San Diego Attractions

Spend the day relaxing in one of the many beach communities, and then hike through the East San Diego County mountains the next. Explore the diverse urban neighborhoods of San Diego's downtown, from the iconic Gaslamp Quarter to the eclectic community of Hillcrest. Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla. San Diego's regions are so unique and diverse that you will find plenty of opportunities to discover something new every time you visit.

Below, you will find a few of the most popular nearby San Diego attractions to help you start planning your trip. For more recommendations or assistance with arranging tours and excursions, our bell desk staff is at your service. 

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Fashion Valley Mall

DISTANCE: 0.5 miles
Interior at Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

This upscale, open-air shopping mall is the largest and one of San Diego’s trendiest shopping destinations. Amidst Mediterranean-style architecture, fountains and palm trees, you’ll find fashionable shops and department stores that include Hermès, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Old Town San Diego Historic State Park

DISTANCE: 1 mile
Extirior at Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

To catch a glimpse of San Diego life in the 1800s, head to this six-block site containing more than 20 preserved pueblo buildings operating as homes, restaurants or shops that may have been found in the original Old Town.

SeaWorld

DISTANCE: 4 miles
Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

Among the largest marine amusement parks in the world, SeaWorld’s 189 tropically landscaped acres are packed with live animal exhibits and aquariums, performance venues, rides and activities.

San Diego Zoo

DISTANCE: 4 miles
Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

Located in Balboa Park, this 100-acre world-famous zoo is home to over 4,000 animals from 800 diverse species inhabiting beautifully made habitats that reproduce their natural environments as accurately as possible. Walkways and bridges meander through landscapes teeming with waterfalls and rare flowers, plants and shrubs, while most exhibits bring the animals almost but not quite close enough to pet.

Balboa Park

DISTANCE: 5 miles
Extirior at Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

This lush, 1,200-acre garden expanse is the nation’s largest urban park. Known as the "Smithsonian of the West" for its extraordinary collection of museums, art galleries and theaters — including the Tony Award–winning Old Globe Theatre — Balboa Park is the cultural heart of San Diego.

Belmont Park

DISTANCE: 5 miles
Extirior at Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

A favorite of kids aged 2 to 102, this oceanfront amusement park features thrill rides, carnival games, an indoor children's play center, and exhilarating attractions like The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, Vertical Plunge, Bumper Mania and more.

Qualcomm Stadium

DISTANCE: 4 miles
Extirior at Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

In addition to serving as the home field for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, college football’s San Diego State University Aztecs, and the Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl games, this outdoor stadium hosts concerts, festivals and community events throughout the year.

San Diego Bay and Harbor

DISTANCE: 5 miles
Extirior at Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

Along with a vibrant waterfront shopping and dining scene, the San Diego Harbor offers fishing charters, harbor and sailing cruises and more.

Downtown Gaslamp Quarter

DISTANCE: 5 miles
Interior at Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

Measuring 16 square blocks, this bustling historic district showcases over 100 of San Diego’s best restaurants, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. You’ll also find charming Victorian-era homes and buildings and world-class theaters, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues and museums.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

DISTANCE: 30 miles
Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

Located about a 30-minute drive outside the city, this 1,900-acre wild animal park is a branch of the San Diego Zoo and houses endangered species — including elephants, tigers, lions, and cheetahs — from around the world in outdoor exhibits carefully designed to replicate their natural habitats down to the very last plant.

LEGOLAND

DISTANCE: 30 miles
Interior at Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

A theme park devoted to the beloved children’s blocks, LEGOLAND features amusement park rides, games, diversions and miniature LEGO exhibits celebrating everything from Star Wars and other famous Hollywood movies to an animated, interactive collection of notable U.S. buildings, a pirate-themed exhibit and more.

Petco Park

DISTANCE: 8 miles
Handlery Hotel San Diego, CA

Petco Park is home of the San Diego Padres Baseball Team with games from April through October.

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