Get "Wild" in San Diego: Area Wildlife

Spring marks a time for renewal, rejuvenation, and new beginnings. This change can be felt with the warming temperatures and seen through blooming flora and buzzing fauna, making this season a wonderful time to “get wild” and witness San Diego wildlife on and off Paradise Point’s island.  

You don’t have to go far to have an animal encounter.  Countless San Diego wildlife residents call our 44 acres of tropical island home, which provides them with a variety of habitat types in a natural setting. The latest addition: over ten new Mallard ducklings! Besides our charming ducks, a walk along our lagoons, gardens, and beaches offers a chance to interact with:

  • Lizards
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Egrets
  • Mallard Ducks
  • Great Blue Herons
  • Night Herons
  • Shovelnose Guitarfish
  • Stingrays
  • Leopard Sharks
  • Red-eared Slider Turtles


Another way to see wildlife in San Diego is to hop aboard our Scenic Bay Cruise. This 60-minute Mission Bay boat tour gives you an up-close look at sea lions and pelicans against a backdrop of breathtaking views of the bay and the striking San Diego skyline.

For the ultimate encounter with marine life in San Diego, venture into the Pacific Ocean aboard a Hornblower whale-watching tour. This San Diego bay cruise gives you a unique chance to learn about gray whales, dolphins, blue whales and other San Diego marine wildlife while witnessing them in their natural environment. The peak San Diego whale-watching season is December-April.

To view sea creatures from beyond the California coast, head across the street to Sea World on our seasonal Water Taxi. This San Diego marine life theme park offers spectacular animal shows, aquariums, rides, and interactive exhibits where you can pet dolphins, touch manta rays, and hold starfish. 

And lastly, if you’d love to get a glimpse at land-loping animals, head to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, located just minutes from Paradise Point in Balboa Park. Visit elephants, gorillas, tigers, polar bears, monkeys and more, plus take a peek at their newest arrival, baby panda Xiao Liwu.

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