Update: Check out this post with 14 fun, free things to do in San Diego, CA.
10 Fun Things to Do in San Diego
1. Let’s start with the obvious – THE BEACH!
- Best Beach for Kids – Coronado Beach
Little waves and sand – plus you get to go across the fabulous Coronado Bridge to get there
- Best Beach for Dogs – Ocean Beach
If you brought Fido you want to check this one out.
- North County Beaches – Oceanside Pier
Playground & McDonald’s on the beach, plus the pier which is great for fishing and watching the waves!
- My Biased Favorite – South Ponto Beach, Carlsbad
Not too crowded, even in summer. Great boogie boarding and surfing too.
2. La Jolla Park/Seal Beach/Tide Pools
Those activities are free, but if you’re adventurous and want to spend some of your vacation dollars – you can also rent kayaks or go scuba diving!
3. Balboa Park
There are also lots of play and picnic areas.
For a small fee ($2) you can ride the Historic Carousel or the Miniature Train.
For larger fees 🙂 you can visit the Museums or the Zoo!
Parking is a small fee, especially if you make a purchase in one of the shops or restaurants.
5. Summer Concerts in the Park
Located just minutes from downtown San Diego – Cabrillo Park is the home of the Point Loma Lighthouse, trails, tide pools and amazing views! They have a Junior Ranger program for kids – check the Visitor Center for info.
7. Farmer’s Markets
8. Mt. Soledad, La Jolla
9. Coronado Island
Not only are the beaches and bridge fabulous, but Coronado is home to shopping, restaurants and the gorgeous Hotel Del Coronado. The hotel was built in 1888 and the buildings and grounds are very pretty.
10. Old Town San Diego