Located on the sunny shores of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego was the first California city visited by Europeans. Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his crew reached San Diego Bay in 1542, which led to eventual occupation by the Spaniards.
Home to more than 15 museums, sprawling Balboa Park is a good place to discover the city’s history. It is a busy time at the park, as the California Tower recently reopened following a major renovation, and the Comic-Con Museum is slated to debut next year.
Students can get a bird’s-eye view of downtown San Diego, the ocean, and the nearby mountains from the top of the Museum of Man’s California Tower. The 40-minute tours of the eight-story monument also include information on the origins of Balboa Park and the many ethnic groups that call San Diego home.
The Comic-Con Museum will offer a look at a very different aspect of the city’s character. Since debuting in San Diego in 1972, Comic-Con has become the must-attend annual event for pop culture fans, and it now draws more than 125,000 people each July. The new attraction will include immersive exhibits, multiple theaters, and extensive educational programming on a range of topics.
Top Educational Attractions
Birch Aquarium Museum
Fleet Science Center
Top Recreational Attractions
The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park attractions
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Top photo: Museum of the Man's California Tower
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