San Diego is known as one of the sunniest places in California. It is filled with tacos, burgers, unique neighborhoods, the ocean, and so much more. Tourists from all over tend to document every little thing to do in San Diego.

This city in California is said to be the "know it all" city. The reasoning for this? San Diego is filled with so much to do and so much to learn. They just know it all! From sunrise to sunset, San Diego is always busy. Riverwalk is one of the more popular places people visit in San Diego. According to the official Riverwalk website, this new little part of town has over 4300 homes and multiple types of transportation. Riverwalk may be a big part of San Diego, but if you have already visited Riverwalk, keep reading for more places to explore in San Diego!


More And More Water

One of the most famous things about San Diego is the beaches. People come from all over the world to swim in the Oceans of San Diego. One of the more popular parks to attend is Mission Bay Park. The city of San Diego states that this park is more than 4,235 acres of land and water. This makes it the largest aquatic park in the country. There are other parks to visit, such as the Shoreline Parks and San Diego Bay. This city has almost seventeen miles of coastline that is sure to have something for everyone.

Top Beaches To Visit

  • Ocean Beach
  • Mission Beach
  • North Pacific Beach
  • La Jolla Shores

What To Know

  • Lifeguards are on duty from 9 am to dusk
  • Check with local staffing for changes
  • There will be a split of zones on the beaches for swimming and surfing
  • A checkered black and yellow checkered flag will mark the zones
  • All beaches do not have swimming hours they are open 24/7

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Land Parks

Water may not be everyone's cup of tea. Some may just enjoy the awe of the city. If that is the case, many parks are above water! One park that is well known to not only locals but travelers as well is Balboa Park. Depending on how long one is to stay in San Diego, Balboa Park offers many different activities to spend one day doing. This park consists of museums, gardens, and architecture, and it even houses the well-known San Diego Zoo. Lined up along the park streets are artists, balloon animal makers, food vendors, and more! There are even certain artists along the street that will draw individuals like a cartoon!

Balboa Park

  • The Museums located in Balboa Park are free for all ages
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Museum of Us
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • The Veterans Museum
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
  • Fee: Free for all ages
  • Features: Outdoor trails
  • Leopard
  • Anaconda
  • Elephant
  • Gorilla
  • Tiger

Amusement Parks

Get twirled and twisted, and release the inner kid at the Amusement Parks! These parks have rides for everyone of all ages! Not only do these parks have big rides for big kids, but it also has food and entertainment! It is sure to bring back memories of old hometown fairs! When on the bigger rides, a beautiful view of the ocean can be seen. It is something to make people excited to go back to!

Belmont Amusement Park

Started in 1925, it is the only amusement park in San Diego which has a beach front. It is located at Mission Beach and has a giant sized dipper roller coaster.


  • Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-10 pm
  • Friday-Saturday, 11 am-12 am


  • Park Pass (height of over 48 inches): $56
  • Park Pass (height under 48 inches): $46
  • Rides suitable for all ages

Inflatable World

Next to the mall in Westfield Mission Valley, this giant park features big slides, bounce horses, balloon fights, climbing and jumping fun for the visitors. The unique park has many inflatable houses and ladders, and unlimited fun for the whole family.


  • Wednesday-Friday, 12 pm-6 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-6 pm
  • Monday-Tuesday, Closed


  • $17 and up

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USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is the most popular in San Diego, California. The museum itself is a ship called the USS Midway. Upon entrance into the museum, individuals can watch a short free movie about the battle of Midway and how the ship got its name. Once inside the history comes to life. This museum contains over 60 exhibits. Twenty-nine of these exhibits are restored aircraft. While inside, you can visit old living quarters and see different levels of the ship. In 2015 this museum was named the most popular naval warship museum in the country! Tourists can also take the self-guided tour, which previous sailors guide! Each admission can take a snapback in history with the view of Navy uniforms, showers, cabins, and so much more.


  • Monday-Sunday, 8 am-5 pm


  • Adult Day Pass (13+): $26
  • Youth Day Pass (6-12): $13
  • Veterans (W/ID): $18
  • Annual 2 person pass: $90
  • Annual 4 person pass: $150

San Diego has multiple different types of activities for all of the family to enjoy. Hotels at an affordable price, and museums to visit make for a great vacation. The more to do, the better the time. If the Riverwalk has already been explored, there is more to the great city of water. The beautiful and exciting city awaits for families to explore what it has to offer.

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