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Step into to a bird's house. Get eye-to-eye with a moray eel. Greet a sea turtle as he swims up to say hello. The Living Coast Discovery Center isn't a nature museum—it's a chance to hang out with Southern California's plants and animals on their own turf. The Discovery Center's "living, breathing, flapping, buzzing, and splashing home" sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, the ideal location for exploration of the region's most memorable residents in their native habitats.

A walk-through aviary encompasses the tidal slough habitat of black-crowned night herons, red-breasted mergansers, and endangered clapper rail chicks, freshly hatched from the in-house breeding program. Bald and golden eagles await up-close encounters at the Eagle Mesa, but the rays get even closer: an interactive touch pool puts the aquatic creatures beneath your fingertips. Raptor Row hosts the Center's rescued birds of prey, all of which have injuries or other conditions that prevent them from surviving outside the refuge on their own. Visitors are also free to pursue their own wildlife adventure along the center's 1.5 miles of walking trails.

1000 Gunpowder Point Dr
Chula Vista,
CA
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Where You Want to Be Tours was launched as a walking-tour company in 2003 and since then has offered tours of San Diego that take locals and visitors to spots such as Balboa Park and the shores of La Jolla. Most adventures last more than two hours, so tourists have plenty of time to stop and sightsee. Today, the company has formed a set of all new clues and hidden gems and has also expanded its offerings with bike tours of locations such as Pacific Beach and Mission Bay and urban challenge/scavenger hunts, which present a hands-on approach to urban exploration, turning tour routes into racecourses and throwing in physical challenges, including Frisbee-throwing contests.

611 K Street
San Diego,
CA
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We are San Diego’s 1st Food Tour Company. We take guests to Local, Family Owned, Neighborhood, Hole In the Wall, Classic San Diego Restaurants & places that are off the beaten path to try a variety of tasty cuisines.

6th Ave. & J St.
San Diego,
California
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The San Diego Art Department opened its doors in 2003. We are located on Ray Street in the heart of North Park Arts District. SDAD is a non-profit organization with a membership base of local artists, art enthusiasts, and the community. Our team of instructors offer combined teaching experiences of more than 100 years.

3830 Ray St
San Diego,
CA
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Melero Boutique & Gallery stocks limited amounts of dazzling designer apparel to ensure that its customers own nearly exclusive rights to distinctive looks. Handmade articles arrive by way of Marseille, Mallorca, and Cyprus from designers such as Paul & Joe, Lucas Jack, and Binetti, making Melero's collections worthy of frequent daytrips to the store or an occasional all-night campout. Though its inventory is ever-changing, Melero has featured items including the cotton-twill Jackie O dress by Black Halo, a sophisticated garment equally at home at the opera or a black-tie Little-League game ($375), as well as the multipatterned Jude top by Sachin + Babi ($110).

750 W Fir St
San Diego,
CA
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Traversing San Diego’s storied past, from the land’s ancestral Kumeyaay Native American tribe to modern day, the San Diego History Center stuffs minds with knowledge and inspires appreciation for local lore. Admission grants access to more than 45 million paper artifacts and 2.5 million images found in the library, fine arts collections, exhibitions, and displays of historic fast-food receipts. With a family membership, a pair of historians and two guests gain full access to the renowned research library, as well as to the center itself and the Junípero Serra Museum in Presido Park. A complimentary subscription to the quarterly Journal of San Diego History keeps members abreast of pictorial essays, in-depth explorations of regional culture, and hilarious membership-ID-photo outtakes. Members-only invitations to exhibition previews and events fill calendars with endless social opportunities.

1649 El Prado
San Diego,
CA
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