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Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 2.0-4.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Botanical Gardens, Zoo, Recreational Area, Cultural Park, Historical Site

Restaurants, Museums, Picnic Areas, Gardens, Hiking Trails, Playgrounds, Performing Arts Venues, Sports Facilities

1549 El Prado, san diego

Balboa Park, nestled in the heart of San Diego, is a lush, sprawling oasis brimming with art, culture, and history. This magnificent park is not just a green space but a gathering spot for locals and tourists alike, offering a plethora of museums, theaters, and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo.

Point  ($$) 4.8
stay time indicator 3.0-5.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Educational, Outdoor, Zoo, Conservation

Interactive experiences, Dining options, Gift shops, Guided tours, Open-air exhibits, Wheelchair accessible

2920 Zoo Dr, san diego

San Diego Zoo is a globally renowned zoo nestled in the heart of Balboa Park in San Diego, California. It's a vibrant, lush sanctuary that spans over 100 acres, home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies. Its innovative habitats and pioneering conservation efforts provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of wildlife.

Point  ($$) 4.8
stay time indicator 2.0-3.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Museum, Tourist Attraction, Historical Landmark

Gift Shop, Guided Tours, Flight Simulators, Café, Interactive Exhibits, Audio Tours

910 N Harbor Dr, san diego

The USS Midway Museum offers an unforgettable adventure for visitors of all ages. Explore more than 60 exhibits and 29 restored aircraft aboard this historic naval aircraft carrier. Imagine life at sea without leaving port, experiencing firsthand the legendary floating city on the water.

Point  ($$$) 4.5
stay time indicator 3.0-6.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Educational Site, Animal Park, Theme Park, Aquarium

Dining, Interactive Experiences, Animal Exhibits, Rides, Shows, Shopping

500 SeaWorld Dr, san diego

SeaWorld San Diego offers an ocean of adventures and is renowned for its thrilling rides, awe-inspiring animal encounters, and educational presentations. From the adrenaline-pumping Manta roller coaster to the fascinating Orca Encounter, guests of all ages can enjoy unique experiences in this aquatic wonderland.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Dining, Historic Sites, Neighborhood, Shopping, Nightlife

Dining Experiences, Cultural Events, Walking Tours, Nightclubs, Shopping Options

614 5th Ave, san diego

The Gaslamp Quarter is a lively downtown neighborhood known for its rich history and vibrant nightlife. Spanning 16 blocks, it combines historic charm with modern entertainment, featuring restored Victorian-era buildings that now house a variety of shops, restaurants, and nightclubs.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Historic Site, Cultural Center, State Park

Museums, Walking Paths, Gift Shops, Live Demonstrations, Restaurants

4002 Wallace St, san diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park offers a unique glimpse into the early days of San Diego, where visitors can experience the history, culture, and architecture of the period between 1821 and 1872. This vibrant park is home to historic buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants, all set within lush gardens and walking paths that invite exploration.

Point  ($$) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Art Museum, Cultural Site

Wheelchair Accessible, Cafe, Gift Shop

1450 El Prado, san diego

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of Art stands as a beacon of cultural enrichment, captivating visitors with its diverse and vibrant collection that spans the globe. From ancient artifacts to contemporary pieces, the museum offers a unique journey through the world of art, making it a must-visit destination for art lovers and curious minds alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Beach, Picnic Spot, Photography Spot, Natural Attraction

Lifeguards, Picnic Areas, Showers, Public Restrooms, Dog-Friendly Areas

838 Ocean Blvd, coronado

Coronado Beach in California is the epitome of the American dream beach, stretching wide with golden sands, kissed by the gentle waves of the Pacific. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, it offers a picturesque backdrop with the historic Hotel del Coronado in the distance, making it a favorite among photographers and beachgoers alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Nature Preserve, Snorkeling Spot, Diving Spot, Tourist Attraction, Beach

Walking Trails, Public Restrooms, Lifeguard On Duty, View Points, Picnic Areas

1100 Coast Blvd, la jolla

Nestled in the heart of La Jolla, La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove surrounded by cliffs. Renowned for its stunning beauty, clear waters, and abundant marine life, it's a paradise for snorkelers, divers, and photographers alike. The cove is also a part of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, ensuring the protection of its vibrant marine ecosystem.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 0.5-1.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Natural Park, Public Park, Scenic Viewpoint

Sunset Views, Picnic Areas, Wildlife Observation, Hiking Trails, Ocean Views

1253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, san diego

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park spans 68 acres along the Pacific Ocean bordering the western edge of Point Loma. The park is renowned for its stunning cliffs, expansive ocean views, and vibrant sunsets. It's a sanctuary for nature lovers, surfers, and photographers seeking the unspoiled beauty of San Diego's coastline.

Point  ($$) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.5-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Family-friendly, Aquarium, Research Center, Educational

Interactive Exhibits, Kelp Forest Exhibit, Feeding Demonstrations, Gift Shop, Café, Tide Pool Touch Tanks

2300 Expedition Way, la jolla

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers an unforgettable window into the mysteries of the underwater world. It features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Monument, Viewpoint, Park, Historic Site

Scenic Overlook, Lighthouse, Visitor Center, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking Trails, Guided Tours

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, san diego

Perched atop the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula, Cabrillo National Monument offers breathtaking views of San Diego's bustling harbor and skyline, as well as the Pacific Ocean. Named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who landed at San Diego Bay in 1542, this site commemorates the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Historical Site, Museum

Flight Simulator, Gift Shop, Interactive Exhibits, Café, Guided Tours

2001 Pan American Plaza, san diego

The San Diego Air & Space Museum, located in the picturesque Balboa Park, is a celebration of human achievement in aviation and space exploration. This museum houses an extensive collection of aircraft and spacecraft, including the actual Apollo 9 Command Module, making it a must-visit for enthusiasts of all ages.

stay time indicator 1.5-3.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Museum, Historic, Cultural, Educational

Giant-screen theater, Café, Gift shop, Research and conservation programs, Interactive exhibits, Special exhibitions, Foucault pendulum

1788 El Prado, san diego

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is a gateway to the natural world, offering a journey through millions of years of Earth's history. With engaging exhibits that span the rich biodiversity of Southern California and the Baja California Peninsula, interactive experiences, and a dedication to research and conservation, The Nat invites visitors of all ages to explore and appreciate the natural world around them.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Cultural Attraction, Museum, Historic Site

Interactive Exhibits, Ship Boarding, Gift Shop, Educational Programs, Event Hosting, Guided Tours

1492 N Harbor Dr, san diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego offers a fascinating journey into the world of maritime history and exploration. Located along the picturesque San Diego Bay, the museum boasts one of the finest collections of historic ships in the world, including the Star of India, the world's oldest active sailing ship.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Beach, Outdoor, Recreational Area

Boardwalk, Picnic areas, Surfing spots, Sandy beach, Volleyball courts

Mission Blvd, san diego

Mission Beach in San Diego is a lively and vibrant coastal community, famous for its bustling boardwalk, wide sandy beach, and the iconic Belmont Park. It's a place where both locals and visitors come to soak up the California sun, surf the waves, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along the oceanfront.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Park, Nature Reserve

Hiking trails, Scenic views, Guided tours, Photography spots

12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, la jolla

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, located along the southern California coast, is a wilderness oasis of 1,500 acres of unspoiled land, protecting a variety of native flora including its namesake, the rare Torrey pine tree. With its stunning overlooks, peaceful trails, and rugged cliffs, the reserve offers visitors a unique glimpse into the natural beauty of California's coastline.

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18. Petco Park
 (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-3.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Cultural Site, Stadium, Entertainment Venue, Sports Venue

Panoramic Views, Interactive Exhibits, Retail Shops, Family-Friendly, Dining Options, Accessibility Features, Historical Elements

100 Park Blvd, san diego

Nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego, Petco Park is more than just a ballpark; it's an iconic destination where the thrill of baseball meets breathtaking views of the city and the ocean beyond. This modern stadium, with its open-air design and state-of-the-art facilities, offers an unparalleled game-day experience, inviting fans and visitors to enjoy America's favorite pastime in a setting that's as spectacular as the action on the field.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Art Gallery, Cultural Site, Museum

Wheelchair accessible, Gift shop, Guided tours, Exhibitions, Ocean-view terraces

700 Prospect St, la jolla

Nestled in the heart of La Jolla, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) at its 700 Prospect Street location offers an exquisite panorama of contemporary art, ranging from paintings and sculptures to multimedia works. Its expansive galleries and ocean-view terraces provide a unique blend of artistic exploration and serene views, making it a must-visit destination for art lovers and seekers of inspiration.

stay time indicator 1.0-1.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Museum, Attraction, Cultural

Guided Tours Available, Interactive Exhibits, Wheelchair Accessible, Gift Shop

1649 El Prado, san diego

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is a hidden gem that offers an enchanting journey through meticulously crafted miniature worlds. Spanning over 27,000 square feet, it's the largest museum of its kind in North America, showcasing model railroads that depict California railroads through various eras. Visitors of all ages are captivated by the detailed landscapes, tiny towns, and historical scenes that come alive with the chug of miniature trains.

Point  ($$) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Museum, Cultural Site, Attraction

Restrooms, Guided tours available, Parking available, Gift shop, Wheelchair accessible

2080 Pan American Plaza, san diego

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the San Diego Automotive Museum stands as a tribute to the engineering prowess and cultural impact of motor vehicles throughout history. With a diverse collection that spans from vintage cars to futuristic prototypes, the museum offers a fascinating journey through the evolution of automotive design and technology.

stay time indicator 1.0-1.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Nature, Cultural Site, Garden, Historic Site

Koi ponds, Tea pavilion, Bonsai exhibit, Cultural events, Zen garden

2215 Pan American Rd E, san diego

Nestled in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a serene oasis that embodies the rich cultural connection between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. This beautifully designed garden spans 12 acres, featuring traditional Japanese garden elements such as koi ponds, sukiya-style buildings, and a meticulously curated Zen garden.

Point  ($$) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.5-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Children's Museum, Art Museum

Workshops and events, Sustainable architecture, Interactive exhibits, Family-friendly amenities, Art installations

200 W Island Ave, san diego

The New Children's Museum in San Diego is a dynamic, playful, and innovative space where children and families can explore contemporary art through interactive and hands-on experiences. Designed to inspire creativity and critical thinking, this museum is a vibrant hub that combines art, education, and play in unique ways, making it a must-visit destination for families.

Point  ($) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
History Museum, Cultural Center

Research Library, Temporary Exhibitions, Gift Shop, Educational Programs, Permanent Exhibits

1649 El Prado, san diego

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the San Diego History Center stands as a beacon of knowledge, showcasing the rich and vibrant history of the San Diego region. Its engaging exhibits and collections take visitors on a journey through time, exploring the diverse cultures, significant events, and remarkable individuals that have shaped the city's past and present.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Botanical Garden, Tourist Attraction, Historic Site

Family Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible, Photography Allowed, Free Admission

1549 El Prado, san diego

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the Botanical Building and Lily Pond presents a lush, tranquil oasis amidst the bustling city of San Diego. With its stunning wood-lath structure, one of the largest of its kind in the world, the Botanical Building houses over 2,100 permanent plants, including a fascinating collection of cycads, ferns, orchids, and palms. The adjacent Lily Pond, with its serene water surface hosting floating lilies and lotuses, offers a picturesque backdrop, perfect for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Dining, Shopping Center, Historical Site, Entertainment

Outdoor dining, Waterfront views, Live entertainment, Historical carousel, Family-friendly

849 W Harbor Dr, san diego

Seaport Village is a bustling, waterfront shopping and dining complex in San Diego, offering a unique blend of local culture, food, and maritime history. With its cobblestone pathways, picturesque views of the harbor, and an array of shops and eateries, it's a perfect spot for families, couples, and solo explorers alike to spend a day soaking up the sun and the vibrant atmosphere.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Design, Art, Culture, Museum

Wheelchair accessible, Gift shop, Workshops, Exhibitions

1439 El Prado, san diego

Nestled in the heart of San Diego's Balboa Park, the Mingei International Museum showcases folk art, craft, and design from all over the world. Its exhibits are a colorful tapestry of human creativity, featuring everything from intricate textiles to exquisite pottery. The museum serves as a bridge between the past and present, highlighting the universal nature of art in daily life.

Point  ($$) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.5-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Planetarium, IMAX Theater, Science Museum

Cafe, Wheelchair Accessible, IMAX Dome Theater, Gift Shop, Interactive Exhibits

1875 El Prado, san diego

Nestled in the heart of San Diego's famed Balboa Park, the Fleet Science Center is a hub for the curious and young-at-heart to dive into the wonders of science. Through interactive exhibits, thought-provoking films, and hands-on activities, the center brings science to life in an engaging way for visitors of all ages.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-3.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Beach, Neighborhood

Nightlife, Shopping, Sandy Beach, Boardwalk, Fishing Pier, Local Eateries, Water Sports

4500 Ocean Blvd, san diego

Pacific Beach is a vibrant neighborhood in San Diego, known for its lively beach scene, picturesque boardwalk, and myriad of outdoor activities. It offers a perfect balance of relaxation and entertainment, with its wide sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and bustling nightlife. Whether you're looking to surf, sunbathe, or explore the local eateries and shops, Pacific Beach is the place to be.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Natural Feature, Tourist Attraction, Recreational Area

Walking Paths, Views of the City Skyline, Fishing Spots, Whale Watching Opportunities, Boat Tours

San Diego bay, san diego

San Diego Bay is a natural harbor and deepwater port located in San Diego, California. It offers stunning views of the city skyline and is home to the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet. The bay is a popular destination for sailing, fishing, and whale watching, making it a vibrant hub of maritime activity.

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31. Point Loma
 ($) 4.8
stay time indicator 2.0-3.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Historical Site, Natural Feature, Viewpoint, Park

Visitor center, Monument & memorials, Tide pools, Historic lighthouse, Hiking trails

Point Loma Peninsula, san diego

Point Loma, a rugged peninsula in San Diego, offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego skyline. It's a place where history and natural beauty converge, providing visitors with a unique coastal experience. From the majestic cliffs to the serene tide pools, Point Loma is a must-visit for nature lovers and history buffs alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Dining, Cultural District, Historical Site, Shopping

Restaurants, Farmers Market, Public Art, Art Galleries

India St, san diego

Nestled in the heart of San Diego, Little Italy at India Street is a vibrant and bustling neighborhood known for its lively atmosphere, exquisite dining, and rich cultural heritage. This charming district is the go-to destination for food enthusiasts, art lovers, and anyone looking to immerse themselves in a unique blend of modern urban life and traditional Italian culture.

stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Memorial, Historic Site, Viewpoint

Historical Significance, Peaceful Environment, Panoramic Views, Veterans Memorials

6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr S, la jolla

Perched atop La Jolla's serene hills, Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial offers breathtaking panoramic views of San Diego while serving as a tribute to the courage and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces veterans. The monument, marked by a giant cross and hundreds of plaques, honors veterans from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in the Middle East, making it a place of reflection, history, and unparalleled beauty.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Children's Museum, Museum, Educational

Interactive Exhibits, Event Spaces, Play Areas, Workshops, Outdoor Garden

320 N Broadway, escondido

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum is a vibrant and engaging space designed for young minds to explore, play, and learn. The museum boasts interactive exhibits that cover a variety of themes, including science, art, and culture. It's a place where children can ignite their curiosity through hands-on activities and immersive play environments.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Park, Picnic Area, Historic Site, Playground, Recreational Area

Interactive fountains, Gardens, Picnic areas, Restrooms, Children's play area, Walking paths, Public art, Event spaces

1600 Pacific Hwy, san diego

Waterfront Park is a vibrant and scenic stretch along the San Diego Bay, providing locals and visitors alike with lush green spaces, interactive fountains, and stunning views of the bay and the city skyline. It's a perfect spot for picnics, outdoor activities, and enjoying San Diego's famous sunny weather.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-4.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Park, Picnic Spot, Recreational Area, Water Sports

Public restrooms, Fire pits, Beach areas, Free parking, Walking and biking paths, Playgrounds, Picnic areas, Water sports rental

2688 E Mission Bay Dr, san diego

Mission Bay Park in San Diego is an aquatic paradise offering 4,600 acres of both land and water. This vast park is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy outdoor activities like biking, jogging, water sports, or picnicking with family and friends. Its calm waters make it an ideal spot for swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Research Facility, Photography Spot, Landmark

Educational Signage, Sunset Spot, Ocean Views

8650 Kennel Way, la jolla

Scripps Pier, extending into the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean, stands as an iconic research facility and a captivating landmark in La Jolla, California. This impressive structure is not only vital for scientific exploration but also offers breathtaking views, especially at sunset, making it a must-visit for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-4.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Event Venue, Convention Center

Accessibility Features, Multiple Exhibit Halls, Meeting Rooms, Waterfront Location, Ballrooms, State-of-the-art Facilities

111 W Harbor Dr, san diego

The San Diego Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, is an architectural marvel and a hub for conventions, trade shows, and community events. Its stunning waterfront setting, combined with state-of-the-art facilities, makes it a premier destination for event organizers and attendees alike. The spacious exhibit halls, elegant ballrooms, and modern meeting rooms cater to a wide range of events, drawing visitors from all corners of the globe.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Music Venue, Outdoor, Cultural, Historic Site

Free public concerts, Photography allowed, Outdoor seating, Wheelchair accessible

1549 El Prado, san diego

Nestled in the heart of San Diego's Balboa Park, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion stands as a magnificent testament to the power of music and community. This outdoor pipe organ, one of the largest in the world, offers a unique musical experience with its free concerts and stunning architecture, set against the backdrop of lush gardens and Spanish Colonial Revival buildings.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Outdoor Activities, Adventure Sports, Historic Site

Panoramic Views, Hang Gliding, RC Gliding, Flight School, Cafe, Paragliding

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, la jolla

Torrey Pines Gliderport is a soaring cliff-top launch site that offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and opportunities for paragliding, hang gliding, and remote-controlled aircraft flying. As one of the most historic and picturesque gliderports in the world, it provides both novices and experts a chance to soar above the stunning La Jolla coastline, experiencing the thrill of flight in its purest form.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Educational Institution, Cultural Center, Library

Art Exhibitions, Auditorium, Study Rooms, Public Computers, Outdoor Terrace, Free WiFi, Special Collections

330 Park Blvd, san diego

San Diego Central Library, a striking architectural marvel in Downtown San Diego, serves as a beacon of learning, culture, and community engagement. Its nine floors are home to an extensive collection of books and resources, complemented by state-of-the-art technology, making it a haven for readers, researchers, and anyone seeking knowledge or a quiet place to study.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Art Installation, Public Park, Sculpture Garden

Cultural, Kid-friendly, Photogenic, Accessible, Outdoor, Artistic, Free entry

3333 Bear Valley Pkwy, escondido

Located in the heart of Escondido, California, Queen Califia's Magical Circle is a whimsical outdoor sculpture garden created by the late French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. This vibrant and immersive art installation is nestled within the natural landscape of Kit Carson Park, offering visitors a unique blend of art, nature, and mythology. The garden features a series of large-scale sculptures, a maze entryway, and a circular 'snake wall' that surrounds the garden, all adorned with colorful mosaics made from glass, tiles, and stones.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Wildlife Refuge, Aquarium, Environmental Education Center

Café, Guided Tours, Interactive Exhibits, Animal Encounters, Nature Trails, Gift Shop

1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, chula vista

Nestled in the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, the Living Coast Discovery Center is a hidden gem in Chula Vista, California, that offers visitors an intimate glimpse into the diverse ecosystems of the San Diego Bay area. The center is home to more than 350 animal and plant species and provides interactive exhibits, including turtle lagoons, shark and ray encounters, and bird watching opportunities, making it a must-visit for nature lovers and families.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Waterfront, Museum, Public Park, Historic Site

Waterfront dining, Maritime museum, Public art installations, Walking paths

400 Kettner Blvd, san diego

The Embarcadero at 400 Kettner Blvd is a scenic waterfront area in San Diego, offering breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay. It's a vibrant place where locals and tourists alike enjoy a mix of leisure and recreational activities, including walking, jogging, and enjoying the public art installations. The area is dotted with historic ships, maritime museums, and waterfront parks, making it a perfect place for an enjoyable day out.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Nature Reserve, Education Center, Research Facility

Visitor Center, Bird Watching Opportunities, Educational Programs, Walking Trails

301 Caspian Way, imperial beach

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is a vibrant and vital natural habitat located at the southern end of San Diego County in Imperial Beach, California. This unique reserve encompasses a diverse mix of environments, including coastal wetlands, upland habitats, and the Tijuana River Estuary. It serves as a crucial site for the study of estuarine ecology, conservation, and restoration, providing a refuge for native species and a living laboratory for researchers.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.1-0.2 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Historic Site, Architecture, Landmark

Scenic views, Photo opportunities, Pedestrian access

Cabrillo Bridge, san diego

The Cabrillo Bridge in San Diego, California, is a historic arch bridge that spans the Cabrillo Canyon. Its majestic structure provides a grand entrance to Balboa Park from the west, offering breathtaking views of the park and the surrounding areas. Designed by Thomas B. Hunter, it was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Beach, Natural Feature

Tide pools, Photography spots, Unique rock formations

La Jolla Blvd, la jolla

Mushroom Beach, hidden along the stunning La Jolla Blvd in California, is a picturesque escape into nature's embrace. This secluded spot is renowned for its unique mushroom-shaped rock formation, crystal clear waters, and serene atmosphere. A haven for photographers, nature lovers, and those seeking tranquility away from the bustling city life, Mushroom Beach offers an unparalleled coastal experience.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Hiking Trail, Nature, Outdoor, Adventure

Wildlife observation opportunities, Free public access, Hiking trail, Slot canyon, Viewpoint

N Rios Ave, solana beach

Annie's Canyon Trail, nestled in the heart of Solana Beach, California, offers adventurers a unique blend of natural beauty and a touch of mystery. This short, yet exhilarating hike leads through a narrow sandstone canyon, reminiscent of the slot canyons more commonly found in Utah. The trail's walls twist and turn, creating a labyrinth of natural sandstone formations that culminate in a stunning viewpoint overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon and the expansive Pacific Ocean.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Hiking Area, Historical Site, Nature Preserve

Historical Landmarks, Waterfall, Wildlife Viewing Areas, Hiking Trails

12020 Black Mountain Rd, san diego

Nestled in the heart of bustling San Diego lies the tranquil oasis of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Spanning over 4,000 acres, this natural preserve offers a serene escape with its verdant landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and diverse ecosystems. Ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers, the preserve boasts over 37 miles of trails, showcasing the beauty of Southern California's flora and fauna.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Outdoor, Viewpoint

Panoramic Views, Nature

Elliot St, la jolla

Tucked away amidst the lush greenery of La Jolla, the Secret Swing offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. This hidden gem is a whimsical spot that invites visitors to swing towards the horizon, providing a unique and picturesque experience.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-0.75 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Tourist Attraction, Suspension Bridge, Historical Landmark

Photography Spot, Scenic Views, Pedestrian Access

Spruce St, san diego

Nestled in the heart of San Diego's Bankers Hill neighborhood, the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge is a hidden gem that offers breathtaking views and a thrilling experience. This historic footbridge sways gently over a scenic canyon, providing a unique vantage point of the natural beauty surrounding it. Ideal for a peaceful walk or a picturesque photo opportunity, the bridge has become a beloved spot for both locals and visitors alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Outdoor, Adventure, Hiking Trail, Nature

Narrow Pathways, Sandstone Formations, Ocean Views, Steep Descents

Ho Chi Minh trailhead, la jolla

Nestled in the upscale neighborhood of La Jolla, the Ho Chi Minh Trail offers adventure seekers a unique and challenging hike down to the beautiful La Jolla beaches. This trail, with its narrow paths, steep descents, and stunning ocean views, is a favorite among locals and visitors looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 1.0-1.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Architectural Landmark, Research Facility

Guided Tours, Ocean View, Architectural Beauty

10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, la jolla

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies stands as a pinnacle of architecture and science, nestled in the picturesque locale of La Jolla, California. Designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn, the Institute is not only a hub for cutting-edge research in biology but also a masterpiece of modernist architecture. Its striking design, with clean lines and a serene courtyard overlooking the Pacific Ocean, fosters an environment of creativity and innovation.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Public Art, Outdoor, Art Collection

Accessible, Walking paths, Educational

9500 Gilman Dr, la jolla

The Stuart Collection at UCSD is a unique assembly of public art, situated on the University of California, San Diego campus. This evolving collection integrates the work of leading contemporary artists into the campus's landscape and buildings, creating a vibrant fusion of art, architecture, and education. Each piece is site-specific, designed to interact with its surroundings and provoke thought among viewers.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Cultural, Museum, Educational

Special exhibitions, Wheelchair accessible, Guided tours available

7825 Fay Ave, la jolla

Tucked away in the heart of La Jolla, the Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla offers a fascinating journey through history as seen through the eyes of cartographers. This hidden gem showcases a stunning collection of maps and atlases, documenting the evolution of geography, politics, and culture across centuries. Visitors are invited to explore a world where myth and reality merge on paper, offering an unexpected adventure into the past.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.25-0.25 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Outdoor, Garden, Art

Street parking, Free public access, Photography-friendly

3549 Union St, san diego

Nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Mission Hills, San Diego, Harper's Topiary Garden is a unique and whimsical outdoor gallery that captivates visitors with its meticulously sculpted shrubs. This living art gallery, created and maintained by homeowners Edna and Alex Harper, features more than 50 topiaries in various shapes and sizes, ranging from elephants and dinosaurs to surfers and dancers. It's a delightful place where imagination and nature intertwine, offering a visually stimulating experience unlike any other.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Beach, Nature, Surfing Spot

Secluded location, Hiking trail access, Surfing, Clothing-optional area

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, la jolla

Nestled beneath the rugged cliffs of Torrey Pines, Black's Beach is a secluded stretch of paradise known for its powerful surf, stunning scenery, and a unique, laid-back vibe. This hidden gem offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it an ideal spot for surfers, nature lovers, and those seeking peace.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-0.75 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Public Art, Cultural Landmark

Open-air setting, Accessibility

Van Nuys St, san diego

Nestled in the heart of San Diego's bustling urban landscapes, The Poetry Bench at Van Nuys Street stands as a serene oasis, inviting passersby to pause, reflect, and immerse themselves in the beauty of written words. This unique outdoor fixture is not merely a seat but a gateway to the world of poetry, offering a space for contemplation amidst the city's cacophony.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Hiking Trails, Picnic Area, Natural Reserve, Outdoor Activities

Picnic Areas, Equestrian Trails, Wildlife Observation, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Scenic Lookouts

8833 Harmony Grove Rd, escondido

Nestled in the heart of Escondido, California, the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is a natural paradise offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With over 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, along with pristine picnic areas and scenic lookout points, it's an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.25-0.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Sculpture, Landmark, Historic Site

Outdoor, Accessible to public, Photogenic spot

Tuna Harbor Park, san diego

The Unconditional Surrender sculpture at Tuna Harbor Park in San Diego, California, is a striking and iconic art piece that captures a moment of joy and relief at the end of World War II. This larger-than-life statue depicts a sailor kissing a nurse, inspired by the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square on V-J Day. Standing at an impressive 25 feet, the sculpture draws visitors from around the globe, offering a unique blend of art, history, and romance against the beautiful backdrop of San Diego's waterfront.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural Sites

Guided Tours Available, Outdoor, Free Admission, Cultural Activities, Family-Friendly

1949 Logan Ave, san diego

Chicano Park, nestled in the heart of San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood, stands as a vibrant testament to the local Chicano community's resilience, culture, and activism. This unique urban park is famed for its stunning murals that adorn the pillars of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, turning concrete into canvases that depict the social, political, and cultural struggles and triumphs of Mexican Americans. Beyond its visual allure, the park offers a space for community gatherings, cultural celebrations, and social activism.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 3.5-3.75 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Photography Spot, Hiking Trail, Natural Attraction

Panoramic Views, Unique Rock Formation, Wildlife

14644 Lake Poway Rd, poway

Potato Chip Rock is a uniquely thin, protruding rock formation located at the peak of Mount Woodson in Poway, California. This natural marvel resembles a thin potato chip and has become a popular spot for hikers and photographers looking for that perfect, gravity-defying photo. The journey to the rock offers breathtaking views and a considerable workout, making it a rewarding experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Nature Reserve, Beach

Sea life viewing, Tide pools, Hiking paths nearby, Photography spots

Shell Beach, la jolla

Shell Beach, tucked away along Coast Boulevard in the charming area of La Jolla, California, is a picturesque location known for its intimate setting, expansive ocean views, and tide pools brimming with marine life. This hidden gem is perfect for those seeking a tranquil escape to nature.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Outdoor, Cultural Site, Art Installation

Pet-friendly, Photography-friendly, Parking available, Accessible for free

Beal Rd, calipatria

Salvation Mountain is a remarkable outdoor art installation located in the California Desert. This vibrant, colorful hill is adorned with biblical quotes and religious and philosophical phrases, all created from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It stands as a testament to one man's devoted expression of his faith and his message of love, 'God Is Love.'

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Natural Attraction, Beach, Surfing Spot

Surfing, Scenic Views, Photography Spot, Picnic Area

6800 Neptune Pl, la jolla

Windansea Beach, with its rugged coastline and azure waters, is a picturesque destination that captivates the hearts of all its visitors. Renowned for its surfing, the beach's natural beauty is accentuated by its famous surf shack, which has become an iconic symbol of the area.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Underwater Park, Nature Reserve, Snorkeling Area, Scuba Diving Site

Artificial Reefs, Guided Tours Available, Kelp Forests, Underwater Canyons, Marine Life

Coast Blvd, la jolla

La Jolla Underwater Park offers an extraordinary window into the marine world. This aquatic haven spans 6,000 acres of ocean floor and tide lands, with its clear waters home to a rich tapestry of marine life. From snorkelers to scuba divers, visitors can explore kelp beds, underwater canyons, and sandy flats.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 2.0-3.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Natural Attraction, Waterfall, Hiking Trail

Waterfall, Natural pool, Hiking trails

15519 Thornbush Rd, ramona

Cedar Creek Falls is a breathtaking oasis located in the heart of Cleveland National Forest, near Ramona, California. This stunning natural waterfall cascades into a large pool, making it a perfect spot for hikers who wish to cool off after a challenging trek. The trail to the falls winds through the chaparral, oak, and cedar-filled landscape, offering picturesque views and a serene connection with nature.

stay time indicator 3.0-4.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Outdoor, Natural Feature, Trail, Waterfall

Waterfall View, Hiking Trails, Wildlife Observation, Natural Pool, Photography Spot

Cedar Creek Falls Trail, ramona

Nestled in the rugged terrain of Ramona, California, the Devil's Punchbowl at Cedar Creek Falls Trail offers a breathtaking natural oasis. The trail culminates at a stunning 80-foot waterfall plunging into a large, almost circular pool known as the Devil's Punchbowl. Surrounded by steep granite cliffs, the pool's azure waters invite adventurers for a refreshing dip after a challenging hike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 2.0-3.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Historic Site, Island, Beach

Scenic Views, Bike Paths, Historic Landmarks, Beaches, Luxury Resorts

Coronado, coronado

Coronado Island, a picturesque slice of paradise, offers a unique blend of small-town charm and luxury living. With its stunning beaches, historic landmarks, and elegant resorts, it's a premier destination for travelers seeking relaxation and sophistication.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Theme Restaurant, Restaurant, Mexican Cuisine

Vegetarian Options, Dine-in, Vegan Options, Reservation Option, Takeaway, Themed Decor, Family Friendly

1810 W Washington St, san diego

Lucha Libre Taco Shop is a vibrant and unique dining experience located in the heart of San Diego, California. Known for its quirky luchador wrestling-themed decor and innovative Mexican cuisine, this eatery offers a fun atmosphere that's as lively as its flavors. From gourmet tacos to burritos filled with mouth-watering ingredients, Lucha Libre is a must-visit for foodies and culture enthusiasts alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Shopping, Food Hall, Cultural Site, Marketplace

Wheelchair Accessible, Free WiFi, Family Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Pet Friendly, Local Artisan Shops, Craft Beer, Live Events, Gourmet Eateries, Specialty Coffees

2820 Historic Decatur Rd, san diego

Liberty Public Market, located in the heart of Liberty Station in San Diego, is a vibrant marketplace offering the best of what the region has to offer. Featuring a mix of local artisans, crafters, and culinary talents, the market serves as a bustling community hub where visitors can enjoy gourmet foods, specialty coffees, craft beers, and unique handmade goods.

stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Museum, Historic Site

Educational Programs, Gift Shop, Guided Tours, Seasonal Events

410 Island Ave, san diego

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is a captivating journey through San Diego's vibrant past. Nestled in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, this museum offers a unique glimpse into the life of the 19th century through the oldest standing residence in downtown San Diego. With its carefully preserved architecture and meticulously curated exhibits, visitors can step back in time to experience the evolution of this bustling city.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 2.0-4.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Recreational Area, State Park, Natural Preserve

Lake, Picnic Areas, Hiking Trails, Historical Sites, Camping Grounds, Wildlife Viewing

13652 Highway 79, julian

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, nestled in the heart of the Peninsular Ranges in San Diego County, is a sanctuary of natural beauty and tranquility. This sprawling park offers more than 100 miles of hiking trails, picturesque campgrounds, and an abundance of wildlife and flora. Whether you're looking to explore the majestic Cuyamaca Peak, enjoy a peaceful picnic by the lake, or delve into the rich history of the area, this park has something for everyone.

Point  ($$) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Educational, Outdoor, Conservation, Botanic Garden

Children's Garden, Interactive Exhibits, Bamboo Grove, Rare Plant Collections, Tropical Rainforest, Desert Gardens

230 Quail Gardens Dr, encinitas

Nestled in the heart of Encinitas, California, the San Diego Botanic Garden is a sprawling 37-acre oasis of lush greenery and vibrant flowers. With four miles of garden trails, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, and a tropical rainforest, this botanical garden offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its diverse plant collections from all over the world provide an unparalleled opportunity to explore nature's immense beauty and complexity.

stay time indicator 0.5-1.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Gardens, Hermitage, Spiritual Center

Meditation areas, Gardens, Water features, Ocean views

215 W K St, encinitas

Nestled atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas offers a serene sanctuary. Here, visitors can wander through beautifully manicured gardens, meditate beside tranquil water features, and absorb the stunning ocean views. It's a place of peace and spiritual rejuvenation, inviting guests from all walks of life to find a moment of calm in the bustling world.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Beach, Outdoor, Nature

Scenic Views, Surfing Area, Sandy Beach, Tide Pools

302 Solana Vista Dr, solana beach

Tide Beach Park, nestled in the charming coastal town of Solana Beach, California, offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean alongside its expansive sandy shores. This serene location is perfect for a day of relaxation, sunbathing, surfing, and tide pooling. Its relatively quiet atmosphere compared to more crowded beaches makes it an ideal spot for visitors looking to enjoy the beauty of the California coast in peace.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Beach, Nature, Surfing Spot

Surfing, Panoramic Views, Tide Pools, Walking Paths

1298 S Coast Highway 101, encinitas

Swami's Beach, located in Encinitas, California, is a scenic stretch of coastline renowned for its exceptional surfing conditions, breathtaking views, and serene atmosphere. Its unique name, derived from the nearby Self-Realization Fellowship Temple, adds to its spiritual allure. This beach is a favorite among surfers, yoga enthusiasts, and anyone looking to relax by the majestic Pacific Ocean.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Picnic Area, Surfing Spot, Beach, State Park

Playground, Picnic areas, Public restrooms, Volleyball courts, Fire pits, Swimming, Lifeguard services, Surfing

400 B St, encinitas

Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, California, is a quintessential Southern California beach with its wide stretch of sand, perfect for sunbathing, volleyball, and picnics. The consistent waves also make it a favorite spot for surfers and families enjoy the playground and the picnic facilities.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 2.0-4.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
State Park, Recreational Area, Beach

Picnicking, Biking, Swimming, Fishing, Camping, Surfing

5000 Highway 75, coronado

Silver Strand State Beach offers visitors breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. Known for its fine silver shells, the beach is a haven for sunbathers, swimmers, and surfers alike. With its mild climate, it's a perfect destination for year-round outdoor activities.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.5
stay time indicator 1.0-1.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Educational Site, Conservation Area, Garden

Event Spaces, Guided Tours, Themed Gardens, Educational Programs

12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, el cajon

The Water Conservation Garden is a stunning 6-acre exhibit in El Cajon, California, dedicated to showcasing water-wise gardening. A visit offers insights into the diverse ways plants, soil, and water can be harmoniously integrated to create beautiful landscapes that conserve water. With themed gardens, educational programs, and practical solutions for drought-resistant gardening, it's a haven for gardening enthusiasts and conservationists alike.

Point  (Free Entry) 4.8