Within a 45-minute drive

San Diego Attractions Within a 45-minute Drive
Hop in your car and head to the many unique attractions in San Diego, just 45 minutes away - from the San Diego Zoo to Seaport Village. 

San Diego Zoo
Spanning 100 acres in Balboa Park in San Diego, the San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals of 800 different species. One of the largest zoos in the world, San Diego Zoo features an amazing collection of animals and plants in realistic exhibits - from the Artic to Africa. Enjoy exciting tours, shows and exhibits including the Africa Rocks, Asian Passage, Elephant Odyssey, Lost Forest, Outback, Discovery Outpost, Northern Frontier, Panda Canyon and Urban Jungle. Meet tigers, mountain lions, sun bears, elephants, and polar bears. Explore the Zoo’s Africa Safari Park and get up close to lions, zebras and rhinos. San Diego Zoo offers family events, including the Twilight Trek and Nighttime Zoo.

Balboa Park
San Diego’s cultural heart, Balboa Park is a beautiful urban landscape of art, culture and recreation. Balboa Park features 1,200 acres of cultural attractions, museums, theaters, performing arts venues, gardens and open green spaces. With its Spanisg Colonial architecture, Balboa Park is home to the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, Old Globe Theater, Japanese Friendship Garden, Fleet Science Center, and Timken Museum of Art.

Seaport Village
Seaport Village is charming waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment destination on San Diego Bay. Adjacent to Embarcadero Park, Seaport Village features 50 fashion shops and boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and coffee houses. Enjoy live music, street performers and artists in a beautiful harbor setting, ride the antique carousel with its hand-carved wooden horses or fly kites above the harbor.

Horton Plaza
The centerpiece of the new downtown San Diego, Horton Plaza is a historic area that has been transformed into a unique shopping mall and entertainment pavilion. Musicians, jugglers, bright banners and a view of the city and bay make Horton Plaza colorful by day and enchanting by night.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano has been the historic soul of Orange County since its founding by Padre Junipero Serra on November 1, 1776. Today it is one of California's most important cultural and educational centers. The seventh of 21 Spanish Missions established in California by Franciscan Padres, the mission offers a peaceful retreat from the busy world with beautiful, serene gardens and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Experience five interactive Exhibit Galleries: Space Theater, which showcases larger-than-life IMAX® films on its giant dome screen; SciTours, a motion-based simulator attraction; Nierman Challenger Learning Center, a dramatic program featuring a realistic Mission Control mockup and 21st century space station to simulate a space voyage; Little Learners Lab for scientists ages 2 to 6; and North Star Science Store, featuring a mix of fun and educational toys, logo apparel and souvenirs. Swing by Galileo's Café, offering a variety of tasty sandwiches, salads, beverages and snacks.

San Diego Maritime Museum
Celebrating San Diego’s maritime heritage, this museum is home to the National Historic Landmark ships, including the Star of India and the Berkeley, as well as the steam yacht Medea.

San Diego Aerospace Museum
The museum features historic U.S. and foreign aircraft, as well as aviation memorabilia.

San Diego Automotive Museum
Perfect for the automotive enthusiast, the Museum houses an extensive collection of fine cars and rare motorcycles.

San Diego Museum of Art
Southern California’s oldest and largest art museum, the San Diego Museum of Art presents diverse collections of fine art, including Spanish and Italian old masters, 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculpture, Asian paintings, and contemporary and Latin American art. With its beautiful Spanish influenced façade, the museum features exciting exhibitions from around the world. Visit www.sdmart.org/

Petco Park
Home of the San Diego Padres, PETCO Park is spectacular sports and entertainment stadium with natural grass and breathtaking views of San Diego. Innovative in design, PETCO Park celebrates the spirit of Southern California and the traditions of baseball. Catch a San Diego Padres baseball game or enjoy year-round concerts and events. Visit http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark/index.jsp

San Diego Natural History Museum
Explore the natural world at permanent displays that include the Hall of Desert Ecology, Bug Zoo with live local and exotic insect specimens, an interactive Discovery Lab, and Foucalt's Pendulum, a 235-pound piece of steel swinging from 50 feet of steel aircraft cable. See fossils, skeletons and tens of thousands of bird, animal and botanical specimens. Visiting exhibits round out this comprehensive look at the wonders of nature.

Qualcomm Stadium
Located in the heart of Mission Valley, minutes from downtown San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium is home of the NFL's San Diego Chargers and the San Diego State University Aztecs. The 70,561 seat stadium also hosts the Holiday Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, and Street Scene.

4th & B
Check out San Diego's hottest club with live DJs, comedy performances, and concerts.

San Diego Civic Theatre
A premiere venue for performances of the San Diego Opera, California Ballet, La Jolla Chamber Music Society and the Broadway San Diego series.

San Diego Opera
Experience major operas presented at the Civic Theatre and the Sports Arena, as well as special concerts and outreach programs throughout the city.

San Diego Symphony Orchestra
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra's regular season runs from the fall through spring. Summer Pops outdoor concerts are held in the summer months at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

Lamb's Players Theatre
One of the San Diego's leading professional theatres, Lamb's Players Theatre presents a year-round season of productions in a state-of-the-art theatre featuring intimate, European-style seating.

Old Globe Theatre
Located in Balboa Park, this Tony Award-winning theatre is modeled after Shakespeare's original. The three stages produce 15 or more plays and musicals annually, including its highly regarded Shakespeare festival.

Broadway - San Diego
For over 23 years, Broadway - San Diego has been presenting local audiences with Broadway shows and theater from around the world. All plays are presented at the Civic Theater.

San Diego Repertory Theatre
The underground Lyceum Theatre is home to the San Diego Repertory Theatre, which produces a six-play subscription series big on comedies and dramas that explore cultural diversity. September through June.

Starlight Musical Theatre
This 53-year old professional musical theatre company produces Broadway-style musicals at the Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park during the summer. Occasional winter productions are featured at the Lyceum.

Belmont Park - Giant Dipper
Ride the historic giant dipper roller coaster, tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars and other exciting rides at Belmont Park.

House of Blues - San Diego
Live music and Southern-inspired cuisine are enjoyed in this popular venue, celebrating the cultural contributions of blues music and folk art.

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