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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.

Single-Day Youth or Adult Admission for One to USS Midway Museum Through December 31
USS Midway Museum
San Diego
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Single-Day Youth or Adult Admission for One to USS Midway Museum Through December 31
General Admission or Family Membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.
The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
San Diego
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$10.00 $3.52
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General Admission or Family Membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.
Old Town Trolley Tour Ticket for One Child or Adult from Old Town Trolley Tours Through 6/30/20
Old Town Trolley Tours
San Diego
4.6
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$25.00
Old Town Trolley Tour Ticket for One Child or Adult from Old Town Trolley Tours Through 6/30/20
One-Day Visit or Annual Membership at Women’s Museum of California (Up to 62% Off). Five Options Available.
Women’s Museum of California
San Diego
4.3
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$10.00 $3.77
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One-Day Visit or Annual Membership at Women’s Museum of California (Up to 62% Off). Five Options Available.
Admission for One Infant, Child, or Adult to San Diego SEAL Tours
San Diego SEAL Tours
2 Locations
4.6
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$10.00
Admission for One Infant, Child, or Adult to San Diego SEAL Tours
Sunset Cruise from Oceanquest Sailing Adventures (Up to 61% Off). Six Options Available.
Oceanquest Sailing Adventures
San Diego
4.3
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$600.00 $233.00
61% discount_off
Sunset Cruise from Oceanquest Sailing Adventures (Up to 61% Off). Six Options Available.
Two-Hour San Diego Harbor Tour for One, Two, or Four at Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 56% Off)
Flagship Cruises & Events
San Diego
4.7
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$33.00 $17.00
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Two-Hour San Diego Harbor Tour for One, Two, or Four at Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 56% Off)
75-Minute Sunset Cruise for One, Two, Four, or Six from Cruise San Diego (Up to 61% Off)
Cruise San Diego
San Diego
4.6
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$39.00 $19.00
51% discount_off
75-Minute Sunset Cruise for One, Two, Four, or Six from Cruise San Diego (Up to 61% Off)
One or Two Cruises With Optional Drink Tickets from Cruise Newport Beach (Up to 66% Off)
Cruise Newport Beach
Newport Beach
4.5
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$25.00 $8.62
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One or Two Cruises With Optional Drink Tickets from Cruise Newport Beach (Up to 66% Off)

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Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 52% Off)
The Murder Mystery Co.
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4.1
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$60.00 $28.49
52% discount_off
Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 52% Off)
Adult or Child Admission to Weekend Champagne Brunch from Flagship Cruises and Events
Flagship Cruises and Events
San Diego
4.7
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$64.91
Adult or Child Admission to Weekend Champagne Brunch from Flagship Cruises and Events
Dinner Cruise for One Adult or Child from Flagship Cruises & Events. Eight Options Available.
Flagship Cruises & Events
San Diego
4.7
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Dinner Cruise for One Adult or Child from Flagship Cruises & Events. Eight Options Available.
Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four, or Weekend Admission to Animanga on August 3–5 (Up to 60% Off)
Animanga 2020
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$25.00 $12.00
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Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four, or Weekend Admission to Animanga on August 3–5 (Up to 60% Off)
MyOhMy: A Drag Show Extravaganza! on Friday, May 29 or Friday, June 5
MyOhMy: A Drag Show Extravaganza!
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59% discount_off
MyOhMy: A Drag Show Extravaganza! on Friday, May 29 or Friday, June 5
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Sugar Brown’s Bedroom Burlesque Virtual Show on Saturday, May 30
Sugar Brown’s Bedroom Burlesque Virtual Show: Stimulus Package
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$22.85 $10.00
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Sugar Brown’s Bedroom Burlesque Virtual Show on Saturday, May 30
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$13.98 for One-Year Membership; Valid 2020-2021 at Coronado Floral Association ($35 Value)
Coronado Floral Association
Coronado
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60% discount_off
$13.98 for One-Year Membership; Valid 2020-2021 at Coronado Floral Association ($35 Value)
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home
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$200.00 $150.00
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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Nile Tickets (21+ Event) - Oct 27, 7:30 PM
Nile
San Diego
$68.00
Nile Tickets (21+ Event) - Oct 27, 7:30 PM

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

Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean it’s time to turn in, San Diego comes alive at night. Explore the city’s lively bars, restaurants, and clubs after sunset.

Nighttime attractions near San Diego include:

  • Order a goblet full of vodka Red Bull slushie at PB Shore Club
  • See one of the best tiki experiences in San Diego at Cat Eye Club
  • See if Lady Luck is smiling at you at Saycuan Casino
  • Go downtown after sundown at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub
  • Head to the 16 blocks of partying in downtown SD’s lively Gaslamp Quarter

With weather ideal for any family vacation, taking the kids to San Diego can be a lot more affordable than you think. There are plenty of kid-friendly beaches for your family to sprawl out on.

Family-friendly attractions near San Diego include:

  • Take the kids to meet more than 3,700 animals at the San Diego Zoo
  • Get ice cream at Mr. Frostie, a Pacific Beach ice cream shop serving dessert since 1949
  • Pick strawberries at Suzie’s Farm
  • See sleight-of-hand and other stage magic at Red Spade Theater
  • Enjoy SeaWorld San Diego, an aquatic theme park

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

Discover the best San Diego beaches for bbq’s, surfing, and scuba diving. San Diego has many outdoor activities to keep everyone entertained.

Outdoor attractions in San Diego include:

  • Hike to the best vantage point on Blacks Beach
  • Give surfing a try at any of its many beaches, like Carlsbad, Del Mar, or Encinitas Beaches
  • Fly high at Torrey Pines Gliderport
  • Go snorkeling in La Jolla Cave
  • Play golf at Torrey Pines