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Best things to do in San Diego County

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Great place for the whole family. Museums, beautiful gardens, lovely views, some food. ”
1006local recommendations
Zoo
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“World famous San Diego zoo can eat up most of your day exploring the beautiful and expansive grounds.”
767local recommendations
Zoo
“Wait, what? San Diego has another zoo? Yes! San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a.k.a. Wild Animal Park, will give you a different view of the animals in a more natural space!”
250local recommendations
Theme Park
“Spend the day with the family at Sea World. Discount tickets often available at Costco or online. ”
305local recommendations
Park
“Incredible hike and great ocean views, red rocks and sometimes even dolphins!”
496local recommendations
Shopping Mall
“Embrace the coastal chic lifestyle at Southern California's trendiest destination, Fashion Valley. Accented by living succulent walls, gorgeous palm trees and an array of high end brands. Fashion Valley Mall is an upscale, open-air shopping mall in Mission Valley in San Diego.”
289local recommendations
Museum
“The USS Midway Museum is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in downtown San Diego, at the pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California.”
255local recommendations
Neighbourhood
“Looking for a party or maybe a nice dinner? 5 star restaurants, clubs, rooftop lounges, pubs and more”
432local recommendations
Beach
“La Jolla Cove is a very small beach, tucked between sandstone cliffs. Because of its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. With small surf in the summer months, the north facing La Jolla Cove is ideal for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers. Water visibility at the Cove can sometimes exceed 30 feet. La Jolla Cove lies within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which helps to ensure that marine life remains plentiful. ”
390local recommendations
Shopping Plaza
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“Lots of changes here...food, shopping, street vendors right on the water downtown. ”
284local recommendations
Baseball Stadium
“One of the best ballparks in all of MLB! Best food, great vibes and right downtown in the Gaslamp Quarter - which makes partying after the Padres win a must!”
236local recommendations
Neighbourhood
“Old Town is a neighborhood of San Diego, California. It contains 230 acres and is bounded by Interstate 8 on the north, Interstate 5 on the west, Mission Hills on the east and Bankers Hill on the south.”
367local recommendations
Theme Park
“Go online and get passes on Group on if available. Less expensive and typically a great value. This place is fun to hang out and one definitely must go on The Big Dipper but can get really crowded so if you’re not a fan of crowds then I definitely do not recommend this place.”
221local recommendations
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“There are numerous museums, a beautiful arboretum, access to the famous San Diego Zoo right next door, beautiful strolls through a well-preserved San Diego landmark. ”
359local recommendations
Theme Park
“Plan on a day trip. Legoland is about 45 minutes to one hour north in Carlsbad. ”
103local recommendations
Hotel
“Legoland in Carlsbad is must do for any family with kiddos under 10. There’s water cannons to shoot, the chance to earn a driver’s license, and a Dragon roller coaster that’ll take you soaring through the sky. Legoland has added on the additions of a water park and the Sea Life Aquarium, making it even more worth it to spend the day here.”
141local recommendations