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Name Category Location
 
Bahia Belle
At the dock of the Bahia Resort Hotel, on the...
Nautical Sites Mission Bay
 
Alcazar Garden
The gardens surrounding the Alcazar Castle in...
Gardens / Arboretums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Bea Evenson Fountain
A favorite of barefoot children, this fountain...
Fountains Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Belmont Park
The once-abandoned amusement park between the bay...
Amusement Parks Mission Bay
 
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Affiliated with the world-renowned Scripps...
Zoos / Aquariums La Jolla
 
Botanical Building
The graceful redwood-lath structure, built for...
Gardens / Arboretums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Cabrillo Bridge
The park's official (and pedestrian-friendly)...
Bridges / Tunnels Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Cabrillo National Monument
This 160-acre preserve marks the site of the...
Parks Point Loma
 
Carousel
Suspended an arm's length away on this antique...
Carousels Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Chicano Park
San Diego's Mexican-American community is...
Parks Coronado
 
Coronado Ferry Landing
This collection of shops at Ferry Landing is on a...
Stores / Malls Coronado
 
Coronado Museum of History and Art
The neoclassical First Bank of Commerce building,...
Museums / Galleries Coronado
 
Crystal Pier
Stretching out into the ocean from the end of...
Viewpoints Mission Bay, Beaches, and SeaWorld
 
El Campo Santo cemetery
The old adobe-wall cemetery established in 1849...
Cemeteries Old Town
 
Fiesta de Reyes
North of San Diego's Old Town Plaza lies the...
Stores / Malls Old Town
 
Fiesta Island
The most undeveloped area of Mission Bay Park,...
Parks Mission Bay
 
Firehouse Museum
Firefighting artifacts of all sorts fill this...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
In 1934, 8 of the 1,000 acres set aside for a...
Cemeteries Point Loma
 
Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House
The oldest wooden house in San Diego houses the...
Historic Districts / Sites Gaslamp Quarter
 
Glorietta Bay Inn walking tour
The former residence of John Spreckels, the...
Houses / Mansions Coronado
 
Harbor Island
Restaurants and high-rise hotels dot the inner...
Islands Point Loma and Coronado
 
Heritage Park
A number of San Diego's important Victorian...
Architectural Sites Old Town
 
Hillcrest Farmers Market
One of San Diego's best farmers' markets, this...
Markets / Bazaars Hillcrest
 
Hospitality Point
Enjoy lunch in this pretty, secluded spot, which...
Viewpoints Mission Bay
 
Hotel Del Coronado
The Del's distinctive red-tile roofs and...
Hotels Coronado
 
House of Pacific Relations
This is not really a house but a cluster of red...
Arts / Performance Venues Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden and Desert Garden
These neighboring gardens sit just across the...
Gardens / Arboretums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Japanese Friendship Garden
A koi pond with a cascading waterfall, a tea...
Gardens / Arboretums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Junípero Serra Museum
The hill on which San Diego's original Spanish...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
La Jolla Caves
It's a walk of 145 sometimes slippery steps...
Cave La Jolla
 
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater
Performances incorporate marionettes, hand...
Arts / Performance Venues Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Maritime Museum
From sailing ships to submarines, the Maritime...
Museums / Galleries Embarcadero
 
Marston House
George W. Marston (1850–1946), a San Diego...
Houses / Mansions Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Mingei International Museum
The name "Mingei" comes from the Japanese words...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Miniature Railroad
Adjacent to the zoo parking lot and across from...
Transportation Sites Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá
It's hard to imagine how remote California's...
Religious Sites Mission Valley
 
Mission Bay Park
Mission Bay Park is San Diego's monument to...
Parks Mission Bay
 
Mission Beach Boardwalk
The cement pathway lining the sand from the...
Promenades / Boardwalks Mission Bay
 
Mount Soledad
La Jolla's highest spot can be reached by taking...
Mountains La Jolla
 
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Driving along Coast Boulevard, it is hard to miss...
Museums / Galleries La Jolla
 
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)
At the Downtown branch of the city's contemporary...
Museums / Galleries Embarcadero
 
Museum of Photographic Arts
World-renowned photographers such as Ansel Adams,...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
The New Children's Museum (NCM)
Opened in May 2008, NCM blends contemporary art...
Museums / Galleries Embarcadero
 
Ocean Beach Pier
This T-shape pier is a popular fishing spot and...
Marinas / Piers Ocean Beach
 
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
The six square blocks on the site of San Diego's...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old Town
 
Orange Avenue
Coronado's business district and its villagelike...
Neighborhoods / Streets Coronado
 
Palm Canyon
With more than 450 palms planted in 2 acres...
Canyon Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
PETCO Park
Opened in 2004, PETCO Park is a state-of-the-art...
Sports Venues East Village
 
Presidio Park
The hillsides of the 50-acre green space...
Parks Old Town
 
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
The center's interactive exhibits are artfully...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Salk Institute
The world-famous biological-research facility...
Educational Institutions La Jolla
 
San Diego Air and Space Museum
By day, the streamlined edifice looks like any...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Automotive Museum
Even if you don't know a choke from a chassis,...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Hall of Champions
In a 70,000-square-foot building, this museum...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego History Center
The San Diego Historical Society maintains its...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
When the impressive exhibits at this...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site
Operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of...
Religious Sites Old Town
 
San Diego Museum of Art
Known primarily for its Spanish Baroque and...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Museum of Man
If the facade of this building—the landmark...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Natural History Museum
There are 7.5 million fossils, dinosaur models,...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park's—and perhaps the city's—most...
Zoos / Aquariums Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Scott Street
Running along Point Loma's waterfront from...
Promenades / Boardwalks Point Loma
 
Seaport Village
You'll find some of the best views of the...
Stores / Malls Embarcadero
 
SeaWorld San Diego
One of the world's largest marine-life amusement...
Amusement Parks Mission Bay
 
Shelter Island
This reclaimed peninsula now supports towering...
Islands Shelter Island
 
Spanish Landing Park
Across from the western end of Harbor Island, on...
Neighborhoods / Streets Point Loma and Coronado
 
Spanish Village Art Center
More than 200 local artists, including...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
The 2,400-bench-seat pavilion, dedicated in...
Arts / Performance Venues Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Spruce Street Bridge
Constructed in 1912 by Edwin Capps, this 375-foot...
Bridges / Tunnels Hillcrest
 
Sunset Cliffs
As the name suggests, the 60-foot-high bluffs on...
Viewpoints Point Loma
 
Thomas Whaley House Museum
Thomas Whaley was a New York entrepreneur who...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
Timken Museum of Art
Though somewhat out of place architecturally,...
Museums / Galleries Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
 
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Pinus torreyana, the rarest native pine tree in...
Parks La Jolla
 
University of California at San Diego
The campus of one of the country's most...
Educational Institutions La Jolla
 
USS Midway Museum
After 47 years of worldwide service, the retired...
Museums / Galleries, Nautical Sites Embarcadero
 
Vacation Isle
Ingraham Street bisects this island, providing...
Beaches Mission Bay
 
Westfield Horton Plaza
This downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment...
Stores / Malls Gaslamp Quarter

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