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Must-Visit Amusement Parks in San Diego

roller coaster ride in San Diego's amusements parks

Looking for fun things to do in San Diego? You’re in luck because San Diego County is home to a plethora of amusement parks, zoos, and aquariums that kids and kids at heart will definitely enjoy.

If you want something more adventurous than seeing your typical downtown San Diego attractions, check out these must-visit amusement parks:

Belmont Park
3146 Mission Boulevard, San Diego

Belmont Park is the quintessential beachside amusement park complete with a scenic boardwalk, old-school roller coasters, and carnival games. Just a few steps away from Mission Beach, this amusement park and entertainment complex have been a local favorite since the 1920s.

Its most famous ride is a rollercoaster known as the Giant Dipper which was built in 1925. This amusement park also has an array of traditional and contemporary rides like the Vertical Plunge, Tilt-a-Whirl, Krazy Kars, and Liberty Carousel.

If rides aren’t your thing, Belmont Park has other attractions you can choose from. Go golfing at Tiki Town Mini Golf. Have a Mission Impossible-style adventure at the Lazer Maze. Or glide through the amusement park via the Zip Line.

One thing is for sure, you’ll never go hungry in this amusement park with all the oceanfront restaurants and snack bars dotting the area. You can also buy souvenirs, swimwear, and other trinkets at the shops and stalls scattered around the boardwalk.

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego

San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular places to visit in San Diego and for good reason. This 100-acre zoo has more than 4,000 animals in its habitat exhibits, as well as a botanical collection of over 700,000 exotic plants. The zoo is celebrated for its conservation efforts and its mission to educate the public about these rare and endangered animals.

What makes this zoo unique is its “animal zones” where you can observe the animals in a replica of their natural habitat. For those who want to see everything, the San Diego Zoo offers a guided bus tour that goes over different habitats like the Polar Bear Plunge and Africa Rocks.

The zoo also has a variety of tours and programs like the Inside Look Tour, Animals in Action, Crazy About Cats Tour, and Sunrise Surprise Stroll. For a truly spectacular visit, try the Exclusive VIP Experience where you can customize your visit according to your interests.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido

If you want an out-of-the-box zoo experience, the San Diego Safari Park is definitely for you. Get up close and personal with more than 2,600 animals roaming the grounds. This 1,800-acre preserve also has open habitats that house all types of animals from Africa, South America, Australia, and Asia.

The park has several safaris to choose from. The Caravan Safari gives guests a tour of the Asian and African enclosures. Go on the Behind-the-Scenes Safari and learn about how the guides care for the animals. For something truly unique, go on the Roar & Snore Safari and spend the night on a camping adventure.

Other San Diego Safari Park highlights include the Nairobi Village, feeding the lorikeets, gliding via zip-line, and watching the shows.

SeaWorld San Diego
500 Sea World Drive, San Diego

Since 1964, SeaWorld San Diego has offered an aquatic experience like no other. Be amazed by the various attractions, rides, shows, and most of all, the marine animals that call this facility home.

See all types of water-based creatures like killer whales, otters, dolphins, sharks, beluga whales, penguins, and more. For thrill-seekers out there, SeaWorld San Diego’s Journey to Atlantis and Manta® are rides that are sure to get your blood pumping.

No visit is complete without watching one of their world-famous shows. Dolphins Days showcase the athleticism, intelligence, and playfulness of the dolphins and pilot whales. Go see the Sea Lions Live, a comedy show starring a sea lion duo and an Asian small-clawed otter.

Aquatica San Diego
2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista

Experience a one-of-a-kind water park adventure at Aquatica San Diego. The park has water features that range from calm and relaxing to high-speed and extreme.

Chill out while cruising along the Loggerhead Lane, a 1,250-foot-long lazy river that offers great scenery. Make a giant splash at the Taumata Racer®, a high-speed mat ride that will have you soaring. Enjoy the four-story interactive water attraction, Walkabout Waters, with slides, hoses, jets, and geysers.

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