San Diego Entertainment
There’s so much to do in San Diego, it’s sometimes hard to decide how to spend an evening or a weekend: visit the San Diego Zoo or the Wild Animal Park, take in a stage show, see a concert at Humphrey’s, go to a water park, take the family to Sea World, enjoy the many beautiful beaches, bike in the backcountry, hang glide in La Jolla, or visit one of the original California missions. The choices are limitless because of the gorgeous weather and many opportunities for enjoying the Southern California sun and lifestyle.
Over 28 million tourists came to the San Diego area in 2006, spending almost $6 billion. The area is a popular destination for vacationers and for business conferences alike each year. But the locals also enjoy the many attractions that San Diego has to offer, and take pride in showing visitors the many cultural and natural resource spots around the region.
Perhaps the most visited entertainment site in San Diego is the World Famous San Diego Zoo which offers a unique viewing experience of some of the most exotic flora and fauna found anywhere. The pandas are always popular, but the polar bears and apes also make for a fun afternoon. And there are discounts and savings for residents who join the Zoo’s membership club, including guest passes for visitors. The Wild Animal Park in Escondido is an adjunct of the Zoo. Visitors can ride a monorail through the park and see the animals in a re-creation of their wild habitats.
Other tourist spots include Legoland in Carlsbad, Sea World on Mission Bay, Old Town San Diego, and the Embarcadero down by San Diego Bay where you can see the cruise ships dock and tour a sailing ship, The Star of India. There are also many historical attractions including the first mission established in California in 1769 by Fr. Junipero Serra, and San Luis Rey mission in North County. Known as the King of the Missions during the Spanish and Mexican periods, it remains the most well-preserved among the 24 California missions.
The nightlife in San Diego offers dinner theater, dancing, concerts, movies, shopping, and more. You can take in a concert at the House of Blues, then stroll the Gas Lamp Quarter or down by the Embarcadero and enjoy the great Southern California atmosphere. Whether you want a night out on the town, or an afternoon with the kids, there is always plenty to do in San Diego and lots of places to check online to see what’s going on. The city offers many arts festivals throughout the year down on the Embarcadero, in Old Town, or in the Gas Lamp Quarter, and there are many restaurants, movie theaters, even skating arenas for you and the family to enjoy. You’ll never run out of anything to do in San Diego!