What to do and see in El Cajon, California: The Best Places and Tips

El Cajon (/ɛlkəˈhoʊn/; Spanish: [elkaˈxon]) is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. In a valley surrounded by mountains, the city has acquired the nickname of "The Big Box." Its name originated similarly, from the Spanish phrase "el cajón," which means "the box" or "the drawer."

1. The Water Conservation Garden

12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, CA 92019-4317 Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
83%
Good
17%
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5 based on 89 reviews

The Water Conservation Garden

Reviewed By ellenbee56 - Bechtelsville, PennsylvaniaBechtelsville, Pennsylvania

lovely desert garden

We enjoyed strolling through this lovely garden and taking in the cactus, succulents, palms, butterfly house (no butterflies that time of year, though), etc. Our plan was to visit here and then the adjacent Heritage of the Americas Museum, but when we rea

2. Summers Past Farms

15602 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021-2436 Sights & Landmarks, Farms
Excellent
79%
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16%
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5%
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Summers Past Farms

Reviewed By Robert S

Something different on the road to/from Alpine.

More than a soap store. Large gift shop, Outside shade, and walkway. Large parking area. Quaint. Have sweetpea vines in bloom in spring.

3. Sycuan Casino

5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019-1823 Casinos & Gambling, Fun & Games
Excellent
44%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
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4 based on 195 reviews

Sycuan Casino

Sycuan Casino Resort is a 12-story luxury hotel with a wide range of onsite amenities for guests to enjoy like bars and restaurants, world-class gaming, A-list entertainment, a full-service spa, and a lazy river pool. Whether you come for business, pleasure, or a little of both, we have you covered.

Reviewed By Victoria G - San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego, California

B-I-N-G-O ! ! !

This is my favorite place to play bingo in San Diego. Saturday mornings at 9:30 are the best. With your "free" players card on Saturday, the player gets a good sized breakfast.Enjoy, scrambled eggs, potato, biscuit, and your choice of sausage or bacon. Co

4. Parkway Plaza Mall

415 Parkway Plz, El Cajon, CA 92020-2571 Shopping, Shopping Malls
Excellent
27%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
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4 based on 44 reviews

Parkway Plaza Mall

The Parkway Plaza mall in El Cajon is a premier shopping destination with 160 department stores, mall shops, restaurants and a Regal Cinemas IMAX 3D stadium movie theater. Stores at the mall include Walmart, Macy's and Dick's Sporting Goods store. Find the El Cajon mall just north of I-8 and west of Hwy 67.

Reviewed By riceburnergrace - Santee, CaliforniaSantee, California

Needs work

This mall is trying hard to get better after many years of being awful. Don't park in the parking garage on the south side. Your car will get broken into. To make matters worse, some person had peed all over the stair to go to the second floor in the park

5. San Diego Aerospace Museum Restoration Facility

Gillispie Field, 335 Kenney Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
75%
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25%
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5 based on 4 reviews

San Diego Aerospace Museum Restoration Facility

Reviewed By hazcat1 - Oakville, CanadaOakville, Canada

Hidden gem for airplane buffs

This place has two components: outdoor location of aircraft the main San Diego Balboa Park air museum has no space for, and an indoor set of workshops where planes of all ages are built, restored, and modelled for photoshoots.Although it is only open Mon-

6. Sprouts Farmers Market

152 N 2nd St, El Cajon, CA 92021-7240 Food & Drink, Shopping, Farmers Markets
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
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5 based on 4 reviews

Sprouts Farmers Market

Reviewed By grandslamhomer - El Cajon, CaliforniaEl Cajon, California

" Oumi Sushi is Very Good "

When the Sprouts Farmers Market expanded their store a few months ago they added the Oumi Sushi outlet in their Meat & Butcher Department . I use to travel all the way over to the Santee Sprouts Farmers Market, especially on Wednesday's to take advantage

7. Regal Cinemas

405 Parkway Plz, El Cajon, CA 92020-2529 Concerts & Shows, Theaters
Excellent
32%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
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4 based on 28 reviews

Regal Cinemas

Reviewed By Paula S

Regal is a Bargain

We like to visit the Regal on Rancho de Rey in Chula Vista because every day there is a discount! No more paying over $10 per movie!! We go before 4:00 and get an extra discount- under $5! The theaters are kept pretty clean, lots of bathrooms, and the lin

8. Heritage of the Americas Museum

12110 Cuyamaca Drive West, El Cajon, El Cajon, CA 92019-4317 Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Natural History Museums More
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
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5 based on 6 reviews

Heritage of the Americas Museum

Reviewed By Dave R - San Diego, California, United StatesSan Diego, California, United States

One of the hidden gems of San Diego's East County

Wow!... I was blown away. Museums can be pricey and boring, but this museum was very reasonable ($2 for seniors... kids free), and I never expected to see Lindbergh's war bonnet given to him by Native Americans, or a wonderful jade collection including a

9. Air Group One - Commemorative Air Force Museum

1905 N Marshall Ave, Hangar 6, El Cajon, CA 92020-1180 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
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5 based on 7 reviews

Air Group One - Commemorative Air Force Museum

Warbird Rides! Fly a WWII Warbird. An affordable and a once in a lifetime adventure over beautiful San Diego. Take the "Bay Tour" and cruise the historic San Diego coastline with the top down on this tour of the San Diego bay.You'll also receive for free, a "GoPro" video of the flight, Flight Certificate, and complimentary "Sassy" SNJ-5 Lapel Pin.

Reviewed By alfo8856

Fascinating & interesting!

A hidden gem. The volunteers who keep it going work long and hard to keep history alive and it's close to everyone in the county so go and check it out! Hopefully it never goes away & the more support it gets the less likely that will happen.

10. Wieghorst Western Heritage Center

131 Rea Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020-3918 Museums, History Museums
Excellent
38%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
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7%
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4 based on 13 reviews

Wieghorst Western Heritage Center

Reviewed By email4saundra1

Wonderful art and crazy cactus

I love love love the cactus garden. Lots of unusual varieties with spiny spines and without. Olaf Wieghorse settled in El Cajon and has captured the old west in his wonderful paintings. This place celebrates his work. If you find yourself in El Cajon, thi

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