Key attractions within 35 minutes of the Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido, California include the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Legoland, the Sea Life Aquarium, Carlsbad Beach and the Southern California wine country. By traveling just 45 minutes, resort guests can visit SeaWorld, the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack, Seaport Village, the San Diego Zoo, and Coronado Island. Within an hour and a half, visitors can enter Baja California, Mexico or spend a day at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.
Other San Diego attractions within a 45-minute drive of the Lawrence Welk Resort include Mission Bay, Balboa Park and San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Mission Bay, which is home to SeaWorld, is a 4,200 acre park, half of which is water; water sports equipment rentals and instruction are available at Santa Clara Point within the park.
Moonlight cruises around Mission Bay on the Bahia Belle sternwheeler riverboat are another of Mission Bay's many attractions. The Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's historic district, boasts Victorian-era buildings, more than 100 restaurants, Petco Park, San Diego's major league baseball stadium, the USS Midway Museum and a children's museum. Trolley service connects Gaslamp visitors with Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.
Hollywood, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain are a two-hour trip from the Welk Resort. Shuttle service is available between the Welk Resort, San Diego, Hollywood, the Getty Museum, and Harrah's Resort Southern California in Valley Center, California.