Ever since 1874, when this Natural History Museum became Southern California’s first scientific institution, researchers have tirelessly been working to showcase the tales of the world around us. In this highly interactive, highly educational, natural history museum, visitors can learn everything from the mysteries of fossils to the saga of California’s water. Go deep inside an Egyptian tomb to see the buried treasures of King Tut, or explore the astounding biodiversity of the greater San Diego region. Sit back and enjoy a film inside the enormous 3D theater, or compare the shapes of over 200 skulls from a wide assortment of animals. The scientists and researchers who work with the museum are some of the top in their field, and who have dedicated their lives to explaining and learning the secrets of the natural world. Whether it’s trying to figure out why whales breach in the nearby waters offshore, or dissecting the facts about everything from penguins to coffee.
The eighth largest city center in the US, downtown San Diego has its fair share of entertainment. Located just minutes from the airport, you’ll find a wonderland of accommodations, restaurants, entertainment and cultural attractions in downtown San Diego. The Gaslamp Quarter is downtown’s most famous district, though you’ll also find neighboring Balboa Park hosts quite a number of San Diego attractions, including the world famous San Diego Zoo. Walk to Petco Park to catch a Padres game, take the kids to the New Children’s Museum, or take a walk down the Embarcadero district and hit the beach, see the USS Midway Museum, or stop and shop in Seaport Village. If you’re in San Diego, downtown is the place to be.
The Living Coast Discovery Center was first opened in 1987 under a different name, and since 2010 has been a working nonprofit. It's on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, about 10 miles southeast of San Diego, surrounded by marshland. Exhibits at the aquarium include sea life, shore birds, and native plants. There are turtles, sharks, rays, owls, egrets, herons, and several kinds of raptors. There are scheduled live demonstrations of feedings each day.
Aquatica is a water park about 10 miles southeast of San Diego in Chula Vista.
There are three Aquatica water parks in the United States, including the one near San Diego, which was transformed from a Knott's water park and opened in 2013. There are seven long water slides and many pools to play in, and even flamingo and turtle habitats. The tallest water slide at Aquatica San Diego is the 80-foot Hoo Roo Run, with four twisting slides, but there are two others that are at least 75 feet long, including a tornado water slide. There are also play pools suitable for younger kids, and a 500,000 gallon wave pool.