The San Diego Botanic Garden located in Encinitas is much more than a garden. Boasting two excellent interactive play areas it is an adventurous place for families who want to explore different environments and learn about nature, water, music and more. For art lovers and kids that enjoy sculptures it is the perfect place to hike around and discover the many exceptional works of art located throughout the Garden.
Largest permanent operating model railroad and toy train museum in North America. Also featured is an interactive toy train gallery and a railroad theme gift shop.
The county's oldest and largest art museum houses outstanding collections of Asian, European, American, and contemporary art and features major traveling exhibitions.
The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT), located in beautiful Balboa Park, features fascinating exhibitions (both permanent and traveling) along with a full list of family programs and giant-screen films with a focus on natural science. Kids can join Scholastic's Ms. Frizzle™ for hands-on science activities (every Sunday at 12:15 and 2:15 PM).
Through education, advocacy, and stewardship SOHO's mission is to preserve, promote and support preservation of the architectural, cultural and historical links and landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth and character of our region.
SOHO operates six historic sites and museums.
The San Diego History Center is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated.
The Junípero Serra Museum, owned by The San Diego History Center and located in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. As a major symbol of the city, it stands atop the hill recognized as the site where California began.
Located in downtown San Diego in the original Chinese Mission built in 1927, this museum showcases the heritage of San Diego's Chinese community and the essence of Chinese arts and culture.
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Explore interactive exhibits and an Diego's only IMAX® Dome Theater featuring fantastic films and stimulating planetarium shows.