La Mesa Travel Guide

  • First Baptist Church - La Mesa
    by Yaqui
  • First Baptist Church - La Mesa
    by Yaqui
  • First Baptist Church - La Mesa
    by Yaqui

La Mesa Things to Do

  • Walkway of the Stars

    The “Walkway of the Stars” is a pedestrian walkway that has been transformed into an urban park in downtown La Mesa. The vision for a place to recognize La Mesa's extraordinary volunteers was provided by Councilmember Ruth Sterling. The park’s theme honors the City’s outstanding volunteers who have provided 10,000 or more hours of service to the...

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  • Mission Trails Regional Park

    What a lovely oasis within the city. Lake Murray is a very well loved feature of this community. My sister lives just around the corner and she comes to here jog and ride her bicycle all the time with her friends. Lots of wonderful things to do here like boat, kayak, fish, picnic, camp, jog, bike, or just come to feed all the beautiful ducks.

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  • Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

    The La Mesa Depot is located near the Spring Street Trolley station. It is only open on Saturdays between the hours of 1 pm and 4 pm. The Depot is the oldest building in La Mesa. It has moved a couple of times, changed purposes several times and has changed owners several times. It now belongs to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association and...

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  • First Baptist Church - La Mesa

    The originial church was built in 1911. When the church had to grow, they added onto it by building a separate larger sanctuary to accomodate their growth. This church was moved to its present location in 1927. They had stopped using the older section for sometime, but my lovely niece's church started to rent this section, spruced it up and now it...

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  • Harry & Vada Robertson House 1909

    The residence at 4582 Palm Avenue appears in a 1909 birds-eye view of La Mesa and on a postcard dated July 19, 1910. It was originally a small, square building with a hipped roof and a small gable dormer over the front door. A front porch was added in 1911. Harry and Vada Robertson built the house and were the first occupants. Harry Robertson’s...

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  • Mt. Helix Park

    Mt. Helix is a landmark located between La Mesa and El Cajon. At the top there is a park for all to enjoy. This park is maintained lovingly by volunteers of the Mt. Helix Park Foundation. There are trails to hike, picnic tables and most impressive the Mt. Helix Amphitheatre. Sunrise Services are held here every Easter and sometimes they have...

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  • Seasonal Events

    What luck! Just as I'm preparing to build a page about La Mesa it happens to be the same time as their Oktoberfest. Three days at the beginning of October they hold this celebration and it seems to be their biggest event of the year. Cars parked in every spot on every street--except the blocked off streets used for merchant stalls--all around the...

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  • Robertson House 1910

    The two-story Robertson House was built in 1910 and remains largely unchanged from its original appearance. A number of craftsman-style features are evident, including a front porch, shed dormer and exposed rafter tails. Notable owners include Sarah Pinkston, who survived a devastating Civil War raid in Kansas, served as a delegate to the National...

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  • La Mesa Walk of Fame

    If you happen to be strolling downtown make sure to look down at the sidewalk and you'll see some lovely plaques in honor of those who have contributed many hours of service to their community. La Mesa Walk of Fame Recipients: Elmer Drew moved to La Mesa with his family in 1912. He started working as a young man in an automobile repair shop. He...

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  • First Baptist Church La Mesa 1911

    The originial church was built in 1911. When the church had to grow, they added onto it by building a separate larger sanctuary to accomodate their growth. This church was moved to its present location in 1927. They had stopped using the older section for sometime, but my lovely niece's church started to rent this section, spruced it up and now it...

    more
  • Mount Helix

    Mt. Helix is a landmark located between La Mesa and El Cajon. At the top there is a park for all to enjoy. This park is maintained lovingly by volunteers of the Mt. Helix Park Foundation. There are trails to hike, picnic tables and most impressive the Mt. Helix Amphitheatre. Sunrise Services are held here every Easter and sometimes they have...

    more
  • Mission Trails Regional Park~Lake Murray

    What a lovely oasis within the city. Lake Murray is a very well loved feature of this community. My sister lives just around the corner and she comes to here jog and ride her bicycle all the time with her friends. Lots of wonderful things to do here like boat, kayak, fish, picnic, camp, jog, bike, or just come to feed all the beautiful ducks.

    more
  • Reading Cinemas-Grossmont Center 10

    Going to the movies while on holiday is not the most usual thing, but there are times that it's really hot in La Mesa, so sitting in an air conditioned theater during the hottest part of the day can be a wonderful experience, especially if it is a film you really wanted to see in English. Sometimes they have concerts here too.Check at the website...

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  • Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

    The La Mesa Depot is located near the Spring Street Trolley station. It is only open on Saturdays between the hours of 1 pm and 4 pm. The Depot is the oldest building in La Mesa. It has moved a couple of times, changed purposes several times and has changed owners several times. It now belongs to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association and...

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  • Oktoberfest In La Mesa

    What luck! Just as I'm preparing to build a page about La Mesa it happens to be the same time as their Oktoberfest.Three days at the beginning of October they hold this celebration and it seems to be their biggest event of the year. Cars parked in every spot on every street--except the blocked off streets used for merchant stalls--all around the...

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  • Heartland Youth for Decency Memorial...

    Located right next to the American Legion 282 (J.A Park Memorial building 1947) is a park dedicated to all Veterans who have served and who have sacrificed their lives. Top Plaque (facing the parking lot):We of Heartland Youth Of Decency Dedicated This Monument To The Young MenFrom Our Own Generation Have GivenTheir Lives That We Might Be...

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  • Rev. Henry A. McKinney House 1899

    Home to the La Mesa Historical Society since 1977, the McKinney House serves as a good example of semi-rural, middle-class life in La Mesa at the turn of the twentieth century. The McKinney family moved to this area, then known as Allison Springs, in 1899. Reverend McKinney served as one of the first ministers of the La Mesa Methodist Episcopal...

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  • Old Post Office 1939

    The Old Post Office Building at the southwest corner of La Mesa Boulevard and 4th Street was constructed in 1939. It was designed by noted local architect Frank L. Hope, Sr. in the Art Moderne style and is the first commercial building to achieve local landmark status in La Mesa. The contractor, Weston Hicks, and property owner, George Sheldon,...

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La Mesa Hotels

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La Mesa Restaurants

  • Tiramisu Trattoria

    This is sort of like European places and they charge a higher price. We ate outside because it was a hot day and there was no air condition in the dining room. Also, because there were three children and though the waiter welcomed us warmly, we didn't think it was exactly the place for kids. The waiter was especially attentive which I...

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  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    BJ's is a family friendly Brew Pub chain. The menu is extensive so however big you party might be, there will be something to please everyone. It is an open style dining room which is not my favourite setting, but at the La Mesa store there is outdoor seating just outside the bar.%s The flavour of the food is good. My favorites are their...

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  • Por Favor Restaurant

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The first building on the street that I noticed on La Mesa Boulevard. It was early morning and looked pretty big compared to the other buildings along this block. The Marrujo family opened it in 1974 and seems pretty popular. There is a nice sized fenced area for outside dining or just stopping for a drink from their full service bar and it is...

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  • British Village Shoppe

    This is a local novelty store full of British-y stuff. The staff seem really sweet and helpful. There are three categories this establishment could be listed under; Restaurant tips, Shopping tips and Nightlife tips. I'll start here in "Restaurants." When I first saw the place I thought it was some sort of antique shop. Lovely tea sets displayed...

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  • El Torito

    We absolutely love El Torito Restaurants because of the great food, comfortable decor, and better yet the great service. The food and the service was fantastic here. It was easy to find and had lots of ample parking too.

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  • Casa De Pico

    Casa de Pico has been my favorite Mexican restaurant for many years. It used to be located in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park in the Bazaar del Mundo, for about 35 years, before the lease ran out. Since, it had to be moved to another location which turned out to be here in La Mesa. The Grossmont Center is a popular place to shop and there...

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  • Sanfilippo's Pizza

    This family owned pizza place was established over thirty-three years ago and is a favorite of La Mesa locals. One reason for considering this place is that it is so near the SD Trolley station at Spring Street. The look of it is not impressive, but as with most local neighborhood favorites, that is something easily not noticed. They probably...

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  • A Good Place for Large Groups!

    BJ's is a family friendly Brew Pub chain. The menu is extensive so however big you party might be, there will be something to please everyone. It is an open style dining room which is not my favourite setting, but at the La Mesa store there is outdoor seating just outside the bar.%s The flavour of the food is good. My favorites are their...

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  • Family Owned Mexican!

    The first building on the street that I noticed on La Mesa Boulevard. It was early morning and looked pretty big compared to the other buildings along this block. The Marrujo family opened it in 1974 and seems pretty popular. There is a nice sized fenced area for outside dining or just stopping for a drink from their full service bar and it is...

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La Mesa Transportation

  • Dieter Fischer's Star Car Service

    While not specifically a transportation tip for getting around, this is about repairs from a great shop. Being new to the San Diego area I've been searching for a good Mercedes Mechanic as there is not a dealership reasonable close to where I now live.The San Diego MB Club Chapter recommended Dieter's location so I gave it a try. I can't say how...

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  • Taking the bus to La Mesa

    There are six bus routes that service La Mesa.Bus Route 1Bus Route 7 (From downtown S.D.)Bus Route 14Bus Route 851Bus Route 854 (Sort of around La Mesa)Bus Route 855.Each route will cover different sections of La Mesa but they are limited so plot out your trip with the Trip Planner before getting on the bus, just to make sure which bus to take. The...

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  • Grossmont Transit Center

    The Grossmont Transit Center is just one stop from the La Mesa Trolley stop and it is located near the Grossmont Shopping Center. A center full of shops, restaurants, one of my favorites, and department stores, both budget type and not so budget type. At first sight I thought this would not be such a good option to suggest a tourist come out this...

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La Mesa Shopping

  • Grossmont Center

    Grossmont Center is a huge shopping mall. Within this mall you'll find stores selling clothes of all types for everyone in the family, gift stores, discount stores, high end stores, a 10 plex movie theater and restaurants of all types. Most of the stores are in the middle of a huge parking lot which makes it easier for walking. There are a few...

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  • A Popular Shopping Mall

    Grossmont Center is a huge shopping mall. Within this mall you'll find stores selling clothes of all types for everyone in the family, gift stores, discount stores, high end stores, a 10 plex movie theater and restaurants of all types.Most of the stores are in the middle of a huge parking lot which makes it easier for walking. There are a few...

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  • Hidden Treasures

    This is a wonderful antique store. They have so many things you have to be careful as to not knock things over, so be careful. The folks here were ok, not very friendly. I found this wonderful 70's toy dump truck for my grand nephew and it was at a good price.

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La Mesa General

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    Just Beginning!

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 29, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: As I'm traveling to La Mesa on a regular basis these days, I've decided to build a page about this town in the County of San Diego. I believe it is the third largest city, next to San Diego City and Chula Vista. I have friends who love to hang out here, so I'm sure there are interesting things to see and do.

    I don't know the area well so it will be an adventure for me to explore it and tell you about it.

    Fondest memory: As I don't yet have a photo taken in La Mesa I've put this car with a surf board hanging out to show that even while in La Mesa, which is not near the beach at all it is still just a few minutes drive to the nearest place to surf.

    I'll add here that La Mesa is normally hotter than any where along the coast as it is what we call, "inland."

    Off to the Beach!
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