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The Water Conservation Garden
Mt. Helix Park
Bancroft Ranch House Museum
Facts of El Cajon
El Cajon, Spanish for "the big box," was first recorded on September 10, 1821, as an alternative name for sitio rancho Santa Mónica to describe the "boxed in" nature of the valley in which it sat. The name appeared on maps in 1873 and 1875, shortened to "Cajon," until the modern town developed in which the post office was named "Elcajon."
Gillespie Field Annex
From a small one-hangar beginning, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annex at Gillespie Field has grown to become an integral part of the Museum’s aircraft restoration and replica reproduction program. Staffed mainly by volunteers, the Facility has produced some of SDASM’s finest work. Of local significance, a Convair F-102A Delta Dagger recently completed restoration at the Annex. This aircraft was built in San Diego at Convair’s Lindbergh Field plant in the mid-1950s. Many of the volunteers who participated in preservation efforts actually worked on the F-102 while employed by Convair/General Dynamics.
Sweetwater River Trail
Heritage of the Americas Museum
The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, California, invites visitors of all ages to experience a journey through time. Five wings divide the building into areas of Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art, and Education. The museum is an educational and cultural center featuring the prehistoric and historic art, culture, and natural history of the Americas. Artifacts and art serve as a documentation of life and civilization throughout the ages.In the words of the Museum’s founder, Bernard Lueck, “To be lost and never found is to be nothing.” Through the discovery of these antiquities, mankind is educated and inspired.
Facts of El Cajon
Gillespie Field is the oldest and largest of San Diego County’s eight airports. It includes not just runways, tower, and a terminal, but many airport-related businesses as well.
HauntFest on Main, Friday, October 29, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon!
This family friendly Halloween themed event features live bands on two downtown stages, a haunted car show, a variety of local vendors, and excellent dining experiences at local restaurants.
Visit the Kidz Zone, and enjoy carnival rides. Dress in your favorite costume and enter the costume contests!
Cajon Classic Cruise Car Show
Knox House Museum
In 1972, the City of El Cajon purchased the hotel from the Mathews Estate and moved it to its present location to become the historical focus of the City. The City is responsible for the exterior of the building and the grounds, while members of the Historical Society maintain the interior and conduct tours. The Museum is located at 280 N. Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon CA 92020. Admission is free, but memberships and donations are welcome.
Mission Trails Regional Park
Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses more than 8,000 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542. Centrally located and only eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park provides a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle.
Louis Stelzer County Park
Stelzer County Park is made up of 420 acres of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub. The park contains several miles of multi-use hiking trails, TRACK Trails for kids, exercise equipment, playgrounds, a horseshoe pit, restrooms, barbeques and plenty of picnic tables set beneath a thick canopy of old-growth trees - making it an ideal location for weddings and special events!
Facts of El Cajon
Mount Helix was named in the late 19th century after the rare helix aspersa snails that were found there.
Flinn Springs County Park
McGinty Mountain standing at 2,183 feet is a beautiful and wild part of the refuge that has unique species specially adapted to higher elevations and red-colored gabbro soils. There you can find Parry's tetracoccus, dehesa bear grass, mountain woolly blue curls, and endangered San Diego thornmint.
Allen Airways Flying Museum
Allen Airways Flying Museum was started officially in the 1980s by Willis M. Allen, Jr. His fascination with aviation and collecting started in about the 5th grade (1957) in San Diego. Today the diverse collection contains over 10,000 items, including a significant library, aviation and aviation movie posters, head gear, propellers, collections pertaining to historic individuals, aviation art, airplanes, and automobilia.
Hilton Head County Park
An oasis in the city, Hilton Head County Park in Rancho San Diego offers visitors a breath of fresh air with its children’s playground, splash pad, multi-use sports field, basketball court, exercise stations, shaded picnic and barbecue areas. Covered pavilions make this park a perfect spot for special events. Drinking fountains and restrooms are available.
Make a splash, matey! The real highlight of this 10-acre neighborhood park is a pirate-themed splash park—sure to be a hit with the kids. Pricing is $3 per day, $30 per season, or $75 for a three-person family pack.
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