San Diego is famous for its San Diego ZooSafari Park and splash-tastic SeaWorld San Diego, but tucked away in the beachside city’s backcountry, visitors can find several other exciting and unique close animal encounters. The following are unforgettable, must-visit places to see amazing wildlife in and around San Diego. Some are adorable, some are adrenaline-pumping, but all are family-friendly!

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