By Joe T. White

San Diego is a mecca of museums, missions and magnificent places to visit. In this short article, one will find out about some of these places. Plan to spend at least a week if possible.

San Diego Zoo

Balboa Park

Old Town

USS Midway Museum

The San Diego Zoo and city are synonymous. This is one of the most famous zoos in the world. Rather than try to list the wildlife, which would be impossible to do, here are some of the habitats one will see; Desert, Island, Ocean and Coast line, Prairie and steppes, river, lakes and wetlands, Savannah, Scrubland, Temperate Forest, Tropical Rain Forest and Tundra, to name a few. There are ten restaurants in Balboa Park, where the Zoo is located. A marvelous gift shop tops off a day that will end far too soon, especially for a family.

Balboa Park includes 13 museums, a Botanical garden plus the Zoo. The Gardens contain a Japanese Friendship Garden, a Rose Garden, a Butterfly Garden, Palm Garden and a Desert Garden, to name a few. Museums include; Museum of Photographic Arts, The History Center, Museum of Art, Museum of Man, Timken Museum of Art, Mingei International Museum, Marston House Museum and Gardens and that is not all! One could spend a week in the Park and still not see everything.

Old Town is full of history and is considered the "birthplace" of California. San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization. Father Serra’s mission and Presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is currently known as Old Town San Diego.

The USS Midway Museum is the longest serving aircraft carrier with over 50 years of service. Over 225,000, sailors served on board this famous carrier. Today one can visit 60 exhibits and see 29 restored airplanes. If one is up to it, one can try one’s hand at flying one of the simulators! Yes, one can enjoy lunch at the Fantail café and a beautiful gift shop offers books and memorabilia of the ship.

The Birch Aquarium contains over 60 habitats of sea life. There are hands on exhibits where one can interact with the sea life. The Splash Café offers food and the gift shop provide a delightful shopping experience.

It is sad to have to leave out so many wonderful things to do in this magnificent city; however, space just does not permit the listing of more.

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