I want to visit san diego. What are unique places to visit there beside san diego zoo?

I was told coronado island. Is it worth it? What about wild animal park, is it the same as san diego zoo? Any suggestions?

Old Town is pretty cute. They have some decent Mexican restaurants and you can walk around and go in the little shops and tour the haunted Whaley House.

A little North of San Diego is La Jolla, which has La Jolla Shores beach, Torrey Pines State Park (which has a glider port and you can go and watch the paragliders jump off and land), and the children’s pool which is always covered in seals and sea lions. There’s some ritzy shops and swanky restaurants and shopping around there.

Mission beach has a nice strandway that you wan walk and bike down, that goes past shops, hotels, condos, and restaurants. And then there’s the Navy stuff…USS Midway, Coronado island, etc.

You can do whale and dolphin tours, or if you’re there on a Friday even stop by MCRD San Diego and watch the Marine Corps graduation ceremonies with all the pomp and pagentry of the US Military (Every Friday at 10 AM…you’ll need a valid ID to get in and they will search the car, otherwise it’s open to whoever.)

Cabrillo National Monument/Point Loma is at the south end of Mission Beach. Balboa Park, which is near the Zoo, is nice to walk around as well, and it’s free. There are beautiful ornate spanish-style buildings throughout.

I’ve never been to the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, although I do hear a lot of good things about it.

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  • jfs1988

    Wild Animal Park is a zoo but you could actually pet the animals. Its in San Pasqual Valley Road (CA hwy 78) east of Escondido in northern San Diego county. You could go to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in eastern SD County. There is also Sea World. and also Palomar Mountain observatory.
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  • Conor F

    the wild animal park is owned by the same guys as the Zoo, but it was started originality purely to help endangered animals reproduce.

    You can get much closer to the animals at the Wild Animal Park, and they have a tour where you can go out in this HUGE field where the animal roam freely. just be certain to have your walking shoes on and breethable clothing, cause you WILL get an excercise.

    there’s also a bunch of other museums in the Balboa Park area (same as where the zoo is) including the Hubble H. Fleet Science Center, the Aerospace Museum, and the History Museum.
    Coronado Island isnt all that special, at least not in my book, cause the only reason i’ve ever gone out there is for the Navy boats.
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  • Misplaced Midwesterner

    Old Town is pretty cute. They have some decent Mexican restaurants and you can walk around and go in the little shops and tour the haunted Whaley House.

    A little North of San Diego is La Jolla, which has La Jolla Shores beach, Torrey Pines State Park (which has a glider port and you can go and watch the paragliders jump off and land), and the children’s pool which is always covered in seals and sea lions. There’s some ritzy shops and swanky restaurants and shopping around there.

    Mission beach has a nice strandway that you wan walk and bike down, that goes past shops, hotels, condos, and restaurants. And then there’s the Navy stuff…USS Midway, Coronado island, etc.

    You can do whale and dolphin tours, or if you’re there on a Friday even stop by MCRD San Diego and watch the Marine Corps graduation ceremonies with all the pomp and pagentry of the US Military (Every Friday at 10 AM…you’ll need a valid ID to get in and they will search the car, otherwise it’s open to whoever.)

    Cabrillo National Monument/Point Loma is at the south end of Mission Beach. Balboa Park, which is near the Zoo, is nice to walk around as well, and it’s free. There are beautiful ornate spanish-style buildings throughout.

    I’ve never been to the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, although I do hear a lot of good things about it.
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  • Kathleen

    Coronado has a fantastic beach, and the Hotel del Coronado is worth a visit. You can spend a whole day there.

    I like La Jolla, with the La Jolla coast walk to see the seals, Children’s Pool, La Jolla Cove. If you want to spend time at the beach, visit La Jolla Shores. It’s a great place to kayak over to see the sea caves. A short distance away is Torrey Pines Glider Port, where you can watch the hang gliders and paragliders take off, or try it yourself, but it is expensive.

    If you visit North San Diego County, check out the historic town of Encinitas and visit famous Swami’s surfing spot, see the self-realization temple grounds (free), the San Diego Botanic Garden, and this charming beach town.
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    http://www.san-diego-beaches-and-adventures.com

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