The San Diego area has a long-standing reputation as a popular tourist destination, with numerous attractions to delight visitors of all ages.

The acclaimed San Diego Zoo, located downtown in Balboa Park, is home to some of the world’s rarest wildlife, including its beloved giant pandas. The new Absolutely Apes exhibit features orangutans and siamangs from Indonesia in a state-of-the-art tropical habitat. Tigers and other wildlife prowl the Tiger River exhibit, which is filled with the flora and fauna of an Asian rain forest. Exotic birds fly freely through two spectacular aviaries.

SeaWorld, home of Shamu the whale, has delighted more than 100 million visitors since opening on Mission Bay in 1964. Its extensive exhibits offer up-close glimpses of sharks, interactive tide pools, the snowy Penguin Encounter, a virtual trip to an Arctic research station and much more. SeaWorld is one of only three locations outside Florida where visitors can view the endangered manatee.

The Wild Animal Park, an 1,800-acre wild animal preserve, is home to more than 3,500 Asian and African animals. Located about 15 miles north of the I-15 Diamond Gateway, the park also features an acclaimed botanical garden.

LegoLand, 30 miles north of San Diego in Carlsbad, delights visitors of all ages with rides, hands-on exhibits and an endless array of life-sized (and larger) creations built entirely from Legos.

Closer to home, the Diamond Gateway sponsors numerous festivals, ethnic celebrations and other events throughout the year. Rancho Penasquitos’ Spring Fiesta de los Penasquitos attracts thousands of people each year.

Dining is a special treat in the communities of the I-15

Diamond Gateway, with numerous restaurants offering delicious ethnic specialties. Whether you’re hungry for an exotic feast, hearty family fare or elegant fine dining, you’ll find it all in the Diamond Gateway

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