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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
“Balboa Park The Cultural Heart of San Diego Just minutes from downtown, explore the history, legacy, and future of this ever changing, always amazing cultural park.”
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Zoo
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“The 100-acre Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. ”
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Zoo
“Zoo, safari park & wildlife conservation Zoo features giraffes, koalas, apes & more, plus a safari park for tours & a conservation society. ”
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Park
“Trails, beaches, lagoons & wildlife Acres of oceanside trails for exploring or exercising while spotting occasional dolphins or bobcats.”
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Theme Park
“Seaworld is not far from my place, has impressive shows, all kinds of exotic animals to see and a visit is very educating about sea life in general.”
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Neighborhood
“Welcome to the Gaslamp Quarter The Historic Heart of San Diego! 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. And getting here is as easy as a Southern California breeze. The Gaslamp area is accessible via the freeway and several trolley and bus lines. We invite you to explore the district for yourself and find out what makes it unforgettable! ”
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Neighborhood
“Old Town is our historical site where the early settlers to San Diego called home. There are great Mexican restaurants here as well as plenty of history to see and view by walking around the park.”
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Shopping Plaza
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“Seaport Village is a San Diego downtown destination for locals and visitors looking to enjoy some of San Diego's best views and entertainment.”
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Shopping Mall
“This mall is more of a drive, but convenient if you are visiting the Zoo, Sea World, Old Town, etc. It is a beautiful outdoor mall and a great place for a stroll.”
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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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Beach
“La Jolla Cove is one of the most popular and beautiful San Diego destinations! There are gorgeous views from the grassy bluffs where you can enjoy a relaxing picnic, and you can venture down steps to see tide pools, caves, and best of all, seals and sea lions napping on the sand and playing in the water! This area is very popular, so free parking is often full, but you can drop off your party and park in nearby paid garages if all of the close spots are taken. ”
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Museum
“Historic aircraft carrier with exhibits Life-at-sea exhibits, restored planes & flight simulators aboard this legendary aircraft carrier.”
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Baseball Stadium
“Take in a Padres game at unique Petco Park. In addition to a great game, you will enjoy the park-like feeling of this stadium nestled in downtown San Diego.”
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Theme Park
“Beachside amusement park with retro vibe Vintage games, gift shops, rides & an iconic wooden roller coaster right next to the beach. ”
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National Park
“Cabrillo National Monument is at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California, United States. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. Entry is free with National Parks Annual Pass.”
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Lodging
“Lively beachfront property with dining Grand beachfront hotel with a spa & a fitness center, plus outdoor pools & open-air dining. ”
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