Looking for the best way to spend your time in a specific neighborhood of San Diego? Perhaps you’re visiting before a cruise, or trying to fill out your itinerary with stops near popular attractions like SeaWorld San Diego or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park?
Learn about the best tours, events, attractions, and points of interest in and around each of San Diego’s diverse neighborhoods, or explore all of San Diego with our best tours, events, complete guide to the best things to do in San Diego by location.
By the Big Bay
The San Diego Bay is the biggest bay in San Diego that’s walking distance from Downtown San Diego, featuring the cultural hub of Little Italy and the cruise port area.
Little Italy’s best activities are dining on authentic Italian food and learning about local history, while attractions near the cruise port include walking the Embarcadero, visiting the USS Midway Museum and exploring the Gaslamp Quarter.
Around Downtown San Diego
As the centerpiece of San Diego, Downtown is home to top attractions ranging from family-friendly activities to more adult food and beer tours. More than a dozen museums are located within Balboa Park alongside other outstanding Balboa Park attractions like the San Diego Zoo.
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At nearby Old Town San Diego, many of the neighborhood’s best attractions highlight the region’s historic roots, while others let you immerse yourself in culture at local celebrations and restaurants.
Hit the Beaches
San Diego’s coastline has some of the best swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, and of course surfing in the nation. Rent a surfboard and hit up the beaches of Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Oceanside.
The best attractions in Carlsbad consist of excellent snorkeling and the kid-friendly LEGOLAND California, which is made all the better with an all-inclusive Go City San Diego Pass. Plan for sun and surf with the best Encinitas activities as well!
La Jolla’s best attractions feature amazing surfing beaches like Scripps and Windansea, while activities near Oceanside include the historic Mission San Luis Rey and excursions to local breweries in North County.