Creating a bucket list can be a lot of fun but actually going out and doing everything on your list is another level altogether.

San Diego has so much to offer and so many different activities and attractions to get through, you can create a bucket list all of its own. As you will find when you search for your hotel accommodation through a site like Hipmunk, San Diego is an ace tourist destination for families and you will find that there is never enough time to get through everything on your list, so here are some of the top suggestions to consider for anyone heading to San Diego this summer.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego ZooThis is probably the big daddy of all the visitor attractions on offer in San Diego and it is not hard to see why when you pay a visit to this world famous zoo. The ever-popular Pandas and Gram the Rhinoceros who paints with his lips are just two highlights in a day that is going to be packed full of adventure and discovery. A good way of getting around as much of the 107 acres as possible in a day is to get a ticket that allows you to ride on the guided bus tour and also take the Skyfari arial tram for a birds-eye view of the animals.


San Diego SeaworldIf marine life is your thing then SeaWorld San Diego needs to be on your bucket list. SeaWorld has been designed to let visitors get up-close and as personal as possible with an amazing array of marine life, from dolphins and penguins to polar bears. The park also runs regular shows which includes the popular Shamu Rocks, featuring their famous resident killer whale. If all the marine life was not enough in itself, there are also a number of theme park rides that are included. Journey to Atlantis adds some adrenaline to the day as well as Manta, which is a high- speed coaster designed to emulate the journey of a Manta Ray, with plenty of twists and turns.


san diego legolandGenerations have grown up playing with Lego toys. Legoland theme park brings everything to life with a stunning collection of creations made from those colorful bricks. If you have small children to entertain, Legoland is one of the best theme parks to visit as they will find rides just made for them that have age limits to keep the older ones away. Bigger kids are also catered for to a certain extent and there are all the amazing Lego creations to enjoy, but this is a day out for young families that will create some great memories.

Whale Watching

san diego whalesMany people would include whale watching on their bucket list and San Diego is the perfect place to tick that particular adventure off your own list. Between December and April every year, around 20,000 grey whales migrate from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California, and this makes from an awesome spectacle when you get yourself a ticket to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.

There’s a choice of whale watching excursions and the Birch Whale Watching trip is carried out with a marine expert from nearby Birch aquarium on hand, to give you some fascinating and educational insights into these whales and their migration habits.

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier

san diego aircraft carrierSome boys never grow up and a visit to see this 970 foot-long aircraft carrier will not disappoint. The USS Midway regularly earns rave reviews and is considered to be one of the star attractions in San Diego. There is a lot more to see beside the big ship itself, with over 25 aircraft on display, all on board a navy ship that was the largest in the world between 1945 and 1955.

Start making your San Diego bucket list and then plan your journey with your family in order to share some unique and memorable experiences.

Evelyn Ramsey is a traveling English teacher. She enjoys posting her experiences on the web. Her articles can be found on many travel and vacation sites.

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Five Family Activities In San Diego

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