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Did you know that California's second largest city sees, on average, nearly 36 million visitors every year? As a matter of fact, it’s considered one of the top travel destinations in the states. So what’s bringing all of these people to San Diego each year? Perhaps it’s the warm weather, or maybe the beautiful beaches. Although the weather is wonderful and the beaches are beautiful, I think tourists flock here especially because of all the great activities it has to offer - enough to keep you busy for at least three weeks. But if you plan well, you could easily do all of the highlights in a week-long vacation. Below is a list of eight of the most engaging activities for seniors in San Diego - but of course equally great for families, singles, and most anyone else!
One of only three SeaWorld parks in the United States is located right here, with multiple aquariums; shows put on by the animal trainers and the wonderful marine life they train; and even a few amusement rides.
If you want to see more wildlife, this giant, nearly 2,000-acre zoo houses more than 3,000 animals of more than 300 species. Divided into 12 zones, you’ll find all of your favorite safari animals like elephants, zebras, giraffes, and many more.
It’s hard to choose just one of the many this city has to offer, but here are a few favorites. The USS Midway Museum is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum at the Navy Pier. The massive San Diego Museum of Art has a wide range of world art stretching back to 5000 BCE - especially strong in Old Masters of Spain - and a fine outdoor eatery. Are you a fan of spacecraft or trains? Then take your pick between the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum; both are spectacular.
Besides lovely gardens and landscaping, this 1,200-acre park packs in a week’s worth of activities all by itself, including theaters and 16 cool museums. But one of my favorites is the beautiful, historic Botanical Building, buit in 1915, which houses plant environments of all kinds. You can also explore the grounds surrounding the building and check out all the elegant fountains.
As the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement, in 1769, Old Town San Diego is filled with history. You can hike trails in the state park, travel through original adobe buildings, and enjoy authentic Mexican food. You’re sure to get your Spanish history fix after exploring Old Town.
What kind of vacation would it be if you didn’t find time to relax by the beach? Coronado Beach is one of the best beaches to do just that. In 2012 it was even named as the number one beach in the USA. Depending on the time of the year, you may even be able to see Navy SEALs training on the beach in their own private area.
At this 2,000-acre state park located right on the coast you can hike or bike numerous trails, watch for dolphins, or even play a round of golf. There are always exciting events going on throughout the reserve as well, so there is bound to be something you’ll enjoy.
Opened in 1925, Belmont Park has been a go-to spot for entertainment for locals and visitors alike. While riding amusement rides, you can look out on the blue waters that kiss the San Diego coast. You’ll have a fun-filled evening while playing vintage games and shopping at the local gift shops.