Local Attractions

Take advantage of your weekend in sunny San Diego and discover our local attractions! From beautiful beaches to a variety of museums and eclectic restaurants, "America's Finest City" offers many things to do and see.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts and classes - all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.

Find a full list of museums and attractions here.

Miles of Beaches

San Diego boasts 70 miles of beautiful coastline! For a more comprehensive list of beaches and their individual features, check out www.sandiego.org. (But below are a few of our favorites!)
  • La Jolla Beaches
    Known as "The Jewel" of San Diego, La Jolla features beaches and reefs, which are freely available for visitors and locals alike (and located just minutes across the street from UC San Diego.)
  • Coronado
    With gentle surf, sparkling white-sand beaches, charming main street, quaint shops, oceanfront dining and of course, the famous Hotel del Coronado, the small town of Coronado is the perfect island paradise.
  • Mission Beach
    A short walk across centrally located Mission Beach's main thoroughfare leads you to the calm waters of Mission Bay, home to SeaWorld San Diego and the largest aquatic park of its kind, surrounded by grassy parks, playgrounds, picnic tables and miles of paved sidewalks.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

A coastal wilderness of pine forests and sandstone canyons, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has a series of well-kept trails that wind along the cliffs offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean at every turn. With both easy paths and more advanced trails, the park provides a great hiking experience for all levels. It is also located just a few minutes' drive from UC San Diego.

San Diego Zoo

The 100-acre Zoo is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.

You can find more information and tickets here.

Seaport Village

Explore 50-plus diverse shops, 17 unique eateries and outdoor entertainment. Four miles of meandering cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, lakes, fountains and colorful, lush landscaping make up this quarter mile boardwalk along San Diego Bay.

Find a complete list of shops and restaurants here.

UC San Diego Stuart Collection

Established in 1982, the Stuart Collection includes 19 public art pieces that are integrated into UC San Diego's campus. One of these pieces is Do Ho Suh's Fallen Star, the "little blue house" that sits on top of Jacobs Hall (location of WECEDHA 2017.) Visitors to UC San Diego will often embark on a self-guided tour to find all 19 pieces of the Stuart Collection.

Find more information and a printable map here.