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Things to do in San Diego

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in San Diego. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite San Diego attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in San Diego to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in San Diego.

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  • Air Conditioned

    Known locally as “The AC,” the Air Conditioned Lounge is located in a non-descript white stucco building with red tile roof. The interior, however,... More
  • Altitude Skybar

    Altitude Sky Lounge is an open-air bar on the rooftop of the 22-story San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. Views of the city's skyline are the main ... More
  • Balboa Park

    Besides trails, dog parks, and play areas, the historic Balboa Park is home to such attractions as the world-famous San Diego Zoo and the San Diego... More
  • Ballast Point

    One of San Diego’s breakout breweries sprouted from a home brew supply shop called Home Brew Mart, and now occupies a Scripps Ranch warehouse due e... More
  • Catharina Apodac

    Years as agent: 23. Specialties: Australia, New Zealand. Consulting fee: $150. More
  • Crush, San Diego

    Clubby blue-lit bar scene. A honeycombed wall made of PVC piping serves as a striking backdrop (and clever bottle storage) for this restaurant's bl... More
  • Jordan

    Housed inside the Tower23 Hotel, JRDN Lounge and Raw Bar is a colorful restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor space that serves cocktails, wine... More
  • New Children's Museum

    San Diego's art-minded museum has studio space where kids can decorate a 1973 VW Bug. More
  • Otay Ranch Town Center

    The shopping area has a year-round farmers’ market and a dog park, complete with a drinking fountain for your pooch. More
  • Port Brewing Co.

    If San Diego County had a craft beer church, it would be this San Marcos brewery where Tomme Arthur produces beer for both Port and The Lost Abbey.... More
  • San Diego Zoo

    The expansive “habitats” include a tropical rainforest filled with gorillas, a recreated Arctic tundra with polar bears and reindeer, and a Giant P... More
  • Sè Spa

    For the aromatherapy massage (from $135) therapists blend a range of essential oils to relieve your emotional tensions and give you a three-ounce b... More
  • SeaWorld San Diego

    This marine-inspired theme park has activities for kids of all ages, including several water rides like Shipwreck Rapids, a tube-style rafting adve... More

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