The Best-Kept Secrets of San Diego

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11 December 2015

San Diego, as a city, has so much to offer to its tourists and visitors. Known for its beaches, parks and warm climate as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens, there is no wonder places can be missed at a glance. Never worry, we can change that. In this article, we’ve highlighted the five best-kept secrets of San Diego so you won’t leave without regret.

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The Best-Kept Secrets of San Diego

Cinema Under the Stars

Cinema Under the Stars is a unique outdoor movie theatre in Mission Hills, San Diego. Their weatherproof retractable dome and infrared heating provide the feel of the outdoors with the warmth and comfort of the indoors. Enjoy watching a movie on the 20-foot screen with HD projection and surround sound. Get cosy on the single and double zero gravity recliners, love seat cabanas, or deck chair/ottoman with table. Coffee, tea, soda, bottled water, popcorn and a variety of candies are available from their concessions stand to enjoy with this unique experience.

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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to experience the history of early San Diego by providing a connection to the past. Learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiestas. Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. The park eventually gained statehood in the United States after the Mexican-American War.

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Harper’s Topiary Garden

Known as Harper’s Topiary Garden, this labour of love is the work of Mission Hills residents Edna and Alex Harper. The garden was started over 15 years ago when the formerly basic garden began to transform after the Harpers were inspired by gardens they saw on their travels. The collection includes a surfer, elephants ridden by monkeys, a rooster, a Buddha, pyramids, a whale, and more. The Harpers do all of the shaping, with the assistance of their gardener, and Edna supposedly spends hours each day tending to the sculptures. And it is free to enjoy.

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Scripps Coastal Reserve

Scripps Coastal Reserve occupies nearly one thousand acres in La Jolla, California, ranging across a complex landscape including mesa top, coastal canyon and bluff, sandy beach, rocky intertidal, submerged coastal plain and deep submarine canyon. Hundreds of thousands of people visit annually, so environmental awareness is essential for protecting the rare and sensitive habitats and species. There are two distinct parts to the reserve: the shoreline and marine protected area, and the upland area, commonly referred to as the “Knoll” or “Cliffs.” The Reserve is a great landscape to explore and visit whilst on your journey.

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Bay View Park

Bay View Park is a small, secluded shoreline park with shade trees, benches and nice landscaping on the island of Coronado. The park is named after the great views it offers of the downtown skyline and bay at this almost secret location. When you are on the bench at this place, the rest of the world drops away behind and around you and makes the views of San Diego “pop out” even more.

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