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Museums

Live music and theatre, interactive exhibits and extraordinary historical sites in San Diego County provide opportunities to explore, learn and be entertained. North County’s San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum inspires imaginations, as do the many venues gracing San Diego’s cultural crown jewel — Balboa Park. Catch a free concert in the park by the Spreckels Organ Society, dedicated to preserving the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Also visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Nearby, Old Town San Diego welcomes visitors to 19th-century colonial life. The site is considered the “birthplace” of California, and visitors watch history come alive in the preserved historic buildings and museums. Visit the Mormon Battalion Historic Site and San Diego County Sheriff’s Museum, or delight in a musical or play at Cygnet Theatre, a popular performing arts venue. Down by the waterfront, two of the city’s most treasured attractions— the floating Maritime Museum of San Diego and the USS Midway Museum—anchor the bay. A stroll away, enjoy the San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops orchestra, staging outdoor concerts all summer at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. North County also draws visitors to the revered Mission San Luis Rey. Regional arts and entertainment venues include the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad and Moonlight Stage Productions in Vista. In East County, visit the Heritage of the Americas Museum, or take an old-time train ride with the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.

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