USS Midway Museum
One of the best museums in town
The USS Midway Museum is an amazing adventure for the whole family. Here you can experience life at sea aboard one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visit the museum and walk the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country. Guests can also explore more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 29 restored aircraft. The museum provides a self-guided audio tour near rated by Midway sailors. Adventurous guests can participate in one of to flight simulators, where there launched off the flight deck, battle the enemy, and returned safely.
Opening hours: M-S 10 am- 5 pm
Watch out for: the Ejection Seat Theater
Address & telephone number: USS Midway Museum, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619-544-9600
1,200-acre cultural park
Balboa Park has been around since 1868. Admission is free but some of the park attractions may cost, but no matter where you go you’re guaranteed to have a good time. The park started as 1400 acres of land known as ‘City Park’. The first steps in the parks beautification were made in 1892. In 2001 San Diego Natural History Museum opened after reconstruction to the original building. Today the park has 19 amazing museums, nine performing arts, nine attractions, 19 beautiful gardens, 11 recreations, five play areas, and 14 delicious restaurants.
Opening hours: 24 hours
Watch out for: free admission on the first four Tuesdays
Address & telephone number: Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619-239-0512
Another Side of San Diego Tours
No.1 tour company in San Diego
Another Side of San Diego Tours has one purpose, to give visitors the best travel experiences of their life. Tell them what you want and they’ll prepare the perfect tour for you. If you don’t know where you want to go but know how you want to feel, they can help. The tours are tailor-made for its customers. Another Side of San Diego Tours brings you the best experience whether an adventure, honeymoon, family break, or cultural immersion. It was founded in 2007 and has become the premier destination management company in Southern California.
Opening hours: M-S 8 am- 6 pm
Watch out for: the Gaslamp Segway Tour
Address & telephone number: Another Side of San Diego Tours, 308 G St, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619-239-211
Mission San Diego de Alcalá
First Franciscan mission in the area
San Diego de Alcalá is the first of the 21 California missions, and marks the birthplace of Christianity in the West Coast. This is a remarkable and significant historical site that provides an understanding and appreciation of the beginning of Catholicism. The Mission was founded in 1769 and serves as a parish church and cultural center for everyone. In 1931 it was rebuilt to what architects determine what was the 1813 church must have looked. Every year the historic site is visited by many, including fourth graders from throughout the states that in California history.
Opening hour: M-S 9 am- 4:30 pm
Watch out for: the unique tours
Address & telephone number: Mission San Diego de Alcalá, 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619-283-7319
San Diego Zoo
Attraction site for the whole family
San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park, and holds over 3,700 animals of more than 600 species and subspecies. The zoo offers a guided tour bus that cover 75% of the park. There’s also an overhead lift that provides an aerial view of the zoo. This attraction is definitely one that the whole family can enjoy. Bring your walking shoes and cameras, and make the most of your trip to California. Stop by some of the must-see exhibits including Monkey Trails and Forest Tales, Panda Trek, Polar Bear Plunge, Elephant Odyssey, and Gorilla Tropics.
Opening hours: M-S 9 am- 9 pm
Watch out for: the Andean Bear
Address & telephone number: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619-231-1515
Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego
Incredible sightseeing tour
Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego allows you to explore the service coastal landscape and learn why San Diego is called ‘America’s Finest City’. Since 1989 sightseeing tours have been provided, highlighting the best of San Diego. On your visit, hop on a trolley and enjoy the combination of transportation and entertainment. The lively conductors narrate the story with fun trivia games and humorous stories. Old Town Trolley Tours is the best way to see the city because they showcase the best of San Diego. The tour is also designed so you can hop on and off and explore the city on your own.
Opening hours: M-S 9 am- 6 pm
Watch out for: the Holly Jolly Old Town Tour
Address & telephone number: Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego, 4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619-298-8687
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
One-of-a-kind historic attraction
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park provides a connection to the past and allows visitors to experience the history of early San Diego. Visit the park and learn about the life in Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. The part provides fun, as well as fun facts, so take your family and friends and learn about what happened after the Mexican-American war. This historic park also has five original adobe buildings, including museums, retail shops, and restaurants. The Historic Plaza is a special place for meetings and historic activities. During your visit stop by and experience it all.
Opening hours: 10 am- 5 pm
Watch out for: the enjoyable music
Address & telephone number: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619-220-5422
By Sierra Brown