The Top 25 Things to See in National City

We have officially finished our list of the top 25 Things to See in National City! There are so many amazing things to do and see here that it was difficult to narrow it down to just 25. From good eats to historic culture, National City has something for everyone. Stay tuned later this year for personal encounters with each and every one of the 25 Things to See listed below:

1- Pepper ParkPepper Park

National City’s newest addition to its waterfront offerings, this 5 1/2–acre park has picnic areas, a boat launching ramp and a fishing pier equipped with light for night fishing. With beautiful views of the south bay, Pepper Park is great for families, boaters and bicyclists!


2- Bayshore BikewayBayshore Bikeway

The Bayshore Bikeway is a beautiful 24-mile bike trail that travels around the beautiful San Diego Bay. The bike path goes through the cities of San Diego, National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and Coronado. Check out the full route here.


3- Brick RowBrick Row

Originally designed to house railroad executives from eastern cities, Brick Row remains one of National City’s architectural treasures. The building was modeled after the row houses of Philadelphia in hopes that the executives would feel at home in National City.


4- National City Rail DepotNational City Rail Depot

The National City Rail Depot was the first terminus of transcontinental rail travel in the San Diego area. The museum is the oldest railroad-related structure still standing in its original location in the entire county. The depot is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit their website for more information.

5- Westfield Plaza BonitaWestfield Plaza Bonita

Westfield Plaza Bonita is a convenient two-story shopping center located right off the 805. Recent additions to the facility include an IMAX theatre, new food court and a new children’s play area with live sea creatures!


6 - Pier 32 MarinaPier 32 Marina

One of National City’s newest hidden gems, Pier 32 Marina offers 245-slips, modern waterfront facilities, a fresh new restaurant and beautiful views of the San Diego Bay! With a nearby park and restaurant, Pier 32 is great place to relax during the summer.


7 - Kimball ParkKimball Park

Home to wide variety of events and festivals all year long, the famed Kimball Park is a city staple for the community and its visitors. Kimball Park hosts the annual 4th of July Carnival complete with a captivating fireworks show.


8 - Olivewood GardensOlivewood Gardens & Learning Center

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center sits on the former Walton family estate and provides hands-on gardening and cooking lessons for students and families. This beautiful property offers field trips, public tours and events! Click here to learn more!


9 - NiederfranksNierderfrank’s Ice Cream

Niederfrank’s offers delicious old-fashioned ice cream for those hot summer days! Opened in 1948, Elmer Niederfrank started making the famous frosty treats using the same freezers that are still used today. From chocolate peanut butter and macadamia nut to avocado and chai tea, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds.

10 - Hannah LeesHannah Lee’s Teahouse

Hannah Lee’s Teahouse is located on Heritage Square and offers a one-of-a-kind Victorian tea experience. Hannah Lee’s specializes in etiquette classes and visual poise for young women. It also hosts birthdays, showers, special occasions and theme parties for up to 150 people. To book a tea party or special event, call 619-962-4128.

11 - Heritage SquareHeritage Square

Heritage Square, located between 9th Street and Plaza Blvd, is home to beautiful historical buildings such as the Kimball Museum, Brick Row, the Proctor House, and the Elizur Steel/Crandall/Ennis House. It’s a great place to visit for history buffs!


12 - Historic Railcar PlazaHistoric Railcar Plaza

The recently restored Historic Railcar Plaza offers visitors display rooms filled with artifacts and interpretive exhibits of the early railroads. Also, the large windows throughout the plaza allow public viewing of the railcars outside of operating hours.


13 - Waterfront GrillWaterfront Grill

Located at Pier 32, the Waterfront Grill offers dining right along the beautiful San Diego bay. Its scenic views make it the perfect place for an afternoon lunch with friends or a weekend brunch with family. Click here to view the menu.


14 - Visitor CenterNational City Visitor Center

Looking to Visit National City? Stop by the Visitor Center building for more information about city hot spots. The Visitor Center is located at 901 National City Blvd.


15 - Stein Family FarmStein Family Farm

Stein Family Farm is a living history farm museum in National City with a Victorian farmhouse and 100+ year-old barn. Bring the kids for a party or field trip to Stein Family Farm to meet Petunia the Pig and all the wonderful animals here in National City!



17 - Mile of CarsMile of Cars

The Mile of Cars is recognized as one of the first auto malls in the world. Consisting of more than 20 car franchises, this historic boulevard has grown to be one of the most successful automobile associations in the country.


18 - Cafe La MazeCafé la Maze

The Cafe La Maze Steakhouse in National City was built in 1940 for Hollywood actors during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The restaurant has preserved its beautiful 1940’s interior and still serves one of the best prime ribs in the San Diego County. Click here to view their full menu.

19 - Aunt Emma's PancakesAunt Emma’s Pancakes

Aunt Emma’s Pancakes is San Diego’s pancake paradise. Banana nut, peanut butter and nutella crepes are just a few of their delicious options. If pancakes aren’t for you, they also feature an extensive breakfast and lunch menu complete with eggs benedict, specialty sandwiches and gourmet burgers. View the full menu here.

20 - NC Golf CourseNational City Golf Course

Practice your swing at the National City Golf Course! Conveniently located off the 805 freeway, this 9-hole course is perfect for advanced players trying to perfect their game or beginners and families looking to play together. Don’t forget to visit the Clubhouse for a tasty lunch!


21 - Tacos el GordoTacos el Gordo

If you’re craving some of the best tacos in town then Tacos el Gordo is the place for you! The third location of its kind, with other locations in Chula Vista and Tijuana, Tacos el Gordo has some of the most authentic tacos north of the border. From adobada tacos to street tacos, your taste buds will not be disappointed!

22 - Harley-Davidson 1Sweetwater Harley-Davidson

Cruise on over to Sweetwater Harley-Davidson, the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in San Diego County! Featuring new and pre-owned bikes of all types, they also host monthly bike rides and gatherings for owners and enthusiasts alike. Visit their events calendar for more information.

23 - San Diego Pretzel Co.San Diego Pretzel Company

Eat, savor and get twisted with San Diego Pretzel Company’s soft pretzels! Creating authentic pretzels since 1995, San Diego Pretzel Company offers a variety of soft pretzel treats from traditional Bavarian style twists to pretzel dogs. You can stop by the headquarters for a quick bite or order them online and get them delivered to your door. Learn more about how you can get your hands on these twisted treats on their website.

24 - La VistaLa Vista Memorial Park

The only family owned and operated memorial park in San Diego, La Vista Memorial Park has served San Diego families since 1868. While they are very well known for hosting fun, annual events for Dia de los Muertos and Memorial Day, they also work with the National City Historical Society to offer tours of the park. Have you ever heard of a cemetery this much fun?!

25 - Tita's KitchenetteTita’s Kitchenette

Featured on the popular Food Network show Bizarre Foods, Tita’s Kitchenette offers an array of Filipino specialties from quail eggs and ground pork to dinuguan, pig’s blood strew. Bizarre Foods Host Andrew Zimmern raved about Tita’s sigsig, saying it was the best he’s ever had. Come see why National City has been praised for their authentic Filipino eats!

John's Incredible PizzaJohn’s Incredible Pizza

Experience the incredible at John’s Incredible Pizza! Fun for kids and adults of all ages, John’s Incredible Pizza has a large variety of great food, entertainment and games. Perfect for events, field trips, birthday parties or just a fun night out with the kids!