150 Epic Things To Do In San Diego

San Diego is the American version of paradise. The California weather is beautiful every single day, the pace of life seems to slow down just enough and everything just feels chill. We have prepared a list of the top 150 fun things to do on your next trip to San Diego. Enjoy!

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San Diego Zoo

Spend an early morning with the pandas at San Diego Zoo

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USS Midway Museum

Explore a floating city at sea aboard the USS Midway Museum

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Unconditional Surrender

Take a snap of the “Unconditional Surrender”, World War II’s most-famous kiss

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Balboa Park

Stop by the Visitors Center before exploring Balboa Park

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Go hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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La Jolla Cove

Watch the sea lions basking in the sun at La Jolla Cove

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Stars & Stripes USA 11

Go sailing in San Diego Bay via Stars & Stripes USA 11

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Hornblower

Cruise aboard the Hornblower while enjoying a lobster dinner

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Pacific Gray Whales

Come and see the Pacific Gray Whales

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Star of India

Step aboard the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship

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Petco Park

Catch the San Diego Padres play ball at Petco Park

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Cabrillo National Monument

Get a panoramic view of San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument

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Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

Pay tribute to our Veterans at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Relax and watch the ocean in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

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Mount Soledad

Climb Mount Soledad and see the view from the top

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La Jolla Shores

Build a sandcastle at La Jolla Shores

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Point Loma

Go birdwatching in Point Loma

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Torrey Pines Gliderport

Spread your wings at Torrey Pines Gliderport

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Coronado Bridge

See the Coronado Bridge light up at night

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Windansea Beach

Watch a surfer catching a wave at Windansea Beach

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Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Climb the Old Point Loma Lighthouse on a clear day

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Old Globe

Get tickets to a world-premiere production at the Old Globe

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SeaWorld

Meet the amazing aquatic animals at SeaWorld

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San Diego Bay

Take a stroll along San Diego Bay

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

See historic vessels at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Segway Tour

Hop on the Segway and have a fun tour of the city

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Botanical Building

View the Lily Pond infront of the Botanical Building

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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Have a glimpse of the past in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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Mission Beach

Get your feet wet at Mission Beach

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Pacific Beach

Go jogging along Pacific Beach

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Birch Aquarium

Find Nemo and his friends at Birch Aquarium

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Seaport Village

Ride the historic carousel at Seaport Village

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Coronado Ferry

Go sightseeing across the bay aboard the Coronado Ferry

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San Diego Comic-Con

Wear your best costume at San Diego Comic-Con

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Little Italy’s Mercato on Saturdays

See the freshest produce in Little Italy’s Mercato on Saturdays

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Little Italy

Find the best eats in Little Italy

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Old Town Trolley

Hop on the Old Town Trolley and see the city’s top attractions

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GoCar

Ride the GoCar, a storytelling car

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Fashion Valley Mall

Go window shopping at Fashion Valley Mall

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Old Town Market

Get your souvenirs at the Old Town Market

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Mission Bay Park

Fly a kite in Mission Bay Park

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Children’s Pool

View the seals lounging at Children’s Pool

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San Diego Air and Space Museum

Learn more about the history of flight at San Diego Air and Space Museum

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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Watch the trains at San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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Harbor and Shelter Islands

Get a great view of the San Diego skyline from Harbor and Shelter Islands

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San Diego de Alcala

Say a little prayer at Mission San Diego de Alcala

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Pacific Surf School

Learn how to ride the waves at Pacific Surf School

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Ocean Beach

Enjoy the cool breeze at Ocean Beach

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Cabrillo Tidepools

Explore the Cabrillo Tidepools

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La Jolla Caves

Go kayaking through the La Jolla Caves

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UC San Diego tour

Get an up-close look at Geisel Library at the UC San Diego tour

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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Attend a free concert at Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Sundays

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Torrey Pines State Beach

Run, hike or swim at Torrey Pines State Beach

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Mission Beach Boardwalk

Bike along Mission Beach Boardwalk and enjoy the view of the ocean

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La Jolla Playhouse

Watch an original production by the La Jolla Playhouse

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San Diego California Temple

Take a picture of the San Diego California Temple

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Belmont Park

Ride all you can at Belmont Park

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The Original Dog Beach

Play catch with Fido at the Original Dog Beach

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Scripps Park

Have a picnic in Scripps Park

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Harbor Drive

Spot Bob Hope on Harbor Drive

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Ballast Point Brewery

Take a tour of Ballast Point Brewery and take home the Little Italy Taster Glass

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The SEAL

Ride the SEAL to watch the seals

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Salk Institute

Sign up for a tour of Salk Institute

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Embarcadero

Go people watching at Embarcadero

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Spanish Village Art Center

See masterpieces in the making at Spanish Village Art Center

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Bernardo Winery

Taste a flight of wines at Bernardo Winery

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SDMA’S Art Alive

See floral interpretations of famous works of art at SDMA’S Art Alive

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San Diego Natural History Museum

Be an explorer at the San Diego Natural History Museum

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The MTS

Go sightseeing while riding the MTS

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Black’s Beach

Spot people in their birthday suits at Black’s Beach

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Whaley House Museum

Find out if ghosts are real at Whaley House Museum

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Gaslamp Quarter

Shop and dine at Gaslamp Quarter

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Hillcrest Farmers Market

Fill your shopping bags with fresh fruits and veggies at Hillcrest Farmers Market

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Bazaar del Mundo

Discover unique gift ideas at Bazaar del Mundo

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Sunny Jim Sea Cave

Enter the historic Cave Store, home of the world famous Sunny Jim Sea Cave

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Chuck Jones Gallery

Learn about Bugs Bunny’s creator as well as other featured artists at Chuck Jones Gallery

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Cousin’s Candy Shops

Find old-time favorites like Mary Janes, Look Bar and a lot more at Cousin’s Candy Shops

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Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop

Have a sugar rush at Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop

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Fleet Science Center

Check out the interactive exhibits at the Fleet Science Center

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San Diego Museum of Man

Climb the Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man

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Mission Trails Regional Park

Take the 5-Peak Challenge at Mission Trails Regional Park

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South Carlsbad State Beach

Go camping at South Carlsbad State Beach

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San Diego Symphony

Listen to a magical performance by the San Diego Symphony

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Pride Music Festival in Hillcrest

Attend the Pride Music Festival in Hillcrest

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La Jolla Open Aire Market

Buy yummy baked goodies at La Jolla Open Aire Market

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Green Flash Brewery

Take a tour of Green Flash Brewery and sample their beers

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Wave House

Ride the FlowBarrel at Wave House

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Mingei International Museum

View thousands of folk art from all over the world at Mingei International Museum

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Temecula Wine Tours

Discover the best wines in the valley at Temecula Wine Tours

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Mission Brewery

Find out what’s on tap at Mission Brewery

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Timken Museum of Art

See San Diego’s only painting by Rembrandt at the Timken Museum of Art

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Qualcomm Stadium

Show your support for the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium

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Japanese Friendship Garden

Find your zen at the Japanese Friendship Garden

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San Diego Automotive Museum

Step back in time at San Diego Automotive Museum

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Westfield Horton Plaza

Shop til you drop at Westfield Horton Plaza

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San Diego Central Library

Bury your nose in a book at San Diego Central Library

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Torrey Pines Golf Course

Practice your swing at Torrey Pines Golf Course

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House of Blues

Catch your favorite bands at the House of Blues

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Hyatt

Get a spectacular view of the Bay while having drinks at Top of the Hyatt

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Patrick’s II

Listen to some good ol’ blues music at Patrick’s II

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Altitude Sky Lounge

See and be seen at Altitude Sky Lounge

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Yard House

Have drinks with friends while watching a game at Yard House

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Croce’s

Make a dinner reservation at Croce’s

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Dick’s Last Resort

Grab a late night dinner after a game at Dick’s Last Resort

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Aero Club Bar

Choose from over 800 whiskeys at Aero Club Bar

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Beer Shop and Tasting Room

Unwind after a long day at Bottlecraft Beer Shop and Tasting Room

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Waterfront

Hangout at Waterfront, San Diego’s oldest tavern

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New Children’s Museum

Let the kids learn and play at the New Children’s Museum

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The Pardo

Share a dessert with your date after a romantic dinner at the Prado

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Marston House Museum and Gardens

Take a tour of Marston House Museum and Gardens

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AleSmith Brewing Company’s Tasting Room

Visit AleSmith Brewing Company’s Tasting Room and check out their year-round and seasonal brews

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Giant Dipper Roller Coaster

Be brave enough to ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster

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Fiesta Island

Sit by the bonfire at Fiesta Island

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San Diego Civic Theatre

Watch a great show at San Diego Civic Theatre

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Dunes Park

Shoot some hoops at Dunes Park

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Museum of Photographic Arts

Spend an afternoon at the Museum of Photographic Arts

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San Diego Sand Castles

Take your skills to the next level at San Diego Sand Castles

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Living Coast Discovery Center

Be one with nature at Living Coast Discovery Center

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Cowles Mountain

Reach the top of Cowles Mountain

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Headquarters at Seaport

Check out the local shops at the Headquarters at Seaport

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Kobey’s Swap Meet

Discover unique items at Kobey’s Swap Meet

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Presidio Park

Take a stroll in Presidio Park

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San Diego History Center

Know more about the city’s past at San Diego History Center

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Reading Cinema

Catch the latest blockbusters at Reading Cinema

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Ken Cinema

Watch an independent or foreign film at Ken Cinema

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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Go nature walking at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

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Homecoming Statue

Take a picture of the Homecoming Statue

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Casa de Estudillo

Travel back in time at Casa de Estudillo

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Cabrillo Bridge

Drive through Cabrillo Bridge

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Alcazar Garden

Look at the lovely blooms at Alcazar Garden

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Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

Smell the pretty flowers at Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

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Desert Garden

View over 1,300 plants at the Desert Garden

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Balboa Park

Hop on the Miniature Railroad Train in Balboa Park

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Miramar Speed Circuit

Have a blast at Miramar Speed Circuit

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Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab

Have the freshest seafood at Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab

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Sushi Ota

Savor Japanese cuisine at Sushi Ota

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Cottage

Order Stuffed French Toast for breakfast at the Cottage

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Hodad’s

Take a bite at mouthwatering burgers at Hodad’s

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Hash House A Go Go

Have breakfast all day long at Hash House A Go Go

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Phil’s

Taste the best BBQ in town at Phil’s

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Blue Water Seafood’

Try Blue Water Seafood’s famous fish tacos

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Richard Walker’s Pancake House

Have a hearty meal at Richard Walker’s Pancake House

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The Cove

Experience fine dining with an ocean view at George’s at the Cove

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Carnitas’ Snack Shack

Hang out at Carnitas’ Snack Shack

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Pappalecco

Try a new flavor of gelato from Pappalecco

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Influx Cafe

Have a cup of coffee at Influx Cafe

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Mariposa’s Homemade Ice Cream

Taste Mariposa’s Homemade Ice Cream

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San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

Join San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival for a gastronomic feast

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Rock and Roll Marathon

Run 26 miles at the Rock and Roll Marathon

There’s plenty of things to do in San Diego, but we might have missed something! Let us know if there’s an attraction that should be added. Don’t forget to check out all of the exciting things to do in LA and epic things to see in Sacramento!