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Top Things To Do In San Diego

San Diego is famous for its beaches, parks, and unrivaled California weather. The city is way more than just whale watching, tide pools, and local breweries, though — this popular vacation spot has authentic Mexican food and a trendy Little Italy. Be sure to pack your swimsuits, a towel, and plenty of sunscreen to make the most of your time in San Diego. Kick-off your trip with some of these things to do San Diego.

General Admission or Family Membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.
General Admission or Family Membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.
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One-Day Visit or Annual Membership at Women’s Museum of California (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.
One-Day Visit or Annual Membership at Women’s Museum of California (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.
San Diego
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$10.00 $5.00
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Sunset Cruise from Oceanquest Sailing Adventures (Up to 57% Off). Six Options Available.
Sunset Cruise from Oceanquest Sailing Adventures (Up to 57% Off). Six Options Available.
San Diego
4.3
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$600.00 $259.00
56% discount_off
Two-Hour Sunset Cruise, Valid Monday – Thursday
Two-Hour San Diego Harbor Tour for One, Two, or Four at Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 56% Off)
Two-Hour San Diego Harbor Tour for One, Two, or Four at Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 56% Off)
San Diego
4.7
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$33.00 $17.00
48% discount_off
Two-Hour Harbor Tour for One
Whale Watching & Museum Package with Newport Legacy (Up to 67% Off). Six Options Available.
Whale Watching & Museum Package with Newport Legacy (Up to 67% Off). Six Options Available.
Newport Beach
4.7
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$41.00 $15.00
63% discount_off
Whale Watching with Drink Ticket for One Person
75-Minute Sunset Cruise for One, Two, Four, or Six from Cruise San Diego (Up to 61% Off)
75-Minute Sunset Cruise for One, Two, Four, or Six from Cruise San Diego (Up to 61% Off)
San Diego
4.6
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$39.00 $19.00
51% discount_off
75-Minute Sunset Cruise for One
$215 for San Diego Ocean-View Sunset Hot-Air-Balloon Ride for One from Amazing Adventures ($299 Value)
$215 for San Diego Ocean-View Sunset Hot-Air-Balloon Ride for One from Amazing Adventures ($299 Value)
Del Mar
4.7
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$299.00 $215.00
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One-Hour San Diego Ocean-View Sunset Hot-Air-Balloon Ride for One (Ages 5+); Valid Any Day (except for Federal Holidays)
Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride Packages from California Balloon Rides (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.
Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride Packages from California Balloon Rides (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.
Perris
4.4
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$178.00 $89.00
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Weekday Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two People
Dolphin and Whale Watch Cruise for 1, 2, 4, 6, or 10 People at San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 54% Off)
Dolphin and Whale Watch Cruise for 1, 2, 4, 6, or 10 People at San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 54% Off)
San Diego
4.7
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$48.00 $29.00
39% discount_off
2.5 Hour Whale Watch Cruise for 1 Person

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Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 50% Off)
Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 50% Off)
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4.1
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$60.00 $29.99
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A 2-Hour Murder-Mystery Dinner for One
Adult or Child Admission to Weekend Champagne Brunch from Flagship Cruises and Events
Adult or Child Admission to Weekend Champagne Brunch from Flagship Cruises and Events
San Diego
4.7
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$64.91
Champagne Brunch Cruise for One Adult (Age 13+); Valid Saturday-Sunday
$19.50 for Two-Day Pass to San Diego Rocket Con on January 23–24, 2021 ($30 Value)
$19.50 for Two-Day Pass to San Diego Rocket Con on January 23–24, 2021 ($30 Value)
San Diego
$30.00 $19.50
35% discount_off
08/01/20–08/02/20: Two-Day Weekend Pass for One Person
130+ bought
Dinner Cruise for One Adult or Child from Flagship Cruises & Events. Eight Options Available.
Dinner Cruise for One Adult or Child from Flagship Cruises & Events. Eight Options Available.
San Diego
4.7
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$73.13
Harbor Dinner Cruise for One Adult (Ages 13+); Valid Monday–Thursday
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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$19.98 $10.00
49% discount_off
Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
40+ bought
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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$19.95 $12.00
39% discount_off
Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
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Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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$10.00 $5.00
50% discount_off
06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
10+ bought
$15 for One-Year Membership; Valid 2020-2021 at Coronado Floral Association ($35 Value)
$15 for One-Year Membership; Valid 2020-2021 at Coronado Floral Association ($35 Value)
Coronado
$35.00 $15.00
57% discount_off
One-Year Membership; Valid 2020-2021
3 bought
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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Name that Tune
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With miles of beaches accompanied by classic boardwalk activities, it’s no surprise that San Diego stands as one of the most visited cities in the world. If you’re deciding on what to do during your trip to San Diego, here’s a few tips on the best things to do.

Popular attractions near San Diego include:

  • Take an Instagram photo atop Potato Chip Rock
  • Learn about why Belgian ale tastes different than American ale at White Labs
  • Check out the Midway and its 60 on-board exhibits
  • Swim with the leopard sharks at La Jolla Shores
  • See the Flower Fields while they’re blooming in spring

Being home to the Padres, the Sockers, and the Gulls, San Diego is a coastal hub for professional sports games. Plus, the wonderful weather ensures the action is never delayed due to rain.

Exciting activities near San Diego include:

  • Get the freshest catch at Tuna Harbor Dockside Market
  • Browse the eateries, bars, and craft vendors at Liberty Public Market
  • Visit the Torrey Pines State Reserve
  • Eat at Las Cuatro Milpas, with Mexican food that’s worth the wait
  • Eat at South Beach Bar & Grille for ocean views and microbrews

San Diego’s warm weather makes it easy to stay outside, yet there are still plenty of things to do indoors. Learn all about the San Diego settlers, see historic buildings, and enjoy intriguing sites.

Indoor attractions near San Diego include:

  • Book a spa day at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado
  • Order a rum punch at Crowne Plaza San Diego
  • Catch a movie at the retro-inspired Pearl Hotel
  • Scope out North County’s best brews at Pinzgauer
  • Make the pinball wizard proud at Coin-Op Game Room