New Attractions in San Diego 2015: Boat Tours, Zoo, Balboa Park and More
San Diego is an electric city that is continually evolving. From its modernized museums to its upscale restaurants, this coastal metropolis is always buzzing with activity. There will be plenty of new attractions to experience in 2015 for locals and tourists. Whether you want to plan a family day trip or you prefer to get a taste of the nightlife with friends, you won’t be disappointed by this vibrant city’s offerings.
Patriot Tour by Flagship Cruises
Start your San Diego adventures by taking a 30-minute high-speed cruise past the Coronado Bridge around the beautiful bay. The Patriot is a ship like no other with its dual turbo engines, each operating on 1,400 hp. Zip through the water as you listen to trendy tunes, feel the wind whip and watch the waves whoosh. After experiencing the most exhilarating 360-degree turns, you can take a break for some whale watching or enjoying the gorgeous seashore views.
This new hot spot is located in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, and it’s redefining California nightlife. The intimate layout, cathedral-like stage, theatrical dancers, stunning visual displays and impressive sound system make visiting this club a truly immersive and unforgettable experience. The menu boasts a decent assortment of delectable small-bite snacks, a reasonably priced bottle service and delicious craft cocktails.
2015 San Diego Beer Week
To continue the party theme, don’t miss San Diego Beer Week in November. This 10-day festival celebrates the area’s breweries, pubs and restaurants in some unique ways. From pre-breakfast beer tasting to unusual tap takeovers, there is something for every fan of the foamy cold ones. You can enjoy even more frivolity throughout the year by heading to Old Town for the Tasty Adventures Beer Train Tour. Hop aboard the trolley for a tour-and-taste of four local breweries.
Early Morning with Pandas at the San Diego Zoo
For a more kid-friendly excursion, take a morning trip to the San Diego Zoo. You’ll be able to watch the giant pandas greeting the day, and you won’t have to squeeze your way through the afternoon crowds. You’ll also take a small-group tour around the zoo and see some other animals close up. If you cannot get enough of cute, furry creatures, make a day of your visit, and be sure to look for the newest animal babies at the zoo.
SeaWorld Shamu Habitat Expansion
This year, the killer whale haven at the San Diego theme park will undergo substantial changes. Plans include doubling the water volume of the current orca environment with newer, deeper tanks. The updated habitat will also provide 40-foot-tall underwater viewing windows. Completion on the project isn’t expected until 2018, but the buzz around the area is enough to generate excitement among kids and kids at heart.
Balboa Park 100th Anniversary Celebration
To mark the centennial of Balboa Park, the San Diego Natural History Museum is featuring three exciting new exhibits. The Discovery of King Tut runs currently through the end of April, and Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed can be viewed from mid-June to January 2016. The third exhibition is Coast to Cactus in Southern California. This interactive display highlights the Southern California environment from the gorgeous coastline to the imposing desert landscape.
The Liberty Public Market
Have you ever wanted to catch a fish at Pike Place or sample the fare at the Ferry Building? You may get a chance to enjoy these experiences and live the foodie’s dream at the new Liberty Public Market in Liberty Station. This summer, the 22,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor food hall will open to the public. Make sure you wear your walking shoes so that you can take in every inch of this vast, culturally diverse venue.
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