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Clips out of the movie Almost Famous were filmed here. Ocean Beach, CA plays a part in San Diego’s music scene & hippie culture.
Surfers paradise. Visit Hodads for awesome burgers and take a visit of the coastline. You can also bring doggy to the dog beach that is there too. There are all kinds of shops and hang outs in these old school beach "town" in America's Finest City.
Take a stroll on the beach, walk along the boardwalk, go out on the pier, go surfing or just people watch! Great San Diego tradition!
Where the hippies hang out. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars, and the beach!
Looking for a more relaxed 'SoCal' vibe beach town? Ocean beach has plenty of good restaurants and breweries, and of course don't forget to grab a burger at the renowned Hodads!
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“Pacific Beach is a relaxed neighborhood by the beach, popular with sunbathers and surfers. Trendy hotel bars and casual cafes line the boardwalk, while Mission Boulevard and the surrounding streets are dotted with women’s clothing boutiques, yoga studios and casual drinking spots that draw a young, bar-hopping crowd. Inland, the grassy slope of Kate Sessions Park has sweeping views of the city and San Diego Bay.”
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“Much to please the senses at Balboa Park! Museums are fantastic: SD Museum of Man, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, SD Natural History Museum, SD Museum of Art, Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei (has cool things made by people all over the world - currently closed for remodeling), Museum of Photographic Arts, Model Railroad Museum, SD Air and Space Museum (incredibly inspiring), SD History Center, SD Museum of Man (yes, listed twice!) ... and an automobile museum and more. And ... opening in 2021... Comic-Con Museum! Food and art are accessible throughout the walkable destinations. Take a self-guided tour of sculptures recently arranged outside, around the plaza leading to two art museums and a popular bistro (w/ good curry fries and talented musicians, says our 14-yr old daughter). Other choices include an elegant sit-down restaurant (inside or out) with delicious food - one in a collection of outstanding culinary contributions to San Diego County by the well known Cohn Restaurant Group, a walk-up window for snacks and quick food items near Spanish Village (find similar foods at the RH Fleet Science Museum) and one more... Above the Model Railroad Museum, there is a deli with wonderful everything to please everyone. Fresh sandwiches, salads, desserts, coffee. Great spot in the park. Order a picnic to go! SO HAPPY THEY HAVE RETURNED TO BALBOA Park!!! Rose gardens, botanical gardens, historic trees and the Zoro butterfly garden (great for kids!) provide colorful and and peaceful settings that - in my mind - collectively honor Kate Sessions: pioneering SD botanist, horticulbotanist and landscape architect named "Mother of Balboa Park". Theaters include a children's theater, a Shakespeare theater and a puppet theater, not to mention themed movies played in the museums. San Diego Natural History Museum is Denise's favorite. While she enjoys memberships at all of them, she could make this place her home. Founded in 1874, it is the oldest scientific institution/museum in southern California and the third oldest in the western U.S. (west of the Mississippi). Known officially as the San Diego Society of Natural History... "Early society members established a weather station, petitioned to create Torrey Pines State Reserve, and garnered support for the new San Diego Zoological Society." Dinosaur fossils. Marine fossils. Explore habitats that present the ecology and biological diversity that keep the natural world thriving. See what museum naturalists spend their time researching - both from San Diego and on expeditions around southern California and Baja California. OK, enough. Go. Spanish Village - See demonstrations and browse the works of wonderful resident artists in their studios spaces. And ride on the carousel.... and so much more!”
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“The San Diego Zoo is world famous for not only its exhibits but also for its contributions to the natural world. The Zoo, located adjacent to downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, is 100 acres in size. It is well known for its lush, naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters and is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing approximately 660 species and subspecies and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 plants. It is viewed in several ways, first and foremost by walking along pathways, into aviaries, and through bioclimatic zones. There is a 35-minute Guided Bus Tour that gives a good overview of the Zoo.”
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