San Diego is packed with world-famous fun activities and exciting attractions for kids, adults-the whole family:

SeaWorld San Diego
Catch Shamu in “Believe,” the most ambitious killer whale show in the park’s history.

San Diego Zoo
Don’t miss the zoo’s newest and most ambitious exhibit: Monkey Trails and Forest Tales.

San Diego Wild Animal Park
Take a guided tour through remote Africa and Asia and see exotic animals in their large, expansive habitats.

LEGOLAND California
Your little swashbucklers are sure to love the park’s newest addition, Pirate Shores.

San Diego’s excitement doesn’t stop there. Beautiful beaches, amazing golf courses, aquariums, cruises, museums and much more await you! Check out some of the other great activities our members have to offer.

With two Tony® Award-winning theatres, museums, historic sites and monuments, music, public art, dance, film, galleries, missions and a multitude of other cultural offerings, San Diego is truly a world-class international cultural destination. For more detailed information about arts and culture in the San Diego area, make sure you visit San Diego Art + Sol .

In San Diego, the beach is a way of life, a source of pride and joy, a defining influence in people’s lives. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or life-long resident, The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau encourages you to enjoy the beach and hopes the information provided here will help you to make the most of your stay. Learn more by reading our Beach and Sea Guide .

From blackjack and poker to Pai Gow and progressive slot machines, gaming San Diego-style is the real deal. With eight casinos located throughout the region, you just might go from sand castle to castle during your visit.

> Barona Casino
Where the Real Players Play, and Win, in San Diego.
> Golden Acorn Casino
More than 750 slots and table games galore. Great fuel prices, 24-hour restaurant. Travel center, children’s area, convenience store.
> Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort
Harrahs Rincon Casino & Resort is a perfect getaway from it all. We offer 8 great restaurants, 1600 slot machines and 59 table games to choose from.
> Pala Casino Spa & Resort
Four-diamond resort with over 2,300 slots, 87 table games, 8 restaurants, 507 rooms, a 10,000 sq ft day spa, and no sales tax of any kind.
> Pechanga Resort & Casino
Four-diamond resort is perfect for large meetings to small groups. Situated in Temecula’s beautiful wine country. Complimentary valet parking.
> Sycuan Casino
Featuring 2,000 of your favorite slots, plus table games, poker and bingo. Three restaurants and state-of-the-art theater. Open 24 hours.
> Viejas Casino & Outlet Center
For great gaming, shopping, and dining, come to Viejas Casino & Outlet Center in Alpine, California. Just 30 minutes east of downtown

As the fastest growing cruise port on the West Coast, San Diego now welcomes 180 cruise ships throughout the year to the B Street Pier Cruise Ship Terminal. With 110 of those voyages beginning and ending in San Diego, passengers can choose from a variety of exciting cruises including multi-day excursions to the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii and the Panama Canal. With its temperate climate, more than 70 miles of pristine beaches, world-class attractions , captivating arts and culture scene , and endless dining and shopping options, San Diego offers endless choices for pre- and post-cruise itineraries.

In addition to a variety of visitor offerings located with a very short distance from the cruise ship terminal, the San Diego International Airport and Amtrak station are also within close proximity.

San Diego is increasingly becoming a desired cruise destination for homeport cruises. Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises are three major cruise lines that now call San Diego home.

First Year-Round Cruise Schedule: Carnival Cruise Line introduces a year-round cruise schedule from San Diego. Starting in June, 2007, Carnival will offer 4-and-5-day cruises to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenda on the Elation , a 2,052 passenger ship that will call San Diego home. In addition, Carnival continues an 8-day cruise to Acapulco, Manzanillo and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, and the Panama Canal.

Holland America offers a weekly cruise to Mexico onboard the Oosterdam with visits to ports in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Other cruises include 14-day trips to the Panama Canal, three and four day cruises to Canada via the California Coast, 15-day sailings to Hawaii and a 30-day South Pacific cruise.

Celebrity Cruises offers varied 10 and 11-day Mexico itineraries as well as Hawaiian cruises.

For those vacationers who prefer a smaller and more specialized cruise, Silversea offers cruises to the Panama Canal and Hawaii.

The prestigious 2008 U.S. Open will be held at the internationally renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla on June 12-15, 2008. This will be the first U.S. Open in Southern California since 1948, and Torrey Pines is the only municipal golf course ever selected to host this premier event. International golf celebrities will play the redesigned South Course, which boasts dramatic views of the coastline atop majestic cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean. For more information, call 800-985-4653, or visit .

> Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Stunning aquarium connected to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. Spectacular ocean views.
> Firehouse Museum, The
Antique firefighting equipment: fire engines, pictures, helmets and memorabilia displayed in San Diego’s oldest firehouse.
> Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation – MCAS
U.S. Marine Aviation history, free, open to public Tue.-Sun. 9am-3:30pm, walking aircraft tours, gift shop. I-15 Miramar exit.
> Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, Wm. Heath Davis House
Offers Gaslamp guided walking tour, historic home tour, unique museum gallery conference room. Adjacent patio park great for exclusive parties.
> Maritime Museum of San Diego
One of the world’s finest collections of historic ships.
> Marston House
Craftsman-style house museum listed on the National Register of Historic places. Open Fri.-Sun., 10am-4pm, $5 docent tour of house.
> MCRD Museum Historical Society
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command Museum. History of the Marine Corps in San Diego County and Southern California.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets – Carlsbad
Hazard Center – Mission Valley
Las Americas Premium Outlets – San Ysidro
Shops at The Del – Coronado
Seaport Village – Downtown
Westfield Shoppingtown Horton Plaza – Downtown

San Diego has the type of ideal climate that encourages year-round outdoor excitement.

The region has more than 70 miles of coastline to explore, and many great locales to experience sports and recreation in the great outdoors.

Action sports are prevalent among locals, with San Diego producing legends like Tony Hawk and Shaun White.

San Diegans embrace an active, healthy lifestyle, full of surfing , skating , hiking , biking , and more.

Sports fans are sure to have a great time at a Chargers or Padres game while in town.

Hidden San Diego San Diego has some off the beaten path treasures, and many of these are easy to add on to your… > It Must Be California: Convertible Buses May 2, 2006 San Diego, CA City Sightseeing, a leading open top double decker bus.

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If feeding sharks, defying gravity, and bouncing down river rapids sounds like your idea of a good time, you’re in luck. Satisfy the adrenaline junkie in you with these heart-pounding activities that teeter on the edge of danger. Inject a little fun into your vacation!

Fort Lauderdale

Zero-Gravity Flight Levitate, somersault, and fly like a superhero as you defy gravity on this out-of-this-world adventure. Join NASA, FAA, and aerospace specialists on a G-Force One™ flight followed by a re-gravitational party.

San Diego Top Dog Air Combat

Experience the thrill of victory, without the risk of defeat. You’ll feel like a real air ace in this 30-minute mock aerial battle. Face a friend, or get teamed up with another thrill-seeker. You’ll even get to do most of the flying—but don’t worry, professionals ride along, too. Available on weekends only.

Nassau, Bahamas

Shark Diving Adventure Crave more from a dive than coral? Meet the Caribbean reef sharks, your swimming mates on a guided two-tank dive. Be as still as sand for an up-close shark feed. These creatures are hooked on fish bait, not people, but your adrenaline may say otherwise.


Richard Petty Driving Experience Go speed racer! See the world from a NASCAR driver’s point of view and take a 600-horsepower stock car for a spin. Drive, shift, corner, speed. Then repeat. Take eight laps around the speedway, gaining skill each round; then receive an award for your bravery.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Scenic Sailplane Flight Wings, wind, and other-worldly views! Soar high above New Zealand’s Southern Alps in a two-seater modern glider. Let the expert pilot guide you on a 30-minute journey over mountains, valleys, and rivers. If you’re gutsy, take the controls for a few minutes.

Puerto Vallarta Canopy Eco-Adventure

Feel the call of the wild as you soar through the lush landscape like a modern-day Tarzan. Get a close-up view of the rainforest via a series of zip lines placed 90 feet up! You’ll also navigate jungle bridges, fly through the air on a rope swing, and rappel 70 feet to the ground.

Las Vegas Sky Diving & Parachute Experience

Looking for heart-pounding thrills? Head up to 13,500 feet, and don’t look down. Fly tandem or solo on a sky diving experience that’ll leave you breathless. Freefall for 50 seconds before pulling the rip cord and floating the rest of the way down with your parachute open.

San Diego Open-Cockpit Biplane Ride

Take to the air in style: Tour the coastline in a restored vintage biplane. With two side-by-side seats in an open cockpit, it’s an exhilarating way to fly through the wild blue yonder. You can even ask the pilot to tailor your flight to your mood—relaxed and mellow, or wildly exciting!

Rotorua, New Zealand

Kaituna River Rafting Rafting the Kaituna River gives a whole new meaning to “taking the plunge.” Plan to get soaked as you paddle the Grade 5 rapids and face a heart-pounding 23-foot drop from Tutea Falls. Guides ensure that even beginners stay safe—and have a blast.

Big Island, Hawaii Kohala Coast Helicopter Adventure.

Take a helicopter ride high above the Big Island’s dramatic landscape, where the Kohala Mountains plunge into the Pacific, the ocean slaps back sea spray, and waterfalls drape ancient land. Your bird’s-eye view gives you a glimpse of heaven on earth, Hawaii-style.