You've probably heard this phrase before, or at least something to its effect: "Back in my day, that cost a nickel." Decades ago, just about everything ran five cents, from candy bars to bus rides. Of course, anywhere you go today, that simply isn't the case?anywhere, that is, except for Nickel City Fun Center.
Nickel City operates almost exclusively on nickels. Inside the 15,000-square-foot space, visitors can play more than 100 games by inserting the coin that features Thomas Jefferson's only selfie. They can top high scores in pinball, zip goals past air hockey opponents, or even conquer ticket-redemption games and trade their paper winnings in for prizes. In addition to all its games, Nickel City also features four Highway 66-themed miniature bowling lanes with automatic scoring and bumpers. The best part: players don't have to wear special shoes or hover above the lanes on a magic carpet?they can just step up and start bowling.
What makes it great: two-mile stretch of white-sand beach; a boardwalk filled with cyclists, skaters, and other characters; beachside eateries; the Giant Dipper rollercoaster; occasional seal sightings
At Inflatable World, a 35-foot slide towers above over 35,000 square feet of space as youngsters cavort among the outdoor park's attractions. Nestled among the soaring slides, including the 40-foot mega slide, bounce domes shelter leaping tykes and obstacle courses challenge adventurers to navigate obstructed terrain. Themed inflatables in the shapes of dragons, pirates, and saber-toothed tigers host open-play participants, as well as parties and fundraisers. Kids can play all day on the attractions, and in-and-out privileges mean they can return later in the day for more fun even if they have to leave for nap time. Inflatable World also rents out its stock for events, features gourmet food trucks on-site, and has watery attractions open during the summer.
Looking for a bit of spookiness to spark a new relationship or bond with friends and family? The Haunted Hotel in San Diego is the place to do just that! The actors at the Haunted Hotel are completely engrossed in their roles- going the extra mile to rend those screams from your lungs. They approach way too close for comfort, which is definitely a point in their favor. The props are insanely realistic, even when viewed in full day, so you’re left to imagine how real they look in the dim, unnerving confines of the hotel while you’re trembling through the halls. It’s Halloween all year 'round at the Haunted Hotel.
Catering to kids and adults alike, SeaWorld features amazing attractions, including a roller coaster and other rides. Not much of a thrill-seeker? There are plenty of animal exhibits and shows to keep you entertained! Join one of their educational tours and learn about aquarium life from a true expert. A friend of animals, SeaWorld has rescued more than 23,000 animals over the years and is dedicated to conservation and research. A top San Diego destination, SeaWorld is "must" for the whole family.