Fun Things to Do in the San Diego Area
Experience San Diego, California—your source for all kinds of sunshiny good times. Of course, you'll find miles of beautiful coastline and tons of outdoor adventure, but there's a whole lot more of San Diego to see. From world-famous animal conservation and educational centers like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld to super-fun shopping excursions at Fashion Valley Mall to the historical and cultural excitement of Old Town—San Diego, California, is full of fun for everyone. For your convenience, we've highlighted a few of our favorites:
San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park
If there's an absolute must-see in San Diego, the world-famous San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park is it. Nothing compares to the absolute wonder of witnessing adorable and rare Chinese pandas frolic in their gorgeously preserved habitat, watching polar bears slide joyously down hills of snow, or getting up close (but not too close) to lions, tigers, snow leopards, jaguars and other giant cats. And that's just the beginning. You've got to see it for yourself to believe it. Visiting the San Diego Zoo really is the experience of a lifetime.
Once you've had your fill of the flora, fauna, and amazing land and sea animals at the Zoo and Park, why not continue the adventure at SeaWorld? From the light-hearted antics of the highly intelligent dolphins as they play, swim and dance in the water to the famed Shamu majestically leaping high into the air to standing inches away from massive sharks, manatees, seals, sea lions and more—the thrill of witnessing and interacting with SeaWorld's loveable, amazing and well-cared for marine life will fill your heart with treasured memories for years to come.
San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States, and while it's well-known for its gorgeous coastline and beachy laid-back vibe, San Diego also offers a rich and culturally diverse history just waiting to be explored—all in one singular and beautiful area known as Old Town. From historical and artistic museums to colorful theatrical and dance performances to authentic Mexican-American fine dining and one-of-a-kind shopping—you'll find it all within scenic walking distance in San Diego's Old Town.
Fashion Valley Mall
Are you ready to get your shopping on? Fashion Valley Mall has everything you're looking for in one convenient location. Stock up on sumptuous beauty supplies at Sephora. Find the perfect pair of designer jeans at True Religion. Treat the young and young-at-heart with traditional toys and up-to-the-minute electronic games. No matter what you're after, one of the 200-plus stores at Fashion Valley Mall has it.
San Diego Convention Center
The San Diego Convention Center hosts hundreds of thousands of event, expo, convention and conference guests every year. Proudly lauded as a "green meeting" destination, this convention center has won numerous awards for its innovative environmental practices and low carbon footprint. Whether you're in town for a meeting, planning a conference, or would love to catch an event of special interest to you—such as the upcoming Bridal Bazaar—this state-of-the-art destination is sure to fulfill all your expectations and more.
Did you know that Qualcomm is currently under consideration to host the World Cup? While that particular event may be years away, it's just one of many reasons to check out the facility for yourself. As home base to the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego State Aztecs, Qualcomm takes pride in hosting these beloved football teams' home games. Located in the heart of the Mission District, the stadium is also available for rental. Imagine hosting a massive wedding, birthday party, corporate softball game or out-of-the-ordinary executive event in a 70,000-guest-capacity setting. The possibilities for fun are truly endless at Qualcomm.