Things to do in San Diego

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From sunbathing and stand-up paddleboarding in La Jolla to museum-hopping in Balboa Park, there’s no shortage of things to do in San Diego. No trip h... Read More

From sunbathing and stand-up paddleboarding in La Jolla to museum-hopping in Balboa Park, there’s no shortage of things to do in San Diego. No trip here is complete without a visit to the beaches, including the beautiful ones at La Jolla and Del Mar. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach have a fantastic boardwalk area as well, for those who want to do more than just lie in the sun all day. With more than a hundred theaters, amphitheaters, nature reserves, and historical sites, this city is widely known for its family-friendly attractions. Art and science buffs should make sure to get a full tour of the city’s top institutions, like the Museum of Art and the Air & Space Museum.

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  • Balboa Park in San Diego Richard Benton
    Balboa Park

    Balboa Park is San Diego's cultural crown jewel. Covering 1,200-plus acres, the park is home to more than a dozen museums including the Ruben H. Fleet... Read More

  • Coronado Island in San Diego Courtesy of florador/flickr
    Coronado Island

    A short ferry ride or a quick drive across the bridge from downtown San Diego, Coronado Island is fantastic place for a day trip. Stop by the... Read More

  • Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego Getty Images
    Del Mar Fairgrounds

    The Del Mar Fairgrounds is where surf meets turf. Here, you can sip Deltinis and place bets during racing season (from July to September), enjoy live... Read More

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    Gaslamp Quarter

    With more than 200 bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to choose from, San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is the best place to experience San Diego... Read More

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    La Jolla Playhouse

    Located on the UCSD campus, the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is one of the most respected not-for-profit theaters in the country. Previous... Read More

  • La Jolla Shores in San Diego Michelle Gross
    La Jolla Shores

    San Diego has dozens of beautiful beaches to choose from, but it really doesn’t get much better than La Jolla Shores. While the beach itself has more... Read More

  • Liberty Public Market in San Diego Robert Benson
    Liberty Public Market

    Upscale food hall Liberty Public Market opened its doors in spring 2016 and has been busy ever since. Centrally located within the historic Liberty... Read More

  • Little Italy Neighborhood in San Diego Courtesy of Little Italy San Diego
    Little Italy

    Little Italy is home to one of San Diego's liveliest restaurant scenes, and also has dozens of cafés, bars, galleries, shops, and hotels. You could... Read More

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    Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

    Take a step back in time in San Diego's historic Old Town district, a state park that re-creates life as it was in 1850s rancho California. Historic... Read More

  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego Courtesy of Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
    Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

    Home to southern California's only IMAX dome theaters, the Reuben H. Fleet Center is a great place to experience interactive galleries and exhibits.... Read More

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    San Diego Zoo

    Home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals, the San Diego Zoo is a world-famous conservation organization where visitors can view and get up... Read More

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    Seaport Village

    This charming harborside shopping and dining district located along San Diego Bay has been a hit since it opened, in 1980. It has over 45 shops and more... Read More

  • Torrey Pines Gliderport Glider Airport in San Diego Courtesy of Torrey Pines Gliderport
    Torrey Pines Gliderport

    Located on a bluff between La Jolla and Torrey Pines State Park, the Gliderport is an aerial adrenaline rush. Flight lessons, certifications, and tandem... Read More

  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego Courtesy of Marc Buehler/flickr
    Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

    With nearly 2,000 acres of coastal state park and miles of trails to choose from, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers some of the best hiking in... Read More

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