeway. The signs are clearly marked on the freeway announcing U.S. Last Exit… Read more »
Birch Aquarium (22) is the public outreach center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where visitors of all ages can explore more than 3,000 colorful fish and invertebrates as well as cutting-edge ocean- and earth-science research. This is a must-see attraction, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla. The aquarium boasts more… Read more »
Balboa Park is home to the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. It was first played in Balboa Park in 1915; thus, the organ is celebrating its 99th anniversary this year. Today, it continues to attract audiences with its grandiose appearance and its beautiful music. Best of all, the organ concerts are… Read more »
San Diego Air and Space Museum (619-234-8291) [sandiegoairandspace.org] is in the historic Ford Building in Balboa Park. This impressive museum displays famous aircrafts, engines, spacecraft and aviation artifacts from the dawn of aviation through the space age. The museum’s blockbuster exhibit is “Be The Astronaut”. You’ll have to pay an extra ($5) to see… Read more »
It is an idyllic retreat, radiating serenity, simplicity and beauty. View a Zen Rock Garden from a meditation room in the Exhibit House, which also features Japanese art and crafts. Relax on the moon viewing deck next to a restful koi pond and its soothing waterfall. The garden is truly a treasure you’ll want to… Read more »
This huge Balboa Park treasure, which is the oldest museum in Southern California, is where you’ll find life-sized dinosaur models and hands-on natural history exhibits. The museum’s permanent exhibition is Fossil Mysteries, which takes you on a journey through 75 million years of Southern California’s rich history. One of Balboa Park’s best-kept secrets is the… Read more »
Enjoy free Sunday programs of ethnic song and dance from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. on the outdoor stage of the International Cottages. While you are there, be sure to visit The International Cottages, open noon-4 p.m. Sundays, featuring international artifacts, history and international food samples. Call (619-239-0512) or (619-234-0739).
A visit to Balboa Park would not be complete without visiting the 37 working artist studios managed by over 250 local artists and see and speak to many of these artists while they create their works of art that are all offered for sale. This unique venue is showcased in The Spanish Village Art Center… Read more »
Fleet Science Center, at 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park (619-238-1233) [rhfleet.org]. Admission is ($21.95) for adults; ($19.95) for seniors . (+ 65 years); and ($18.95) for juniors 3-12. They are open daily at 10 a.m. and close at these times on these days: Mon.–Thurs. 5 p.m., and Fri., Sat. and Sun. at 6 p.m. This… Read more »
San Diego Automotive Museum, Balboa Park (619-231-2886). The museum is open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and features rotating themed shows that display significant, rare and exotic cars and motorcycles, and vehicles reflecting the history of the automobile. Enjoy the classics of bygone eras as you stroll through rows of cars that are all restored to glittering… Read more »
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum features interactive toy trains, Lionel-style electric trains and a 20-scale mile long rail crossing of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Plus, this museum is the only accredited railroad museum in the entire United States. It is the largest permanent operating model railroad exhibit in North America with 27,000 sq…. Read more »
The Museum of Man features fascinating exhibits on human evolution, Egyptian artifacts, Kumeyaay culture and Mayan monuments. Little ones can also enjoy the Children’s Discovery Center, which allows them to experience living in ancient Egyptian times. With its striking architecture and historic setting, the Museum of Man is a favorite for banquets, corporate functions and… Read more »
This beautiful casino is at the foot of serene Palomar Mountain in North San Diego County. Take I-15 to Hwy. 76 and go east five miles. Or, take I-5 to Hwy. 76 and go east 23 miles. This 950,000-sq. ft. Four Diamond luxury casino offers Las Vegas-style gaming. With more than 2,300 slots, 87 gaming… Read more »
This 372,000-sq. ft. casino is open 24 hours with 2,000 slot machines, more than 85 table games and bingo. They have restaurants, live entertainment Wed.–Sun. and an outlet shopping center. You must be 18 years or older to enter the casino.
When a president of the United States jumped out of an airplane to celebrate his 85th birthday, it said a lot about how safe and fun this thrill of a lifetime has become! The president was George H. W. Bush, our 41st president of the United States. And he made a tandem jump from 10,500… Read more »
A must-see for San Diego families! The Living Coast Discovery Center, formerly known as the Chula Vista Nature Center, is a unique zoo and aquarium located on the southern edge of San Diego Bay in Chula Vista. The center offers an intimate wildlife experience for animal lovers of all ages. Guests are able to get… Read more »
San Diego History Center (SDHC) was founded by George W. Marston in 1928, then as the San Diego Historical Society (SDHS). Marston stated that the objective of the Historical Society was “for the discovery, collection and preservation of books, pamphlets, maps, genealogies, portraits, paintings, relics, manuscripts, letters, journals, surveys, field books and any and all… Read more »
Everyone needs a break! Come ride the wave at Breakwater Brewing Co. Enjoy their SoCal Beach Style of brewing beer. Breakwater offers their own house brews, local guest brews, different regional brews on tap and casual cuisine from mouth watering pizza to priceless paninis. Enjoy your favorite sporting events on the 4 HD TV’s. We… Read more »