Top 9 Theme Parks And Amusement Parks In San Diego, California - Updated 2022

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San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California. It is the second-largest city in California and the eighth largest in the United States. San Diego is renowned for its vast miles of white sandy beaches, parks and favorable climate throughout the year. The climate is characterized by warm, dry summers, mild winters and an average yearly temperature of above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 degrees Celsius). Its economy majorly depends on defense/ military, tourism, international trade, and manufacturing. Tourist attractions include Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego. With all these parks, it is no wonder in 2013, it was rated by ‘The Trust for Public Land’ as having the ninth-best park system among the 50 most populous US cities. For a place to stay in the city, check out some amazing historic hotels and beach house rentals. Read on to find out more about the top theme parks and amusement parks in San Diego, California.

1. San Diego Zoo Safari Park (from USD 65.0)

This zoo sits on 1,800 acres (728.4 hectares). It is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species and a botanical collection of 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens. The animals are wild and endangered species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. See exhibits such as Asian Savanna and African Plains where you will see animals like the Indian rhinoceros, Cape buffalo and giraffes, Tiger trail with Sumatran tigers, Nairobi Village, and Gorilla Forest and lion camp. Enjoy photo caravan rides, balloon safaris, and safari tours that pull up right alongside the various animals.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tram Tour

Duration: 2 to 8 hours

201 reviews

2. Aquatica San Diego

HOORAY for the weekend: Time to go on Taumata Racer! We open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Adventurers. See you here at Aquatica!

Posted by Aquatica San Diego on Friday, 11 September 2015

Aquatica San Diego is a seasonal park and usually opens in May and closes in late September. It features seven long water slides, many pools to play in and flamingoes and freshwater turtle habitats. Experience the thrilling water rides that are suitable for the whole family. Relax and unwind sitting in the lazy river or pools. Definitely a worth-it experience and a great way to spend your day out in the lovely sun!

Aquatica San Diego

Address: 2052 Entertainment Cir, Chula Vista, CA 91911, USA

Website: Aquatica San Diego

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am to 6pm

Price: 47.99 USD/adult and 42.99 USD/child

3. Inflatable World

We are OPEN for the 2018 season and what a beautiful day it is! Hope to see you and your families soon!

Posted by Inflatable World Mission Valley on Saturday, 7 April 2018

Bring your kids here for a fun day out. This giant amusement park is next to a shopping mall and features 13 amazing inflatables with massive slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses. Sometimes it has water slides and water balloon fights as well. The location gives children plenty of space to run and play in the sun. The inflatable world offers parents the ideal place to enjoy some play time with their children.

Inflatable World

Address: 1640 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108, USA

Website: Inflatable World

Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 12pm to 6pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am to 6pm

Price: From 17 USD

4. Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

Back in the old days, traveling by train was the image of American romance. Get to go on an amazing train ride at Balboa Park Miniature Railroad. The train is operated by San Diego Zoo. Enjoy a three-minute ride through a portion of Balboa Park in this open-air antique train. The ride is suitable for both adults and kids.

Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

Address: 1800 Zoo Pl, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Website: Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

Opening hours: Saturday-Sunday 11am to 4.30pm

Price: 3 USD

5. Belmont Park

Belmont Park
Source: Photo by Flickr user Joel used under CC BY-ND 2.0

This oceanfront amusement park offers thrilling rides and a boardwalk where you can soak in the sun at the beach or go surfing or swimming in the ocean. The most famous ride is the Giant Dipper roller coaster. Keep fit while indulging in fun things to do like rock climbing, rock wall, zip line, and sky rope. Have fun playing games like laser maze, laser tag, overdrive bumper cars, and Tiki Town mini golf. There are also various restaurants where you can have a bite with the ocean view as your backdrop. With all these attractions, visiting this park is a must do.

Belmont Park

Address: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

Website: Belmont Park

Opening hours: Friday-Saturday 11am to 10pm, Sunday 11am to 8 pm

6. Waterfront Park

Posted by County of San Diego Waterfront Park on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Enjoy a day at this public park that features interactive splash fountains, beautiful gardens with distinct themes, picnic areas and a lot of playing ground and equipment for kids. Unleash the kid in you and play in the splash fountains or unique playing ground. Take a walk along the waterfront while capturing great pictures.

Waterfront Park

Address: 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Website: Waterfront Park

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 6am to 10pm

7. K1 Speed

 k1 speed
Source: Photo by Flickr user jencu used under CC BY 2.0

K1 Speed has a chain of indoor-racing centers featuring electric go-karting for all ages and skill levels. Explore Arrive & Drive races that are 14-lap heats against the clock. The karts feature 20hp electric motors that for roughly 0.25 miles (0.4 km) indoor kart track, they can reach speeds approaching 45mph. Feel the adrenaline rush as you race fast in these karts.

K1 Speed

Address: 1709 Main St, San Diego, CA 92113, USA

Website: K1 Speed

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12pm to 10pm, Friday 11am to 11pm, Saturday 10am to 12am, Sunday 10am to 9pm

Price: From 22 USD

8. Legoland California (from USD 108.0)

Sitting on 128 acres (52 ha) site, LEGOLAND California features a range of 60 thrilling rides, shows and imagination stimulating games. Visit Explorer Island where you can travel through a prehistoric jungle and dig for fossils. Small kids can build with large soft play bricks at DUPLO Playtown. Enjoy six pirate themed water rides on LEGO boats at Pirate Shores. Tour Miniland USA which showcases large-scale LEGO models of eight regions in the USA. Hungry? You can eat from more than ten restaurants and food stands! This theme park is more favorable for children but adults can also enjoy various activities.

LEGOLAND® California - 1 Day Admission

Duration: 1 to 2 days

241 reviews

9. SeaWorld San Diego (from USD 72.0)

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This animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium and mammal park sits on nearly 200 acres (81 hectares) in Mission Bay. Feel the adrenaline rush as you go on thrilling rides such as the Manta and Electric Eel. Journey through one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels and see killer whales, walruses, beluga whales, dolphins, otters, sea lions, turtles, penguins, and sharks. Go on animal tours where you get to interact with some of the animals and even feed them. You can also attend shows such as the Chinese acrobats and seasonal events such as the Lunar New Year. Enjoy an all-day dining package that offers a beverage, an entree, a side or a dessert up to once per hour at participating restaurants. It’s a great way to spend a day at this theme park that has activities favorable for both adults and children.

SeaWorld; San Diego Admission Ticket

76 reviews

Experience untamed joy

Theme parks and amusement parks provide a safe zone where children can be children and enjoy their various attractions and adults can get in touch with their inner child self. There is everything for everyone and a day here, out in the lovely sun will definitely be extremely fun and you will create lovely memories to be cherished. Plan a trip to San Diego and visit the top theme parks and amusement parks in San Diego, California.

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Herine is from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. As a travel enthusiast, she always takes interest in learning about and visiting new places. She has traveled to many places within the country,...Read more

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