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  • 1. Belmont Park

    Mission Beach | 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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  • 2. Cabrillo National Monument

    Point Loma | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This 160-acre preserve marks the site of the first European visit to San Diego, made by 16th-century explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo when he...Read More

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  • 3. Carousel

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Carousel

    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

  • 4. Coronado Beach

    Coronado | Beach–Sight

    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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  • 5. Fiesta de Reyes

    Old Town | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    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

  • 6. La Jolla Cove

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

    Old Town | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    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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  • 9. San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | 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

  • 10. San Diego Museum of Man

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

    If the facade of this building—the landmark California Building—looks familiar, it's because filmmaker Orson Welles used it and its dramatic...Read More

  • 11. San Diego Zoo

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | 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 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

  • 13. 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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  • 14. Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    La Jolla | Zoo/Aquarium

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

  • 15. Children's Pool

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    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

  • 16. Coronado Ferry Landing

    Coronado | Store/Shop/Mall

    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

  • 17. Imperial Beach

    South Bay | Beach–Sight

    More and more people from around the country are discovering this once sleepy stretch of sand thanks to the Pier South Autograph Collection...Read More

  • 18. La Jolla Caves

    La Jolla | Cave

    It's a walk of 145 sometimes slippery steps down a tunnel to Sunny Jim, the largest of the caves in La Jolla Cove and the only one reachable...Read More

  • 19. La Jolla Shores

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    This is one of San Diego's most popular beaches due to its wide sandy shore, gentle waves, and incredible views of La Jolla Peninsula. There...Read More

  • 20. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Arts/Performance Venue

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

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