World Famous Zoo and More: San Diego's Biggest Attractions

August 15, 2015

You didn’t pick Coronado just because of our Olympic-grade training facility and perfect weather, did you? No, one of the major selling points was the proximity to all the incredible attractions San Diego offers.

After all, you are bringing an entire cohort of college students with you. Keeping them entertained during their free time can feel like a second job. Luckily, San Diego offers multiple major attractions.

So pack your camera and enjoy your spare time as a tourist! It’s one of the many perks of hosting your training camp in Southern California.

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my! That’s just the tip of the iceberg with all that you will encounter at our World Famous San Diego Zoo. In fact, there are over 3,700 rare and endangered animals that call the zoo their home. 

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the zoo is an hour walk from Downtown San Diego. This walk will take you right through the Gaslamp District. The trolley can get you there in a half hour if you choose to skip the stroll. 

To the north, we have our San Diego Zoo Safari Park. While not quite as easy to get to, this park provides a unique and engaging experience. To start, you can enjoy the safari experience by caravan truck through the African Plains exhibit. See a whole new view of the park from the Jungle Ropes challenge. This 90-minute experience has adventurers traversing through a ropes course.

While the Safari Park is home to fewer varieties of animals, they enjoy a high number of babies throughout the year. This is because it was originally created as a breeding facility.

The Safari Park sits on a 1,800-acre zoo just east of Escondido.

Sea World

Good old-fashioned fun isn’t just for families! Who doesn’t enjoy watching the magnificent whales leap to great heights in Shamu Stadium? Or walking through a tunnel looking up as sharks reveal their thousands of teeth in the Shark Encounter.

Sea World provides year-round entertainment and education about our exotic marine life. In addition to exhibits, they also offer thrilling rides on the Manta Ray roller coaster.

Located in Mission Bay just north of Interstate 8 and east of Interstate 5, you can access Sea World by bus.

Balboa Park

Delight in the visual display of historic architecture, botanical gardens and luscious green parks at Balboa Park. This 1400-acre park is home to 17 museums, 9 performing arts groups and several recreational facilities. Buildings adorn the markings of Spanish-Mexican architecture, many of which blend in with the natural surroundings. 

That doesn’t even include the 19 gardens on the grounds. Between the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Botanical Building, you could dedicate an entire day to celebrating the flora and fauna that took root here. 

Balboa Park also houses the San Diego Zoo. Spend a day in the area and hit both attractions. 

USS Midway

Jump back in time aboard the USS Midway Museum. This historic vessel is one of the US Military’s largest ships. In its heyday it housed over 225,000 military service members. Often referred to as the floating city, this magnificent vessel served admirably for almost 50 years.

Your tour will explore the majority of the ship, from the crew’s sleeping quarters to the engine room to the bridge and more. On the deck, you will enjoy era specific planes and sweeping views of Point Loma. If you’re lucky, you will encounter one of the many museum docents. The majority of these volunteers served on the Midway. They are eager to recount stories from when the floating city was live in action. 

From Coronado, you can take the Ferry to Broadway Pier a mere 5-minute walk to the entrance of the Midway. 

Gaslamp Quarter

Perhaps you’ve seen the iconic Gaslamp gateway arch when searching images of downtown San Diego. This sign marks the entrance of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The area was named for the vintage gas lampposts adorning so many of the street corners.

You’ll encounter a unique blend of Victorian-era buildings and skyscrapers when meandering through the 16 square blocks dedicated to this business district. From boutiques to cultural art galleries to theaters to fine dining, you can find everything to your hearts content here.

From Coronado take the ferry to the 5th Avenue stop. This will put you bayside at the Convention Center. Once you walk around to East Harbor Drive you will be able to see the archway.

Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument

This journey to Point Loma is worth it for the views alone. On a clear day, you can see Mexico in the distance. On weekends, the entire bay fills up with sailors taking their sailboats out for a spin. Don’t forget about the panoramic views of San Diego. During whale season, from January to March, onlookers often see whales completing their migratory journey to the south.

That’s not even the main draw of the Cabrillo National Monument. This national park recounts some of the initial history of San Diego, from the founding to the settling. At the point there is a historic lighthouse. Just before that you can explore the Visitor’s Center. They offer educational videos, exhibits and ranger-guided programs. Down the road next to the Pacific there are tide pools revealing different ocean species during low tide.

Public transportation to the monument proves incredibly difficult. You and your team would be best served to hire a bus for the day. 

Adventure and Training

Training camp in Coronado, while primarily focused on spurring your team to a victorious second half of the season, is not without its perks. The island itself draws countless tourists each year as the primary destination. Beaches, stunning sunsets and perfect weather make for a great getaway.

Neighboring San Diego with countless attractions provides the icing on the cake.

When you have the ability to combine paradise, major attractions and a world-class training facility, why would you want to train anywhere else? We didn’t even mention the year-round perfect temperature of 70 degrees. 

If you are looking to book your next training camp, check out BBMAC. In addition to being in paradise, we make the whole process simple. Check out our package deals to see how easy training in Coronado can be.