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Things to Do in El Cajon and San Diego

Nestled in a scenic valley edged by mountains and the San Diego coast, El Cajon is charming city with great shopping, dining, arts, and outdoor recreation. The heart of San Diego's East County, El Cajon offers exciting attractions including Sycuan Golf Resort and Casino. See a Charger's game at Qualcomm Stadium, take the ferry to Coronado Island or explore downtown San Diego, Seaport Village, San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. Or just soak up some California sunshine at Pacific Beach.

Balboa Park

A national historic landmark, Balboa Park is a green space of art and recreation. San Diego's urban playground has beautiful gardens, plazas, art, hiking and biking trails, a golf complex, dog parks, performing arts, and events. See cultural attractions like San Diego Zoo, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe. Roam the Japanese Friendship Garden.
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SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is an animal-themed adventure park with exciting rides and attractions, dazzling shows, sea life exhibits and up-close animal encounters. Enjoy fun rides and coasters like Manta, Riptide Rescue and Journey To Atlantis. Meet killer whales, sharks, dolphins and penguins and see shows like One Ocean and Shamu Rocks. Touch bottlenose dolphins at SeaWorld's Dolphin Encounter.

San Diego Zoo

Dedicated to wildlife conservancy, San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 exotic animals from around the world. Roam naturalist animal exhibits like Africa Rocks, Elephant Odyssey, Panda Canyon and Discover Outpost, where you can meet lions, pumas, tigers, cougars, snow leopards, elephants, polar bears, koalas and giant pandas. Soar above the trees on the Skyfari aerial tram or go on an adventure at Safari Park.

Qualcomm Stadium

Catch San Diego Chargers and SDSU Aztecs football games at Qualcomm Stadium. Located in the heart of Mission Valley, minutes from downtown San Diego, this classic sports and entertainment venue also hosts soccer and rugby games, concerts, and racing events. Seating more than 70,500 fans, Qualcomm is home of the Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl.

Coronado Island

A beautiful getaway across San Diego Bay, Coronado Island offers sandy beaches and a downtown strip with shops, restaurants, art galleries and theaters. Connected to San Diego by the Coronado Island Bay Bridge, the peninsula has a laid-back energy with beautiful views of the downtown skyline. Soak up the sun on Coronado Beach, enjoy shopping and dining at Ferry Landing Marketplace or see a show at the Coronado Playhouse.
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Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley Mall is an open-air luxury shopping and dining destination in Mission Valley. The largest mall in San Diego, Fashion Valley offers a mix of 200 stores and restaurants in a beautiful outdoor setting. Shop at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's and Bloomingdale's, and designer shops, like Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Enjoy dining at The Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang's China Bistro, and Love Boat Sushi.

Sycuan Golf Resort

Set on 425 acres of natural beauty, Sycuan Golf Resort features 54 holes of heaven in the serenity of El Cajon valley. With stunning views of mountains and natural rocks, this San Diego golf resort challenges golfers with two championship 18-hole golf courses and a par-3 executive. Host of many PGA and LPGA tournaments, the resort features practice holes, tennis courts, pro shop and a clubhouse.

Sycuan Casino

Enjoy fun gaming, dining and entertainment at the Sycuan Casino, featuring 2,000 video and reel slots, table games, like poker and blackjack, a 16-table poker room, bingo, and off-track betting. See concerts at the Sycuan Live & Up Close showroom and enjoy dining at Wachena Restaurant & Lounge, GameDay Sports Bar & Grill and Paipa's Surf & Turf Buffet. Take the free shuttle buses from stops throughout San Diego County.

Old Town San Diego

A historic and cultural district, Old Town San Diego offers shopping, dining, nightlife, museums and art galleries. With Spanish-Mission style architecture and 19th-century charm, Old Town is home to historic landmarks like Presidio Park, Serra Museum and Old Adobe Chapel. Catch the Old Town Trolley Tour, shop for art at Old Town Market Place, and explore San Diego's past at Old Town State Park with historic sites and festivals.

Seaport Village

Located on San Diego Bay in downtown, Seaport Village offers waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment. Walk cobblestone footpaths to 70 shops and eateries surrounded by beautiful landscapes, fountains, and ponds. From fashion to food, the Village offers a mix of stores like Urban Lounge and San Diego Surf Co. and restaurants, including Edgewater Grill, Harbor House, and Buster's Beach House & Longboard Bar.