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San Diego Firehouse Museum

Location: Downtown San Diego (Little Italy)

Hours: Thursday and Friday 10AM – 2PM; Saturday and Sunday 10AM – 4PM

Cost: $3 (Free for Kids).

Features: Firehouse Full of Old Fire Engines, including an 1841 Rumsey Hand Pumper; Listen to Stories from Firefighters.

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Spreckels Organ Pavilion Concerts in Balboa Park

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

Show Times: Sundays at 2PM Year-Round; Mondays at 7:30PM from June – August; Additional Concerts Tuesdays – Thursdays from June – August

Cost: Free

Features: Enjoy a Variety of Musical Performances at this Beautiful Outdoor Venue in Balboa Park, which is home to one of the World’s Largest Outdoor Pipe Organs played by an Internationally-Acclaimed Organist.

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Museum of San Diego History

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

Open Daily: 10AM – 5PM. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Cost: $5 ($2 for Kids under 18, $4 for Seniors 65+)

Features: Great Stories and Photos of San Diego’s History; Learn about the Changes in Power from Kumeyaay Indians to Spanish Colony, followed by Mexican Independence and then American Statehood.

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Balboa Park Historic Carousel

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

Open Daily: 11AM – 5:30PM during Summer; Otherwise 11AM – 4:30PM on Weekends & Holidays

Cost: $2

Features: Built in 1910; Award Winning Historic Carousel with Original Equipment; Still offers Brass Ring Game

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Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

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

Hours: Open Daily During Summer 11AM – 6:30PM. Otherwise, Only Open on Weekends and School Holidays from 11AM – 4:30PM.

Cost: $2

Features: Miniature Replica of a Real Train takes you on a 1/2 mile ride and includes a Tunnel.

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Eagle & High Peak Gold Mine and Museum

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

Open Weekends: 10AM – 5PM (longer during holiday season)

Cost: $10 ($5 for Kids 5-12; $1 for Kids under 5) – Includes Mine Tour and Panning for Gold

Features: Gold Mine Attracted People from across the Country in the 1870s; Learn the History and Pan for Gold.

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Whaley House Museum

Location: Old Town (4 Miles North of Downtown San Diego)

Open: 10AM – 5PM (Until 10PM during Summer and Weekends); Closed Wednesdays during the School Year

Cost: $6 During Daytime; $10 after 5PM

Features: Historic House Built in 1857 was once noted by the Travel Channel as the Most Haunted House in America.

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William Heath Davis House

Location: Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp Quarter)

Open Daily: 10AM – 6PM (9AM – 3PM on Sundays); Closed on Mondays.

Cost: $5 ($4 for Seniors)

Features: Built in 1850, this was the Home where the idea of a “New San Diego” began. Learn about the vision for a new city held by William Heath Davis and the subsequent development by Alonzo Horton, who is known as the Founder of Downtown San Diego.

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San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum

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

Open Daily: 10AM – 4:30PM

Cost: $8 ($4 for Kids ages 7-17 and $6 for Seniors)

Features: Nation’s Largest Sports Museum; Interactive Exhibits; Hall of Fame; Covers a Broad Range of Sports; Many one-of-a-kind Trophies on Display.

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San Diego Automotive Museum

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

Open Daily: 10AM – 5PM (Must enter by 4:30PM). Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Cost: $8 ($4 for Kids ages 6-15 and $6 for Seniors 65+)

Features: Over 100 Cars and Motorcycles, including a 1909 International Harvester Wagon, 1914 Model T Ford, 1981 De Lorean, and a 1990 Ferrari Testarossa.

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San Diego Air & Space Museum

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

Open Daily: 10AM – 4:30PM (Must enter by 4PM). Open until 5:30PM during Summer. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cost: $18 ($7 for Kids ages 3-11 and $15 for Seniors, Military, Students)

Features: One of the Nation’s Best Aerospace Museums; San Diego has the Richest Aviation History in the World

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California Surf Museum

Location: Oceanside (38 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM. (8PM on Thursdays)

Cost: $5 ($3 for Students, Military, and Seniors 62+; Free for kids)

Features: State of California Surf Museum covering the History of Surfing in California; Skateboarding Memorabilia

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