Roomy Suites and Mission-Style Architecture Close to SeaWorld
At SeaWorld San Diego, you can see bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, penguins, and California sea lions, as well as 22-foot killer whales at the signature Shamu show. Across town, in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo holds more than 800 different species, including the giant panda. The Wyndham Garden San Diego near SeaWorld is located in between the two parks—just 2 miles from SeaWorld and 5 miles from the zoo.
The hotel’s mission-style architecture harks back to San Diego’s days as a Spanish outpost. Five separate buildings housing spacious suites are connected via open-air corridors. Suites feature separate living and sleeping spaces as well as 32-inch flat-screen TVs.
San Diego, California: Historical Attractions and Electric Nightlife in Southern California
San Diego’s sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city’s inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably one of the trendiest listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings now occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
During the day, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists continuously produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.
Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands The Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.