Sightseeing in National City

$25 for a Choice of Scavenger Hunt from Puzzling Adventures ($49.99 Value)

Puzzling Adventures

Multiple Locations

Scavengers enjoy the sights of the city while searching for clues and solving puzzles with friends

$49.99 $25

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$69 for a Harbor Speedboat Tour for Two from Speed Boat Adventures ($129 Value)

Speed Boat Adventures

San Diego

Passengers pilot mini speedboats and receive direction via two-way radio from an experienced guide; 13-mile harbor tour

$129 $69

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San Diego Christmas Lights Tour for One, Two, or Four from Five Star Tours (52% Off)

Five Star Tours

Park West

A bus tour takes passengers to San Diego’s most colorful Christmas lights displays

$40.97 $22

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Urban Adventure Race for a Team of Two or Four on Saturday, January 24 from Social City Dash (Up to 75% Off)

Social City Dash

Santa Fe Depot

Teams of two use social media to solve clues and complete tasks in a race that takes them all over the city

$40 $10

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Three-Hour Segway Rental for One or Two at Segway Of Pacific Beach (Up to 48% Off)

Segway Of Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach

Zip around San Diego catching views of the coast and skyline on easy-to-navigate Segways

$105 $55

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Three-Hour Rental of a Hot-Tub Boat for Up to 10 from Hot Tub Cruisin (40% Off)

Hot Tub Cruisin

Mission Beach

Cruise in style around Mission Bay in a 10-person pontoon boat outfitted with a multi-jet hot tub with room for eight adults

$645 $389

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Three-Hour Winter Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Fisherman's Landing (50% Off)

Fisherman’s Landing

Point Loma

Winter whale-watching tours take passengers out onto the high seas to catch glimpses of majestic cetaceans

$42 $21

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Three-Hour Winter Whale-Watching Cruise for One or Two at H&M Landing (Up to 54% Off)

H&M Landing

San Diego

Three-hour voyage passes by Coronado North Island and the U.S. Naval Fleet on its way to view California gray whales, dolphins and sea lions

$45 $21

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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure for Two, Four, or Six from Hornblower Cruises & Events (Up to 39% Off)

Hornblower Cruises & Events

Marina

Spot gray whales, dolphins, sea lions, and birds on a 3.5-hour cruise narrated by naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum

$88 $55

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for Admission to USS Midway Museum (Up to 25% Off)

USS Midway Museum

Marina

29 restored military aircraft and 60 exhibits sprawled above and below the decks of an aircraft carrier that served from 1945 to 1992

$20 $15

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Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour for One or Two at Sail JADA Charters (Up to 54% Off)

Sail JADA Charters

Harbor Island

Authentic wooden yacht that can hold up to 25 passengers sets sail in search of gray whales in migration and dolphins

$140 $69

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3.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 47% Off)

Flagship Cruises and Events

Marina

Birch Aquarium naturalists point out migrating gray whales and share facts about sealife

$38 $22

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$39 for Half-Day Sport Fishing Trip for One with Equipment at Chubasco II Sportfishing ($60 Value)

Chubasco II Sportfishing

San Diego

Hit the high seas on a 60’ ship to catch Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, and Halibut

$60 $39

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$37 for Tour from Segway Nation ($69 Value)

Segway Nation

Behind the Embassy Suites San Diego Hotel

Aboard easy to operate segways, tour-goers explore San Diego’s beautiful and cultural hallmarks

$69 $37

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Yacht Tour with Light Refreshments for Two or Up to Six from Shared Dreams (58% Off)

Shared Dreams

San Diego

See whales, seals, battleships, and other San Diego sights during this customizable tour aboard a plush yacht

$300 $127

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General Admission or Family Membership to Veterans Museum & Memorial (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Veteran's Museum Memorial

Balboa Park

Veterans Museum & Memorial hosts exhibits on World War I, World War II, Pearl Harbor, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts

$14 $7

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Two-Hour Sunset Cruise with a Drink for Two or Four from San Diego Prestige (Up to 51% Off)

San Diego Prestige

San Diego

Board a yacht for a leisurely cruise around San Diego Bay that reveals stunning views of the Pacific sunset and a drink for each passenger

$400 $199

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Hour-Long Gaslamp Walking Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Ghostly Tours in History (Up to 48% Off)

Ghostly Tours in History

Ghostly Tours

Paranormal walking tour visits various sites of haunted history, from eerie backstreets to the hangouts of gamblers and gunmen

$40 $21

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San Diego Automotive Museum Visit for Two Adults, Two Adults and Two Kids, or Four Adults (Up to 53% Off)

San Diego Automotive Museum

Balboa Park

Classic motorcycles join a 1928 Studebaker and a custom 1947 Cadillac to pay homage to collectable autos

$17 $8

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You don't need to take a long course to safely operate a small powerboat, but you do need a boat. Seas The Day is on a mission to make the thrilling experience of taking the wheel on the open seas a part of their clients' tours. Guides are there to provide narration and as much instruction as needed before turning over the driving responsibilities for each 15-foot Wahoo Powerboat to their customers and turning them into speedboat captains as they navigate San Diego Harbor's 12-mile expanse.

Out on the water, you'll have the option to steer right up to the USS Midway aircraft carrier and tour the Coronado Bridge as views of the downtown skyline and Mexico's border come into view. You may even meet a sea lion or a dolphin, perhaps just long enough to witness the two realizing they're actually crazy about each other.

To complete the visual, check out this behind-the-waters video. The subjects will likely look familiar, since the speedboat captains that day happened to be San Diego Padres players R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn.

550 Marina Parkway
Chula Vista,
CA
US

Step into to a bird's house. Get eye-to-eye with a moray eel. Greet a sea turtle as he swims up to say hello. The Living Coast Discovery Center isn't a nature museum?it's a chance to hang out with Southern California's plants and animals on their own turf. The Discovery Center's "living, breathing, flapping, buzzing, and splashing home" sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, the ideal location for exploration of the region's most memorable residents in their native habitats.

A walk-through aviary encompasses the tidal slough habitat of black-crowned night herons, red-breasted mergansers, and endangered clapper rail chicks, freshly hatched from the in-house breeding program. Bald and golden eagles await up-close encounters at the Eagle Mesa, but the rays get even closer: an interactive touch pool puts the aquatic creatures beneath your fingertips. Raptor Row hosts the Center's rescued birds of prey, all of which have injuries or other conditions that prevent them from surviving outside the refuge on their own. Visitors are also free to pursue their own wildlife adventure along the center's 1.5 miles of walking trails.

1000 Gunpowder Point Dr
Chula Vista,
CA
US

Among its two facilities in La Jolla and downtown San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego houses an array of works made since 1950. Head here and you can explore everything from Pop Art and minimalism of the 1960s and 1970s to conceptual pieces from the last half-century, headlined by contemporary-art luminaries such as Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.

Major figures aside, the MCASD strives to spotlight mid-career artists still looking for their big break, as well as pieces by Latin American artists and emergent talent. Between the museum's collection and rotating exhibitions, there are galleries that accommodate paintings, photographs, films, and multimedia installations. Outside both locations, there are more site-specific installations and sculptures by artists such as Richard Serra and Marcos Ramírez ERRE, whose father created the Caps Lock on the day his son was born.

There’s more to the place than its exhibitions: the museum engages visitors with events and programs such as art-making sessions and artist lectures. Held three evenings a year, the Thursday Night Thing series includes talks, hands-on activities, live music, and cocktails, all based on the latest museum exhibitions.

1001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

In 1991, the eponymous founder of Losina Art Center, Olya Losina, moved to La Jolla from Moscow, where she was raised among a vibrant artistic community and served as the art director for the Soviet Union's largest multilingual publishing facility. Losina's fine-art methods, which she honed while obtaining her master's degree at Moscow University, focus on teaching art as a science. While helping her students at the center to work toward mastery of portraiture, the human form, landscapes, and still-life subjects, she performs exercises that aim to reach them on a subconscious level. Together with Losina, the students examine the conscious thoughts that often intrude upon creative expression. They approach the artistic consciousness as a surgeon would approach a brain when trying to dislodge catchy pop tunes from the frontal lobe. With obstructions cleared, pupils find themselves able to work freely and efficiently.

3350 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

Ghostly Tours in History's passionate guides unlock a portal to the paranormal, leading visitors to haunted and eerie sites around San Diego's Old Town district and Gaslamp Quarter. Depending on the tour, stops include Victorian mansions, the Whaley House, known graveyards, and even unknown graveyards, below which lie the bodies of restless souls. Featured on both the Travel Channel and the Fodor’s Top 400, the company offers walking tours as well as bus and limousine tours for guests tired from giving their assigned ghost a piggyback ride.

In keeping with the historical nature of the tours, each guide dons a period costume and alter ego, ranging from reformed vagabonds to pioneering entrepreneur cowboys. In reality, the cast of guides is equally as diverse, encompassing trained actors, students, a Navy serviceman, and past and present members of the San Diego Historical Society.

2461 San Diego Avenue
San Diego,
CA
US

The historic fountain at the east end of Balboa Park’s El Prado pedestrian walk is a lure for visitors, thanks to its majestic and cooling spray. But a quick turn to the right is the entrance to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, another local draw. For the young, it’s a two story, interactive science playground. For the young at heart, there are sophisticated displays, rotating exhibits and the new, NanoSeam IMAX Dome Theater. Films splayed across the 76-foot wraparound screen plunge viewers into the depths of the sea and out into space, through jungles and between skyscrapers around the planet. Resident astronomers also create new shows monthly, using the latest SkyScan System software. The café near the entrance takes care of hungry visitors with a modest menu, a few tables indoors and patio seating in front of the fountain.

1875 El Prado
San Diego,
CA
US