Santee is a popular suburban city in San Diego County, ideally located between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest. Whether a resident or visitor, it’s a place that offers plenty to do and see.

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve – For those who like to be active or those who’d rather relax nearby at one of the lakes, enjoy the hiking and biking trails, fishing and more. This privately owned park and campground also offers cabin rentals, RV hookups, pedal boats, picnicking and so much more! Visit the website for hours, reservations and fees.

If entertainment is what you’re looking for, Santee has some wonderful options. The Santee Drive-In offers up some nostalgic fun for all ages. Enjoy a movie night under the stars, open 7 nights a week; 365 days a year. For a date night or evening out with friends, Off Broadway Live is a full cabaret-style theater with tables, chairs and dining experiences. Be sure to check the website for the Calendar of Shows and season ticket availability.

Who doesn’t love a Farmer’s Market? The Santee Farmer’s Market is open every Wednesday, hours vary depending on the season. Locally grown fresh produce to engaging with farmers and local artisans, it’s a fun and educational experience for the entire family.

After a busy day of activities and exploring, a tasty meal and cold beverage may be just what you need. Santee is home to several local breweries, including Pacific Islander Beer Company and BNS Brewing and Distilling Company. If you’ve worked up an appetite, BBQ will hit the spot. Some local joints to visit are Phil’s BBQ and Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ.

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