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Local Attractions

From the beaches and bays to the many museums and themed attractions, National City and San Diego have something for every visitor.

Naval Base San Diego

7 minutes away

San Diego is known for its military history and active presence. Established in 1922, Naval Base San Diego is the largest naval base on the West Coast. With 13 piers and nearly 1,000 acres of land, Naval Base San Diego houses 20,000 military personnel and 6,000 civilians. For more information about Naval Base San Diego, visit www.cnic.navy.mil/sandiego.

San Diego Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter and Horton Plaza

11 minutes away

All within blocks of one another in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter and Horton Plaza are must sees for any business or leisure traveler. On the south end of 5th Avenue’s Gaslamp Quarter, is the 525,000-square-foot Convention Center where the world-famous Comic-Con takes place each year.

From the Convention Center, one can stroll through the vibrant heart of the Gaslamp and visit its many high-end eateries and night-life venues. With its bizarre architecture and multitude of paint colors, Westfield Horton Plaza is much more than just a top shopping spot. Located on 4th Avenue, Horton Plaza offers more than 100 restaurants, retail shops and well-known department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s plus the Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Guess, Banana Republic and Abercrombie & Fitch. Shop the day away while navigating Horton Plaza’s unique multilevel configuration and discovering new stores at every corner. With so many things to do and see in downtown San Diego, it is easy to spend an entire day here.

Balboa Park

12 minutes away

Balboa Park is home to some of San Diego’s most iconic attractions including the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park encompasses a fabulous array of historic landmarks and museums from the San Diego Historical Society and the Museum of Photographic Arts to the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Check out Balboa Park’s Free Tuesdays where entrance to a selected museum every Tuesday is free. The 1,200-acre urban culture park offers miles of paths for strolling, grand fountains, botanical gardens and grassy parks all set among beautiful Spanish Renaissance-style buildings. To learn more about fun and free things to do at San Diego’s Balboa Park, visit www.balboapark.org.

San Diego Zoo

12 minutes away

The San Diego Zoo is one of the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries. Located in historic Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,700 animals representing more than 650 species, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. One of the most respected zoological institutes for both seeing and studying animal life, exhibits range from African rain forests and the Skyfari to Arctic Taigas. For more information about the San Diego Zoo, visit www.sandiegozoo.org.

Seaport Village

12 minutes away

Seaport Village offers a splendid waterfront setting and is one of San Diego’s most exciting centers for shopping, dining and entertainment. Spend the day shopping for clothes, art, toys and San Diego souvenirs among the cottage-style building set in colorful gardens along cobblestone paths. A monthly calendar features live musical entertainment and a talented cast of street performers and artisans—caricaturists, face painters, balloon sculptors, oriental brush art—complete the line-up. Be sure not to miss the antique carousel with hand-carved animals! After your relaxing day, grab a bite to eat at one of the award-winning restaurants and watch the sun set over the marina. For more details about upcoming events at Seaport Village, visit www.seaportvillage.com.

Coronado Island

14 minutes away

Coronado Island is a spot of legendary beauty. Home to the landmark Hotel del Coronado, the island provides some of San Diego’s most spectacular sightseeing. Coronado offers a dazzling natural setting for a picnic, bike ride or a walk on one of its many top beaches including Coronado Dog Beach, Silver Strand State Beach, Glorietta Bay Beach and Coronado Central Beach. In the quaint city center, you will find boutiques, cafes and restaurants lining perfecting manicured streets. To learn more about the fun things to see and do on Coronado Island, go to www.ecoronado.com.

Baja California, Mexico

15 minutes away

Let’s not forget about our neighbors to the south. Baja California is a world away yet only takes 15 minutes to drive there. With fantastic shopping, authentic Mexican dinning, untouched beaches, big surf sports and a plethora of history and culture, Baja California is the perfect way to spend a day. To explore the many things Baja California offers, visit www.discoverbajacalifornia.com.

San Diego Bay

16 minutes away

San Diego Bay, also known as The Big Bay, promises entertainment and adventure for the entire family. From Point Loma, along Harbor Drive, south to the shores of National City and Imperial Beach. The Bay is lined with parks, marinas, an active port, miles of walking and biking paths, aquatic recreation centers, and of course, a maritime museum where you can explore a real air craft carrier, the U.S.S. Midway, and the world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India, all set against the Bay’s spectacular views. Take a ferry ride or cruise on the Hornblower and enjoy the San Diego Skyline. For more information, visit www.thebigbay.com.

SeaWorld San Diego

20 minutes away

Located on the south edge of Mission Bay, SeaWorld San Diego offers fun for the whole family. Known for its orca, sea lion and dolphin shows, SeaWorld is sure to be the highlight of any visitor’s stay. Along with an aquatic museum and aquariums, SeaWorld also boasts amusement rides for children and adults alike. With new shows every season, there is a reason to visit SeaWorld San Diego all year long.. For more information, visit www.seaworldsandiego.com.

Legoland California

40 minutes away

Legoland is the ultimate tribute to the American passion for Lego blocks. Located just north along Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, Legos aren’t just a toy in a box at this amusement park. Legoland is home to shows, an aquarium, rides and once-in-a-lifetime Lego displays like you won’t see anywhere else. Get to know more about things to do and see at Legoland by going to www.legoland.com.