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Most Popular San Diego Tours & Attractions

Listed below are the most popular San Diego sightseeing tours, shows, activities, attractions, transfers and passes. They were selected from the complete collection of tours and attractions that are available for this destination. These are the most popular, the best-sellers, the ones people purchase and enjoy time after time.

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#1 RATED
Go San Diego Card
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With access to nearly 50 attractions, activities and tours all around San Diego, the Go San Diego™ Card offers something for everyone! Visit the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND® California and Knott's Berry Farm; cruise along the San Diego Harbor; go snorkeling or kayaking in La Jolla; take a guided city walking tour; enjoy a day trip to Hollywood and much more! You'll have the flexibility to create your own itinerary to sightsee at your own pace; plus, you'll save up to 30% at select shopping and dining locations.

With the Go San Diego™ Card, enjoy access to nearly 50 unique attractions, activities and tours all around San Diego and beyond, including Los Angeles. A total value of more than USD $1,000, the Go San Diego™ Card is available to you at one low price!

Visit San Diego's most popular attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND® California, Knott's Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego and the Air and Space Museum, and enjoy fun activities such as guided walking tours, kayaking or snorkeling in La Jolla, a day trip to Hollywood and even seasonal whale watching!

This fully customizable Go San Diego Card leaves you in control, allowing you to create your own itinerary based solely on your interests and sightsee at your own pace. The card is available for one, two, three, four or seven consecutive days.
Your card comes with tons of perks: enjoy skip-the-line access to selected attractions; receive discounts and special offers on shopping, dining and activities; and use the complimentary full-color guidebook to help you navigate your way around the city.

See the Itinerary section below for a full list of included attractions, tours and activities.

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SeaWorld San Diego
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Spend a full day exploring the awe-inspiring world of marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, where every encounter is a new adventure. Come face-to-face with playful dolphins, magnificent white beluga whales and friendly penguins.Upgrade your ticket to include a visit to Aquatica, SeaWorld's newest waterpark!

SeaWorld San Diego
Experience life under the sea as you feed dolphins, get an up-close look at a polar bear and count the teeth on a shark! Enjoy a mythical rush on the Journey to Atlantis water ride and at the Shamu show, where you'll see tricks and amazing aquatic feats performed by the famous killer whale.

Celebrate at SeaWorld San Diego with the newest attraction - Madagascar Live: Operation Vacation, an original live musical show. The 20-minute musical features the characters from the Madagascar movie franchise, including Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and the Penguins as they embark on a fun-filled vacation adventure. The show features music performed by a live band and includes both classic and original songs. The characters will also conduct meet and greets with park guests.

Aquatica

From the waters of SeaWorld® sprouts a one-of-a-kind waterpark where the South Seas meets Southern California in this whimsical, tropical oasis featuring waters from serene to extreme. There's fun for everyone at Aquatica.

See Itinerary below for descriptions of select SeaWorld attractions.

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San Diego Seal Tour
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Is it a boat? Is it a bus? No - it's San Diego's original amphibious water and land adventure! Commonly known as a duck tour, the San Diego Seal Tour is a fun and unique way to explore the city from the streets and the sea.

This 90-minute fully-narrated journey departs from Seaport Village located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful Big Bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors as well as the history of the 14-mile long working bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour.

Then, you will splash down into the San Diego Bay off Shelter Island, where you begin the water-tour segment of the journey. As the seal travels through the north end of the Big Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. The Big Bay provides views of Point Loma, home to the Cabrillo National Monument, Naval Air Station North Island, the Point Loma Submarine Base and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The area is a popular playground for seals and sea-lions so keep your eyes out during your San Diego duck tour - make that seal tour!

Return to land where you will return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and Cruise Ship Terminal along the way.

*Please Note: Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions.

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Southern California 2-Park Flex Ticket: SeaWorld and Universal Studios Hollywood
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Get double the fun in Southern California at two of best theme parks in the area! For less than the combined price of admission, this two-park flex ticket gives you one visit to SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Studios Hollywood within 14 days.

SeaWorld San Diego
Create memories to last a lifetime at SeaWorld® San Diego. Get up-close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins. Experience thrilling rides like Journey To Atlantis. See the exhilarating Shamu® show, One Ocean, and dive into the world of sea turtles in a way you never thought possible at the Turtle Reef attraction. Ride Manta where you'll glide, speed and dive like a ray on an all-new coaster that only SeaWorld could create.

Universal Studios Hollywood
Explore a world of fun-filled adventures the whole family will love at Universal Studios Hollywood. Take the world-famous Studio Tour, experience thrills and spills on exciting themed rides, join the Simpson family on a hysterical adventure and be part of the battle as you embark on a mission to defend the Allspark from the evil clutches of the Decepticons© in Transformers™: The Ride 3D. Don't miss this chance to visit the world's largest movie studio and theme park!

See itinerary below for full descriptions of select SeaWorld and Universal Studios Hollywood attractions.

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San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass
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With literally thousands of wild animals including many on the endangered species list, its no wonder that San Diego Zoo is world famous. With more than 4,000 animals representing 800 species, San Diego Zoo is home to a diverse collection of animals, many of which are rarely seen at other zoos.

Now open is the polar bear plunge an expedition for the whole family. Cuddle up in a snow den, climb into the cockpit of an arctic research helicopter and discover all there is to know about the frozen and fascinating world of the Polar Bears.

Come meet the newest addition to the panda family, and the fifth baby panda born at the San Diego Zoo! This is truly one of the most unique and most beloved species on the planet - and very few are ever seen outside their native habitat in northern China.

The San Diego Zoo is highlighting California animals from the ancient past, present and future in The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey, the newest and most unique exhibit to date! At the Elephant Odyssey, step into the fossil dig site and explore prehistoric fossil evidence, and visit the habitats of current wildlife species including elephants, a pair of lions and a jaguar! Learn about extinction causes of the mammoth and saber-toothed tiger and stop by the Pleistocene playground to find out about conservation projects at work.

Activities available at San Diego Zoo include (additional cost):

  • Guided Bus Tour: A 35-minute tour by double-decker bus covering 75 percent of the San Diego Zoo. Your ticket also includes use of the Express Bus which allows you to hop on and off at 3 different stops throughout the Zoo. (included)
  • Skyfari Aerial Tram: Take an airborne shortcut over the treetops to the other end of the Zoo and enjoy spectacular views of the Zoo, its animal and plant collection, and surrounding Balboa Park. (included)
  • Balboa Park Miniature Railroad: pulls out of the station for 3-minute rides around a portion of Balboa Park. (approx. $1.75)
  • 4-D Theater: If you haven't experienced 4-D, it's a film that you can see and hear but also feel, smell, and sense. Wind in your face, snow on your head, a pat on the back—it's like you're there, part of the action! This new attraction is located near the western terminal of Skyfari. Guests can purchase tickets at the entrance or at the theater ticket booth. (approx. $6)

Make sure to visit the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit which showcases some of the wonders from the Land Down Under. Venture through a eucalyptus grove and discover species from wombats to wallabies and kookaburras to cockatoos. The Australian Outback exhibit culminates at a Queenslander house-style care center that overlooks a forest for the Zoo's Queensland koala colony - the largest koala colony outside of Australia. 

Don't miss your chance  to see the adorable new Panda cub Xiao Liwu ("Little Gift"). He is on display (weather permitting) from 9am to noon daily.

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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
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Discover San Diego at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of San Diego at your own pace.

Turn back the pages of history and relive San Diego's early days as it became the Birthplace of California. In Old Town San Diego (sometimes called the "Jamestown of the Pacific"), you will experience early Americana with its distinctive "West Coast Style" Spanish flavor.

The San Diego Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour is the easiest way to get around town. You can hop on and off at any of the 11 stops as often as you like. The stops are conveniently located close to all popular attractions, shops and restaurants. Trolleys depart every 30 minutes.

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San Diego Whale Watching Expedition Cruise
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See magnificent California gray whales on their annual journey from the Arctic to California's Baja Coast on a whale watching cruise from San Diego. If you don't see a whale on the cruise, you'll get a 'Whale check' to try again another time!

Follow the migration of the California gray whale to the warm breeding grounds off the Baja Coast. Seeing a California gray whale in the wild is an exhilarating experience you will never forget. Other marine wildlife may also make an appearance including seabirds and sea lions.

Between December and April the gray whale travels approximately 6,000 miles from the cold waters of the Arctic to the warmer waters of the Baja Coast. Here they give birth to their young and prepare them for the long trek back. On the return trip the young calves can frequently be seen swimming at their mother's side.

Guarantee: If whales are not sighted, a 'Whale Check' good for another whale watching or harbor tour will be issued.

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LEGOLAND California
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Welcome to a world where imagination becomes reality! LEGOLAND® California is the ultimate family theme park where everyone's imagination runs free.

LEGOLAND® California is built for fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions you and your family are sure to enjoy. Hop on Coastersaurus and take a journey through a time-forgotten prehistoric jungle. Dig for life-like fossils at Dig Those Dinos. Or, pump up the fun as you race to hose down a burning building at the Fun Town Fire Academy.

LEGOLAND® California Awarded "Best Children's Park"
Amusement park enthusiasts from around the world have voted LEGOLAND California as the Best Children's Park for the third year in a row. Amusement Today, a monthly trade newspaper, awarded the 128-acre family themed park the esteemed Golden Ticket Award.

LEGOLAND's newest attraction is the 4-D movie LEGO Legend of Chima. Showing throughout the day at the LEGO Show Place Theater, guests will participate in a wild chase through the imaginary land of Chima with young animal characters based on the LEGO World of Chima products, including a battle between Laval the Lion Prince and Cragger the Crocodile Prince.

Sea Life Aquarium at the LEGOLAND California Resort
Visit the all-new SeaLife Aquarium at the LEGOLAND California Resort, right next door to LEGOLAND California. Featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails, SEA LIFE is a child's interactive guide to the life of the sea. They will discover a lost ancient city and a sunken shipwreck, along with a wide range of sea creatures. Adults and kids alike will marvel at the unique atmosphere putting families in touch with the aquatic world in an unforgettable way.

Why not combine these two great family fun-filled attractions with a 2-day Hopper combo ticket. Combo ticket includes 2 visits to LEGOLAND and 2 visits to Sea Life Aquarium. Your second visit must be completed within 9 days of your first visit.

LEGOLAND Water Park
The world's first LEGO® themed water park is a splash-filled, interactive fun for the entire family. The imagination really flows at the Build-A-Raft river, where everyone floats on their own custom-built LEGO raft. The Water Park has six-person raft slides to single-person tube slides to hands-on toddler areas so there's something for everyone. Now open is Pirate Reef which encompasses three things that are already a hit with children: water, LEGOs and pirates.

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Tijuana City and Shopping Trip from San Diego
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This day trip to Mexico is a must for bargain shoppers, lovers of Mexican cuisine or those curious to see sights like the Old Bullring, Avenue of the Heroes and Plaza Rio. It's only a short drive from San Diego, but you'll feel that you've entered another world when you leave the United States behind and enter Mexico.

This sightseeing tour to Tijuana will bring you to see all the major attractions in the city. Your tour begins as you cross into Mexico and enter a world of contrasts. You'll travel down the main street to reach the Cultural Center. Visit the Zona Rio with the large Rio Mall and see statues of President Abraham Lincoln, Cuahutemoc the Aztec King and other figures of Mexico.

See the demolished Tijuana Bullring and the Tijuana Water Tower. Before you go shopping, experience the Tijuana tradition of making your own Mexican taco, a delicious tortilla with meat, chicken or veggies and all the trimmings such as guacamole, salsa, cilantro and onion. Before heading back to the United State your visit to Tijuana will end on the Avenida Revolucion (Revolution Avenue) for best in bargain shopping.

Viva Mexico!

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