Water feature and intricate buildings in Balboa Park San Diego.


Find the best things to do in San Diego and Mission Bay

Located on the shores of Mission Bay, the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa is within easy reach of all the top attractions in San Diego. With a wide variety of family-friendly things to do, San Diego is the ideal location to bring the clan together and bond over the fusion of natural beauty and urban sophistication. The Hilton provides a variety of packages that allows you to experience the favorite things to do in San Diego while being pampered and indulged in a luxury resort.

San Diego is home to world famous attractions such as SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, but it also features some lesser known, but equally impressive points of interest such as the Historic Old Town, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp District. With the history of San Diego being tightly intertwined with the origins of California itself, there’s plenty to discover for adventurers of all ages. Stay at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa and experience the best of what San Diego has to offer.

San Diego SeaWorld

SeaWorld® San Diego

Distance from resort: 2 miles - 5 minute drive

Explore the wonders of marine life at SeaWorld® San Diego just minutes from the resort.

For more information or to learn about other SeaWorld® events, please call our concierge at 619-275-7955.

SeaWorld Vacation Package

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Old Town San Diego

Historic Old Town San Diego

Distance from resort: 2.3 miles - 10 minute drive

Visit Historic Old Town San Diego, the “birthplace” of California, where the first Europeans settled in 1769. History is waiting for you and your family with over 17 historic points of interest and the finest in professional theatre, museums, artisans, galleries and shops. Find free live entertainment, mariachis, dancers, period attire docents providing tours and more, all within walking distance.


Panda in a tree at San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Distance from resort: 8 miles - 15 minute drive

Visit with rare and exotic creatures at the world famous San Diego Zoo. For an interactive safari adventure, check out the San Diego Zoo Safari Park located 37 minutes north of the resort.

We are proud to be a preferred hotel partner of the San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo Package

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LegoLand California


Distance from resort: 28 miles - 45 minute drive

LEGOLAND® brings out the hero in everyone. There are more than 50 super rides, shows and attractions for the entire family. There's fun for everyone, including even the youngest guest.


Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Distance from resort: 8 miles - 15 minute drive

Don’t miss out on visiting Balboa Park- the nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts and classes.

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San Diego Seaport Village

Seaport Village

Distance from resort: 8 miles - 15 minute drive 

Explore 14 acres of waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment. Recreating a harbor side setting of a century ago, Seaport Village includes 54 one of a kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries and 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants.


Gas Lamp District in San Diego

The Gaslamp Quarter

Distance from resort: 8 miles - 16 minute drive

The Gaslamp Quarter offers more than 200 restaurants, nightclubs and music venues in addition to various popular shops and local boutiques. Located in the historic heart of downtown San Diego, there is something for everyone to enjoy at any time of day in the Gaslamp Quarter. The district is especially known for its nightlife, as it is the home to numerous rooftop bars and lounges where live music and comedy shows occur nightly.



San Diego's Little Italy

Little Italy

Distance from resort: 7 miles - 12 minute drive

Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is a quaint and lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops and the beautiful Amici Park.



Sea horse in an aquarium

Birch Aquarium

Distance from resort: 7 miles - 13 minute drive

Explore where the wonders of the ocean come alive. Smaller and more intimate than some of its larger and better known cousins, the Birch Aquarium allows guests to get close to the animals and take time to enjoy them. Watch the creatures being fed, feel around in the outdoor tide pool and check out the mesmerizing 70,000-gallon kelp forest.