Balboa Park fountain in San Diego CA

Exploring San Diego’s Spring Attractions

Spring has sprung in San Diego, and with it the city is blooming with fresh and exciting new events and activities. From brand-new theme park adventures to cultural celebrations and outdoor explorations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in “America’s Finest City.” Here’s your essential guide to the hottest happenings at these spring San Diego attractions that the whole family will love!

SeaWorld San Diego

Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience
When: Spring 2024
Embark on an underwater journey like no other at SeaWorld San Diego’s newest attraction, where you’ll encounter the mesmerizing world of jellyfish. With a walk-through archway habitat and a giant viewing wall, prepare to be enchanted by four different species of these delicate, tentacled wonders. Plus, get hands-on with interactive experiences that bring you closer to these fascinating creatures.

Seven Seas Food Festival
When: March 1 – April 28 (Fridays-Sundays), 2024
Indulge your taste buds at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival, where you can sip and sample your way through international street-food traditions, craft beers, and wines. With live musical performances adding to the ambiance, immerse yourself in a culinary journey featuring gourmet offerings crafted by SeaWorld’s expert culinary team, all using local, sustainable ingredients.

Viva La Musica
When: May 3-19, 2024
Experience the vibrant rhythms and flavors of Latin America at Viva La Musica, a festive celebration at SeaWorld’s Zócalo zone. Enjoy live concerts, dance performances, and a family-friendly party atmosphere while savoring delicious dishes like fish tacos and traditional pupusas. It’s a fiesta you won’t want to miss!

jelly fish at seaworld

(Photo: @seaworldsandiego)

Sesame Place San Diego

Splish & Splash at the Water Park
When: Water rides open March 23, 2024 (weather permitting)
Splash into fun at Sesame Place San Diego, the only “Sesame Street”-themed park on the West Coast. As the weather warms up, dive into 11 aquatic attractions, including the half-million-gallon wave pool and the Count’s Splash Castle, for a splashing good time.

Elmo’s Eggstravaganza
When: March 23 – April 7, 2024
Hop into the Easter spirit with Elmo’s Eggstravaganza, featuring rides, stage shows, and a Golden Egg Hunt. Join in on the Sesame Street Party Parade, interactive Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, and more egg-citing activities for the whole family.

Elmo’s Springtacular
When: April 13 – May 19, 2024
Celebrate spring with Elmo’s Springtacular, where you can dance along with furry friends, enjoy character meet-and-greets, and get creative at the craft station. With plenty of fun-filled activities, it’s sure to be a springtime delight for Sesame Street fans of all ages.

kids playing at water park

(Photo: @sesameplaceca)

LEGOLAND California

25th “Brickday” Celebration
When: Spring 2024
Join the party at LEGOLAND California as they celebrate their 25th birthday with special events, new attractions, and entertainment throughout the year. Kick off the festivities this spring with an array of exciting experiences that will delight LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.

Water Park Opening
When: March 16, 2024
Discover LEGOLAND’s Water Park, where you’ll find more than seven slides, sandy beaches, and the unique Build-A-Raft River, along with attractions like Pirate Reef spanning over 10 acres of aquatic fun!

Dino Valley
When: Opens March 22, 2024
Travel back in time to Dino Valley, a new themed area coming to LEGOLAND California this spring. Explore three rides, an interactive zone with a reimagined Dino Dig space, and meet-and-greets with costumed characters as you uncover prehistoric adventures around every corner.

(Video: @legolandcalifornia)

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Spring Safari, Featuring Butterfly Jungle
When: March 16 – May 12, 2024
Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature at the Safari Park’s Spring Safari event, where you can marvel at the beauty of colorful butterflies in the Hidden Jungle aviary. With semi-exclusive access and educational opportunities for all ages, it’s an experience that will leave you fluttering with excitement.

safari park elephants with spring flowers

(Photo: @sdzsafaripark)

Petco Park

San Diego Padres Opening Day
When: March 28, 2024 
Catch the excitement of Major League Baseball as the San Diego Padres kick off their season at Petco Park. With star-studded games, standout giveaways, and immersive activations, it’s sure to be a home run for baseball fans.

Petco Park Enhancements
When: Spring 2024
Experience the ultimate ballpark experience at Petco Park, recently named the best MLB ballpark in the nation by USA Today. With a $20 million upgrade to Gallagher Square, including new viewing decks, picnic spaces, and a dog park, plus special events throughout the season, there’s never been a better time than this spring to visit this iconic venue.

Belmont Park

Belmont in Bloom
When: March 30 – May 27, 2024
Experience the beauty of spring at Belmont Park’s Belmont in Bloom celebration, featuring floral arrangements, spring-themed sculptures, and interactive art installations. With seasonal treats, live music, and family-friendly fun, it’s the perfect way to welcome the season.

kids eating ice cream at belmont park

(Photo: @belmontparksd)

Balboa Park

Gardens of Balboa Park
When: Spring
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Balboa Park’s gardens, from the colorful blooms of the Rose Garden to the serene tranquility of the Japanese Friendship Garden. With the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and the option to explore multiple museums and attractions with an Explorer Pass, springtime in Balboa Park is not to be missed.

cherry blossom festival at balboa park

(Photo: @balboapark)

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Hold Fast Art Exhibit
When: Through September 2024
Immerse yourself in the intersection of art and science at the Birch Aquarium’s Hold Fast exhibit, featuring stunning installations inspired by San Diego’s kelp forests and marine life. With interactive displays and educational programs, it’s a unique opportunity to explore the beauty and fragility of our ocean ecosystems.

kids at birch aquarium looking at sea life


Your Shelter Island Spring Break Awaits

With so much to see and do, springtime in San Diego promises endless adventures and unforgettable memories. Whether you’re splashing in the waves at Sesame Place or marveling at the wonders of nature at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, there’s magic around every corner. So pack your bags and get ready for a springtime getaway like no other right here at Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina. Check out our spring special offers and packages and start planning your Shelter Island escape today!