Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Fairgrounds
Del Mar is nationally known for its racetrack, “Where The Turf Meets The Surf,” and the ever-popular thoroughbred-racing season from mid-July through early September plus the new fall season in November. In June, the Fairgrounds become home to the San Diego County Fair where visitors can enjoy live music, carnival rides, and all of the sights and sounds of a regional fair.
San Diego Botanical Gardens
The mission of the Garden is to inspire people of all ages to connect with plants and nature. With over 30 different gardens to choose from, this is the perfect place to explore many unique gardens and landscapes.
Spread across 190 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld is known for amazing animal shows, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides, beautiful landscaping and education programs for all ages. Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld San Diego’s Rescue Team has taken in and cared for more than 16,000 marine animals. The goal of the rescue program is to rescue, rehabilitate and return animals to the wild, giving them a second chance at life.
San Diego Zoo
One of the area’s most popular attractions, the 100-acre the San Diego Zoo is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens. The most recent exhibit to open allows you to see platypi up close, the only zoo that cares for this species outside of Australia! Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido.
Encompassing 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is truly the cultural heart of San Diego, with 15 museums, 8 gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West,” Balboa Park is the largest urban park in North America, exceeding even Central Park in New York in size. Filled with cultural treasures, architectural grandeur, lush landscapes, stunning gardens and award-winning performing arts, it will take more than one day to see and enjoy it all.
Alongside Navy Pier, the USS Midway Museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family. Guests can spend the day exploring more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 29 restored aircraft. The self-guided audio tour, narrated by Midway sailors, brings the carrier’s history to life. Those who dare can “take to the sky” aboard one of two flight simulators.
Cabrillo National Monument
Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.
City of Coronado
Coronado is decidedly upscale. The streets are filled with historical homes and the downtown main drag is a pedestrian’s dream of amazing shops cozied up to gourmet eateries. Don’t forget to stop by the Hotel Del, on the Pacific side, opened in 1888 and recently refurbished.
San Diego Breweries
It’s no surprise that San Diego takes pride in their craft beer! Spend a day (or two) discovering over 60 craft breweries and their award-winning beers made in “America’s Finest City." Check out San Diego Magazine’s Great Brewery Search Guide.