San Diego is the ideal destination for your next learning experience. Renowned for its idyllic climate and dazzling array of world-class attractions, you are sure to enjoy every minute with us – both in and out of class. Whether you are here for a short seminar or a rigorous 10-week language program, San Diego offers a variety of things to see and do, appealing to guests of all ages from around the world.
After a day of stimulating instruction in a university setting, treat yourself to a spa package or serene beach walk and finish the day with an award-winning meal prepared in one of the region’s 6,400 eating establishments.
San Diego County features more than 90 golf courses and a variety of exciting participatory and spectator sports. Our coastline not only supports year-round outdoor recreation — such as surfing, scuba diving, sailing and kayaking — but also important scientific research.
If you enjoy arts and culture, visit Balboa Park, home to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and 15 major museums, performing art venues, beautiful gardens, the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre and the world famous San Diego Zoo.
Find a hotel close to UC San Diego Extension. Many of the surrounding hotels offer special rates for Extension students. Be sure to inquire when booking your stay.
La Jolla Campus
9600 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 534-3400
Fax: (858) 534-8527
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University City Center
6256 Greenwich Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: (858) 534-3400
Fax: (858) 246-1031
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Countywide, San Diego serves up an enticing menu of dining and nightlife options. Whether you are craving live music, dancing, filet mignon or a fish taco, we’ll help you find a place to match your style.
Looking for the best way to savor San Diego? Search for restaurants serving the cuisine you’re craving, or find a neighborhood gem. Once you’ve decided, make a reservation for the evening.
Savor the sights, smells, and flavors of San Diego’s wineries and vineyards. Our perfect weather and beautiful landscape provide a flawless setting for an afternoon of wine tasting.
Craft breweries are exploding in San Diego. Whether you want an all-day adventure or just to stop by for a pint, there is bound to be one in your area.
San Diego’s nightclub scene heats up after dark. From casual seaside nightspots to upscale dance clubs, there are many great places to unwind at the end of the day.
With two Tony® Award-winning theatres, museums, music, public art, dance, film, galleries and a multitude of other cultural offerings, San Diego is truly a world-class cultural destination.
The most difficult decision to make when planning a vacation to San Diego is determining what to do and see among the region’s vast and diverse variety of offerings. From the theater to wild animals, we’ve got something for everyone.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is world famous for the quality and diversity of its exhibits. It's home to a rare and endangered species breeding program, where visitors can see animals that are hard to find elsewhere. The zoo is very large, so plan to spend a whole day.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
This is a sister facility to the San Diego Zoo, but with a unique twist: It's set up as an open exhibit, where the animals interact with each other much like in their natural habitat. It's designed to look just like an African plain, and visitors ride a monorail to view the animals, safari-style. Very nice hiking trails feature native California flora. A full day should be planned.
Visitors can take in live shows featuring marine mammals, enjoy special attractions and even ride on a roller coaster. The park offers personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature.
Balboa Park is San Diego’s cultural center, and the nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musical concerts and classes, all in a historic setting.
San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp Quarter could be considered the heart of San Diego nightlife and gastronomy. There are numerous restaurants, nightclubs, shops and bars. You can have an Irish ale and listen to blues at happy hour, then go next door and dance the Samba all night. The Gaslamp is located between Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues from Broadway to Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is the original Spanish settlement that became the city of San Diego. There are many Victorian-era houses as well Spanish haciendas. A multitude of Mexican restaurants and historic shops offer great atmosphere.
Hotel del Coronado
On the “island” of Coronado sits the Hotel del Coronado, the first electrically lighted hotel in the world. Built more than a hundred years ago, it still has Victorian charm. Come here for high tea and the high life.
San Diego Padres Baseball
Located adjacent to the Gaslamp Quarter, PETCO Park brings all the excitement of a Major League Baseball game into a bustling downtown setting. With tickets as low as $5, visitors can make a trip to the ballpark an all-day experience by enjoying the nearby San Diego Bay.
For more suggestions on what to do in San Diego, visit sandiego.org.