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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 Museum in San Diego

New Children’s Museum

This interactive children’s museum offers interactive art meant for kids. Installations are designed by artists, so tykes can learn principles of movement and physics while simultaneously being exposed to art and wo…
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 Library in San Diego

San Diego Main Library

A couple blocks east of Petco Park, the city's recent landmark is a beauty. Crowned by a steel-and-mesh dome, the futuristic, nine-story library features art-filled public spaces and plenty of learning opportunities…
Top Choice Mexican in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Las Olas

For fish tacos with a sea view, Las Olas is so popular it has its own traffic light, right across the street from the beach. Lobster is served in the style of the legendary Baja California lobster village, Puerto Nu…
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 Museum in San Diego

Mingei International Museum

With a diverse collection of folk art, costumes, toys, jewelry, utensils and other handmade objects of traditional cultures from around the world, plus changing exhibitions covering beads to surfboards. Check the we…