San Diego Attractions and Activities
There are multiple things that one can do in the city of San Diego, mostly maritime tourism. But the city has ample tourist spots, as well as theatre and museums. Not to mention that it also has a SeaWorld in it.
Tourism is a major industry owing to the city’s favorable climate, beaches, and tourist attractions such as Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego’s Spanish and Mexican heritage is reflected in many historic sites across the city, such as Mission San Diego de Alcala and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Also, the local craft brewing industry attracts an increasing number of visitors for “beer tours” and the annual San Diego Beer Week in November; San Diego has been called “America’s Craft Beer Capital.”
San Diego County hosted more than 32 million visitors in 2012; collectively they spent an estimated $8 billion. The visitor industry provides employment for more than 160,000 people.
San Diego’s cruise ship industry used to be the second-largest in California. Numerous cruise lines operate out of San Diego. However, cruise ship business has been in decline since 2008, when the Port hosted over 250 ship calls and more than 900,000 passengers. By 2016-2017 the number of ship calls had fallen to 90.
Local sight-seeing cruises are offered in San Diego Bay and Mission Bay, as well as whale-watching cruises to observe the migration of gray whales, which peaks around the middle of January. Sport fishing is also another popular tourist attraction; San Diego is home to southern California’s biggest sport fishing fleet.
There also are more things to sight-see here in the city of San Diego other than whale-watching. Such as bird watching. San Diego County is one of those rare and exciting destinations where a birder can enjoy four distinct bird habitats all in the space of one day including oceanfront beaches and bayfront tidelands, inland foothills, canyons, mountains and deserts. More than 515 species of birds have been observed in San Diego County, more than any other county in the United States. It’s a bird haven along the Pacific Flyway – the diverse migratory route along the west coast of the United States, where many birds make their winter homes or nest. San Diego is also a birder’s delight due to of its year-round near-idyllic climate. Most days are sunny and warm with an average daily temperature of 70 degrees, and visitors have an opportunity to view birds in a comfortable outdoor setting almost any day of the year.
Each year in February the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge hosts the San Diego Bird Festival that features field trips to the three coastal wildlife areas. This is a great opportunity to join hundreds of other birders on guided trips to areas that hold rare birds like pied-billed grebes and black-vented shearwaters. Other opportunities to see California native birds in captivity include the Living Coast Discovery Center, which houses a collection of rescued birds, and Sky Falconry that offers a hands-on experience with trained birds of prey. Both the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are also home to a large population of captive feathered friends.