San Diego Tourism & Attractions

General information about San Diego:

Bus and Trolley Info

Bus between Old Town and USD: bus route #44 From USD to Downtown or Harbor Cruise: Bus route #44 to Old Town, Trolley to Downtown (Santa Fe Depot)

Local Attractions


4th, 5th, 6th streets below Broadway, downtown – restaurants and night life


On Sea World Drive near USD visit Shamu and the gang

Seaport Village:

Trendy shops, very touristy, near harbor cruise

Mission Beach:

Beach-side board walk, roller coaster, skates, tattoos; Bayside mellow, strolls

Balboa Park:

1,200 acres just north of downtown: museums, theatres, gardens, Zoo, Prado Restaurant, and open space.


  • Mingei International Art Museum: Changing exhibits of arts of peoples from all cultures. Ceramics, textiles, toys, and other objects of daily life. Adults $5. Closes 4 pm. 239-0003
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • San Diego Museum of Art: Special exhibits, plus Renaissance and Baroque paintings, American art, 19th century European paintings, Asian art treasures, and 20th century paintings and sculpture. Closes 4:30 pm. 232-7931
  • Timken Museum of Art: European Old Masters, 18th and 19th century American paintings and Russian icons. Closes 4:30 pm. Free. 239-5548
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Five interactive exhibit galleries. SciTours simulator ride, Omni-Max domed theatre. 238-1233
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: More than 65 aircraft and spacecraft, and thousands of associated artifacts. Closes 5 pm. Adults $6. 234-8291.
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: Rare and exotic automobiles and motorcycles. Adults $6. 231-2886.
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: Flora, fauna, mineralogy of the southwestern US and Baja in permanent exhibits; exciting traveling exhibitions of a more global nature. 232-3821.
  • San Diego Historical Society and Research Archives: Features changing exhibits interpreting San Diego’s regional history. Adults $5. Closes 4:30 pm. 232-6203.
  • San Diego Museum of Man: Anthropological museum featuring American Indian art, Maya; Ancient Egypt, early man, mummies, life-cycles and ceremonies. Closes 4:30.


The Globe Theatre

Tony award winning theatre with special emphasis on Shakespeare during the summer season. Three stages. 619 239-2255.

The Cygnet Theatre in Old Town

The best of the smaller theatres. 619 337-1525

San Diego Zoo

Home to 4,000 rare and endangered birds, mammals, and reptiles; 6,500 varieties of exotic plants. Open until 10 PM. 234-3153.

Old Town:

Old Town Historical Park:

Historical buildings, museums, quaint shops, Mexican restaurants, entertainment.

  • Heritage Park Village: San Diego Victorian era structures now used as shops, etc. (free)
  • Serra Museum: interpretations of San Diego history during Native American, Spanish, and Mexican periods. Closes 4:30.
  • Seeley Stables, Wells Fargo Museum, Whaley House Museum, Johnson House
  • Cygnet Theatre in Old Town

Other Tourist Spots:

  • Fashion Valley, Mission Valley, and Horton Plaza: shop till you drop
  • La Jolla: great little cove, trendy shops on Prospect, where the beautiful people hang out
  • Coronado: great sandy beaches, yachts, the Hotel Del Coronado, island living
  • Tijuana: Mexican border city, nite life, shops, good food, good margaritas, music, ole.

Favorite Restaurants:

Bay Park (near campus)

Brewery Pubs: Ballast Point, 5401 Linda Vista #406; Coronado Brewing,1205 Knoxville St.
Bay Park Fish Co., 4121 Ashton St.
JVs Mexican, 1112 Morena Blvd.
High Dive Bar and Grill, 1801 Morena Blvd
Luce Italian Gastropub, 1959 Morena Blvd
Andre’s Cuban, 1235 Morena Blvd

Old Town

Casa de Reyes, Old Town Mexican Cafe, Jack and Giulio’s Italian, Cosmopolitan, Harney Sushi, Cafe Coyote


Chocolat and Bombay Indian on 5th Avenue, Arrividerci on 4th Avenue, Burger Lounge on University

Little Italy

Filippi’s, Buon Appetito, Juniper and Ivy, and Indigo Grill


Fish Market, Rama Thai, Bepa Di Buco, Blue Point, Panda Inn, and Island Prime (on Shelter Island)

Fashion Valley

Cheese Cake Factory and P.F. Changs

Great Barbecue!

Phil’s BBQ, 3750 Sports Arena Blvd.

Map of Old Town

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Map of Old Town