One of the most frequently-asked questions landing in my inbox these days is whether I’ve heard certain San Diego attractions will or will not be open in the coming weeks. My intention is to keep this post updated with the latest information as it rolls into my inbox.

We are living in a rapidly-changing environment so it is prudent to check with the attractions before you go. The San Diego Tourism Authority is also maintaining an always up-to-date page about travel to San Diego that I recommend bookmarking and checking frequently. I give you access to discounted tickets and may be compensated if you purchase any using my links.

San Diego Zoo: Open

San Diego Zoo Global is a nonprofit organization so money spent in either park does directly to the care of the animals and staff in addition to their important conservation initiatives (of which there are many). They are going to need our support more than even when they reopen.

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Open

San Diego Zoo Safari Park will also reopen on June 20.

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San Diego Air & Space Museum: Open

They were the first of the indoor Balboa Park museums to announce reopening.

LEGOLAND California: Open

LEGOLAND California’s theme park, water park, and SEA LIFE Aquarium are closed.

SeaWorld San Diego: Open

The theme park opened for a special SeaWorld San Diego: Zoo Days Bayside BBQ and Brews event. You’ll need a special ticket even if you’re an annual passholder.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps: Open

Birch Aquarium at Scripps will remain closed until further notice. They are also canceling all special events, school visits, and outreach activities. Of course, staff will continue working with enhanced safety protocols to care for the more than 6,000 animals that call the aquarium home. 

USS Midway Museum: Open

The USS Midway Museum remains open with increased safety measures and hand sanitation stations around the facility for guest use. You can check their calendar and read more about their safety initiatives.

Maritime Museum of San Diego: Open

A selection of vessels are open at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The submarines are closed.

New Children’s Museum: Closed

Check the calendar for hours, but other than some early closures due to special events, New Children’s Museum remains open.

Balboa Park Museums: Open

You can click through to each museum’s website to double-check opening hours here.

The open-air public spaces throughout Balboa Park are open! Here are the open, paid attractions:

Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown San Diego: Closed

MCASD will be closed to the public from March 14 until further notice. Keep an eye on their event calendar for more updates.

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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