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  • 41

    Cabrillo National Monument

    1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA, United States
    5
    2 reviews

    The Cabrillo Monument is dedicated to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who in1542, was the first European to set foot on the west coast of what is now the United States. Although Cabrillo was Portuguese, he sailed for Spanish Rey, Carlos I.

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  • 42

    Mission Beach

    Mission Blvd and Portsmouth Ct, San Diego, CA 92109
    4.5
    94 reviews

    Crowded but still enjoyable, with so much to see and do. It definitely felt like you couldn't miss it when visiting San Diego.

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  • 43

    Coronado Beach

    920 Ocean Boulevard, Coronado, CA, United States
    5
    35 reviews

    This is a really great beach for children. Hardly any waves, a lot of sand ant not very crowded. It's a semi-long walk from the sidewalk near the street to the actual shore, it certainly makes it a unique beach! Lovely homes overlooking the water!

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  • 44

    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    San Diego, CA, United States
    5
    82 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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  • 45

    Ocean Beach Antique Mall

    4926 Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
    4.5
    6 reviews

    This antique mall is a hidden gem in San Diego! I've spent hours browsing through the many little displays in this big space with my cousin, and we've each taken home several items from this place, despite having different interests/styles. I've picked up a vintage globe and vintage map, while she picked up a cool wooden bowl and amber colored ...

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  • 46

    Old Poway Park

    14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064-3906
    4.5
    2 reviews

    A hidden little treasure, Old Poway Park is a Western-style country park in the heart of San Diego's North County. At the base of the hills and just a short drive off the I-15, this quaint park is a delight to surprised commuters passing through. There's a vintage steam locomotive that takes passengers around the park, which includes an old ...

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  • 47

    Museum of Photographic Arts, The

    1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
    4
    4 reviews

    One of the country's finest museums dedicated to the art of light and pixels!

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  • 48

    Point Loma Lookout

    Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, California
    5
    18 reviews

    The wind will threaten to lift you right up and over the cliffs, but don't miss this breathtaking view of the open Pacific Ocean. Since San Diego straddles an enclosed bay, open waters are only visible from a few places, my favorites being either a boat tour (consider the Hornblower Cruises in my San Diego guide) or from Point Loma. ...

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  • 49

    Le Diner En Blanc San Diego

    San Diego, California
    5
    12 reviews

    What an amazing event on Oct 18, 2012. The mystery, the location, the great new friends, and the history. I can't wait until next year when I can invite someone to enjoy this great legacy.

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  • 50

    Torrey Pines State Beach

    Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA
    4.5
    37 reviews

    Wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature. Whether you go hiking on the cliffs or enjoy the sand between your toes down below, take a moment to also learn about the history of this area and the Indian tribes that called it home.

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  • 51

    Seaport Village

    849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
    4.5
    125 reviews

    Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex adjacent to San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego, California. It is located at 849 West Harbor Drive, at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Kettner.

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  • 52

    Junipero Serra Museum

    5156 Santo Road, San Diego, CA, United States
    3.5
    3 reviews

    Originally built as a fort by the Spanish Army in the 18th century, the Presidio gave way to a museum exhibiting the settlers' way of life in early California. It's filled with artifacts, room replicas, and other remnants of Spanish culture - while interactive activities, such as candle making and ceramics classes cater to children and visiting class trips. Plus, ...

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  • 53

    Candy Cellar (Julian Collectibles)

    Main Street, Julian, California
    4.5
    3 reviews

    I have very fond memories of visiting the candy cellar as a kid. A very authentic "Willy Wonka" type of feel. The rock candy was always a hit as a kid and they have delicious caramel or candied apples and taffy.

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  • 54

    Oceanside Museum of Art

    704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA, United States
    4.5
    2 reviews

    What a little gem! I enjoyed their small but well curated collection better than the larger San Diego museums I visited this trip. Well done. Very friendly staff too.

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  • 55

    Petco Park

    100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
    4.5
    122 reviews

    Awesome stadium in downtown San Diego. Love it here!

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  • 56

    Palomar Observatory

    35899 Canfield Rd, Palomar Mountain, CA, United States
    4
    7 reviews

    Quite frankly, despite the observatory's historical significance and importance in space research, it is boring to visit. It is surrounded by beautiful, quiet mountain wilderness and offers a nice break from your nearby hikes, but there is not much to do. The observatory itself only allows you to climb stairs and view the telescope through a giant window. An old ...

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  • 57

    Wells Fargo Museum

    2733 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
    3.5
    2 reviews

    It's cool to see real gold nuggets and stagecoaches, but it's really just a small time warp to the Gold Rush California days. It's a small museum, and you can walk through it in 30 minutes. But, since admission is free, it's worth at least a stop if you're nearby.

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  • 58

    SeaWorld San Diego

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

    The shows in SeaWorld San Diego are really fantastic, think about the soak zones! ;-)

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  • 59

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA 92027
    4.5
    144 reviews

    San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in Escondido is a fantastic 1,800 acre park filled with a diverse range of animals offering the visitor a chance to see them in a natural environment. There are several parts to the park and numerous exhibits of animals in very natural settings, including acres of open space where herds of wild species roam ...

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  • 60

    La Jolla Cove

    1100 Coast Blvd (at Girard Ave), La Jolla, CA 92037
    4.5
    147 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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