Diego, located in Southern California in the
United States of America, is here for you to enjoy.
Home of the most consistent and beautiful weather in the world. You can enjoy the fresh air from the ocean, or on many large and clean beaches. View the many spectacular sunsets that are created here. There are so many things to do in San Diego and all within minutes of each other by car or on the transit system. With so many things to
see and do in paradise you will want to make plans.
Here are ninety nine things to do, and most free, here
in the Sunny South West, San Diego, California.
Points Of Interest | Parks & Beaches | Day Trips | Free | Romantic
San Diego History ...
In 1542, Portuguese sailor Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo landed near the tip of Point Loma and claimed the Pacific coast for Spain. Some 227 years after explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo landed, the Portolá expedition built a presidio and Padre Serra founded California's first mission. On the site of that first settlement in Presidio Park stands the Junipero Serra Museum (2727 Presidio Dr. 619-297-3258. Closed Mon.; adm. fee), which focuses on the period before the American conquest. The city remained isolated until the transcontinental railroad arrived in 1885, then grew during World War I as a Navy home port.
The 1915 Panama-California Exposition took place at Balboa Park (Laurel St. between Park and 6th Aves. 619-239-0512), where fine Spanish revival buildings remain. (Visitor Center, Horton Plaza at 1st Ave. and F St. 619-236-1212) Highlights of San Diego Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá (10818 San Diego Mission Rd. 619-281-8449. Adm. fee) Dating from 1774, this plain white mission features a wall of bells and Padre Serra's original quarters. Built in 1769 under the direction of Father Junâpero Serra, and the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (4002 Wallace St. 619-220-5422), which dates back to 1821, shortly after Mexico gained independence from Spain.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (Off I-5 at Old Town Ave. Visitor Center at Robinson-Rose House. 619-220-5422) Surrounded by adobe-and-wood buildings, this plaza is an outdoor museum of mid-19th-century San Diego. Highlights include the 1867 Seeley Stable, with its collection of stagecoaches and Western gear, and the furnished 1827 adobe hacienda of a presidio comandante.
Gaslamp Quarter (Bounded by 4th and 6th Aves., Broadway, and Harbor Dr.) The 16-block national historic district known as the Gaslamp Quarter (Between 4th and 6th Aves. from Broadway to Harbor Dr.), with its many 1880s Victorian commercial buildings, was once the site of San Diego's notorious red-light district. In its heyday the Gaslamp Quarter counted more than 70 saloons and 120 bawdy houses, as well as opium dens, dance halls, and gambling houses. For information on walking tours, contact the Gaslamp Quarter Association (614 5th St. Suite E. 619-233-5227. Adm. fee). Saturday walking tours leave the William Heath Davis House Museum (410 Island Ave. 619-233-4692. Adm. fee), a New England saltbox house shipped around Cape Horn in 1850.
Cabrillo National Monument (1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. 619-557-5450. Adm. fee) Located on the lofty point where Cabrillo first made landfall are a Visitor Center focused on Spanish exploration and the 1855 Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which has been refurbished. Cabrillo National Monument commemorates Cabrillo's discovery; this is also a favorite spot to view the gray whale migrations in spring and fall.
In 1868, San Diego set aside 1,400 acres of cactus and chaparral as a public park. Today Balboa Park (619-239-0512), the city's most elegant public space, provides a lush setting for serene gardens, striking architecture, picnic grounds, golf courses, and the world-class San Diego Zoo (619-234-3153. Adm. fee), which showcases pygmy chimps, sun bears from Malaysia, and 22 new aviaries called the Wings of Australasia. This most famous Zoo in the World, features over 4,000 rare birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians await you, with over 100 acres of award-winning gardens, entertaining tours and shows. Another star attraction, the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center (619-238-1233. Adm. fee) houses an Omnimax theater and hands-on exhibits. Also on the grounds are the Museum of Photographic Arts (619-238-7559. Adm. fee), the Natural History Museum (619-232-3821. Adm. fee), the Model Railroad Museum (619-696-0199. Closed Mon.-Tues.; adm. fee), and the San Diego Museum of Art (619-232-7931. Closed Mon.; adm. fee).
Down on the Embarcadero
waterfront, sailors will delight in the three historic ships moored at the
Maritime Museum 1492 N. Harbor Drive. 619-234-9153. Adm. fee): the 1863 tall
ship Star of India (the oldest iron-hulled vessel afloat), the 1898 San Francisco
Bay ferry Berkeley, and the 1904 steam-powered yacht Medea.
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Model Railroad Museum
Natural History Museum
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego Historical Society Museum
Museum of Photographic Arts
Museum of Art
Japanese Friendship Garden
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Art Institute
Mingei International Museum
San Diego Museum of Man
Hall of Champions
Hall of Nations Free Film
Museums Charge Regular Admission
in Balboa Park
Ancient History Museum
Fine art Museum
Local art, history, sports
Model Railroad Museum
Natural History Museum
Old Globe Theater
Casa del Prado
IMAX Dome Theater