San Diego Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in San Diego - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Alcazar Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

You may feel like royalty here as you rest on the benches by the exquisitely tiled fountains—the garden's highlight—and it's no wonder:...

Bea Evenson Fountain

  • Fountain

A favorite of barefoot children, this fountain shoots cool jets of water upwards of 50 feet. Built in 1972 between the Fleet Center and...

Botanical Building

  • Garden/Arboretum

The graceful redwood-lath structure, built for the 1915 Panama–California International Exposition, now houses more than 2,000 types...

Cabrillo Bridge

  • Bridge/Tunnel

The official gateway into Balboa Park soars 120 feet above a canyon floor. Pedestrian-friendly, the 1,500-foot bridge provides inspiring...

House of Pacific Relations

  • Arts/Performance Venue

This is not really a house but a cluster of red tile–roof stucco cottages representing 34 foreign countries. The word "pacific" refers...

Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden and Desert Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

These neighboring gardens sit just across the Park Boulevard pedestrian bridge and offer gorgeous views over Florida Canyon. The formal...

Japanese Friendship Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

A koi pond with a cascading waterfall, a cherry tree grove, and the serene Inamori tea pavilion are highlights of the park's authentic...

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Performances incorporate marionettes, hand puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, and ventriloquism, while the stories range from traditional...

Marston House Museum & Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

George W. Marston (1850–1946), a San Diego pioneer and philanthropist who financed the architectural landscaping of Balboa Park—among...

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