From guitars to cars: Five things to do in El Cajon

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 21:03:59-05

(KGTV) — El Cajon boasts several attractions for families or visitors looking for a fun, relaxing, and sometimes even educational day in town.

Tours of the local Taylor Guitar factory will broaden visitors' sense of music and architecture and the town's Cajon Classic Cruise show is bound to inject some automotive history into your day.

Concerts and entertainment at The Magnolia or Sycuan Casino give adults the option to make it a family day or night out on their own.


Here's a look at five ways to spend the day in El Cajon:

Taylor Guitar factory tours: Taylor Guitars in El Cajon offers free factory tours Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. The one-hour tour covers everything from wood selection, guitar fretboard construction, and modeling down to finder details and final assembly. Taylor's tour not only reveal how they construct the instruments, but how "sonic architecture" gives a guitar its sound and how aspiring players can select their own guitar. More information is on the company's website here.

Boomers! El Cajon: The perfect spot for go-karting, mini-golf, and arcade fun in El Cajon is undoubtedly Boomers! The longtime entertainment center packs everything needed for a family day or night out under one roof. The amusement center also features rock climbing, batting cages, a kids county fair area, and bumper boats. Depending on the time of year, the center also runs seasonal holiday events. Season passes are also available for frequent visitors. More info is available online.

The Magnolia: Formerly known as the East County Performing Arts Center, The Magnolia is considered a "true gem" in El Cajon. That's why 10 years and millions of dollars were dedicated to transforming the venue into a state-of-the-art concert center. Keep an eye on the calendar throughout the year to catch acts like Art Garfunkel, Sinbad, Wynonna Judd, and many more. The center also hosts special events throughout the year at its outdoor plaza. Check The Magnolia's calendar here for more info.

Cajon Classic Cruise car shows: Every Wednesday night from April 15 through October, car enthusiasts will crowd East Main Street for a display of hot rides and roaring machinery. Cajon Classic Cruise invites car fans out to see everything from classic vehicles to hot rods to some seriously fast rides. Visitors also enjoy live entertainment and delicious food from local restaurants, making it the perfect date night outing for much of the year. Visit Downtown El Cajon's website for info.

Sycuan Casino: Likely the perfect place for adults to get away, Sycuan Casino gives locals and visitors a quick vacation right in their own backyard. The casino recently opened its $226-million expansion, adding a 12-story luxury hotel tower with hundreds of rooms as well as bars, restaurants, a full-service spa and sauna, and an expansive pool with cabanas. The resort hosts A-list talent and concerts throughout the year and offers $25 day passes for its retreat pool and lazy river, adding something for families to consider. More information is available online here.