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    San Diego Zoo

    2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-1646
    4.5
    464 reviews

    Go. You will not be disappointed. And yes, the ticket price is high, but 100% worth it. If you plan to go for more than one day (with the size of this Zoo, you may wish to!), consider supporting the San Diego Zoo by becoming a Member of the Zoological Society of San Diego. Good cause + unlimited entry for ...

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    Disneyland

    1040 W Ball Rd Anaheim, California 92802, USA
    4.5
    437 reviews

    5 stars, a total no-brainer. A place that brings out the joy in all of us and takes away the stress. Though ticket prices are costly, the experience and memories are unforgettable. Great for kids of all ages, and adults too! Rides, shopping, shows, music, good theme park food, it's truly one of a kind!

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    Balboa Park

    1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    5
    357 reviews

    Such a San Diego Gem, museums, children's playground, gardens, the SD Zoo, trails, large lawns, events, it's really got it all! It's especially fun to visit during the holidays & see the Festival of Lights.

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    SeaWorld San Diego

    500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
    4.5
    298 reviews

    It's SeaWorld! it's the best theme park for kids and grownups. I think SeaWorld has the perfect combination of things to see and things to do, for any age. We have been here several times with our son (now just over three) and he enjoyed all the shows, the animal exhibits and the kids area, we can easily spend 2-3 ...

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  • 5

    Exploratorium

    Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
    4.5
    98 reviews

    In a city full of great things for kids, this is fantastic!

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    LEGOLAND California

    1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    4.5
    107 reviews

    What can I say? Kids love this place! I do recommend that people try to get there shortly before the park opens, as the line to go through the parking payment kiosk could get quite long by late morning during peak seaons. The food available inside the park is mostly typical amusement food, but there are some varieties such as ...

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  • 7

    Golden Gate Bridge

    Lincoln Boulevard & Doyle Drive, San Francisco, California 94129, United States
    4.5
    841 reviews

    I will keep this one short. This is an iconic image known the world over. Almost anywhere you go if you show them a picture of the GGB they will know it or SF where the bridge is located. Interesting fact: As soon as the maintenance crews have completed painting the bridge, they start over at the other end and ...

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  • 8

    Old Town

    2383 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
    4.5
    253 reviews

    A gem of San Diego, rich culture & history are so eminent. Old Town is the birthplace of California and where the first mission is located. You'll find a great park adjacent and a lot to see & do within close proximity. The streets are lined with Mexican restaurants and shops with local craft artisans, art, museums, & antique themed ...

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  • 9

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
    4.5
    142 reviews

    This was a great aquarium to go and see with lots of various marine life. When we were here, they actually had a great white shark, but they did release it back into the wild shortly after we were here since Great Whites do not do well in captivity.

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    California Academy Of Sciences

    55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
    4.5
    141 reviews

    The Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is the best place to take children in SF! Incredible museum, aquarium, and planetarium. Gorgeous building with living rooftop and really yummy food options.

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    Disney's California Adventure

    1600 S Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802-2317
    4.5
    157 reviews

    full of extreme games, the biggest attraction is Carsland there will found the best games, the most beautiful is the show of da source at the foot of the Ferris wheel at night mickey

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  • 12

    Golden Gate Park

    Stanyan & Haight Streets, San Francisco, CA 94117
    4.5
    343 reviews

    The Golden Gate Park is a magical place. Located right in the center of the City, it's a huge, sprawling park dotted with trails, ponds, manicured gardens, museums and even a dutch windmill. Lots to do. On weekends they close the main road to traffic so bikers and roller bladers can take to the streets.

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  • 13

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    4
    118 reviews

    Wonderful amusement park, right on the beach. Don't miss the evening concerts on the beach during the summer and special events throughout the year.

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  • 14

    Santa Monica Pier

    321 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United States
    4
    198 reviews

    The pier is a fun place to spend an afternoon. Head out to the ocean (probably cold water unless it's summer) or play carnival games and ride the ferris wheel instead!

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    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    San Diego, CA, United States
    5
    81 reviews

    The "other" San Diego Zoo located in Escondido, California, north county San Diego. Well-worth the short trip - you'll see animals in their authentic habitats and amazing preservation and conservation efforts on the part of the San Diego Zoo.

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    La Jolla Cove

    1100 Coast Blvd (at Girard Ave), La Jolla, CA 92037
    4.5
    145 reviews

    I'm all for the seals! Who cares if it smells and they take up ONE small beach on the San Diego coast. Everyone that visits me in San Diego wants to visit the seals.

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  • 17

    Fisherman's Wharf

    The Embarcadero & Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133
    4
    409 reviews

    So much fun to walk around, day or night. Yes, it can get chilly but bundle up and take a stroll. Great people watching, street vendors, food, and nice views of the Bay Bridge.

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  • 18

    Alcatraz Island

    Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123
    4.5
    390 reviews

    This is very well worth a visit. It is a 10 min boat ride from Pier 33 to the Island. From there starts a free tour up to the Entrance of the Prison. The best part is the Audio tour. This really takes you back to the live out there about 60 years ago - amazing. Besides all of that ...

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  • 19

    Griffith Observatory

    2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1255
    4.5
    143 reviews

    Intergalactic planetary! yeah I guess the beastie boys were talken about this place! My next review goes to an iconic Los Angeles place, Griffith Observatory! This place is what I consider right with the world. A fantastic place for the young, old, middle aged, or anything else. We can all have fun here in this location of learning. I especially ...

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  • 20

    Riding a Cable Car

    San Francisco
    4.5
    201 reviews

    It is fun for children and grown ups to ride with those open cable cars up and down the San Francisco hills.

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