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Best things to do in San Marcos

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.

Brewery
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“Craft brewery and restaurant. Be sure to call ahead of time and schedule your brewery tour! ”
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Park
“The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve has something for everyone. You can hike the trails starting from the Reserve entrance, or you can join the trails at various locations off of Harmony Grove Road and Elfin Forest Road. The roads run adjacent to a stream where an abundant array of wildlife, especially birds can be found. Additionally, it is an excellent representation of tree and plant life native to San Diego and California. On the weekends, guided tours and workshops are offered by the Nature Center found at the end of one of the more leisure hikes into the hills. Go to their website for weekend activities. Be there early as parking and events fill up fast on the weekends.”
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Warehouse Store
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Park
“A very high point to enjoy sunset with a view of the ocean from San Marcos. During the day you can hike to there from Discovery lake. it's like 2.5 miles going up not for everyone but the path is even and easy to walk if don't mind the hills”
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American Restaurant
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“Something for everybody, Restaurant Row has an array of options for any foodie. Be sure to stop by Sublime Ale House during happy hour.”
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Movie Theatre
“If you want to catch a movie, Edwards is nearby and has nice stadium seating. They also have a food court across the parking lot to grab a quick bite.”
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Brewery
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“Compact brewery & taproom with an industrial feel producing a rotating selection of beers. Popular with locals.”
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Gastropub
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“Great for large groups or entertainment. Outdoor area includes lawn games and fire pits. Inside features a bowling alley, leather sofas and large bar.”
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Food
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“This is my favorite brewery. Really great variety and a fun tap room. They usually have a food truck lined up so if you’re planning on eating call ahead to see what’s there.”
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Bar
“If you're lucky enough to be here on a Tuesday, you have to go to Booze Brothers. You'll probably see us there because of the famous Mexican Cuisine Food Truck. Order their King Tacos and Ol' Grandaddy's IIPA”
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Grocery or Supermarket
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Food
“One of the newer breweries, Bear Roots instantly made a name for themselves with their unique beers and dedication to the craft. ”
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Gastropub
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“The bellows : is very nice either with a group friends or for romantic dinner. Not a chain ! Foodie restaurant with a nice warm industrial decor)”
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Brewery
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“My favorite brewery. The owners of this place create a great environment and even better brews. My "wine only" friends love a few of their brews as well. ”
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University
“Newly built University. Has all the shopping needs. Kaiser and medical facilities are here.”
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Restaurant
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“Headed to brunch? Be sure to swing by this gem on Lake San Marcos. Excellent food and drinks with fantastic lake and mountain views!”
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