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    Balboa Park

    1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    358 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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    Old Town

    2383 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
    254 reviews

    I thought Old Town was going to be the oldest part of town but it turns out it's kind of a historically preserved, tourist attraction. The entire thing is set up like the old wild west/traditional Mexico feeling. While your there you have to stop for some of the Mexican food and I recommend grabbing a margarita while your at ...

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    Gaslamp Quarter

    417 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
    225 reviews

    This is the downtown and the main tourist district in the city! There are lots of great restaurants to choose from and wander around this historic area and get a feel for the city!

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    Little Italy District

    1668 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA 92101
    102 reviews

    The Little Italy District is San Diego's only ethnic neighborhood, and a definite place to put on your sightseeing bucket list while visiting San Diego. I loved strolling the area and enjoying the sights, the sounds, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the wafting smell of the Italian food. One negative note, parking can be problematic, especially ...

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    San Diego Zoo

    2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-1646
    466 reviews

    You may think that once you've seen a few zoos, they are all the same. Not so. The San Diego zoo is one of the zoos that if you like animals, you must go to. I loved the hippopotamus exhibit as well as the pandas.

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    La Jolla Cove

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

    I've never considered how unique and spectacular it is to have such a gathering of seals accessible for all to see! This cove is nestled between gorgeous cliffs which have tide pools, loud crashing waves, and blue water as far as the eye can see. I especially love sitting on the cliffs mid to late afternoons and enjoying the calmness ...

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    USS Midway Museum

    910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92132
    103 reviews

    We took the time to visit the USS Midway Museum/Maritime Museum. We're talking about a humongous vessel that served as an aircraft carrier for many years. The walking tour is fascinating. It includes a headset and selected recordings to identify any area you might be visiting at the time. Guess tour guides aren't really needed anymore, but the people on ...

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    Little Italy Farmer's Market

    580 W Date St (between Columbia St & India St) San Diego, CA 92101
    44 reviews

    Amazing market for local produce, meats, and food products! As a Chicagoan, what impressed me was my ability to eat cherimoyas and longan fruit in the middle of December. Even more impressive were the fresh sea urchins that you can eat on the spot - so fresh they are wiggling while you eat! Go here to remind yourself of how ...

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    Ocean Beach

    San Diego, California
    55 reviews

    Great sunsets, and neighborhood. Known for an abundance of local bars that serve cheap drinks and have a laid back atmosphere. Most local businesses here are cash-only! Also great for its amazing sunsets.

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    San Diego Museum of Art

    1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    38 reviews

    The region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, provides a rich and diverse cultural experience for almost 250,000 visitors annually. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum also regularly features major exhibitions from around ...

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  • 11

    Petco Park

    100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
    120 reviews

    A beautiful ball park that brings life to downtown. $5/5 tacos on Tuesday nights.. what a great deal! Love to see my Giants play here!

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    Seaport Village

    849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
    121 reviews

    Shops and restaurants galore located on the San Diego Bay

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  • 13

    San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge

    San Diego, CA
    29 reviews

    Gorgeous, yet extremely long! Makes for a unique experience as you overlook downtown and the ship yards.

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    Downtown San Diego

    San Diego, CA 92101
    96 reviews

    Gorgeous views, nightlife, restaurants, sports & shopping. You'll pay for parking just about anywhere but there's a lot to explore!

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    Old Town Trolley

    4010 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110
    57 reviews

    The best way to see San Diego's attractions if you're limited on time or don't want to drive.

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    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    San Diego, CA, United States
    81 reviews

    Love this way more than the zoo actually as all animals get to roam free and wild. LOTS Of walking not for anyone with walking issues however

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    San Diego County Fair

    2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
    33 reviews

    This fair is heaven for foodies! So many over-the-top treats and friend anything! Great rides, concerts on various nights, people watching, carnival games, student fair projects, animals, beer gardens and large tents which offer home goods, jewelry, and miscellaneous vendor booths. Great for kids and adults!

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    Mission Bay Park Playa Pacifica

    1093 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA 92109
    25 reviews

    Awesome place to hang out and spend the day/night by the water. Definite place to visit when you're in San Diego.

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    San Diego Harbor Excursion

    1050 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, California
    30 reviews

    This is a great experience for anyone visiting San Diego... and for locals too! You will be taken around the bay, up and down the coast line that hugs downtown San Diego. Perfect for viewing America's finest city and enjoying a nice cruise along it's gorgeous harbor.

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    Star of India

    423 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101
    42 reviews

    You get to go aboard history - - what's better than that?

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