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California's second-most populous county and the fifth-most populous in the United States. San Diego County has more than 70 miles (110 km) of coastline. This forms the most densely populated region of the county.

Attractions in San Diego County

Balboa ParkSan Diego, CA, USA

1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

An aquarium and the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California. Birch Aquarium at Scripps has an annual attendance of more than 439,000, including more than 40,000 school children, and features more than 3,000 animals representing 380 species. The hilltop site provides views of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus and the Pacific Ocean.

Black's BeachBlack's Beach, San Diego, CA 92037, USA

A secluded section of beach beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines. Stingrays can be found along the coastline when the water gets above 50 degrees.

Cabrillo National Monument1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. This event marked the first time a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States.

Coronado BridgeCA-75, Coronado, CA 92118, USA

A 3,407 meter (2.1 mi) long prestressed concrete/steel girder bridge, crossing over San Diego Bay, linking San Diego with Coronado, California. The pillars supporting the bridge on the eastern end are painted with huge murals as part of Chicano Park, the largest collection of Chicano art murals in the world.

La Jolla CoveLa Jolla Cove, California 92037, USA

A is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers.

LEGOLAND CaliforniaOne Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA

Third Legoland park to open. Legoland California is a theme park, miniature park, and aquarium. It comes with over 60 rides, shows and attractions.

Maritime Museum of San Diego1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Established in 1948, it preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States. The centerpiece of the museum's collection is the Star of India, an 1863 ironbark.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

A state protected historical park commemorating the early days of the City of San Diego and includes many historic buildings from the period 1820 to 1870.

San Diego Air & Space Museum2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

An aviation and space exploration museum containing many original and reproductions of historic aircraft and spacecraft.

San Diego Botanic Garden230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA

At 37 acres (150,000 m2), the garden includes rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden.

San Diego Museum of Man1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

This anthropology museum's cultural resources and permanent exhibits focus on the pre-Columbian history of the western Americas, with materials drawn from Native American cultures of the Southern California region, and Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya. The museum also holds one of the most important collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the United States, which includes burial masks, figurines, and seven painted wooden coffins. The most extraordinary of these is an extremely

San Diego Zoo2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

With over 4 million visitors, San Diego Zoo is the most visited zoo in the United States. Housing more than 3,500 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies, San Diego Zoo was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats.

SeaWorld San Diego500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

An animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park. Popular for their animal exhibitions and shows.

The San Diego Museum of Art1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102, USA

Fine arts museum housing a broad collection with particular strength in Spanish art. The exhibits ranges in date from 5000 BC to 2012 AD.

Torrey Pines State Reserve12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

2,000 acres of coastal state park, one of the wildest stretches of land (8 km²) on the Southern California coast. one of the wildest stretches of land (8 km²) on the Southern California coast. The reserve consists of a plateau with cliffs that overlook Torrey Pines State Beach, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. Many different kinds of wildlife and flora are found within the reserve, including bobcats, foxes, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, rabbits, cacti, coastal chaparral, and the ra

USS Midway Museum910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

A historical naval aircraft carrier museum. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California.

Map of attractions in San Diego County