San Diego’s Top Tourist Sites

Most of your time at a CEC 2015 is spent learning all that CEC, the convention presenters, and exhibitors have to tell you about the latest in special and gifted education.  We realize, though, that another huge draw to a convention is visiting the city! This year, San Diego won’t let you down. Let’s take a look at some of the city’s top tourist sites you can visit while in town for CEC 2015.

1. USS Midway

910 N. Harbor Dr.

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Daily

Cost: Adults $20; Seniors $17; Students $15; Youth $10; Retired Military $10

Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom, and peace. Guests can spend the day exploring more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 29 restored aircrafts. The audio tour, narrated by Midway sailors, brings the carrier’s history to life.


2. SeaWorld

500 SeaWorld Dr.

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Daily

Cost: Adults $84; Children $78

SeaWorld is one of the city’s main attractions. Among the highlights are the numerous shows featuring killer whales, sea lions, dolphins, and other sea life. There are all kinds of rides from roller coasters to carnival rides for kids. SeaWorld also has an aquarium that allows for close up looks at sharks and other sea creatures that can be seen through an acrylic tunnel, along with touch tanks, and close encounters with dolphins and inhabitants of tidal pools.


3. San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr.

Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6 p.m., Daily

Cost: Adults $46; Children $36

The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest and most famous zoos in the United States. The zoo has all kinds of exotic animals, including the main attraction pandas. It is spread out along a canyon and the park prides itself on the animal enclosures which are designed to recreate natural settings.


4. Belmont Park

314-322 Market St.

Hours: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. for the amusement park

Cost: Adults $28.95; Children $17.95 for the amusement park

Belmont Park is a historic oceanfront amusement park located in the Mission Bay area that opened in 1925. The attractions and rides that remain from the original 1925 park include the Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster, and the Plunge, an indoor swimming pool. Other amusements include a Tilt-A-Whirl, a three-story drop tower, the Liberty Carousel, and the Wave House Bar and Grill that overlooks the ocean and features two artificial waves.


5. The Beach

What trip to Southern California is complete without a stop at one of the many beaches? San Diego has 70 miles of coastline, year-around sunshine, and mild temperatures for you to enjoy the surf and sand almost any day of the year. From expansive sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, reefs, tide pools and everything in between, the beaches in San Diego are as varied as the California beach towns that were built around them.


Are you planning on taking in any of San Diego’s top sites? Which ones are you excited to visit?

Author: Megan Jones (CEC)

CEC's Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Washington State native, Game of Thrones addict, unable to cook much more than pasta and even that is sometimes pushing it.

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