With its sunny weather and beachfront location, San Diego is the perfect spot for theme parks of all kinds. Take in the sights of SeaWorld, wander 1,800 acres of wilderness in the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Safari Park, ride the thrills of Legoland, enjoy good old-fashioned fun at Belmont Park in Mission Bay, or explore Balboa Park's countless gardens and museums. It's all here in San Diego, California!
Comprising 1,200 acres in San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the United States, and also one of the oldest. It features over 15 museums, meandering paths, overflowing gardens, green belts, several theaters, gift shops, restaurants, a carousel, mini railroad, and San Diego Zoo. Admittance to the park is free, as is access to the luscious gardens, trails, The Botanical Building, and Timken Art Museum. Every summer, Twilight in the Park fills Spreckels Organ Pavilion with free live concerts as well. For a breakdown of all the incredible park has to offer, visit http://www.balboapark.org/
Located on the sands of Mission Beach, Belmont Park takes you back to when amusement parks were simpler. Carrying on the tradition of old-time family fun, San Diego's only beachfront theme park is home to the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, as well as other classic rides like Beach Blaster, Chaos, Krazy Kars, Vertical Plunge, Tilt-A-Whirl, Liberty Carousel, Crazy Submarine, and Thunder Boats. Popular in the 1930s and 40s, the park received a $2 million renovation and reopened in 1990. Since then, it's been entertaining families from around the world. For more information, visit http://www.belmontpark.com/
LEGOLAND® California has more than 60 super rides, shows, and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. There are over 15,000 Lego residents in Miniland, and the smallest model is a tiny duck in a window in Mini San Francisco's Chinatown. The biggest model in the Park, the 35-foot red dinosaur, Bronte, is made of over 2 million Lego bricks. Sure to ignite the creativity of kids and adults alike, visiting Legoland is as "constructive" as it is fun! For more information, go to http://california.legoland.com/.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is 35 miles north of San Diego in Carlsbad, east of Escondido, and is a haven for some of the planet's most amazing animals. Get up close and personal to them in habitats that mimic their own. Situated on 1,800 acres, it's home to more than 3,500 animals from Africa and Asia, including giraffes, rhinos, and lions. In fact, you can come face-to-face with Africa's biggest cats in Lion Camp. The park is also famous for its California condor breeding program. Don't miss it! For more, visit http://www.sdzsafaripark.org.