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San Diego Attractions Closures — What’s Open & What’s Not

Check before you go - last update at 7:00 p.m. on March 14, 2020

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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.

San Diego Zoo: Closing March 16

As members, we received an email from San Diego Zoo Global’s President/CEO, Paul A. Baribault that said, San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park will close on March 16. You can read the letter in its entirety.

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 will be open this weekend on March 14 and 15. If you are comfortable going, remember to use promo code lajollamom to save $6 on 1-Day adult and child tickets at aRes Travel.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Closing March 16

As mentioned above, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will close on March 16 and reopen on April 1.

If you are comfortable going, remember to use promo code lajollamom to save $6 on 1-Day adult and child tickets at aRes Travel.

LEGOLAND California: Closing March 14

LEGOLAND California will close the theme park, water park, and SEA LIFE Aquarium between March 14–31.

SeaWorld San Diego: Closing March 16

SeaWorld San Diego remains open but will close on March 16, however, they have canceled all shows prior to this. All SeaWorld parks will close between March 16–March 31.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps: Closed

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: Closing March 16

The USS Midway Museum remains open over the weekend 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.

New Children’s Museum: Closing March 16

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

Balboa Park Museums: Closed

As of now, there haven’t been announced Balboa Park museum closures. You can click through to each museum’s website to double-check opening hours here.

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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