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June 24, 2024

Top Attractions and Activities for an Unforgettable Time

We were featured on Redfin’s Things to Do article for new residents of Chula Vista, CA. Check out the blog article here https://www.redfin.com/blog/things-to-do-in-chula-vista-ca/

Nestled in the heart of Southern California, Chula Vista, CA, is a city that offers a perfect blend of urban excitement and natural beauty. With its stunning bayfront, diverse cultural scene, and abundance of outdoor activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant community.

Locals like Adriana Meza of Chula Vista Flower Connection love this city. “I have been a resident of Chula Vista for about 17 years now, and people here are friendly and kind. There's always something you can do whether it's going to Balboa Park, SeaWorld,
concerts, or just a night out of dining at local restaurants. I can not see myself living anywhere else – and the weather is the best!”

Whether you're searching for apartments in Chula Vista, homes for sale, houses for rent, or are already a local, this Redfin article will be your guide. Here is Redfin's list of the top 14 things to do in Chula Vista, for both newcomers and long-time locals alike.
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1. Stroll along Downtown Chula Vista

Strolling in downtown Chula Vista offers a delightful blend of charming boutiques, diverse dining options, and vibrant murals that celebrate the community's rich cultural heritage. In particular, visitors should walk along Third Avenue. “I would recommend
visiting historic Third Avenue in Chula Vista,” says Marissa Salviano of Modern Yardz, a local landscaping service in the Chula Vista area. “Visit the unique shops, restaurants and breweries or attend one of the many festivals held on Third Avenue throughout the year.”

All of Downtown Chula Vista is a sight to see. “As the owner of Craft on Third, I invite you to experience the heart of Downtown Chula Vista Village,” says Kathryn Ortega.  “While here, stop by our studio. We are a haven for creativity, offering exciting workshops, delightful gifts, and enriching art classes. Join us and discover why our vibrant community is the perfect place to unleash your artistic spirit and also explore the diverse array of nearby breweries, restaurants, and shops that complement the crafting experience in Chula Vista.”

2. Check out the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

While in Chula Vista, it’s essential to catch a show at or at least visit the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre. “The 72 acres Chula Vista Amphitheatre was originally established as an industrial park before being rebuilt as the amphitheater,” explains Leila Bakirova of Lilac Flower Shop, a local flower delivery service and flower shop in
the San Diego and Chula Vista area.

“The Chula Vista Amphitheatre was formerly known as the Coors Amphitheatre, the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, and the Sleep Train Amphitheatre. It is currently known as the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre. It is
one of San Diego's bigger venues, holding 20,500 people.”

3. Visit the new Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center

Set to open in 2025, the new Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center offers everything from delectable restaurants to cozy hotel rooms to a 4.25-acre water park.

“For a unique experience in Chula Vista, I would recommend visiting the upcoming Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center, set to open next year,” says Bridal Bazaar, San Diego’s premier wedding expo. “It will offer stunning waterfront views and state-of-the-art facilities perfect for weddings and events, including hosting our highly anticipated Bridal Bazaar wedding expo.”

4. Visit the Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a unique zoo and aquarium that focuses on the plants and animals native to Southern California. Visitors can explore interactive exhibits, see endangered species up close, and even participate in animal encounters.  It's a great place for nature enthusiasts to learn about the local ecosystem and conservation efforts.

5. Indulge in Chula Vista’s cuisine

The Mexican food in Chula Vista is like no other. “I recommend indulging in the ultimate taco experience with a visit to Tacos El Gordo,” says OneTouch Cleaners, a local cleaning company servicing Chula Vista. “They are renowned for serving some of the best tacos in Chula Vista. With a variety of mouthwatering options to choose from, it’s a must-visit destination for any food lover looking to savor authentic Mexican flavors.”
Chula Vista Cuisine

6. Take a stroll at Otay Ranch Town Center

Otay Ranch Town Center is a premier shopping and dining destination in Chula Vista.  With a variety of stores, restaurants, and entertainment options, visitors can spend a day exploring the outdoor mall, catching a movie, or enjoying a meal at one of the many eateries. “They also host farmers' markets where you can indulge in delicious food and support local artists by shopping their creations,” adds Claudia Mustur, owner of Kolibri Flower Lab, a boutique florist in Chula Vista known for their bespoke, original floral artistry. “Tuesdays and Sundays are special, turning the mall and Third Ave into a lively celebration of local culture and creativity. This sense of community is what makes living in Chula Vista so enriching and enjoyable.”'

7. Explore the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center

The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center is a state-of-the-art facility that has hosted numerous Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Visitors can take a guided tour of the center, watch athletes in training, and even participate in sports clinics and events. It's a
great place to be inspired by the dedication and talent of elite athletes.

8. Enjoy a day at the Chula Vista Marina & Bayside Park

The Chula Vista Marina and Bayside Park offer stunning views of the bay and a peaceful atmosphere for visitors to relax and enjoy the outdoors. With walking paths, picnic areas, and waterfront dining options, it's a great place to spend a day by the water. Visitors can also rent kayaks or paddleboards to explore the bay up close.

9. Visit the Chula Vista Heritage Museum

The Chula Vista Heritage Museum showcases the history and culture of the city through exhibits, artifacts, and educational programs. Visitors can learn about the early settlers, local industries, and significant events that have shaped Chula Vista over the years. It's a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the community.

10. Play a round of golf at the Chula Vista Golf Course

The Chula Vista Golf Course offers a challenging and scenic 18-hole course for golf enthusiasts of all skill levels. With beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and well-maintained fairways, it's a great place to enjoy a day on the green. The course also features a clubhouse and pro shop for all golfing needs.
Chula Vista Golfing

11. Attend a performance at the OnStage Playhouse

The OnStage Playhouse is a community theater that presents a variety of live performances, including plays, musicals, and comedy shows. Visitors can enjoy the talent of local actors and artists in an intimate and welcoming setting. It's a great way to support the arts and experience live entertainment in Chula Vista.

12. Explore the Otay Valley Regional Park

The Otay Valley Regional Park offers miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife observation. Visitors can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the park, with diverse habitats and scenic vistas. It's a great
place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and connect with nature.

13. Discover the Chula Vista Nature Center

The Chula Vista Nature Center is a small but engaging facility that showcases the localflora and  fauna of the region. Visitors can see native animals, including birds of prey, reptiles, and marine life, and learn about the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship.

14. Enjoy a day at the Chula Vista Waterpark

The Chula Vista Waterpark is a popular destination for thrill-seekers, with a variety of water slides, pools, and attractions. Visitors can cool off and have fun in the sun, with options for all ages and swimming abilities. The waterpark also offers amenities such as
cabana rentals and food concessions for a full day of aquatic entertainment.

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