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SeaWorld San Diego

Location: Mission Bay (6 Miles Northwest of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Hours vary by day. Ranges from 10AM – 5PM during Winter to 9AM – 11PM during Summer.

Cost: Several options starting at $64 with discounted online admission. Parking is $14 for cars.

Features: Shamu, Shows, Amusement Rides, Aquariums, Dolphins, Polar Bears, Penguins, Sesame Street Rides

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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: $46 ($36 for Kids ages 3-11; Discounts available). Parking is $10.

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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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Around San Diego

Unfortunately, the Cinderella Carriage Company closed down but hopefully somebody reading this will be inspired to start something similar as we receive a number of requests looking for an alternative.

San Diego has the perfect climate for enjoying the outdoors. You can celebrate the beauty of San Diego with a loved one by taking a horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown San Diego.

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Pan for Gold at the Julian Mining Company

Location: Wynola (On the outskirts of Julian – 62 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays and 12PM – 4PM on Sundays. Weekday Reservations also Available.

Cost: Starts at $10

Features: Pan for Gold and Gems as Seen on the Travel Channel; Pick Raspberries and Pumpkins

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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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La Jolla Shores

Location: La Jolla Shores (12 Miles / 20 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Features: Beach area offers Playground, Calm Surf, Kayaking, World-Class Ocean Swimming, Scuba Diving, Panoramic Views, Long Walks; Accessible on a Sightseeing Tour from downtown San Diego

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Coast of La Jolla

Location: La Jolla (12 Miles / 20 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Features: One of the Most Beautiful Settings Anywhere; Great Views from a Large Seaside Park; Up-close Look at Seals

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Mining for California Gemstones & Tourmaline in San Diego

Museum Curators, Gemologists, Jewelers, and Rockhounds from around the world descend on northern San Diego County looking for the perfect specimens to add to their gem collections. California’s gemstones came to notoriety during the latter part of the 19th century when abundant pockets of high quality gemstones were discovered in the Mesa Grande and Pala Districts of San Diego County. A number of famous California gem mines are now open to the public.

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Dig for California Gemstones at the Oceanview Mine

Location: Pala (53 Miles / 55 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Gem Mining Hours: 10:30AM – 3PM on Sundays and Some Thursdays; Reservations Required.

Cost: $60 ($50 for Kids)

Features: Pan for California Gemstones, including Pink Tourmaline; Tour a Gem Mine that supplies Museum Curators and Jewelers around the World.

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Dig for California Tourmaline at the Himalaya Mine

Location: Santa Ysabel (75 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 10AM – 3PM Thursdays through Mondays

Cost: $75 ($37.50 for kids ages 12-15; Free for Kids under 12); $50 for 1PM-3PM only

Features: Mine for Tourmaline from one of the most famous Tourmaline Mines of the 20th century.

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Gems of Pala Tourmaline

Location: Pala (53 Miles / 55 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: Panning is on most weekends by Appointment Only

Cost: $20 for a Bucket of Pilings

Features: Tourmaline Mining at the famous Stewart Mine; Gem Store

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Mountain Horseback Riding in Julian

Location: Julian (62 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Time: Reservations Can Be Made for Weekdays and Weekends.

Cost: Starts at $50 per Hour.

Features: Ride Horses in San Diego’s Mountains; Enjoy Mountain Views, Peaceful Meadows, Wildlife, and if you are lucky, Catch a Glimpse of the Ocean on a Clear Day.

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