san diego california guide
San Diego Attractions
Historical Landmarks and Recreational Parks

San Diego California offers a variety of funs things to do and see.

Balboa Park
The Park covers a huge 1,200 acres and it’s minutes away from downtown San Diego. We have over 85 cultural and recreational organizations here, including fifteen museums and various performing arts groups, like the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre and the world-famous Old Globe Theatre, which presents at least 14 productions and 550 performances a year. And speaking of "world famous," we’re also home to the San Diego Zoo, where you can stroll around the 100-acre grounds, discovering colorful and exotic species of animals displayed in spacious natural habitats. For more information call: (619) 239-0512. www.balboapark.org

Belmont Park
A wooden roller coaster, a carousel and a 175-foot long indoor swimming pool are part of this Oceanside amusement park’s allure. The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, built in 1925, is one of two original oceanfront roller coasters still operating on the west coast. Located at 3146 Mission Road. General Information Line (858) 228-WAVE (9283) Rides/Coaster (858) 488-1549 or Email: info@giantdipper.com | http://www.belmontpark.com/

Birch Aquarium

Explore! View colorful Pacific marine life and cutting-edge oceanographic discoveries at the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USCD, La Jolla, California. We offer education and outreach programs, teachers workshops, learning resources and much more. Located at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037. Telephone (858) 534-FISH, Fax (858) 534-7114. E-mail: aquariuminfo@ucsd.edu | http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/

Cabrillo National Monument
Established in 1913, Cabrillo National Monument, commemorates Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo's voyage of discovery. Pictures of this historic landmark. http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Daily tours are available without reservations. Wine tastings at modest prices. Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Callaway Vineyard & Winery, 32720 Rancho California Road, P.O. Box 9014, Temecula, CA 92589-9014. Phone: ( 951) 676-4001 or (800) 472-2377; Fax: (951) 676-5209. http://www.callawaywinery.com/

Del Mar Racetrack - Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Racing dates for the 2008 season. Wednesday July 18 - Wednesday Sept. 5, 2007
First post: 2 P.M. PST except for: 4 O'Clock Fridays 4 P.M or 3:30 P.M. starting Aug 17. Pacific Classic Day Sun., Aug. 19 at 1:00 P.M.
Admission: Stretch Run - $6.00; Clubhouse - $10.00; Telephone: (858) 755-1141. www.dmtc.com


Hotel del Coronado - Considered one of America 's most beautiful beach resorts, is a classic historic hotel, "The Del" was built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, The Del offers travelers contemporary luxury in an enchanting Victorian atmosphere. Add to this, the resort's beachfront location, and it's no wonder USA Today calls The Del "one of the top ten resorts in the world." Address: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118. Phone: 800-HOTELDEL; 619-435-6611. http://www.hoteldel.com

Knott's Soak City - Closed - Re-opening Spring 2006! San Diego County's wildest water adventure park! Thirty-two water-logged acres packed with 23 of the most intense water rides imaginable -- all themed to the surf woodies and longboards of the 1950s San Diego coast! And don't miss the wave, new for the 2005 season is Pacific Spin! A giant six-story funnel drops riders from 75 feet in the air, then into a 132-foot-long tunnel before toppling into a pool below. Located: 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911. Phone: (619) 661-7373. www.knotts.com/soakcity/sd/

LEGOLAND California - The theme park where creativity meets fun! Discover kid-powered rides, cool building challenges, a unique mix of interactive attractions. In June 2006, LEGOLAND California opened Pirate Shores, the park's largest expansion, with four all-new water-based attractions. www.lego.com/legoland/california/

Liberty Station - It's all Happening Here - Point Loma, San Diego, California. A fascinating blend of living, working, shopping and more. Come and see the transformed Naval Training Center.

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá - Mission Valley - Founded on July 16, 1769 by Blessed Junipero Serra. It was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI. The Mission today is an active Catholic Parish in the Diocese of San Diego. Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Rd., Mission Valley, San Diego, CA. Phone: (619-281-8449). Open daily. Suggested donation ($3) for adults. http://www.missionsandiego.com

Museums -

Old Point Loma Lighthouse - The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was in operation at the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years, first lit on November 15, 1855, until March 23, 1891 when the light was extinguished. Pictures of Old Point Loma Lighthouse, an historic San Diego landmark. http://www.nps.gov/cabr/historyculture/old-point-loma-lighthouse.htm

PETCO Ballpark Tours - You haven't seen PETCO Park until you've gone behind-the-scenes on one of our guided tours. Discover "writer's row" in the press box, learn about the historic Western Metal Supply Co. Building and explore the Padres dugout. The new crown jewel of downtown San Diego, PETCO Park serves up baseball Southern California style-complete with swaying palm trees and a sandy beach beyond centerfield. Please call our Tour Hotline at (619) 795-5011 or email a request to tours@padres.com



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