Sightseeing in National City

Up to 50% Off William D. Evans

Bahia Resort Hotel

$20 $10

Live music and DJ tunes resonate from the decks of the sternwheeler William D. Evans during evening cruises on Mission Bay

Up to 51% Off Segway Tours

Core-Columbia

$99 $49

Professional guides lead segway tours of downtown's Waterfront and Gaslamp Quarter or the picturesque Balboa Park

Up to 42% Off Pedal-Powered Bar Crawl

Tavern at the Beach

$45 $30

Pedal-powered bike seats up to 16 riders as they pedal through Pacific Beach, stopping off at local bars for drinks and socializing

Up to 56% Off Cruise for Two or Six

San Diego

$155 $69

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

Half Off a Yacht Tour from Shared Dreams

San Diego

$300 $150

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

Up to 56% Off Whale-Watching and Nature Cruises

Mission Bay Park

$280 $129

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A 70-foot boat ferries passengers on eight-hour tours for whale and dolphin sightings; tours include breakfast, lunch, and drinks

50% Off Haunted History Walking Tour

Cygnet Old Town Theater

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers the creepy haunted history of San Diego's Old Town district

Up to 67% Off Segway or Walking Tour

Multiple Locations

$149 $55

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Segway instruction and entertaining tours through La Jolla or Gaslamp Harbor; tour of Gaslamp Harbor also available on foot

Up to 51% Off Sunset Cruise with Drinks

San Diego

$400 $199

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

Up to 57% Off Whale-Watching Tour

San Diego

$88 $39

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3-hour tours include narration by a certified marine biologist, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor seating for 149

Up to 53% Off from Ghostly Tours in History

Ghostly Tours

$40 $19

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

Up to 53% Off at San Diego Automotive Museum

Balboa Park

$17 $8

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

Up to 52% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

Gaslamp

$60 $29

Pedal about town while visiting San Diego's best bars

Up to 61% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

Whiskey Girl

$100 $40

Five-hour scavenger hunt takes participants through 12 challenges that encourage them to explore the city while testing their mettle

54% Off Bike Tour from Bike & Kayak Tours

Multiple Locations

$98 $45

Pedal past La Jolla's beaches, lounging sea lions, and luxurious houses, or cruise over the Coronado bridge and check out the historic sites

Up to 55% Off Coronado Culinary & History Walking Tour

Coronado

$196 $99

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Sample local cuisine such as Mexican food, fresh olive oil, and gelato while learning about Coronado Island's history

Up to 51% Off Guided Goldmine Tour

La Mesa

$375 $185

Groups can choose four- or eight-hour outings, during which they hike or drive to historic mines and pan for gold

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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

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

The Art of Framing's skilled craftspeople protect and prolong the life of treasured paintings, photographs, and three-dimensional artifacts by encasing them behind thousands of frame designs. Outside of their standard framing services, technicians also stretch mats and fabrics; heat-mount delicate documents; and mend scratched, chipped, and shrink-rayed framework. More than merely preserving personal collections of photos and posters, The Art of Framing promotes the area's thriving art community, hosting a show once a year as well as selling local artists' work in the gift shop.

3333 Adams Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

The craftspeople at Art & Framing by Munro Gallery draw on more than 45 years of experience as they frame cherished items and curate fine arts and crafts. With skillful hands, they swaddle artwork, diplomas, memorabilia, and photos using elements plucked from an arsenal of more than 2,500 mouldings and 1,000 mat samples. When they aren't adorning pictures with princely garb, they stock their shelves with paintings, sculptures, and jewelry that give residences and outfits more personality than Elton John’s herd of peacocks.

4653 Carmel Mountain Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

The Official World-wide Source of Chuck Jones Artwork For over 34 years, this family-owned and operated art business has brought the art of legendary animation director to life. The Chuck Jones gallery also represents over 30 additional artists that bring joy and smiles to life.

232 5th Ave
San Diego,
CA
US