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There’s More to San Diego Than Shamu

- Cristina

As much as I love the famous killer whale, SeaWorld is not the reason that San Diego is my favorite city in the USA. It’s a hub of Californian culture, one of the world’s most beautiful beach cities, and a paradise for shoppers and surfers alike—and there’s no better time to visit it than the summer.

When I go down to San Diego with my mom, we usually take a scenic train ride downtown and then take a cab to Seaport Village, one of the city’s largest attractions. It has dozens of restaurants—many of them with a beautiful view of the beach—and just as many quirky, interesting shops that sell everything from seashells and wind chimes to custom T-shirts and hats. The Village’s conveniently close proximity to the train station, the city’s beaches and several fine hotels make it the perfect place for you and your family to stay when visiting San Diego.

If you crave a bit more excitement, then you have to head downtown. Personally, I prefer to spend the day shopping and eating, but there is plenty more to do here. In addition to malls, boutiques and restaurants, you will find several museums, art galleries, parks, and guided tours for your enjoyment. A popular downtown attraction is Balboa Park, an enormous urban cultural park spanning 1,200 acres. The park has several theaters and galleries for plays, musicals, and art exhibits as well as beautiful natural scenery to create an enriching cultural experience.

To gain an even deeper understanding and appreciation of San Diego’s rich culture, you can take a ten-minute ride down the famous Pacific Coast Highway to Old Town, where you can take a tour, enjoy authentic, cultural cuisine at one of nearly thirty restaurants, or visit a museum.

Naturally, not everyone in your family may be satisfied by this laidback approach to San Diego. Not to worry! This amazing city has something for everyone, even the adventurous. San Diego’s terrain affords you the opportunity to surf, kayak, bike, hike, or scuba dive to your heart’s content.

Now, as I stated earlier, SeaWorld is not my favorite part of San Diego, but that doesn’t mean that you should miss out on this world-famous attraction! If you’re new to San Diego, you should definitely take the chance to pay Shamu and all the critters at SeaWorld a visit.

 

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