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#1 of 215 in San Diego
Owner description: San Diego Sand Castles is conducting sand castle lessons all year round! San Diego Sand Castles is a beachside attraction in... more » Owner description: San Diego Sand Castles is conducting sand castle lessons all year round! San Diego Sand Castles is a beachside attraction in Pacific Beach run by San Diego's resident sand artist, JT Estrela. JT specializes in sand castle lessons for people of all ages as well as in making his own creations. Sand castle lessons are a lot of fun and are a great way to spend time on the beach in San Diego. Each lesson is personalized and special with a focus on having fun with the process in a unique change of pace from theme parks or even just typical beach sunbathing. Book early, spaces are limited and go very fast! When JT and his partners aren't happily teaching sand castle lessons, you can often find him creating his own unique sculptures right there on the Pacific Beach boardwalk! « less
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#2 of 215 in San Diego
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Category: Ships; Museums; Military Museums; Specialty Museums

The USS Midway Museum is a real naval aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years.  Large and very impressive, it has real jets and real airplanes up on... more »

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#3 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Beaches; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Hiking Trails; State Parks
Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern... more » Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds. « less
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#4 of 215 in San Diego
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#5 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Theaters
One of the nation's top regional theaters, the Old Globe continues to draw more than 300,000 people annually.
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#6 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Parks
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Mount Soledad (La Jolla)
#7 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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#8 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Zoos
Owner description: Considered one of America's best, this famous zoo is home to some of the rarest animals in the world including giant pandas... more » Owner description: Considered one of America's best, this famous zoo is home to some of the rarest animals in the world including giant pandas and koalas. Visitors explore animal habitats organized into 10 bioclimatic zones, from arctic tundra to rainforest. « less
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#9 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Geologic Formations
A lookout point above San Diego Bay and home of the Cabrillo monument.
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La Jolla Cove (La Jolla)
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#10 of 215 in San Diego
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Category: Beaches
Owner description: San Diego's most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically... more » Owner description: San Diego's most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. There is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve. « less
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#11 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Historic Sites
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#12 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Lighthouses
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#13 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the... more » Owner description: Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay. « less
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#14 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Theaters
Theater on the UC San Diego campus.
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#15 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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La Jolla Shores (La Jolla)
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#16 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Beaches; Neighborhoods
Mile-long beach features gentle waves during the summer months, making this spot a prime spot for novice scuba divers.
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#17 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Educational Sites
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#18 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Golf Courses
Torrey Pines offers two PGA courses.
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#19 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Bridges
A beautiful bridge connecting San Diego to Coronado.
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#20 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the... more » Owner description: Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building. « less
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Windansea Beach (La Jolla)
#21 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Beaches
A famous beach for surfing.
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#22 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Specialty Museums; Ships

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is home to the world's oldest sailing vessel that still sails - "The Star of India". This beautiful square rigger can be visited on the waterfront... more »

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Salk Institute (La Jolla)
#23 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Educational Sites
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#24 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Educational Sites
Owner description: You don't have to be enrolled to appreciate the vast green lawns of this major university, which is home to the Mingei... more » Owner description: You don't have to be enrolled to appreciate the vast green lawns of this major university, which is home to the Mingei International Museum of World Art. « less
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#25 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Performances
Owner description: The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This organ with 4,518 pipes, was a gift from the... more » Owner description: The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This organ with 4,518 pipes, was a gift from the Spreckels brothers to the city of San Diego on January 1, 1914. Come visit for a free concert every Sunday at 2pm and afterwards you are invited inside the building to view the pipe chambers and historic photo gallery. « less
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#26 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Beaches
Along with Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach, Mission Beach forms the coastline of San Diego.
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#27 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Aquariums; Natural History Museums
Owner description: Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC... more » Owner description: Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium 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. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science. « less
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#28 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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#29 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Comedy Clubs; Performances
Owner description: The National Comedy Theatre is San Diego's nationally acclaimed improv comedy show and the longest running show in the... more » Owner description: The National Comedy Theatre is San Diego's nationally acclaimed improv comedy show and the longest running show in the history of the city. Performances every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. « less
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#30 of 215 in San Diego
Category: Convention Centers
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