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Top 89 attractions you must visit in San Diego County

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About San Diego County

California's second-most populous county and the fifth-most populous in the United States. San Diego County has more than 70 miles (110 km) of coastline. This forms the most densely populated region of the county.

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Balboa ParkSan Diego, CA, USA
Parks
Urban Walks

1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Balboa Theatre868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Iconic Buildings

This is a historic movie theatre in downtown San Diego, US, built in 1924. It now hosts the Mainly Mozart Festival, special events, and touring companies of Broadway productions. The city of San Diego holds the annual "State of the City" address at the theatre. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Belmont Park3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
Theme Parks

Belmont Park is a historic amusement park located on Ocean Front at Surfrider Square in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. The park's most iconic attraction is the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, which is considered a local landmark. The attractions and rides that remain from the original 1925 park include the Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historic facility is The Plunge, an indoor swimming pool.

Bernardo Winery13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128, USA
Man-made Structures- Other

A beautiful winery, family owned for three generations and over 130 years old, is still fully functional as a producing winery in San Diego, using San Diego grapes. They produces Italian varietals as well as Spanish and French varietals, dry climate style wines well suited for the San Diego Terrior.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Viewpoints
Aquariums

An aquarium and the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California. Birch Aquarium at Scripps has an annual attendance of more than 439,000, including more than 40,000 school children, and features more than 3,000 animals representing 380 species. The hilltop site provides views of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus and the Pacific Ocean.

Black's BeachBlack's Beach, San Diego, CA 92037, USA
Beaches
Paragliding Spots
Surfing Spots
Cliffs

A secluded section of beach beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines. Stingrays can be found along the coastline when the water gets above 50 degrees.

Border Field State Park1500 Monument Rd, San Diego, CA 92154, USA
Outdoors- Other

Border Field State Park is a state park of California, United States, containing beach and coastal habitat on the Mexico–United States border. The park is within the city limits of Imperial Beach in San Diego County, next to the suburb of Playas de Tijuana in Mexico. It contains the southernmost point in the state of California.

Botanical Building1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Iconic Buildings

The Botanical Building is an historic building located in San Diego's Balboa Park. Built for the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition, it remains one of the largest lath structures in the world.

Cabrillo National Monument1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
Viewpoints
1 Day Treks
Monuments
Museums
Lighthouses

Southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. This event marked the first time a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
Iconic Buildings

This is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center's campus includes a 1,523-seat Concert Hall, a 406-seat Center Theater, a visual arts museum, art and dance studios, and a conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center is a non-profit organization presenting a rich and diverse array of artistic and cultural offerings. Through arts in education, quality programming, affordable rental facilities and free community programs.

California TowerCalifornia Tower, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Iconic Buildings

The California Tower, the soaring, intricately detailed, portion of the California Building, is an icon of San Diego, and can be seen from miles around. The building houses the San Diego Museum of Us. This beautiful structure is an architectural hybrid of architectural different styles, including Baroque, Plateresque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo, with some Gothic details.

Cardiff State BeachCardiff State Beach, Encinitas, CA 92007, USA
Beaches

Cardiff State Beach is the long sandy strip along the west side of San Elijo Lagoon a large wetlands and ecological reserve Popular activities include swimming, surfing, and beachcombing. It is one of the iconic location where you can soebd somwe nice time in the middle of the busy location.

Chicano ParkSan Diego, CA 92113, USA
Parks

A majestic park located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan. The park is home to the country's largest collection of outdoor murals,[3] as well as various sculptures, earthworks, and an architectural piece dedicated to the cultural heritage of the community.

Children's Pool La JollaChildren's Pool La Jolla, 834 Coast Blvd S, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Beaches

This is a small beach partially protected by a seawall. The original intention was to create a fully protected swimming area, but in recent years sand has filled in much of the area inside the wall.The Children's Pool has become the subject of a controversial debate related to a growing colony of harbor seals which has inhabited the beach since the mid-1990s.

Comic-Con Museum2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Museums

The Comic-Con Museum operates differently than most museums. Instead of a set of permanent collections accented by one or two rotating exhibits, the Comic-Con Museum focuses on a constant stream of new and ever-changing exhibits, requiring flexible and adaptable spaces to accommodate a wide variety of creative art forms. The Comic-Con Museum will encourage an appreciation of comics and related popular arts through exhibits, programs and events drawn from across the Comic-Con universe.

Coronado BeachCoronado Beach, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Beaches

A beautiful beach popular with families and couples alike thanks to its miles-long shoreline, clean sands, peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location in the "Crown City. This wide family-friendly beach gets crowded, but it is wide enough that you can find a place to spread out comfortably. Sometimes near the hotel there are elaborate large sand castles to view and photograph – the creators love donations. Get there early to park nearby and secure a good spot on the sand.

Coronado BridgeCA-75, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Viewpoints
Bridges

A 3,407 meter (2.1 mi) long prestressed concrete/steel girder bridge, crossing over San Diego Bay, linking San Diego with Coronado, California. The pillars supporting the bridge on the eastern end are painted with huge murals as part of Chicano Park, the largest collection of Chicano art murals in the world.

Coronado Ferry Center1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Man-made Structures- Other

Coronado Ferry Landing has everything you can ask for in a first-class shopping village. It is one of the iconic location for spending your beautiful day with your family. Enjoy exquisite fine dining at one of our three premier waterfront restaurants. Romantic, birthday, anniversary or business celebrations have never been more special. Savor seafood at newly remodeled Peohe's.

Coronado IslandCoronado Island, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Beaches
Islands

A resort city in San Diego. Coronado is consistently voted best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach. With gentle surf, sparkling wide-sand beaches, charming main street and great hotels, including the famous Hotel del Coronado, this island paradise is perfect for a family vacation or romantic getaway.

Cowles MountainCowles Mountain, San Diego, CA 92119, USA
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Cowles Mountain is located in Mission Trails Regional Park in the north part of San Diego and is easily one of the most popular trails in the city. The 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the city of San Diego. The entire mountain, with marked trails, is a protected area within Mission Trails Regional Park.

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