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Things to do in San Diego County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Beautiful sight-seeing. A historical park with lots of museums. If it’s your first time in San Diego, this is the place to go!.”
  • 1040 locals recommend
Zoo
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“The San Diego Zoo is considered one of the best, with outdoor living for the animals, and close up front viewing. So, paint your face for some fun, and go meet the Panda and Koala Bears, along with the elephants and monkeys are the best. ”
  • 756 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of good hiking with breathtaking views from cliffs over Del Mar/La Jolla. May not allow dogs in certain areas. Check State Parks site for rules. ”
  • 522 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“A countless variety of different cuisines, shops, clubs and Hard Rock Hotel pool bar! Enough said! ”
  • 469 locals recommend
Theme Park
“It’s SeaWorld ! Sea World is known around the world. Plenty of shows and events to attend. ”
  • 300 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A 2 story outdoor mall with AMC theater. Newly renovated. There is golf putting or maybe a full gold course nearby.”
  • 284 locals recommend
Beach
“La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers. There is also seals and sea lions everywhere! If you want to make the most out of this experience contact me and you can enjoy an amazing tour from a locals eyes.”
  • 391 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Where San Diego began! Live entertainment, great Mexican Restaurants! Try the Churro dessert at Fred’s! YUMMY!”
  • 382 locals recommend
Museum
“The USS Midway Museum is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy 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. Lots of planes and aircraft. Highly recommend especially if you have kids. They LOVE it! ”
  • 262 locals recommend
Zoo
“The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an expansive, non-profit wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 300 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.75 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.”
  • 275 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Check out the Padre's play (you can usually snag tickets for pretty cheap). There's even a sandbox in the outfield for kids to play in!”
  • 231 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
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“Great shopping! Sally’s for a great bayside outdoor cocktail! BEST Kite shop in SD! ”
  • 302 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Marine life shows, rides, aquariums, and plenty of other opportunities to see what San Diego has to offer!”
  • 134 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 340 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Great day at the beach w the kids! Rides, Original Wood Roller Coaster, games, shops and restaurants BEACHSIDE! Best Bloody Mary at Draft Republic! ”
  • 231 locals recommend
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”
  • 294 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Centre
“This mall is a bit of an experience. Definitely upscale - all my guests really enjoy it. Lots of places to eat & shop - a wine and other bars are outdoors and very relaxing. It's a nice day to stroll the shops, get a bite to eat and just relax. (note: this mall charges for parking > 2 hours)”
  • 147 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Best Italian restaurant in the city! My guests get free dessert! Ask me for details ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Regular winner of San Diego's Best Burger...and its well deserved. Remember the 60s? no? well Ocean Beach is a throwback community and Hodads is in the heart of it!”
  • 112 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great views. Great beer. Also a great spot for families. Game area. Food is delicious. However, the service can be spotty so patience may be involved. ”
  • 130 locals recommend
Bar
“Awesome taco deals. Excellent food really fast service with plenty of seating. This is conveniently located on the opposite side of your AIRBNB”
  • 127 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“OCEAN TERRACE - Grab a seat at George's Ocean Terrace and catch an unforgettable sunset over the Pacific. Solid cocktails and a fresh menu work very well together.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“OB Noodle House comes from humble beginnings in the heart of Ocean Beach. Having immigrated from Southeast Asia through a sponsor family, the Yeng brothers grew up in OB working at his parents’ donut shop, OB Donuts. When the opportunity to open a restaurant of their own arrived, OB Noodle House was founded with a simple mission: simple, delicious meals, served quickly. Now with two locations, the original on Cable Street, and Bar 1502 on Niagara Avenue, as well as a music hall on Newport Avenue, the OB Noodle House family has become a mainstay in Ocean Beach, always giving back to the community that supported the Yeng family so much the past few decades. OB Noodle House is known for our signature pho bowls and Asian-fusion dishes. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, it’s the meal Guy Fieri says “You’re going to have a pretty tough time finding it this good.” If you don’t take Guy’s word for it, check out our our 4+ Star Yelp reviews, 4.5 Stars on Trip Advisor, or 4.4 rating on Zagat!”
  • 98 locals recommend

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