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Best things to do in San Diego

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“All of the museums are here and are FREE every Tuesday. Beautiful arboretums and great trails. Balloon artists, great Street entertainment.”
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Zoo
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“The "worlds famous" San Diego Zoo! Take the kids, take the wife, and have a good time!”
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Zoo
“Wait, what? San Diego has another zoo? Yes! San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a.k.a. Wild Animal Park, will give you a different view of the animals in a more natural space!”
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Theme Park
“Spend the day with the family at Sea World. Discount tickets often available at Costco or online. ”
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Park
“If you want to get a little more aggressive head down south to Torrey Pines state reserve (30-45 minute drive) in San Diego. Absolutely gorgeous views and family friendly hikes. You can also go further south to La Jolla and walk along the gorgeous coastline and watch the sea lions. A great idea to do with kids. ”
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Shopping Centre
“Embrace the coastal chic lifestyle at Southern California's trendiest destination, Fashion Valley. Accented by living succulent walls, gorgeous palm trees and an array of high end brands. Fashion Valley Mall is an upscale, open-air shopping mall in Mission Valley in San Diego.”
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Museum
“The USS Midway Museum is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in downtown San Diego, at the pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California.”
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Neighbourhood
“As the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, guests can immerse themselves in our rich Victorian architecture and history, dine with world-renowned chefs, and dance the night away at nationally-recognized nightlife venues. Tucked tightly into 16 ½ blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a walkable urban playground located in Downtown San Diego adjacent to the Convention Center, Petco Park, and Horton Plaza.”
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Beach
“La Jolla Cove is a very small beach, tucked between sandstone cliffs. Because of its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. With small surf in the summer months, the north facing La Jolla Cove is ideal for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers. Water visibility at the Cove can sometimes exceed 30 feet. La Jolla Cove lies within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which helps to ensure that marine life remains plentiful. ”
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Shopping Plaza
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“Lots of changes here...food, shopping, street vendors right on the water downtown. ”
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Baseball Stadium
“One of the best ballparks in all of MLB! Best food, great vibes and right downtown in the Gaslamp Quarter - which makes partying after the Padres win a must!”
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Neighbourhood
“Old Town is a neighborhood of San Diego, California. It contains 230 acres and is bounded by Interstate 8 on the north, Interstate 5 on the west, Mission Hills on the east and Bankers Hill on the south.”
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Theme Park
“Go online and get passes on Group on if available. Less expensive and typically a great value. This place is fun to hang out and one definitely must go on The Big Dipper but can get really crowded so if you’re not a fan of crowds then I definitely do not recommend this place.”
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Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“There are numerous museums, a beautiful arboretum, access to the famous San Diego Zoo right next door, beautiful strolls through a well-preserved San Diego landmark. ”
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National Park
“Excellent place with awesome views. I think its the best place in San Diego for views. National Parks pass is free to enter $10 per vehicle”
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Theme Park
“Marine life shows, rides, aquariums, and plenty of other opportunities to see what San Diego has to offer!”
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