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San Diego Gaslamp Quarter for Families

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The Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego has a rich and varied history that includes a bit of Wild West flair. It's full of beautiful, historic buildings that currently house tucked-away farm to table restaurants, hidden boutiques, hip places to have a drink, and galleries.
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518 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Heavenly Cupcake was recently purchased by a southern baker and she has created some delightful cakes! As a southerner myself, I had to try her velvet cake and was impressed. I like these cupcakes because they aren't too sweet. This shop is found...
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100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
I got free tickets to go to the Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game and although the home team (Padres), lost it was super exciting and you can really feel the San Diego pride all through the benches. :) I took my grandma an she was dancing...
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2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
If you love being out by the ocean at night and want something unique for the whole family, definitely sign up for a grunion run experience with the Birch Aquarium. It's especially awesome for kids. Grunion are silver fish about 4 or 5 inches long...
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400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
San Diego is so pretty at night, with the lights reflecting in the water. If you're staying downtown, just head over to Sea Port Village to the North and/or South Embarcadero Parks. Both parks encircle the Embarcadero Marina. Personally, I think...
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200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Children's Museum in the Gaslamp is a multilevel building full of wonderful things for kids to do. Don't let the title 'museum' fool you into thinking this is some stuffy place where you look at things. This is a multidimensional experience...
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2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
If you're short on time, don't think you are going to be able to see everything. I've been here many times, for hours each time, and it wasn't until the seventh visit that I finally saw all of the exhibits. I recommend picking some points of...
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410 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The William Heath Davis House, located in the Gaslamp, is also home to the Gaslamp Historical Society. This is the oldest standing structure in the Gaslamp. This house was actually built on the East coast and brought over to San Diego in 1850. The...
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635 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Dolcetti Boutique is a large, bright, and airy place. If you love bright colors and supporting local artists and designers—this boutique should be on your shopping list. Even better, they have a hair salon and stylist concierge in house, so you...
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6481, 721 Ninth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Cafe Chloe uses only locally grown (and mostly organic) produce to create their wonderful French-style creations. This cafe is located just outside the edge of the Gaslamp District in East Village, but it is definitely worth the walk if you are...
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616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Jsix is a beautifully decorated restaurant located in the Gaslamp District in San Diego. Every dish is made from scratch, using ingredients from local farms. On Sunday mornings, one-hour yoga classes are held up on the the rooftop. On the weekend...
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1201 1st St #115, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Candelas restaurant serves Cali-Mexi food, which is good, but it is the stunning views of downtown San Diego that makes this a great place for lunch or an early dinner. The large glass wall of the dining area is perfect for a light bite and some...
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650 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
When I'm feeling like I need a "pick-me-up," I head over to Vitality Tap, near my office, to order a green smoothie. They make all kinds of smoothies, from mounds of fresh vegetables and fruits, but my personal favorite is the smoothie with lots...
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643 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Ghirardelli Chocolate shops are famous for a reason! Try saying you don't like ice cream when there is melted peanut butter sauce dripping down your cheek. While the original Ghirardelli shop is in San Francisco, the location in the old Gaslamp...