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Best things to do in San Diego

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Beautiful scenery, walking paths, gardens, museums, places to eat, music, entertainment, historical part of San Diego.”
997 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.”
248 locals recommend
Garden
“Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety of microclimates giving the visitor a sensation of going from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, all within 37 acres.Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. In June of 2009, we opened the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast.”
75 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Contemporary art museum located on the La Jolla coastline, offering several programs and artists throughout the year”
43 locals recommend
Museum
“This Maritime Museum has won multiple awards as being one of the top Maritime Museums in the World”
56 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great views from the Historic California Tower. Amazing traveling exhibitions that have included Torture and Cannibals. ”
38 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Located in scenic Balboa Park, largest and most visited art museum in the region. ”
37 locals recommend
History Museum
“Museum in Balboa Park, fun for the whole family! Check out the movies playing at the IMAX theater. ”
22 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Art Museum with evening programs in the historic train station downtown. Close to Petco Park, Convention Center, and more.”
23 locals recommend
Museum
“Great place for school aged children. Lots of hands on, educational activities and experiences to stimulate your child’s senses.”
43 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Hands on learning and fun. One of the best spots in San Diego for Kids! Located in Balboa Park, near the Zoo and tons of other museums. Balboa park is a must for anyone visiting San Diego.”
27 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Classic Tall Ship in the Harbor....don't forget to see the Battle Ship Midway while you are down there. ...”
24 locals recommend
Museum
“San Diego Air & Space Museum is an aviation and space exploration museum located in Balboa Park, and is housed in the former Ford Building, which is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.”
13 locals recommend
Library
“Beautiful new library. Visit the 8th floor reading room and 9th floor deck for great views of the bay and downtown. ”
38 locals recommend
Church
“This was California's first mission. In 1769, the Spanish Franciscan Father from Majorca, Junipero Serra, founded the mission stations, the first of which was built in San Diego. A few years after it was founded, however, it was moved six miles inland because disputes had arisen between the Spanish troops and the Indians. In 1775, the Indians set fire to the new mission; the Fathers sought refuge with the army and it was 1777 before they built a new mission station with the help of the Indians. However, it quickly became dilapidated following secularization. Today, visitors can see the old church with a bell-tower, declared a basilica in the 1970s; a beautiful garden; and a small museum. It is a National Historic Landmark. Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, California”
29 locals recommend
Café
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“Cozy cafe serving quick breakfasts, coffee, acai bowls, smoothies, and desserts with outdoor seating and free wifi.”
25 locals recommend