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Top Choice Zoo in San Diego

San Diego Zoo

This justifiably famous zoo is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions, showing more than 3000 animals representing more than 650 species in a beautifully landscaped setting, typically in enclosures that replicate their …
Top Choice Californian in La Jolla

George's at the Cove

The Euro-Cal cooking is as dramatic as the oceanfront location thanks to the bottomless imagination of chef Trey Foshee. George’s has graced just about every list of top restaurants in California, and indeed the USA…
Top Choice Historic Site in San Diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

This park has an excellent history museum in the Robinson-Rose House at the southern end of the plaza. You’ll also find a diorama depicting the original pueblo at the park’s visitor center, where you can pick up a c…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

Maritime Museum

This museum is easy to find: look for the 100ft-high masts of the iron-hulled square-rigger Star of India. Built on the Isle of Man and launched in 1863, the tall ship plied the England–India trade route, carried im…
Beach in La Jolla

Children's Pool

La Jolla’s Children’s Pool was created in the early 1930s as a public city park. Then came the seals, drawing tourists but gradually nudging out swimmers completely by 1997. Animal-rights groups and swimmers duked i…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

Mingei International Museum

A rare New Zealand kauri tree (a fragrant evergreen with flat leaves) marks the entrance to this diverse collection of folk art, costumes, toys, jewelry, utensils and other handmade objects of traditional cultures f…
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Prado

In one of San Diego’s most beautiful dining rooms, feast on Cal-eclectic cooking by one of San Diego’s most renowned chefs: bakery sandwiches, lobster bucatini, and jidori chicken. Go for a civilized lunch on the ve…
Top Choice Cave in La Jolla

Cave Store

Waves have carved a series of caves into the sandstone cliffs east of La Jolla Cove. The largest is called Sunny Jim Cave, which you can access via this store. Taller visitors, watch your head as you descend the 145…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

New Children’s Museum

This interactive children’s museum is new both chronologically (opened 2008) and conceptually, in that it's interactive art meant for kids. Installations are designed by artists, so tykes can learn principles of mov…
Top Choice Pub Food in San Diego

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Local brewer Stone has transformed the former mess hall of the naval training center at Liberty Station into a temple to local craft beer. Tuck into standard-setting, spin-the-globe dishes (yellowfin poke tacos, chi…