Chula Vista is the second largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area. The city offers a wide array of attractions and activities to entertain visitors and residents year round. Continue reading to learn how about 10 Chula Vista attractions that offer affordable activities for seniors.
Chula Vista's scenic harbor offers spectacular views and easy access to southern San Diego Bay. The harbor includes two marinas, an RV park, and several restaurants. It is also home to Chula Vista Yacht Club and two waterfront parks. Various sport fishing, sight-seeing and whale-watching charters operate out of Chula Vista Harbor.
2. The Living Coast Discovery Center
Interactive exhibits at the Nature Center describe the history, geology, ecology, natural history and bio-diversity of Sweetwater Marsh and San Diego Bay. Exhibits include a shark and ray tank, aviaries housing waterbirds, hawks and owls, bird watching platforms and drought tolerant gardens attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Seniors 65 and older receive 20% off admission!
3. Otay Valley Regional Park
The Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP) is a multi-jurisdictional park that runs through Chula Vista. The OVRP offers its visitors a relaxing sense of well being in a natural river valley. There are trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Those with a passion for angling will find peaceful fishing holes along the trails throughout the OVRP. Discover native plants and animals, and enjoy the great outdoors!
4. The U.S Olympic Training Center
In the 90’s the San Diego National Sports Training Foundation presented a gift to the United States Olympic Committee in the form of a 155 acre complex. The complex is a state of the art training facility that is used by future Olympic hopefuls. The athletes are supported through their training and this includes all aspects of their schedule. Visitors can go on a self guided tour of the facilities completely free of charge.
5. Hop aboard a navy ship
The U.S.S. Midway Museum brings visitors aboard a decommissioned US Navy aircraft carrier, complete with 29 restored military aircraft. Take advantage of senior and retired-military discounts that are available in person and online. More than half of the Midway’s exhibits are wheelchair accessible, with American Sign Language, printed, and audio descriptive tour tools available.
6. Catch a show
The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park is a nationally renowned complex of three performance spaces that hosts an annual Shakespeare festival, touring shows, and new works by such artists as Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Senior discount tickets are available for most shows. All three theaters offer wheelchair-accessible seating and assistive listening systems.
7. Explore maritime history
The Maritime Museum of San Diego celebrates ships from several eras. It’s home to the Star of India, the oldest working sailing ship, plus steam ships, submarines, and a recreation of a British 24-gun frigate. Seniors save $3 on general admission.
8. Enjoy a day at the beach
La Jolla Cove, one of the country’s best beaches according to travel site Tripadvisor, offers visitors of all ages something better than a discount: free admission. Visitors rate it as a great beach for walking and watching the local sea lions bask on the sand.
9. Discover life under the sea
Check out thousands of sea creatures up close at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Birch Aquarium. Seniors save $4 on admission to exhibits on the sea life of Mexico, seahorses, whales, and the sharks and rays that live in the waters off La Jolla.
10. Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
This park is a great destination for outdoor recreation, including camping, fishing, hiking & horseback riding.
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