Getting to San Diego
You can travel to virtually any city in the world from San Diego. Nearly 600 daily flights provide nonstop and connecting services to major domestic destinations and across the globe. Enter your destination and explore your options on San Diego International Airport's new interactive Route Map.
Expect luxury and fun-filled days visiting famous San Diego attractions when you stay at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The resort is located near popular attractions in San Diego, offering guests easy access to San Diego fun. From beautiful beaches to premier theme parks, to waterfront attractions, museums, sporting events and shopping, San Diego vacations are packed with fun things to do.
San Diego Attractions
Scream your way through a ride on the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster. Make the rounds at the Arcade. Take a ride on classics like Tilt-A-Whirl or the bumper cars. Pretend you are on a deserted island and climb a 25-foot coconut tree. Buy a swimsuit at one of Belmont’s shops before riding the wave pool. Indulge in old-fashioned amusement park food at a restaurant. Belmont Park is one San Diego attraction that’s sure to please.
This waterfront area, now a buzzing attraction in San Diego, was developed by Alonzo Horton in the late 19th century. It is a vibrant center of shopping, dining and entertainment. Add to your fine art collection with a watercolor from a gallery. Stay on the cutting edge of fashion, with styles from a couture shop. When shopping is done, plan a night out at one of the area’s urban chic lounges, or partake in some of the delicacies offered at Taste of Gaslamp.
Affiliated with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium promotes marine life conservation through education and research. Feel the hypnotic quality of The Hall of Fishes. Explore three tide pool displays containing such marine animals as sea cucumbers and hermit crabs. Try to spot the camouflaged animals in The Art of Deception exhibit at this landmark attraction in San Diego.
A classic toy has become a top attraction in San Diego. This Lego-filled park delights all ages. The park offers visitors more than 50 rides and attractions. Cool off at Pirate Shores. Spin around in Bionicle Blaster. Become part of the action during a 4-D racing movie. Hit The Big Shop to purchase all of your favorite Legos. Be mesmerized by a ventriloquist conversing with his friends, Clyde and Matilda. Travel back in time on Coastersaurus. Treat the kids to an ice cream cone at The Market.
Old Town Trolley
Hop on and off this popular San Diego tourist vehicle as it winds its way through San Diego. Well-informed guides add a healthy dose of humor to their narratives. Go ten minutes outside of San Diego to the charming island of Coronado. Set foot inside the famed Hotel del Coronado where the movie “Some Like It Hot” was filmed. Stop in the Gaslamp Quarter for a bite to eat.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Choose from more than 100 interactive science exhibits designed to please visitors of all ages. Brave the 23-seat motion simulator. Have fun and learn at the same time in the Try Science! virtual zone. View The Alps from a comfy seat in the IMAX Theater. Identify the constellations in the Palomar Observatory. Foster the budding scientist in your child at Kid City for interactive San Diego fun.
Hit the surf at Wave House. Flowrider is the next best thing to the ocean. Check your balance here before taking on Bruticus Maximus. Prefer a tamer environment? Head over to the pool for a leisurely swim, an aquatic workout or lessons. Try something new like Brazilian Boot Camp or Pilates at the fitness center.
Star of India
The world's oldest active sailing ship, Star of India has sailed around the world twenty-one times and still sails in the ocean every November.
With its location on the water, it’s not surprising that San Diego would have a seaport village. Pick up the latest styles or accessories at some of the 50 shops, just steps from our hotel. Take advantage of the Pacific’s bounty at a seafood restaurant. Stop along your travels to enjoy a magician or musical group performing throughout the village. Grab the brass ring on the village carousel for nostalgic San Diego fun.
San Diego Zoo
Known for its animal conservation and education, San Diego Zoo is a world-renowned facility and San Diego attraction visited by millions each year. Arrange for a behind-the-scenes tour, or soar above the treetops on the Skyfari Aerial Tram. Pretend you are on an African savannah at the ENTCO Wild Earth Safari ride. Explore the rainforest aviary. Get a good laugh as Dr. Zoolittle ‘talks” to the animals, a perennial crowd-pleaser.
Wild Animal Park
An extension of the San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park offers a safari experience near the city. Make like a monkey and climb on the Samburu Jungle Gym. Listen to an animal keeper to talk about his or her responsibilities. Join a nighttime safari. See the incredibly fast cheetah in action on a Run Safari.
SeaWorld San Diego
Whales and dolphins are known for their intelligence and social nature. Get up close and personal with them and other marine species at SeaWorld San Diego, one of the top attractions in San Diego. Recognized worldwide for its premier attractions, SeaWorld is equally committed to the conservation of marine life as well. Delight in the antics of Clyde and Seymour. Look on as Shamu darts, dives and shoots through the air and water. Be prepared to get wet too, since he loves splashing visitors. Brace yourself for a thrilling plunge on “Journey to Atlantis”. Sign up the kids for an animal adventure camp. Quench your thirst at one of the park’s snack bars or restaurants. Become a trainer for a day.
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre jewel in the middle of San Diego. It offers diverse and seemingly limitless activities. Begin a whirlwind tour of one or all of 15 museums on the premises. Stand back and watch the dancers, actors and magicians performing at venues throughout the park. Retreat to a serene garden for a rest or a leisurely lunch. Learn how to make sushi. Marvel at the detail of a four-acre miniature railroad. Try your hand at lawn bowling. Turn lemons into lemonade on a rainy day and hit the Activity Center complete with volleyball, table tennis, badminton and other options for great San Diego fun. Listen to the largest outdoor pipe organ known at the Spreckels Organ.
Sailing on San Diego Bay
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Join a Hornblower Cruise to see some of the 28,000 gray whales that traverse these waters on their way to Baja California during Hornblower’s whale watch. Cap off great San Diego vacations with a gourmet dinner on board or celebrate a special occasion with the entire family on a champagne sail.
Dennis Conner’s America's Cup
Experience gives guests the unique opportunity to race on current generation America's Cup yachts on the San Diego Bay as well as experience whale and dolphin-watching sails on the Pacific Ocean. The sailing fleet includes two 80-foot International America’s Cup Class (IACC) racing yachts, the Stars & Stripes / USA 34 and the Abracadabra / USA 54; plus a magnificent replica of the original 139-foot yacht "AMERICA" that started the America’s Cup racing tradition back in 1851.
*Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego guests receive a 10% discount from published rates.
America’s Cup Yachts
Channel your inner sailor on one of these incredible racing yachts – a truly unique San Diego attraction. The majestic sport of yachting has captured the hearts of Americans for years. The two fastest mono-hull sailing boats in the world - Abracadabra and Stars and Stripes - offer visitors a unique and exhilarating opportunity to enjoy San Diego Bay and its stunning scenery. Board one of these yachts for an exciting 2 ½ hour sail. Opt for a harbor tour or whale watch excursion. Snap photos of Coronado Bay Bridge as the yacht skates across the water. Enjoy a beverage and snack as you cruise along.
Shake up your usual golf game with a round of disc golf at Morley Field. Instead of hitting the ball with a club, players throw a disc into holes around the course. Quench your thirst with refreshments and a snack. Pick up pointers by watching a league game.
Hold that glove high as you try to catch a fly ball from one of the San Diego Padres. This open-air stadium, built in 2004 at a cost of $450 million, is home to our own major league baseball team. Get there early and take a guided tour of the facilities. You can also develop your interest in rugby here, as this venue hosts games for seven different rugby unions.
Boasting a 70,551-seat stadium, fans can root for the San Diego Chargers. Tailgate before California State’s opening game. Check out the latest models at an auto show. Leave a lasting impression by renting out the stadium for your event.
Valley View Casino Center
For more than 40 years, the Valley View Casino Center has provided Southern California with the biggest and best sporting and musical events. Today, groups like Carrie Underwood, U2, Black Eyed Peas, Shakira and Taylor Swift carry the torch as artists who have played and sold out concerts here.
Cabrillo National Monument
Named for explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the Cabrillo National Monument was established in 1913 to commemorate his sail into San Diego Bay in 1542. Look for gray whales on their migration south. Understand the loneliness and difficulties for those who guarded this stretch of coastline during times of war. Walk the 2 ½ mile Bayside Trail, spotting flora and fauna along the way. Spot marine life in the tide pools of this natural attraction in San Diego.
Mission Bay Park
Not into swimming in the ocean? No problem. Mission Bay Park claims status as the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. Over the 4,235 acres, visitors can partake in myriad activities. Sail your model yacht around a pond. Wade in the calm waters of Vacation Isle. Barbecue at Crown Point South. Jog, cycle or walk the various paths throughout the park. Launch your boat at Ski Beach. Mission Bay Park is tops for waterfront San Diego vacations.
Think of California and the beach will surely spring to mind. Mission Beach exemplifies the image of quintessential San Diego fun at the beach. Known as The Strand, this two-mile stretch of sand extends from the mouth of the Mission Bay channel to the north end of Pacific Beach. Arrive early before the crowds. Pick up chairs or umbrellas at nearby rental facilities. Jog along the cement boardwalk. Peruse the shops that line the beachfront. Catch some waves on your boogie board. Cool off with lunch in a nearby restaurant.
Tijuana River Valley Regional Park
Primarily known for the beaches and the bay, San Diego also offers a 1,638-acre park along the Tijuana River. Hone your photography skills by snapping the abundant maritime sage scrub at Spooner’s Mesa. Pack a picnic as a reward for hiking the forest trails. Gallop your horse along equestrian trails leading straight to the Pacific. Extend your arm and see what will land at the new Bird and Butterfly Garden. Organize a softball game at one of the fields. Practice identifying one of over 340 birds by its call.
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Located in northwestern San Diego, Torrey Pines State Reserve is a quiet refuge from city life. Bring your binoculars to spy the endangered bird species. Hike the pine forest trails. Capture a memory in front of the beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean. Head a little farther to the glideport for a ride over the beach and sky high San Diego fun.
Bazaar del Mundo
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style. Located in Old Town, Bazaar del Mundo began 35 years ago and is a favorite San Diego attraction. It is quintessentially San Diego. Kick back with a tasty margarita and fish tacos at an outdoor café. Window shop first before purchasing that special item. Weave in and out of the stands at an art festival. Pick up a charming Mexican vase.
Fashion Valley Shopping Center
Discriminating shoppers will surely be pleased with the offerings at this retail center. Peruse more than 200 stores in a lively outdoor district. Splurge. You’re worth it and Tiffany’s will have just the item to fulfill your heart’s desire. Replace your tattered luggage with a lustrous bag from Louis Vuitton. Discuss business over a hearty lunch at one of 18 restaurants. Mix up things with a new look from a well known make-up company. Ponder the ideas presented in a documentary at the 18-movie theaterplex.
Westfield Horton Plaza
Named for developer Alonzo Horton, bargain hunters and fashion plates alike can choose from more than 130 stores including Nordstrom and Macy’s. Immerse yourself in an Oscar-winning drama at the multi-screen movie theater. Meet friends for drinks or a late lunch at a restaurant.
Westfield Mission Valley Center
Shop to your heart’s content at this mall featuring 151 stores. Satisfy your shoe fetish at an upscale designer store. Sample international cuisine at one of 22 dining spots. Quell the kids’ boredom at Inflatable World. Slip into the 20-screen movie theatre to see the latest action flick.
Mingei International Museum
Mingei is Japanese for “Arts for the People” and that’s what you’ll get at this interesting San Diego attractions. Founded more than three decades ago, the museum contains over 17,000 objects from 141 countries. Peruse folk art items and toys from Romania and the United States, to name a few. Add to your collection with a Russian doll, available for purchase in the museum store. Witness the cultural differences in jewelry that spans five continents.
Museum of Making Music
A constant throughout civilization, this Carlsbad museum pays homage to all forms of music. With over 500 instruments in five galleries, it celebrates more than 100 years of music. Let your inner rock star shine at “Hands on the Future” where you can play any number of instruments from electric guitar to bongo drums. Pretend you are the next Justin Timberlake or Britney Spears in the recording studio. Add a musical tinge to your San Diego vacations.
Old Globe Theater
More than one Tony Award winner has come out of the Old Globe Theater. Founded in 1935 and comprising three venues, the Old Globe Theater includes the Cassius Carter Centre Stage and an outdoor site called the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Attend one of 15 plays and musicals produced here annually. Introduce a child to the world of Shakespeare. Revisit a favorite Sondheim musical. Dine in the style that suits your comfort level, whether it’s an elegant restaurant or a laid-back hot dog stand.
San Diego Museum of Art
Located in Balboa Park, the museum exhibits collections ranging from impressionist paintings to pop art. Be sure to visit the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden – a remarkable San Diego attraction. Sit in on a poetry reading. Gather the family and attend the Sights & Sounds festival. Send the kids to summer camp to nurture their interests in the arts.
San Diego Symphony
Get lost in the sounds of this orchestra. The San Diego Symphony performs 100 times annually and has been a mainstay in the community since its first concert in 1910. Enjoy the summer concert series complemented by a lavish picnic dinner. Reserve tickets to a performance by your favorite musical act. Be proud to be an American as fireworks explode in the sky and the symphony plays “The Star Spangled Banner” on the Fourth of July.
San Diego History
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Five galleries represent San Diego’s maritime life, from sailing and commercial fishing to expeditions and naval missions, at this museum. It has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships including the oldest active one, Star of India. Board the historic 1914 Pilot for a cruise. Relive 1870 as an immigrant or crew member on the Star of India during the museum’s Family Sleepover.
Mission San Diego de Alcala
Founded in 1769 by Father Junipero Serra, this Catholic mission was the first of 21 to be established in Southern California. The mission was most industrious, converting 1405 people to Christianity; baptizing 565; harvesting from its 50,000 acres; and raising 20,000 sheep, 10,000 cattle and 1250 horses. It is the oldest active Catholic Church in California.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Opened in 1855, this majestic lighthouse stood watch in San Diego Bay for 36 years and is an iconic San Diego attraction.
Old Town San Diego Historical Park
Bordering Mexico, it is only natural that the region would have a long relationship with Mexican culture. Touring Old Town is a must for San Diego vacations. Visit five authentic adobes at this village that includes a museum, restaurants and shops. Step inside the schoolhouse. Peek into San Diego’s first newspaper office. Take a guided walking tour to learn about the Spanish-American War and the Gold Rush.
San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum / U.S.S. Midway
Learn about the U.S.S. Midway’s 47 years of service, from World War II to Desert Storm. Go it alone and take a self-guided tour. Listen to a Midway veteran relay his experience aboard ship. Learn about naval life from the 60 exhibits and 24 vessels housed here. Try out one of three flight simulators.
San Diego Natural History Museum
Established in 1874, the San Diego Natural History Museum is located in Balboa Park. Wonder at the stone work of Zimbabwean Shona sculptors. Looking for San Diego fun for kids? Here, visitors can switch roles with the insects. Instead of peering down at them, they’ll be looking down on you in the Backyard Monsters exhibit. Robotic bugs, 11 feet high and 22 feet long, loom over visitors.
Whaley House Museum
Up for a little folklore? Named for its owner, businessman Thomas Whaley, this mid-19th century Greek revival home has plenty of it. What began as a granary and later a courthouse, the Whaley House has undergone many transformations in its lifetime as a San Diego attraction. Take a tour and learn about its storied past and rumored hauntings. Purchase a book in the gift shop to learn more about its legends. Enjoy lunch at the café. Take a break from sightseeing on the lovely outdoor patio.