Roomy Suites and Mission-Style Architecture at Hotel Close to SeaWorld
For animal lovers, few cities offer two more exciting attractions than San Diego. At SeaWorld San Diego, visitors meet bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, penguins, and California sea lions—and that’s without mentioning its signature Shamu show, featuring 22-foot killer whales twisting their multiton bodies in midair. Across town in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo hosts more than 800 different species, including the giant panda. Located in between the two parks—just 2 miles from SeaWorld and 5 miles from the San Diego Zoo—the Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld provides spacious accommodation and easy access to both animal-centric sights.
The hotel's mission-style architecture harks back to San Diego's past as a Spanish outpost, with five separate buildings connected via open-air corridors. The palm trees scattered throughout the grounds sway in warm breezes from the nearby ocean. Junior suites combine separate living rooms and bedrooms decorated in sandy color palettes. Free WiFi makes it easy to check Shamu showtimes, and 32-inch flat-panel TVs in each room allow for simultaneous movie and C-SPAN marathons. And with voucher for an American breakfast, you can start the day with a plate of toast, eggs, hash browns, bacon, and a glass of juice at Du-par's, located next door to the hotel.
Old Town, San Diego: Mexican Heritage at One of California’s First Settlements
Just east of the hotel, Spanish missions dating back to 1769 line the streets of San Diego's historical Old Town. One of California’s first settlements, the neighborhood attracted a small Mexican religious community in the early 19th century before being annexed by the United States in 1846. Today, Old Town’s Plaza del Pasado re-creates the past with authentic restaurants and shops, and the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park maintains seven of the town’s original adobes.
Not far away from the Plaza stands the Whaley House, a landmark San Diego building that has served as a family home, courthouse, theater, and general store. Nighttime tours guide visitors along creaky hallways said to be haunted by the ghosts of former residents, including a young girl and a spotted fox terrier.