The centerpiece of the blissful Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is a prolific destination for adults and children alike. Spread over 98.84 acres (40 hectares) of diverse landscapes, the zoo is home to an excess of 3,500 fauna that belongs to 650 species or subspecies. Established in the year 1916, it is one of the few non-profit wildlife conservation zones to nurture the highly-endangered Giant Panda. Laden with man-made habitats that emulate various topographies from around the globe, the park's most-visited exhibits includes the Monkey Trails, the Polar Bear Plunge, Elephant Odyssey, Tiger River, Koalafornia and the Panda Trek. Virtually every nook and corner of the zoo is made conveniently accessible by the beloved Skyfari, a gondola system that spans across nearly 75 percent of the property.
Named after Swami Paramahansa Yogananda whose ashram overlooked this reef point, Swami’s is a place to experience sheer bliss by the sea. It is a surfer’s haven, with surfing as the popular activity carried out on this beach. Fishing is strictly prohibited here as it is a protected area. Other attractions around this beach include Swami Park, a favorite among day picnickers, and the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens and Hermitage which is a marvelous place to visit.
See the majestic California Gray Whale while whale watching on the San Diego coast. Along the way you'll see famous and historic sights of the San Diego Bay, such as the Navy Submarine Base, NOSC, and the Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Light House. Although people mainly see Gray whales, at times the tour has also spotted Orcas, Fin Whales, Finbacks, Blue Whales, Humpback Whale and Sperm Whales. In addition to whales, you'll witness many varieties of marine life including dolphins, sea lions, Mola Mola (sun fish) and marine birds such as Brown Pelicans, Sea Gulls and Blue Herons.
For birding enthusiasts, Famosa Slough is one of the impressive places to spot birds in the San Diego area. This beautiful 37-acre wetland is home to a variety of species of bird, including American avocets, ospreys, rare yellow-crowned night herons, and black-necked stilts, along with many other varieties of bird. Visitors to the slough can walk along the canal and watch for birds while sitting on benches located periodically throughout the wetland trail. Visitors can also participate in wetland cleanups and walking tours, which are run by the Friends of Famosa Slough.
7th Street in San Diego has various attractions from parks to great architectural work. The 'Gateway Mall' on the street is a collection of parks where you can spend some quality time with family and friends also worth seeing is the 7th Street Metro center known for its French Style Architecture. Those who love to shop can look out for the seasonal downtown market. Taste the local food and beverages and enjoy the local music on the streets while you shop.
The Potato Chip Rock has gained great fame among photography aficionados. What looks like a potato chip from afar, is actually a sharp, protruding ridge of a a giant boulder. You can enjoy picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and hilltops from the rock. Don't be surprised if you see hikers getting creative with photography and creating some really out of the box illusions. The rock is a part of the elaborate Mount Woodson trail, which has now become increasingly famous thanks to the chip rock. Dare to recreate the iconic scene of Mufasa's death from Lion King. Or just celebrate your successful hike and catch your breath by opening a bag of chips!