Travelers ready to explore a new destination start out adventurous and end up flocking to the same tourist attractions as everyone else. However, following the crowd isn’t always good for adventure – or the wallet. While your ultimate decision to visit a specific attraction will depend on your personal preferences and budget, here are a few attractions that are as easy to avoid as they are to seek out.
- SeaWorld – SeaWorld has enough amusement park rides, shows and restaurants to keep the most energetic child occupied. Unfortunately, this can be the park’s downside too. There will be large crowds and sore feet by the end of the day, not to mention that it is impossible to give each exhibit the time it deserves. Even if you stay at a cheap San Diego hotel near SeaWorld, Birch Aquarium is an alternative attraction that is located only 15 minutes away in the neighborhood of La Jolla and is much more affordable for visitors. It may be without the glitz, but offers an in-depth look into the underwater world and is fun for the whole family.
- San Diego Zoo – The famed San Diego Zoo is considered by many to be one of the best in the world. If you’ve never been to the Zoo, it definitely is a must-see attraction. However, if you’re on a budget this vacation or don’t have too many days to spare in San Diego, it might be the attraction to skip because of its high ticket prices. A family or group of four could easily save about $500 by passing on this outdoor adventure. If your heart is set on visiting the zoo, the best way to explore the more than 100 acre park is over multiple days with a discounted multi-day pass so you can enjoy all of the attractions, getting as much of your money’s worth as possible. And don’t forget to book your cheap hotel near San Diego Zoo for additional savings.
- The Beach – During the peak seasons, a trip to the beach is a must, just don’t expect a quiet relaxing haven for a lazy beach bum. Those who want simply to relax need to know their San Diego beaches. The popular beaches such Pacific and Mission beaches are packed with sightseeing tours, amusement parks, overpriced food, crowds, noise and even some garbage. Sticking to the budget might mean seeking out the less popular areas such as the San Diego Bay which still provides you with water views and sand, without some of the extra visitors!
- The New Children’s Museum – This attraction is polarizing for parents and is often put at the top of the list of a family’s San Diego to-do list. However, reviews say it is either a good museum for children to wander around in, or it is a cramped space with few exhibits. Some even argue that it doesn’t go far enough in terms of actually teaching kids. Parents should do their own homework and decided if the museum will engage their children before paying the admission fees.
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