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BALBOA PARK

The nation's largest urban cultural park with 15 Major museums including, the Natural History Museum, Art Museum, Science Museum, Air and Space Museums and many more. For young children, don't miss the Carousel, the miniature Railroad and the model Railroad museum and Puppet Theater. There are also ballet and choral performance, live music, vendors, Botanical Gardens and a Japanese Tea Garden. This is one of the most beautifully landscaped parks in the world and is best enjoyed on foot. There are also fine restaurants in the Balboa Park for special events and family dining.


BIRCH AQUARIUM

Located high above La Jolla Shores beach and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is renowned for perhaps the best ocean views in all of La Jolla. Visitors from around the world marvel at the amazing marine life exhibits, from sharks to seahorses to delicate jellyfish. Don't forget the tidal pool where children can actually touch sea slugs, starfish and shark egg sacs and kelp with educational instruction. Make a visit to Birch Aquarium at Scripps soon and enjoy San Diego's "best ocean views."


CORONADO ISLAND

Rich in history, natural beauty and a charming ocean village atmosphere, Coronado Island and the famous Del Coronado Hotel are not to be missed. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Glorietta Bay and San Diego Bay, this picturesque seaside city is linked to the Southern California coastline and the city of San Diego by the graceful and stately San Diego - Coronado Bridge, and to the south by a narrow strip of land known as the Silver Strand.

The Del Coronado Hotel, affectionately called the Del, is a great place to enjoy a special family meal. Easter brunch is especially delectable.


DEL MAR

Del Mar, just 10 miles north of La Jolla offers a 2.5 miles stretch of Sandy Beach. Excellent conditions exist for surfing, boogie boarding, swimming and just beach combing in the sun. Dog lovers will enjoy bringing their dogs to dog beach on the northern part of town.

Depending on the time of year, Torrey Pines State Park is a great spot for a long hike culminating on the top of a bluff overlooking the ocean. The Del Mar Fairgrounds come to life in the summer with one of the largest fairs in southern California featuring farm animals, shows, live bands and lots of rides, games and fried food. Racing season is the time to see and be seen at the Del Mar Turf Club.


DEL MAR TURF CLUB

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with its gorgeous Spanish Mission architecture is one of the prettiest tracks in the US. This masterpiece was the dream of actor and singer Bing Crosby, and became a reality in 1937 and his theme song for the track, "Where the Turf Meets the Surf" still plays before every card. This is the place to be during racing season, just wear a new hat for Opening Day.


DINING

La Jolla and San Diego offer world class dining. Visit our local restaurants guide - which features restaurant reviews, menus and coupons. In this comprehensive guide you will find restaurants by cuisine, community, category, & specialty. You will also find information about community events, entertainment, nightclubs and much more.


DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO

Once a seedy neglected downtown filled mostly with tattoo bars, Downtown San Diego today is the heart of one of the most desirable cities in the nation. In the center of the first great city of the 21st Century, Downtown San Diego offers a breathtaking waterfront location, warm year-round temperatures and an exciting 24-hour live - work - play environment. The Downtown Convention Center at the heart of the Bay front has everything from High tech gadget shows to luxury yachts.


GASLAMP QUARTER

Somewhat reminiscent of the French Quarter of New Orleans, The Gaslamp Quarter oozes with old world charm and is Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district, where you'll find some of San Diego's finest dining and live musical entertainment and clubs. This historic district is full of charming Victorian-style commercial buildings constructed between 1873 and 1930.


HARBOR EXCURSIONS

See San Diego from the sea! For almost a century, San Diego Harbor Excursion has been dedicated to providing their valued guests with the finest fishing, whale watching, dining and sailing and sightseeing adventures.


HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES

These famous Del Mar sunset balloon flights are a great way to finish any day! The flight patterns frequently take passengers over multi-million dollar estates in Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and beautiful Del Mar. This beautiful coastal balloon flight also offers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. The hot air balloon rides do not travel over the ocean, instead drifting eastward as the sun sets. The San Diego countryside is spectacular from your vantage point in our beautiful balloons.


LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE

In a city best known for its natural beauty, San Diego's true brilliance radiates from its thriving cultural center. The sun shines a spotlight on world-class opera, eclectic museums, Tony Award winning theaters, and a dynamic assortment of performances that make San Diego a leading destination for artistic and cultural discovery. The La Jolla playhouse is home to many Tony Award winning plays and should not be missed. Some of the Award winning plays that originated at the La Jolla Playhouse and went on to shine on Broadway include: Jersey Boys, 700 Sundays, Cry-Baby, The Who's Tommy.

The Playhouse also has an exceptional summer theater program for children.


LA JOLLA VILLAGE

Welcome to La Jolla. Established in the 1880's, La Jolla has since become an international destination. Boasting Southern California's most beautiful and majestic seven plus miles of coastline and the finest weather in the world, La Jolla offers a varied selection of shopping, dining, services and attractions.

In a city best known for its natural beauty, La Jolla is truly the jewel of San Diego. La Jolla offers one of the finest contemporary art museums, the Tony Award winning La Jolla Playhouse and has become the home of nobel prize winners and top medical researchers. This is also a dynamic university town with the University of California, La Jolla in its northern border.

La Jolla's beaches including the Cove, Windansea, La Jolla Shores and Tourmaline beach are amongst the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in southern California.

Begin your walking tour at the corner of Prospect Street and Girard and you will not be disappointed.


LEGOLAND

LegoLand California is a super way to spend the day with the family. Legoland has over 50 rides, shows and attractions. The rides are as exciting as those found at Disneyland, without the sometimes grueling drive to LA. Just let your kids to the driving at The Volvo Driving School. Kids drive on real streets and earn their very own driver's license, no speeding or parking tickets to worry about. Then there's Sky Patrol, where kids pilot their own helicopter. And on the exciting Kid Power Towers, kids pull themselves up to a 30-foot summit and then free fall. And at LegoLand, there's so much your kids can get their hands on, with creative Lego block stations throughout. Don't miss the world, NYC, LA, San Francisco and more in Lego blocks.


OLD TOWN STATE PARK

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Five original adobes are part of the complex, which includes shops, restaurants and a museum. La Casa de Estudillo is an impressive mansion built around a garden courtyard in the classic Spanish style. La Casa de Machado y Stewart is full of artifacts that reflect ordinary life of the period. San Diego became California's first Spanish settlement when a mission and fort were established in 1769. Come for the history but stay for the margaritas and fine Mexican dining!


SAN DIEGO VISITOR'S GUIDE

The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau operates two Visitor Information Centers conveniently located in downtown San Diego and in the Village of La Jolla. Their professional, multilingual, staff and volunteers will help you get the most from your visit to the San Diego region. They have a complete collection of current information on a wide variety of activities, attractions and dining options.

Be sure to pick up a brochure for La Jolla Cottages to view our other available Coastal homes. The La Jolla Visitor Information Center has free brochures, maps, a San Diego Pocket Guide, a Golf Guide or a FREE Vacation Planning Kit, which offers hundreds of dollars worth of savings on your trip.


SAN DIEGO ZOO

Come visit the world famous San Diego Zoo located on Zoo Drive in Balboa Park just north of downtown San Diego. This wonderfully landscaped zoo features monkey trails, a Tiger River, an Absolutely Apes exhibit, a Flamingo Lagoon, Children's Zoo, Ituri Forest and an exciting Skyfari overhead. And don't forget to see Su Lin, our new baby panda!

Bai Yun, the Zoo's female Giant Panda gave birth to a little girl, Su Lin on August 2, 2005. All the pandas can be seen daily from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the SBC Giant Panda Research Station. Zoo passes can also be purchased in conjunction with Wild Animal Park and Seaworld passes for more savings and family fun!


SEA WORLD

Take your family under the sea, above the waves and beyond your wildest dreams at SeaWorld San Diego.
Meet Shamu, and other killer whales and dolphins, especially fun in the Splash Zone! And don't miss the amazing spectacle of Summer Nights. Ride through uncharted waters on the Journey To Atlantis water coaster, and just try not to get wet. And, don't miss sea lions Clyde and Seamore starring in Deep, Deep Trouble, an amusing show that dives to deep trouble and will especially entertain the little ones.

Seaworld at night in the summer is intoxicating and ends with an incredible fireworks show that will leave your family with memories for a lifetime.