Things to do in San Diego

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Things to Do in San Diego

Say hello to SoCal living. First stop is the beach. Then, tour the Gaslamp Quarter on a Segway, or hang with wildlife at La Jolla Cove or the world famous San Diego Zoo.

Book these experiences for a close-up look at San Diego.

Top Attractions in San Diego

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What travellers are saying

  • Henriette1972
    Birkerod, Denmark80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative sight. The veterans sharing how things worked was very interesting and authentic. A lot of things to see, try out and get an impression of how it must have been on the ship. We spent several hours and didn’t even listen to everything.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Bonnie K
    Savannah, GA172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The animals are great in natural habitat. Lots of fun walking through labyrinth paths to all animals. Need a full day there, for sure to see all/most. Do open air bus tour first to get oriented.
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, OH6,803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You know how when you hear so much about a place, that when you finally see it, it can’t live up to the hype? This is not that kind of place! The area is nice, the park is nice, the parking is free if you can find a spot, views are great, caves are cool and wildlife is awesome. It’s a very picturesque spot, we took way too many pictures here, but it’s hard not to. Tip: Eat at a Duke’s up on top of the cliffs for great food and even better views then walk down the steps.
    Written May 12, 2024
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  • Bonnie K
    Savannah, GA172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had 14 days in San diego and spent 5 of them in Balboa park. One day Japanese garden with blooming cherry trees. One day at AIr & Space museum--play the design and landing of a jet! Another at several art museums, Natural history museums, Museum of US (us not United States)was fascinating! Another in an open air organ concert in a charming venue. There appear to always be special programs happening. Little restaurants to get a snack or meal or drink. Figure out the parking the first time , then it is easy. Help desk gives helpful advice tailored to wht you want to see.
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • nfmeijer
    Assendelft, The Netherlands184 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited a Padres game. Stadium is a well oiled machine. Good seats and view on the pitch. One point down for the que's at the foodstands.
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • DePere
    De Pere, WI488 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent the afternoon at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Admission was $15 for the car. Upon entering the reserve, we drove up the hill and stopped at the Visitor Center. The docent at the Visitor Center gave us information about the trails and reserve. We then proceeded to the trailhead area directly across from the visitor center and discussed with another docent the trails that we were considering. We hiked the 2.3 miles Beach Trail Loop, the 0.66 miles Guy Fleming Trail, and half of the Razor Point trail (1.3 miles)
    From the Visitor Center the Beach Trail Loop descends steadily to the beach The trail was well marked and easy to follow. At the beach we turned right and walked along the ocean for perhaps 0.50 miles. Our timing coincided with low tide which according to the docents is an important consideration when doing this trail as a loop. The final section of the trail was uphill and much of the trail is adjacent to the road that we drove on earlier to reach the Visitor Center, so we knew what to expect. On the hike to the Visitor Center, we passed the trailhead of the Guy Fleming Trail and opted to do this trail as well.
    We would have liked to completed the Razon Point Trail but simply ran out of time as we had commitments for that evening.
    We completed these hikes on May 8th. The weather was perfect and the cacti and wildflowers were blooming.
    We are not local to the area and really enjoyed our time in the park.
    Written May 9, 2024
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  • Clarence And G
    San Diego, CA297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited the Cabrillo National Monument this weekend, and it was beautiful. It was a brilliant day.

    We're members, and we were visiting on our last month of our membership, April 2024.

    After we passed through the gate, we drove down to the lower level. BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS!!!

    We love to see the sea lions and pelicans, and hear the crashing of the waves.

    We then drove up to the top, to the what you would call the Visitors Center. We went to the lookout, then the Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Statue.

    After that, we split up. Gonzalo headed up to the Cabrillo Lighthouse, and I headed to the theater for the film. It was all about the discovery of San Diego by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and his crew.

    It was another brilliant day at the Cabrillo National Monument.
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • Jemlnlx
    Bronx, NY5,322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular sunsets!!!

    Parking can be tough...especially as your approach sunset time.

    The limited lots fill up quickly but there is a decent amount of street parking along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and nearby side streets.

    We arrived to the area about 30 minutes before sunset and although the lots were full, we got parking on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. I would expect it may be a little tougher on the weekends or during peak vacation times.

    Be sure to give yourself some time to walk along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. as there are multiple cliffs and coves offering a variety of views throughout sunset.

    As expected...once th sun has set...traffic to leave the area is a bit rough.
    Written April 29, 2024
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  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, OH6,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We kept seeing this place from down below. After finally making it up there, we saw that what we were seeing was the monument under wraps for refurbishment. Nonetheless it’s a very moving tribute and it’s a beautiful spot for it. On top of the hill with unobstructed views of the surrounding area. It wasn’t a very clear day but still spectacular.
    Written May 12, 2024
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  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, OH6,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We drove over to Coronado Island and back on the bridge. It’s very easy to get on it on both ends. I hear the views are great, I was driving and it was white knuckles both ways. Tall bridges with short side rails are great for views, but they make me uneasy for sure. Still, it’s beautiful to look at.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • D&S
    DES PERES33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful views of ocean and of Coronado Island and naval base. Tide pools are interesting to explore, as well as the Cabrillo Monument area and the lighthouse
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, OH6,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stopped on Saturday morning, but no paraglides were flying. But it’s a great place for scenic views of cliffs and ocean. There is on-site parking and a small quick service window for food. We spent an hour or so walking around and taking it all in.
    Written May 11, 2024
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