San Diego, CA
We know that the best parts of any trip are often spent taking in the local attractions. And with so many to choose from just a short drive away from the resort, it’s hard to focus on one in particular. So don’t. Throw yourself into as much as you can. The Beach Boys have a song about Surfin’ USA. If that sounds like your scene, check out the Coronado Surfing Academy. Kids of all ages will love a visit to the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego or LEGOLAND California.
However you choose to spend your time—experiencing the nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter or checking out the birthplace of California in historic Old Town—good times, great stories and lots of photos are sure to follow. Our concierge has authentic insights into all the fun things to see and do nearby. We’re happy to make recommendations and provide additional information about any of the San Diego attractions below.
Coronado Ferry Landing
Discover a charming collection of shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and casual eateries surrounded by swaying palms, waterfalls and skyline views of downtown San Diego. Stroll through more than 20 eclectic shops selling memorabilia, seashells, men’s sportswear, fine art, women’s clothing and shoes, stationery and many other gifts. Coronado Ferry Landing is also home to exquisite fine dining and casual eateries.
As the nation’s largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing-arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo. With an ever-changing calendar of events, there is always something new to see.
Old Town San Diego
Historic Old Town is nestled in the heart of San Diego, with more than 150 restaurants, shops and historical sites. Old Town, the birthplace of California, is just a short walk from the San Diego Trolley Transit Center and a short drive from most San Diego destinations.
Mission San Diego De Alcala
First of the 21 missions and known as the Mother of the Missions, Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded on July 16, 1769 by Blessed Junipero Serra. It was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI. The Mission today is an active Catholic Parish in the Diocese of San Diego.
SeaWorld San Diego
From the thrills of Journey to Atlantis to the playful fun of Shamu’s Happy Harbor, there’s no better place for your family to have a wild time. Don’t miss Believe, a show starring Shamu that will take you on a sensational journey of curiosity and wonder. Get two tickets to SeaWorld with our Pick Your Park Package.
San Diego Zoo
Visit one of the largest zoos in the world. This 100-acre zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species, and over 700,000 exotic plants. Get two tickets to the San Diego Zoo with our Pick Your Park Package.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Take a trip on the wild side at this 1,800-acre wild animal park that is home to more than 3,500 animals. Visit the largest crash of rhinos in any zoological facility (yes, that’s what a group of rhinos are called, a crash!) and the only California condor exhibit in the world. This is a great outing for the entire family.
Creativity meets fun! This amusement park caters to kids both big and small and offers cool rides, building challenges and interactive attractions all centered on the famous building blocks of, well, everybody’s youth. Get two tickets to LEGOLAND with our Pick Your Park Package.
Cabrillo National Monument
Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Join us and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery.
2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
This 140-acre certified organic farm is located just eight miles from Loews Coronado Bay Resort. The farm grows over 100 varieties of crops per year; everything from arugula to zucchini. Founded in 2009 by husband-and-wife team Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro, Suzie’s Farm produces many of the ingredients found in Mistral, our fine dining restaurant, and at other local outlets and markets. Suzie’s Farm is dedicated to education—with a Farm School program for local children who can use the farm as the backdrop for their learning. Farm tours and special farm dinner events are also wonderful ways you can experience the natural beauty and bounty of Suzie's.
Living Coast Discovery Center
The Living Coast Discovery Center is a natural treasure on San Diego Bay. The nonprofit zoo and aquarium is uniquely situated on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Guests of Loews Coronado Bay Resort can enjoy exclusive discounts and special access to programs not available to the general public at this hands-on wildlife and natural experience. Please ask our concierge about discounted admission and more information on the special VIP programs, including the Go WILD! Family VVIP Interactive Wildlife Encounter and the Go WILD! KIds Program.
Coronado Surfing Academy
The team at Coronado Surfing Academy is dedicated to providing you with the ultimate surfing experience. They are known for their knowledge, professionalism and unparalleled customer service. On tap are several programs and classes to suit any and all of your surfing needs, including Stand Up Paddle lessons. Included in your lesson package is professional instruction, the use of a full-body wetsuit and a soft surfboard. The approximate time for each surfing lesson is 1½ hours, with at least 1 hour spent in the water with an instructor.
Run, Walk & Bike Path
The Silver Strand bikeway is an easy, nine-mile (14 km) bicycle and pedestrian path from Ferry Landing Marketplace in Coronado to Imperial Beach. The path is at sea level with no elevation gain. It is regarded as the most beautiful and most cyclist-friendly bike route in Southern California. Guests can access the path at the hotel entrance.
The Silver Strand–Nature’s Bridge to Discovery interpretative trail offers the opportunity to learn about the ecology of the area and is an all-round great trail experience. Located on the eastern side of the Silver Strand in the middle of a Coastal Sage-Scrub environment (less than ½ mile from the hotel entrance to the north), the trail begins at the Wing Deck near the Coronado Amphibious Base and stretches 1½ miles to Fiddler's Cove Marina. Five sculptures and construction projects highlight the ecology of the area in addition to 24 sand sculptures dedicated to the native plant and animal life. See the concierge for details and reservations.
Indulge in all the magic and tradition of Venice right here in San Diego as you gently cruise in a private gondola through the enchanting canals of the Coronado Cays. Gondola cruises last approximately 50 minutes. Each gondola can accommodate up to six passengers. Cruises are available 3 PM to midnight and weekends from 11 AM to midnight. For reservations (required) and prices, please call The Gondola Company at 619-429-6317.
Museums of Balboa Park
Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, including the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Natural History Museum, Timken Museum of Art and many others. If you plan to visit more than one museum, consider the Passport to Balboa Park ticket, which offers visitors the chance to visit 14 museums with a savings of more than 50%. Passport/Zoo combination tickets are also available.
The New Children’s Museum
A dynamic new model of a museum that celebrates children and the arts, The New Children’s Museum empowers children and families to think, play and create through participatory exhibitions, engaging art-making activities, captivating artistic performances, and in-depth educational opportunities. Located in a striking green facility in downtown San Diego, NCM is a destination for children of all ages, from toddler to teen.
San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, provides a rich and diverse cultural experience for almost 250,000 visitors annually. Located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.