|Belmont Park from above|
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The San Diego Zoo is one of the city’s most recognizable attractions. It was founded just shy of 100 years ago and is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals. In fact, the San Diego Zoo was one of the first to pioneer the idea of open-air, cageless exhibits that more naturally mimic an animal’s habitat. The zoo is heavily focused on wildlife conservancy and social responsibility and has played a part in reintroducing more than 30 endangered species back into the wild. The zoo is also famous for the birth of several giant pandas.
|The LEGO Sphinx|
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If you want to visit an aquarium without having to fight the crowds, check out Birch Aquarium. San Diego public transit can get you to the aquarium and back as it is a bit north of the city itself. At the aquarium, your children can enjoy touch pools, views of the ocean, and many small to medium-sized displays. It’s the perfect way to experience the wonders of the ocean in a more intimate setting.
If you have older children that wouldn’t be interested in theme parks (or if you’re traveling alone) consider visiting the San Diego Museum of Art. The museum features elaborate Spanish décor and architecture with a collection of art that spans the globe and dates back several thousand years. While the design and layout is heavily influenced by Spanish history, you’ll find art from all regions of the world!
|The gigantic USS Midway|
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What attractions or theme parks will you visit when you are in San Diego for our CME conference? Let us know in the comments below which spots you’re excited to see!