Sightseeing in National City

Three-Hour Whale-Watching Tour for One, Two, or 10 from San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 57% Off)

San Diego Whale Watch

San Diego

Three-hour tours include narration by a naturalist, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor seating for 149

$88 $39

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$1,300 for a Three-Hour Yacht Tour with Drinks and Snacks for Up to 12 from Zolna Yacht Charters ($1,800 Value)

Zolna Yacht Charters

Harbor Island

Three-hour excursion on luxurious yacht complete with beer or wine and snacks

$1,800 $1,300

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Taste of Downtown or Taste of South Park Food Tour for Two or Four from A Taste of San Diego (Up to 47% Off)

A Taste of San Diego

Multiple Locations

Weekend tours offer 2.5 hours of tastings and progressive dinner at local culinary favorites downtown or in South Park

$150 $85

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Two-Hour Harbor Cruise for Two, Four, or Six from Hornblower Cruises (43% Off)

Hornblower Cruises

Marina

Cruise past barking sea lions and under the Coronado Bay Bridge on this two-hour cruise through San Diego’s picturesque harbor

$58 $33

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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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Three-Hour Segway Rental for One or Two at Segway Of Pacific Beach (Up to 54% Off)

Segway Of Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach

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

$105 $48

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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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$195 for a Champagne Sunset Hot-Air Balloon Ride with Champagne from Skysurfer Balloon Company Inc. ($ Value)

Skysurfer Balloon Company

San Diego

Riders admire the sunset and sip in-flight champagne during a balloon flight that lasts up to 60 minutes

$255 $195

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Two-Hour Harbor Tour for One, Two, or Four from Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 46% Off)

Flagship Cruises and Events

San Diego

Narrated cruise takes passengers on a 25-mile tour past sights such as Coronado Bridge, Point Loma, and North Island Naval Air Station

$28 $16

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90-Minute Cruise with Appetizers or Fondue for Two or Six from Ship 'N a Bottle (Up to 56% Off)

Ship 'N a Bottle

San Diego

Groups enjoy bottles of red or white wine paired with cheeses and fruit or sumptuous fondue as they tour around San Diego

$155 $69

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Yacht Tour with Light Refreshments for Two or Up to Six from Shared Dreams (50% Off)

Shared Dreams

San Diego

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

$300 $150

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Four-Hour San Diego City Tour for One or Two from Five Star Tours (58% Off)

Five Star Tours

San Diego

A bus tour takes passengers to scenic and historical attractions, including La Jolla Bay, Little Italy, and Old Town San Diego

$46 $20

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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 Segway Tour of La Jolla or Balboa Park from We Love Tourists (67% Off)

We Love Tourists

Multiple Locations

After an orientation, guides lead segway riders past La Jolla landmarks and surf beaches, or through scenic Balboa Park

$149 $49

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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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Haunted San Diego Tour for One, Two, or Four from Haunted City Ghost Tours (Up to 62% Off)

Haunted City Ghost Tours

Meeting Point: In Front of the Horton Grand Hotel

Visit notorious former brothels, haunted houses, and other sordid hangouts during a guided walking tour of the Gaslamp District

$39 $19

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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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Three-Hour Urban Scavenger Hunt for One, Two, or Four from City Cruiser (Up to 52% Off)

City Cruiser

Gaslamp

Pedal about town while visiting San Diego's best bars

$60 $29

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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

Launched as a walking-tour company in 2003, Where You Want to Be Tours features a variety of custom adventures designed to show off the beauty of San Diego to locals and tourists. Most adventures last more than two hours, so tourists have plenty of time to stop and sightsee at spots such as Balboa Park and the shores of La Jolla. Today, the company has formed a set of all new clues and hidden gems and has also expanded its offerings with bike tours of locations such as Pacific Beach and Mission Bay and scavenger hunt adventures, which present a hands-on approach to urban exploration, turning tour routes into racecourses and throwing in physical challenges, including Frisbee-throwing contests.

611 K Street
San Diego,
CA
US