Local Attractions

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Photo credit: © 2016 Paradise Point Resort & Spa

With its 75-and-sunny year round weather, pristine beaches, and exciting attractions, activities, and events, it's no wonder that San Diego and the Mission Bay area are some of the nation's favorite vacation spots. Our San Diego hotel provides convenient access to family favorites like SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and Legoland, learn about California's fascinating history, taste local wines and beers, or tee up at a world-class golf course. At Paradise Point, located in the heart of San Diego on Mission Bay, all of this is simply minutes from your doorstep.

SEAWORLD

Located within walking distance from the resort, SeaWorld will take you below the surface and beyond the waves for an up-close look at all your favorite sea creatures. Take the hotel's SeaWorld water taxi over to the park and enjoy a variety of shows, swim with dolphins, feed sea lions and turtles, and discover everything and everyone San Diego's beautiful oceans have to offer.

SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK

Featuring huge open enclosures with herds of African and Asian animals, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a unique experience that brings you thrillingly close to wild and endangered animals.

AQUATICA - SEAWORLD'S WATERPARK

Splash into fun at Aquatica - SeaWorld's Waterpark. Enjoy waves from serene to extreme, up-close animal experiences, private cabanas, and attractions for the whole family.  Plus, get ready for the thrill of your life at the all-new Taumata Racer ride! Aquatica San Diego opens May 24 in Chula Vista.

SAN DIEGO ZOO

The San Diego Zoo is a short drive from Paradise Point. Span the entire globe when you explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo, viewing rare wildlife from around the world. Be immersed in tropical settings including the newest habitat, Monkey Trails & Forest Tales.

LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA RESORT

LEGOLAND® California Resort has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the new LEGO® Legends of CHIMATM Water Park. Paradise Point guests can even receive discounted LEGOLAND tickets!

BIRCH AQUARIUM

Experience dazzling coral reefs, thrilling sharks, amazing seahorses, undulating jellyfish and three outdoor, living tide pools. Perched on a bluff in La Jolla overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond.

BELMONT PARK

Ride the iconic Giant Dipper - the wooden rollercoaster that inspired the shape of Paradise Point's curving lobby - and several other amusement park rides and games. Walk, bike, or blade along the Mission Beach boardwalk and shop and eat at some of San Diego's classic beachside venues just steps from the sand and surf.

OLD TOWN

Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California as San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in the state. In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that now features a main plaza, exhibits, museums, living history demonstrations, shops and restaurants.

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS

Explore San Diego via Old Town Trolley Tours, with a pick-up location at the Paradise Point lobby. Old Town Trolley Tours are San Diego's only regularly scheduled on-and-off fully narrated tours of Old Town, San Diego and Coronado. Pick-up times are 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. and return time is 5:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Island Market.

BALBOA PARK

This vast cultural complex covers 1,200 acres and has over 85 cultural and recreational organizations, including fifteen museums and various performing arts groups including the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Natural History Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, and the world-famous Old Globe Theatre.

CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT

A visit to Cabrillo National Monument offers tremendous views of the San Diego region and excellent opportunities to explore the natural and cultural history of the area. The Visitor Center features an "Age of Exploration" exhibit, films, and ranger-guided programs present interesting insights into the history of Cabrillo. A short walk through coastal scrub leads to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse - a picturesque structure restored to its 1880s appearance and presents life as it was for the light keepers and their families.

USS MIDWAY MUSEUM

Experience "life at sea" without leaving port at this historic naval aircraft carrier museum. Explore galleys, officer's country, sleeping quarters, and the engine room of the first Navy ship too large for the Panama Canal. Enjoy 60+ exhibits, flight simulators, climb-aboard aircraft, and 360° views of downtown from the 4-acre flight deck.

MISSION SAN DIEGO DE ALCALA

San Diego de Alcala, the first of the great California Missions, marks the birthplace of California as the state's first church. This remarkable and significant historical shrine provides an understanding and appreciation of the beginning of Catholicism in this corner of the world, as well as insight into the lives of the Native Americans who inhabited early San Diego.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the region's foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, presenting works across all media created since 1950. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego and in the coastal community of La Jolla, MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing an internationally recognized collection and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs.

MISSION BEACH & PACIFIC BEACH

Located right across the bay from Paradise Point, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach offer great people-watching, a lively boardwalk perfect for strolling and biking, and sandy beaches and gentle waves favored by San Diego's surfers.

TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE

This coastal state park is one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast, offering unrivaled view of the Pacific Ocean. The reserve consists of a plateau with cliffs that overlook Torrey Pines State Beach, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. Many different kinds of wildlife and flora are found within the reserve, offering over 8 miles of trails for hikers and beach-goers. Guided nature walks take place on weekends and holidays and a small museum sits at the top. During whale migrations, it is sometimes possible to see whales from the cliffs.

WINERIES & BREWERIES

With three of the top 10 brewers in the world and some of the finest varietal grape-growing in the western United States, San Diego has quickly become a destination for wineries and breweries. The region boasts a variety of vineyards, from larger wineries that feature guided tours and full gift shops to small family-run places, where visitors can elbow up to the oak bar, and over 100 breweries including the world-class Stone Brewery and Karl Strauss.

A short drive to Temecula will unveil an additional two dozen wineries and more than 3,500 acres of producing vineyards.

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