Visitors to San Diego can explore popular destinations like the hip Gaslamp Quarter. Kids can let off steam at the Balboa Park Carousel, while art lovers can enjoy a relaxing stroll through Chicano Park, which features colorful murals and quirky sculptures.

Aspiring botanists will love Balboa Park’s Desert Garden, a 2.5-acre attraction with 1,300 plants, and the Japanese Friendship Garden, a 12-acre urban oasis complete with a tea garden and koi ponds. You can also relax Southern California-style with a tasting session at Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo, the state’s oldest winery.

What to see & do in San Diego

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Things to do in San Diego can be found among parks and animal experiences, museums and historic sites, national monuments, art galleries, shopping, dining, beaches, and quaint villages. You can take the kids to a theme park like Belmont Park or Aquatica San Diego with thrill rides, water rides, games, live entertainment, and tons of fun all day long. You can have an up-close animal experience at the famed San...

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Where & what to eat in San Diego

Food and dining in San Diego covers everything from public indoor and covered food markets to casual takeaway eateries to formal, upscale dining in a variety of styles. San Diego has been named among the best cities for foodies, and the culinary scene here covers everything from straightforward and simple to complex, artistic fusion flavors.  Many of the area's restaurants value farm-to-table, locally sourced products, and the specific scene here has...

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Where to shop & what to buy in San Diego

  • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in San Diego

    San Diego is an excellent shopping destination in California. It has year-round sunny days, outdoor malls, and scenic views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The diverse collection of shopping districts around the city has just about everything you need, whether that’s one-of-a-kind souvenirs, trendy new outfits, or rock-bottom deals. Shop like your favorite Hollywood celebrities at San Diego’s Fashion...

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Where to go & what to do at night in San Diego

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in San Diego

    San Diego offers exciting nightlife and an array of things to see and do after dark. You can see theater performances, listen to live music, or spend time at the zoo with the kids. If you prefer something low key, San Diego has plenty of natural spaces where you can take in the scenery and snap some beautiful photos. Whether...

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Visitor information about San Diego can be found at one of many visitor centers found in neighborhoods all around the city, from Oceanside to Old Town to Escondido and beyond. You can also download mobile apps with information on all the local attractions. Transportation in San Diego is a breeze whether you're taking a taxi, limo, train, bike, or trolley. The weather here is great pretty much all year round, with...

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