Welcome to Poway
“The City in the Country” right outside San Diego.
Nestled into a peaceful valley only 30 minutes from San Diego, the city of Poway is a unique community with a population of more than 50,000 residents. Poway has earned its “City in The Country” moniker by ensuring over half of its 39.4 square-mile area continues to be preserved as dedicated open space.
The Poway area has a rich history and a thriving volunteer community of 600 members who love Poway enough to give back. These factors contribute to the connection and care residents feel like part of this charming small town.
What to Love
- A highly rated school district
- Close to city amenities of San Diego
- Small-town feel and access to nature
- Social activities with an engaged volunteer community
Combining A+ rated schools, luxury home communities, and a small-town feel, Poway is an excellent choice for those looking for both urban amenities and access to nature.
Located in northeast San Diego County, the community offers an exceptional school district, a thriving economy with more than 20,000 jobs, a wide variety of dining and shopping options, beautiful parks with 76 miles of trails, engaging and fun community events year-round, and so much more. Poway is an all-around great place to live!
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
One of the best ways to spend some time in Poway is to walk along the quaint old fashioned street and enjoy delicious food and a hunt for the perfect gift at the Old Poway Village Shopping Center.
Poway’s year-round farmers market has over 65 vendors providing fresh organic produce, flowers, music, and prepared foods and makes the perfect venue for a weekend outing. The town also hosts the Boardwalk Craft Market twice a month from January through August and once a month from Labor Day through Christmas.
In the heart of the community is the Old Poway Park, a classic park with a gazebo, a playground, and expansive grounds that include the delicious Hamburger Factory restaurant, the Nelson Home historical site, and the Heritage Museum.
Things to Do
The parks in and around Poway offer a plethora of possibilities for nature lovers, from locations for a simple family picnic or challenges more suited to an experienced outdoor adventurist.
The Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a 700-acre canyon offering hikes, activities, and programs for all ages and experience levels. Lake Poway provides water for the city and features fishing, rentable paddle boats, an archery range, mountain hiking trails, night fishing events, and an annual Family Campout.
Community Park is one of the most beloved and visited parks within Poway. The park has a skate park, dog park, ball fields, and an adventure-themed playground and is the setting for many community events. If you are looking for a more strenuous hike with the payoff of a fun photo opportunity to keep you motivated, Potato Chip Rock is a place you won’t want to miss.
Getting to know neighbors is a given at events like the Summer Concert Series, Summer Movies in the Park, Once Upon a Halloween, and Christmas in the Park, all of which are held in the historic Old Poway Park. There’s also the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, a true community gem that provides a space for professional performances ranging from major plays and concerts to nationally-known individual artists and community-based productions.
It’s easy to engage in the rich history of the Poway area via several local attractions. The Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center allows visitors to learn more about the history of the native people who inhabited the Pauwai valley before the arrival of the Spanish. The center features a water-wise demonstration garden, guided hikes with ramadas for shade from the sun, interpretive signage, native gardens, and a Kumeyaay House.
On the Poway Midland Railroad, visitors can take a literal ride through the past via a functioning vintage train, entirely staffed by volunteers, that winds through the park. One of the most interesting and unique events of the year is the Rendezvous at Poway. Held in October, this event has period-correct historical encampments, western reenactments, mock train robberies, and the opportunity to meet mountain men, cowboys, and pioneers.