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  • 1

    San Diego Zoo

    4.5
    475 reviews

    The San Diego Zoo is definitely one of, if not the very best, zoo in the country. The grounds are enormous, and there is plenty to see and keep a family or group entertained for an entire day. They offer tours that include pickup and dropoff at your San Diego based hotels, if that makes it easier than renting a ...

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  • 2

    Balboa Park

    5
    362 reviews

    Balboa Park is a great spot for families and dates! There are a number of museums (there's at least 1 with free admission, the others have a fee) and the gardens and fountains are beautiful. I love the intricate architecture of the outside of the buildings. This is a great spot to spend a few hours walking around and exploring ...

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  • 3

    SeaWorld San Diego

    4.5
    303 reviews

    Sea World is one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Diego. It is located near Mission Beach, just a short drive from downtown San Diego. The park is fantastic, there is plenty of parking as well as transportation options.

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  • 4

    Gaslamp Quarter

    4.5
    248 reviews

    The Gaslamp is a crown jewel of "Thing's To Do" in San Diego that don't involve the outdoors. Restaurants, the baseball stadium, hotels and hostels, shopping from art galleries to boutiques, salons and spas, bars, clubs, and other nightlife + more! Do some research and choose from one of the fantastic restaurants in the area. Plan ahead or allow some ...

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  • 5

    Old Town

    4.5
    257 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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  • 6

    La Jolla Cove

    4.5
    148 reviews

    Beautiful LaJolla what can you say but get in your car grab the whole Family lay down the Blanket and relax or take a stroll around the Town. Don't forget to check out the local wildlife.

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  • 7

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    4.5
    145 reviews

    Since I am a San Diegan from birth, I have been going to the Safari Park (formerly called the Wild Animal Park) since I was a baby. The Safari Park is not the traditional "zoo" environment as the animals live in huge enclosures and, in the African safari area, painstaking efforts have been made to recreate animals natural environment including ...

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  • 8

    La Jolla Shores

    4.5
    143 reviews

    There are many beaches on the San Diego coast and La Jolla Shores is one of them that you probably shouldn't miss. It's a beautiful beach -but very crowded during the summer!

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  • 9

    Petco Park

    4.5
    124 reviews

    Love Petco sorry it was for Tony Gwynn the greatest player of all time but I love padre game my seat is on the porch so I can get a dr pepper as they don't serve it to the public

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  • 10

    LEGOLAND California

    4.5
    115 reviews

    25 minute drive! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center *******RECENTLY OPENED IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA!!!!!******LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta brings imagination to life at Phipps Plaza. Kids 3–10 can enjoy hours of interactive, hands-on fun inside one of the world’s biggest boxes of LEGO bricks.

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  • 11

    Seaport Village

    4.5
    125 reviews

    Fun place to go right on the waters edge close to downtown. Shopping and dining is great. Within walking to the USS Midway and trolley close.

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  • 12

    USS Midway Museum

    4.5
    104 reviews

    The guide was interesting and informative, and I would recommend this visit to anyone. The coolest post for me were the navy veterans everywhere, some who I'm sure we're just visiting themselves, telling stories to anyone who will attend still long enough to listen. What a cool piece of history.

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  • 13

    Little Italy District

    4.5
    105 reviews

    Incredible pedestrian neighborhood by the bay. Home to many annual street festivals, including ArtWalk. Amazing Farmer's Market every Saturday 8-2.

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  • 14

    Downtown San Diego

    4.5
    97 reviews

    We were here for a cruise, so we didn't explore too much during our time, but there were "living statues" especially down by the port area.

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  • 15

    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    5
    84 reviews

    What a great place to bring the whole family! I love this place for seeing all the animals in a somewhat natural setting. Bring your walking shoes, you will be sure to get plenty of exercise on this safari.

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  • 16

    Fashion Valley Mall

    4.5
    90 reviews

    Though sometimes it feels overwhelmingly big and parking can be a huge pain, this is my favorite mall in San Diego. The selection is excellent (you have everything from cheap fast-fashion stores to mid-range priced fashion stores to luxury boutiques) and it will take you a long time before you get bored here. There's almost too much to browse through. ...

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  • 17

    Mission Beach

    4.5
    95 reviews

    Miles of beach and great surf. Some restaurants but a lot. Some shopping. The place for the kids is Belmont Park in Mission Beach. Great wave machine there as well.

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  • 18

    Coronado Island

    4.5
    72 reviews

    Take a drive to Coronado. Take I-5 south to downtown, and cross the Coronado Bay Bridge for lunch and shopping. See charming homes. Stroll through the beautiful and historic Hotel Del Coronado, opened in 1888

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  • 19

    Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse

    4.5
    64 reviews

    If getting a great panoramic view of San Diego is on your to-do list, don't miss out on this place. $5 will get you a pass for entry to the area, which is valid for up to 1 week. Make sure you have a camera handy to snap a photo of the monument itself and the city skyline and harbor ...

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  • 20

    Torrey Pines State Reserve

    4.5
    58 reviews

    walking distance from my vacation rental, you can stay on the beach walking from 20th street and the walk takes about an hour to get to the top of Torrey Pines reserve, great views, great hill to walk, good for the waist line. once up on the reserve, you can take a trail down to Black's beach for nude sun ...

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