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San Diego Botanic Garden

Location: Encinitas (26 Miles / 30 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 5PM (8PM on Summer Thursdays)

Cost: $12 ($8 for Seniors, Students, & Military and $6 for Kids 3 – 12)

Features: Most Diverse Plant Collection in the World; Meandering Trails; Ocean Views; Children’s Garden; Special Events

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Carlsbad Flower Fields

Location: Carlsbad (31 Miles / 35 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 6PM from March through Early May

Cost: $11 ($10 for Seniors 60+ and $6 for Kids Ages 3 – 10)

Features: Enjoy 50 Acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus Flowers, All-American Rose Garden, World-Famous Poinsettias; Wagon Rides; Festivals

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Balboa Park Flower Gardens

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Most Gardens are Open Daily

Cost: All Gardens, except one, are Free

Features: Over a Dozen Gardens are Spread Throughout Balboa Park, Representing Plants from Around the World.

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Japanese Friendship Garden

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM (must enter by 3:30); Closed Mondays. (During Summer, the Gardens are Open Mondays and until 5PM during Weekdays.)

Cost: $4 ($2.50 for Students and Seniors 55+)

Features: Quaint Japanese Zen Garden, Koi Pond, and Visiting Exhibits

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The World-Famous San Diego Zoo

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Entrance allowed 9AM – 4PM (8PM during Summer)

Cost: $42 ($32 for Kids ages 3-11; Discounts available)

Features: World Famous; 4,000 Animals on 100 Acres; 700,000 Exotic Plants; Pandas; Koalas

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Location: San Pasqual Valley (33 Miles / 40 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 5PM (8PM during Summer)

Cost: $42 ($32 for Kids ages 3-11; Discounts available). Parking is $9.

Features: African Safari-like Experience; 3,500 Animals on 1,800 Acres; Tours; Sleepovers; Lion Camp; Formerly Known as the Wild Animal Park, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a separate animal park from the San Diego Zoo.

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Marston House

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: Guided Tours Start every half-hour, Friday-Sunday 10AM-4:30PM

Cost: $8 ($4 for Kids 6-12, $5 for Seniors 65+)

Features: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places; Built in 1905 and surrounded by Gardens; Part of 7th Avenue Walking Tour.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Location: Anza-Borrego Desert (Visitor Center is 93 Miles/ 2 Hours from the Coastal Areas of San Diego)

Visitor Center Hours: 9AM – 5PM; Thursday through Monday From October to May; Weekends from June to September.

Cost: Free (Except for $6 per day parking at 3 Campgrounds)

Features: Sonoran Desert Meets the Peninsular Mountain Ranges Creating the Most Diverse Desert Landscape in the World and offering Hiking, Camping, Horseback Riding, Desert Wildflower Viewing, Stargazing, and Geological Exploration.

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San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

Location: South San Diego Bay (9 Miles / 12 Minutes South of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: Varies by Location

Features: Four National Wildlife Refuges; Two Nature Centers; 370 Species of Birds; Guided Nature Walks

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Chula Vista Nature Center & Aquarium (recently renamed the Living Coast Discover Center)

Location: Chula Vista (9 Miles / 12 Minutes South of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: Entrance allowed 10AM – 4PM Tuesdays through Sundays

Cost: $11 ($8 for Seniors 65+ and Students; $6 for Kids 4 – 11)

Features: Wetland of International Importance; Petting Pool with Stingrays and Sharks; Up-Close Views of Endangered Green Sea Turtles, a Bald Eagle, and Golden Eagles; Butterfly and Humming Bird Garden; Nature Trails

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San Diego County Fair

Location: Del Mar (22 Miles / 20 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open: June 10th – July 4th (Closed Mondays, except July 4);

Cost: $13 ($7 for Kids ages 6-12 and Seniors 62+). Parking is $10

Features: Top 10 Fair in the Country; Several Dozen Amusement Rides; Concerts with Top National Performers; Competition in a Wide Array of Activities; Carnival Games & Food; 2011 Theme is ‘Race to the Fair’

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