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Free Things To Do in San Diego

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in San Diego. Popular attractions include Balboa Park and Mission Beach. If you have extra time, Coronado Beach is worthwhile.

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Balboa Park Free attraction
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Ranks #1 in San Diego attractions

Why go: Home to the renowned San Diego Zoo, this 1,200-acre park is the city's cultural hub. As one TripAdvisor ... read more»

Mission Beach Free attraction
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Ranks #2 in San Diego attractions

Why go: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Mission Bay Park in northwestern San Diego, Mission Beach is one of the most popular ... read more»

Coronado Beach Free attraction
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Ranks #3 in San Diego attractions

Why go: Compared to Mission Beach, this popular shoreline boasts fewer sunbathers and calmer waves. Just across the bay from San Diego ... read more»

Gaslamp Quarter Free attraction
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Ranks #4 in San Diego attractions

Why go: The Gaslamp Quarter's 16 blocks are peppered with Victorian-style buildings that now house a variety of shops, art galleries ... read more»

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Free attraction
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Ranks #9 in San Diego attractions

Why go: You'll need a car to get here, but travelers say the breathtaking views at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park are ... read more»

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