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Frolic on the beaches of Mission Bay, spend a day witnessing dazzling marine acrobatics at Sea World, stroll through the lush San Diego Zoo, dine in Little Italy on the best Italian food this side of Rome, or spend an evening in the lively and energetic atmosphere of Gaslamp District.

Explore all the treasures of greater San Diego from Kings Inn’s central location in Mission Valley on Hotel Circle. Conveniently located within 15 minutes of both San Diego International Airport and the San Diego Convention Center.

Our San Diego hotel near Mission Bay is off I-8, a convenient connection to I-5, I-805, and I-15.

Our central location makes it easy to reach all San Diego attractions including the beaches of Mission Bay, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Little Italy, world class golfing, downtown, San Diego State University and the University of San Diego.

Use your car or save gas and use public transportation. Catch the Green Line Trolley just north of I-8 at Fashion Valley Mall and we’re 2.5 miles to the Old Town Transportation Center where you can access buses, trolleys, the Coaster, and the Amtrak Surfliner.

Family Fun

San Diego is brimming with family fun. Ask at our registration desk for the latest discounts to these area attractions. Upgrades to premium passes may be available.

SeaWorld San Diego
Discovery blends with pure fun. Get close to Shamu, stop by the Turtle Reef, and encounter wet friends at Dolphin Point. Rides like the Riptide Rescue take you on a mission and might get you soaked. The summer time Atlantis Nightclub and the Aquatica Water Theme Park keep the fun alive. If you’re looking for a San Diego hotel near Seaworld then choose the Kings Inn for your next stay!

Year round events and holiday-themed activities means something is always new and noteworthy.

Guess what? Sea World got its start in 1964 by four undergrads from UCLA and was originally planned as an underwater restaurant.

San Diego Zoo
A bamboo forest with Giant Pandas, an African rainforest and the Arctic tundra create a spectacular landscape. The San Diego Zoo led the way in cageless, open-air environments where snow leopards and polar bears are among the 3,700 animals living in a natural setting.

Stroll through exhibits, travel the park in the easy-to-use buses, and ride the Skyfari to get an aerial view of the park and see surrounding Balboa Park.

Staff at the San Diego Zoo are world leaders in animal care and conservation.

Balboa Park
Surrounding the San Diego Zoo is a “landscape of arts and culture.” 17 different museums have exhibits on arts to automobiles and model railroads. The Old Globe Theater and San Diego Youth Symphony are among the performing arts available. 18 different gardens showcase a wide range of plant life. Sports in the park include golf, tennis, lawn bowling, swimming and a velodrome. An easy 10-minute drive from our facility.

Legoland
A popular family theme park in Carlsbad. More than 60 rides and hands-on activities will spark your child’s imagination as they discover what they can do with Legos. You’ll love the Legoland Water Park with a water play area designed especially specially for toddlers. The park is located 31 miles north on I-5.

Museums

Visit San Diego’s leading museums and discover fine arts, exhibits revealing the history of Southern California and Baja California, and a close-up look at aviation technology.

The San Diego Museum of Art displays European old masters and19th and 20th century American art. Peek at dinosaurs and into primitive surroundings of centuries past at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Aviation history comes alive at the San Diego Air & Space Museum tracing the development of flight beginning with balloon flight in 1783 to restored fighter planes of recent decades.

The museums are located in Balboa Park and within 10 minutes driving of Kings Inn.

Beaches

Mission Bay
Kayak and paddle board in the calm waters of the bay or windsurf where the Pacific rolls on to the sand. Mission Bay holds a unique claim as the world’s largest waterpark of its kind. You can even take a riverboat cruise. Traverse the park on bicycle or show off on a skateboard. There are several parks for family picnics. Easily accessible just west of Kings Inn northwest of the I-5 and I-8 junction.

Belmont Park
Get a historic beachfront amusement park experience. Started in 1925 with thrills today on the Big Dipper Coaster, Krazy Kars, Vertical Plunge, and simulated wave machines. Hop onto rides before heading to the beaches and coves around Mission Bay or stroll the boardwalk. There’s free admission and parking. The park is located within Mission Bay.

Coronado Beach
A village and beach are ready for browsing. Dig your toes into the smooth sand of what the Travel Channel has voted as one of America’s best beaches. You won’t have to fight crowds for a spot on the sand. Upscale homes and mansions enhance the backdrop and make for a romantic atmosphere or a family-fun day. Access Coronado just south of downtown San Diego and 13 miles from Kings Inn off I-5.

Local Hotspots

Little Italy
The landmark sign shows you’ve reach the neighborhood. Stop for a drink or stay for a meal. The surrounding streets are based on a passion for high quality dining and livability. The Little Italy Association is the only one of its kind in the United States handling local issues from restaurants and schools to parks. The drive from Kings Inn is 6 miles and takes about 10 minutes.

Gaslamp District
Explore a beautiful and historic Victorian district at the Gaslamp Quarter. Unique shops and boutiques are great for shopping. Catch the San Diego Padres in action at nearby Petco Park. Dine on seafood, contemporary California cuisine or get a dish with an ethnic flair. It’s less than 5 miles from our site via Route 163.

Schools

Pursue academic excellence at two fine universities. The University of San Diego is a private Catholic institution established in 1949 and San Diego State University is one of the nation’s leading urban research centers ranked 165 nationally by U.S. News and World Report. Both schools are neighbors to Kings Inn. Choose us for a welcome and convenient place to stay when moving in a student, visiting mid-term, or attending graduations.

Other Points of Interest:

Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers — 5 miles
Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres — 7 miles on I-5
USS Midway Museum — 6 miles

And there’s more for families, couples, and business people of all ages and interests:

To the north:
Del Mar Horse Racing
Torrey Pines Golf Course

To the south:
Coronado
Chula Vista
Tijuana, Baja California

To the east:
La Mesa
El Cajon
Alpine