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  • 1. Balboa Park Carousel

    Balboa Park | Amusement Ride

    Suspended an arm's length away on this antique merry-go-round is the brass ring that could earn you an extra free ride (it's one of the few...Read More

  • 2. Belmont Park

    Mission Bay | Amusement Park/Water Park

    The once-abandoned amusement park between the bay and Mission Beach boardwalk is now a shopping, dining, and recreation complex. Twinkling lights...Read More

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  • 3. Cabrillo National Monument

    Point Loma | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This 166-acre preserve marks the site of the first European visit to San Diego, made by 16th-century Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo...Read More

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  • 4. Chicano Park

    Barrio Logan | Public Art

    The cultural center of the Barrio Logan neighborhood, Chicano Park—designated a National Historic Landmark in 2017—was born in 1970 from the...Read More

  • 5. Coronado Beach


    This wide beach is one of San Diego's most picturesque thanks to its soft white sand and sparkly blue water. The historic Hotel del Coronado...Read More

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  • 6. Fiesta de Reyes

    Old Town | Plaza/Square

    North of San Diego's Old Town Plaza lies the area's unofficial center, built to represent a colonial Mexican plaza. The collection of more than...Read More

  • 7. La Jolla Cove


    This shimmering blue-green inlet surrounded by cliffs is what first attracted everyone to La Jolla, from Native Americans to the glitterati...Read More

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  • 8. Maritime Museum

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    From sailing ships to submarines, the Maritime Museum is a must for anyone with an interest in nautical history. This collection of restored...Read More

  • 9. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

    Old Town | Plaza/Square

    The six square blocks on the site of San Diego's original pueblo are the heart of Old Town. Most of the 20 historic buildings preserved or re...Read More

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  • 10. San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Balboa Park | Museum/Gallery

    By day, the streamlined edifice looks like any other structure in the park; at night, outlined in blue neon, the round building appears—appropriately...Read More

  • 11. San Diego Zoo

    Balboa Park | Zoo/Aquarium

    Balboa Park's—and perhaps the city's—most famous attraction is its 100-acre zoo. Nearly 4,000 animals of some 800 diverse species roam in hospitable...Read More

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  • 12. The Museum of Us

    Balboa Park | Museum/Gallery

    Originally known as San Diego Museum of Man, the name was changed in efforts to reflect values of equity, inclusion, and decolonization. If...Read More

  • 13. The New Children's Museum (NCM)

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    The NCM blends contemporary art with unstructured play to create an environment that appeals to children as well as adults. The 50,000-square...Read More

  • 14. USS Midway Museum

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    After 47 years of worldwide service, the retired USS Midway began a new tour of duty on the south side of the Navy pier in 2004. Launched...Read More

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  • 15. Alcazar Garden

    Balboa Park | Garden

    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: the...Read More

  • 16. Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

    Balboa Park | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Adjacent to the zoo parking lot and across from the carousel, a pint-size 48-passenger train runs a ½-mile loop through four tree-filled acres...Read More

  • 17. Birch Aquarium at Scripps


    Affiliated with the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this excellent aquarium sits at the end of a signposted drive leading...Read More

  • 18. Children's Pool


    Due to the groups of harbor seals that have claimed it as their own, this shallow cove, protected by a seawall, is closed to the public for...Read More

  • 19. Coronado Ferry Landing


    This collection of shops at Ferry Landing is on a smaller scale than the Embarcadero's Seaport Village, but you do get a great view of the Downtown...Read More

  • 20. Fleet Science Center

    Balboa Park | Museum/Gallery

    Interactive exhibits here are artfully educational and for all ages: older kids can get hands-on with inventive projects in Studio X, while...Read More

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