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    Free Concerts in the Park!

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 28, 2012

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    Memorial Park Bowl Ampitheater

    During the summer, the city of Chula Vista offers a "Concerts in the Park" program every Sunday afternoon and it is free! Memorial Park is located centerally in the downtown area and besides the small, Memorial Bowl Amphitheater there is a recreation center, a kiddie play area, a gymnasium and an olympic sized public pool.

    Stop at the Chula Vista Public Library for a program schedule if you plan to spend a Sunday in Chula Vista.

    Memorial Park has had an amphitheater as long as I can remember and this is a newer--reconstucted version. The concrete stadium style seating may be hard on the tush so bring a cushion to sit on or a blanket to spread on the grass nearby.

    This can also be rented for private events lasting at least two hours.

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    Aquatica San Diego, in Chula Vista

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 19, 2013

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    Huge waterslides for all ages and nerve levels! A great way to cool off on a hot summer day.

    Discount coupons can be found at grocery stores and in the pamplet sections of your hotel/motel lobby.

    Though this is a wonderful idea, the park has undergone name changes and owner changes since it's first opening. At present Knotts, of Knotts Berry Farm fame, owns this 32 acre water park.

    Operating days have been reduced. Memorial Day, (the unofficial beginning of summer) through Labor Day, (the unofficial end of summer) the park is open daily. It is open only on weekends in May and September. Usually between 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. (Sometimes until 7:00 pm.)

    The (2005) price for adults, $25.95 and children, $14.95 gives unlimited, full day activity. They also offer a half-day price if you arrive 3 pm, or later: $15.95 Adult and $11.95 Child (ages 3-11).

    There is now a parking fee, $7.00 per car and $12.00 for RV/Bus.

    Update:

    It's 2012 now and the prices have gone up a bit, but if you buy your adult ticket on-line it will still be $25.95, $7.00 less than the ticket at the gate! Pretty good deal.

    The cost may seem a bit high for this 1950's surf themed water park, but well worth it for the whole family. There are gentle wading pools for the littlest ones and huge scary water rides for the most adventurous spirits!

    The most impressive rides include, the Balboa Bay Wave Pool--500,000 gallons of water--one of the largest in Southern California, the Coronado Express starts at the height of 78 feet and propells you for a 668 foot raft ride. On the far left, center of this photo, you'll see the yellow and pink addition for 2005. The Pacific Spin! A giant six-story funnel with a fantastic drop. I'll say no more. You have to see it to believe it!

    Update June 2013:

    A new owner: SeaWorld
    A new name: Aquatica (Water Park) San Diego
    A new look: Newly refurbished with the additions of exotic animals.

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    Chula Vista Heritage Museum

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 5, 2012

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    Though Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County, it still has that small community feel, even in the downtown section. Most buildings are one or two stories tall and very few buildings have more than five floors--in fact there is only one building in Chula Vista that I can think of that has more than five floors.

    The Chula Vista Public Library system is the second most used in the County as well and many community activities have evolved from the organization known as, The Freinds of the Library.

    The CV Heritage Museum grew out of this group of interested and dedicated people. The Museum opened in January 1993 in a buliding, constructed in 1946, that I grew up knowing as "Mel's," a hamburger joint in front of the C.V. Park.

    This museum is small and mostly a collection of historical information and great old photographs, but it is growing and offers some interesting tours. Besides an Educational Tour for school children and interested groups, they have a yearly Historic Home Tour which ends with a lovely Tea Party and a Walk of History Tour that covers the history of Chula Vista's oldest buildings and businesses downtown. They also host the Genealogical Society.

    The Museum is open Tueseay, Thrusday, Saturday and have short hours, so call before visiting. Admittance is free, but donations are always welcome.

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    Fun-4-All!

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 28, 2012

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    The aptly named amusement park is actually fun for all ages and interests. It began as a "go-cart" track with a few arcade games and has grown--though still of humble size--into more.

    The games in the arcade have multiplied and been upgraded. The go-cart track is still fun for kids who can't drive real cars yet and even for parents wanting to relive their youth. A miniature golf course is set-out for those loving golf and of course there are the batting cages. One of the best things to try out on a hot summer day are the Bumper Boats.

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    Concerts, But Not Free!

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 19, 2013

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    Coors Amphitheatre (aka House of Blues.com) NOW known as, "Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre" is an outdoor performing arts theatre located in Chula Vista and serves the Greater San Diego area.

    Update:

    Again the name has changed. This venue is now called, Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Nothing else has changed, except the web address.

    Half of the seating capacity (for 10,000 people) is the hill of grass seen in the back portion of this photo. It is the area in which you'll sit if you buy a "General" ticket.

    The other seating half (10,000) is categorized, "Reserved Seating" and includes back rows, front rows as well as cabaret type table seating. The variation of ticket price depends upon the section of seating as well as the popularity of the performer. I'll add here that there are really expensive/private seating for those who have money to burn or who are absolute fanatical fans!

    Food and drinks are sold at the concert and you are allowed to "tailgate," (including B-B-Q'ing) in the parking lot before events. No open containers of alcohol are allowed.

    Also, cameras, audio/video recorders are not allowed.

    Check out their website for further Information for a list of scheduled performers.

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    Chula Vista Nature Center

    by LauraWest Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    The Bay from Nature Center Trail

    I just went here in early February, 2006. The indoor museum is being updated; plans to reopen in July. For now, there are short trails to walk, the outdoor bird aviaries and the popular ray petting tank. Also, a nice gift shop with many items for children & everyone who loves nature: books, shirts, toys, jewelery, cards, etc.

    A great place for people with children to visit, but I enjoyed the solitude, on my own. No cars are allowed in the Center, which is great with me! Birdwatchers enjoy it, too. There was a group of them there on this afternoon.

    You park your car in a lot near the E Street Exit, then take the provided shuttle bus. The woman driver told me the history of the area, and more, as we drove. The film "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" was partly filmed there, when it was a tomato farm at the time! I should see that flick someday!

    The entrance fee is very reasonable.

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    Living Coast Discovery Center

    by Agraichen Updated Jun 18, 2012

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    The Chula Vista Living Coast Discovery Center is a great place for anyone that wants to learn about the wild life in Southern California. It's especially good to introduce children to birds and sea life up close.

    While it's MUCH smaller than the more commercial enterprises that exist in CA (IE Sea World, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, etc), the Center focuses on education and up close experiences.

    There are numerous events throughout the year that help to educate the visitors about the natural wonders that suround us.

    The center has small but excellent displays of sea life (sea turtles, fish, octopus, rays, sharks), snakes of the area, bird life (Raptors like eagles, hawks, owls and commonly seen marshland birds).

    The center is open daily.
    Hours:
    10 am-5pm, daily
    9 am-5pm, June 11-July 29

    Current Prices (2012) are:
    14 Adults (18-64)
    $9 Children (4-17)
    Free Children (0-3)
    $9 Seniors (65+)
    $9 Students (18+ w/ID)
    Military - 20% Discount
    Group Rate - 20% Discount
    Reservations are required for large groups.

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    Just drive around

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 28, 2005

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    CHULA  VISTA - Third Avenue before

    Hmm... I didn't visit Chula Vista as a traveler. I was just driving around there as a passenger in Linda's car and first I observed traffic and other drivers + how Linda drives a car with automatic transmission (quite new thing for me that time).

    No wonder, I was going to rent a car 2 or 3 days later and drive myself there and who knows where... You even can't imagine how much I was afraid of my driving in the USA that time haha.

    What else? I just looked around with great interest - such different country, people, cars, streets, traffic, horticulture, weather just after a few (OK, approx. 20) hours of flights from Poland.

    I noticed streets with a lot of various businesses located just inside a city, along a street (not in suburbs) in Chula Vista . No wonder, people would have to drive loooong to get any suburbs from there haha. And there are vast parking lots on both sides of a street. It's a car country, baby :-)
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    La Bella Cafe & Games

    by lmkluque Written Aug 5, 2012

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    You might think this should be placed in the Restaurant section or even added to the La Bella Pizza Garden tip. I'm putting it in, "Things To Do" because those who travel with kids, especially teens, this would help deplete that extra energy kids seem to have while traveling and it would be a fun thing for them to do.

    There are more than fifteen arcade games in this good sized place. They do offer food and drinks here, but the menu is not as extensive as at La Bella's Pizza Garden. Mainly on offer are pizza and sandwiches and drinks. I think I saw some salads in the mix too.

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