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Free in San Diego

Free in San Diego
Free in San Diego

© Andrew Magill

Many of the city's most charming and interesting destinations are free, including historic neighborhoods, the famous concerts at Spreckles, and of course -- the beaches.

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Alcazar Garden
  • Alcazar Garden
  • Walking through the pedestrian breezeway in Balboa Park, you might not know that a courtyard patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain exists a few feet away.
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Archaeological Center
  • Archaeological Center
  • Dig in the dirt and you may find a piece of San Diego's history... or millions of pieces, which is what happened in the early 90's when various cultural anthropologists were busy discovering the rich historical significance of San Diego soil.
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Botanical Building
Centro Cultural de la Raza
  • Centro Cultural de la Raza
  • The Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park is a multidisciplinary cultural arts center with the goal of promoting, preserving, and providing education on Chicano, native Mexican, Latin American, and Native American art and culture.
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Heritage Park
  • Heritage Park
  • From their quiet hilltop perch, Heritage Park Victorian Village's seven Victorian structures peek down at Old Town San Diego's bustling streets.
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Inez Grant Parker Rose Garden
  • Inez Grant Parker Rose Garden
  • Take a moment to stop and smell the roses at Balboa Park's Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, one of Balboa Park's most popular gardens and a highly desirable wedding location.
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Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • The tranquil and stunning Japanese Friendship Garden has its origins in the Japanese Tea Pavilion built in 1915 for the Panama-California World Exposition. After the Exposition, it continued to operate for thirty years, cared for by volunteers.
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Marston House
  • Marston House
  • An outstanding and unsurpassed example of the Arts and Crafts architectural movement of the early 20th Century, the Marston House is situated on five acres of landscaped grounds with a formal English Romantic garden.
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Olympic Training Center
  • Olympic Training Center
  • Olympic athletes are busy year-round at the ARCO U.S. Olympic Training Center, an all-weather, 150-acre complex, one of just four official Olympic Training Centers in the country.
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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • On the first Wednesday of every month, The San Diego Astronomy Association sets telescopes up at the Rueben H Fleet Science Center to offer guests a great (and free!) view...
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Spanish Landing
  • Spanish Landing
  • San Diego's Spanish Landing is the axis where generations of history intersect, where reverence for the past co-exists with a celebration of the present. Spanish Landing Park marks the site where two of the most influential Spanish voyages to California converged.
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Spanish Village Art Center
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • In the heart of Balboa Park, you'll find the world's largest outdoor pipe organ, housed in an ornate Italian Renaissance style pavilion.
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Timken Museum of Art
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park is an unusual display of artwork from the collection of two sisters, Anne R. and Amy Putnam. The Putnam sisters, who came to San Diego in the early 1900s from Vermont, spent decades acquiring European old master paintings.
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