Best 9 things to do in San Diego

Enjoy twinkling lights, festive shows, carolers, and delicious holiday treats.

Celebrate the holidays at SeaWorld San Diego's Christmas Celebration

San Diego is one of the best places in the world to see whales, and there are plenty of whale watching tours to choose from.

Go whale watching

The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest and most respected zoos in the world, and it's home to over 3,500 animals from 650 species.

Visit the San Diego Zoo

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre park with 17 gardens, museums, theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Explore Balboa Park

San Diego has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so spend some time soaking up the sun and enjoying the waves.

Relax on the beach

The Embarcadero is a waterfront promenade with stunning views of San Diego Harbor. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and cafes to enjoy along the way.

Take a walk along the Embarcadero

The Gaslamp Quarter is a historic district with Victorian-era buildings, lively bars, and delicious restaurants.

Visit the Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego is a world-renowned surfing destination, so if you're looking for some thrills, be sure to catch a wave.

Go surfing

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a beautiful coastal park with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. There are several hiking trails to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult.

Hike Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve