Mighty Molar’s Guide to Chula Vista

With authentic Mexican food, a flourishing craft beer scene, and endless outdoor recreation, Chula Vista is a diverse destination with all sorts of activities. Sail or kayak in the city’s sparkling bay. Get up close to Team USA’s top Olympic athletes at the Elite Athlete Training Center. Shop unique stores, hike breathtaking trails or check out the following list of popular local attractions.

1. Sleep Train Amphitheatre

One of California’s largest outdoor concert venues, the Sleep Train offers a regular lineup of celebrated artists from all over the world.

2. Otay River Valley

Home to Native Americans over 9,000 years ago, this scenic destination is now a popular hotspot for hiking, biking, picnicking and horseback riding. It also plays host to a number of live concerts and annual events.

3. Living Coast Discovery Center

Get up close to over 350 plant and animal species, including sharks, green sea turtles, jellies, stingrays, hawks, and owls.

4. Onstage Playhouse

With room for only 60 people, this intimate community theatre provides a unique entertainment experience with a regular slate of live performances.

5. Chula Vista Marina

With gorgeous sunsets and tall, swaying palms, this scenic marina includes great dining, live entertainment and all sorts of special events.

6. Rice Canyon Trail

Located just outside Chula Vista, this four-mile trail includes hiking paths for people of every skill level. It also runs alongside a lovely creek and is surrounded by a serene landscape filled with colorful wildflowers.

7. Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Celebrate Chula Vista’s status as the “Lemon Capital of the World” at this festive annual event, featuring arts, crafts, live entertainment and a Lemon Pie Eating Contest.

8. Chula Vista Heritage Museum

Learn about the fascinating history that has defined one of the oldest cities in the region. View a number of interesting exhibits that take you back in time when the city evolved from a Spanish settlement into a thriving American community.


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