Benjamin Eastman

An Evening With The Animals in San Diego

Summer in San Diego is always fantastic! With it being light out later in the evening we have even more time to go to the beach, jog around Fiesta Island, have a picnic dinner at a park, etc.  Even the major attractions around town get in on the fun by staying open later, featuring new and different shows – and don’t forget the summer fireworks!

Nighttime Zoo – China Celebration

Chinese Warriors - San Diego Zoo Nighttime

The Wonders of China Await at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo stays open until 9:00 PM each night through September 3rd to allow visitors the chance to discover a different side of the zoo. Not only do you get to see the more than 4,000 animals at a different time of day when their behavior is different, the Zoo also puts on a great evening show.  The Nighttime Zoo – China Celebration includes music and performances all day long – culminating in the Front Street Finale at 8:00 PM near the front entrance.  Acrobats, stiltwalkers, musicians and trampoliners gather together for one ultimate performance that will leave a lasting memory for years to come.

Summer Nights at SeaWorld

Shamu Rocks the House during Summer Nights at SeaWorld

SeaWorld San Diego also celebrates Summer Nights with nightly extended hours (until 11:00 PM most of the summer), special evening performances and nightly fireworks shows (at 9:52 PM). They’ve even got Club Atlantis – an all ages dance club Thursday – Sunday nights from 7:00 to 10:00 PM open through August 12th! SeaWorld’s special events happen nightly through August 19th and then on weekends through September 3rd.

Summer Safari

Acrobatic Excitement at the Summer Safari

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park also gets in on the evening excitement with their Summer Safari. Running through August 19th, visitors to the Safari Park have a few extra hours (until 7:00 PM) to hear their favorite lions growl, hyenas’ howl and see their favorite gorillas scowl! Evening entertainment includes African dance and music from Akayaa and Bolga Zohdomah. Guests will also be entertained by African acrobats, exotic bird shows and watching the fastest land mammal on earth try to break its own speed record. Needless to say, an evening at the Safari Park will be filled with excitement!

So take advantage of the extra hours of sunlight, the gorgeous weather and the tons of evening opportunities around town while you can!  Daylight savings won’t be around forever…

Brent Bernasconi

Experience New Excitement at San Diego Attractions this Summer 2012

Pirate Reef - LEGOLAND California

Summer in San Diego means sunshine, beaches and barbecues. During your visit this summer, why not check out some of the awesome new offerings at San Diego attractions, including roller coasters, battling pirate ships, chinese acrobats and more!

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Giraffes along a Africa Tram Safari - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Get Up Close During a Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Enjoy a Summer Safari at the Park from June 30-August 19 for unique viewing opportunities of exotic wildlife like a cheetah sprinting just seven feet from where visitors stand. This festive summer celebration also includes interactive drumming, puppet performances and acrobats who entertain guests throughout the day.

LEGOLAND California

Pirate Reef - LEGOLAND California

Climb Aboard LEGOLAND's newest ride at Pirate Reef

LEGOLAND’s new adventure ride, Pirate Reef, takes to the high seas where riders board rival pirate ships and battle one another with splashing water cannons.

The park also expanded its popular STAR WARS Miniland, which now features seven live-action LEGO displays of memorable scenes from the classic Star Wars movies, along with three life-sized LEGO models of its famous characters.

San Diego Zoo

Chinese Warriors - San Diego Zoo Nighttime

The Wonders of China Await at the San Diego Zoo

During June 23 – September 3, roam through the park until 9:00 pm for Nighttime Zoo: China Celebration and experience special summer offerings. In honor of the Year of the Dragon, witness a 20-foot-long serpent puppet, trampoline acts and performances by breathtaking Chinese acrobats, robotic actors and stilt walkers.


SeaWorld's Manta

Ride the New Manta Coaster at SeaWorld San Diego

From June 16-August 19, visit SeaWorld San Diego for Summer Nights at SeaWorld. The summer showcase features extended park hours, nightly firework shows, live music and special nighttime animal performances.

This summer experience Manta, a new mega-attraction that combines the thrill and excitement of a roller coaster with an incredible marine-life exhibit, featuring a 100,000-gallon aquarium.

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What are you most looking forward to while in San Diego this Summer?