1. San Diego Zoo
If you’re lucky enough to have an afternoon off, the iconic San Diego Zoo has been voted #1 zoo in the world, making it a part of many people’s San Diego bucket list. And the San Diego Zoo Safari Park gives you a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get up close to animals like cheetahs and giraffes.
2. San Diego Art Institute
The beautiful San Diego Art Institute highlights Southern California’s contemporary art across its many cultural backgrounds and media. They also believe that making it accessible with a low entrance fee of $5.00 allows you to experience all of their impressive, uber-modern collection.
3. Balboa Park
The U.S.’s largest urban cultural park is both a sprawling green space with gardens and trails and the location of countless iconic San Diego museums including the Air & Space Museum, Natural History Museum, Art Institute, Museum of Man, and more.
4. La Jolla Cove Sea Lions
The sea lions and harbour seals that cover the shoreline of La Jolla Cove (a quick 20-minute drive from downtown San Diego) are a must-see. These super-cute – and funny – marine mammals swim, play, and sunbathe along the rocky shores and are a popular attraction for San Diego’s visitors.
5. The Beaches
Every San Diego tourist has one destination at the top of their list: the beach. That’s because this southern Californian city is surrounding by countless beautiful beaches. Take your pick and make a short trip to one of the picture-perfect public beaches, ideally in time for a sunrise or sunset.