San Diego has a lot to offer. There is always something to do any day of the week. From beaches to theme parks to outdoor movie nights, there is never a dull moment in America’s finest city. We put together our top 5 list of things to do in San Diego. We hope you enjoy!!
1. San Diego Beaches
Head to San Diego’s many beaches which are consistently ranked top in the nation. The beaches are all free to the public, to swim, body surf or hang-ten. Build a sandcastle, relax with a good book, or just bask in the sun – you won’t be disappointed.
Visit downtown San Diego’s Seaport Village for hours of free entertainment, leisurely strolling and window shopping. Enjoy a laid-back day of hanging out in the grass and watching the many passing yachts and ships on picturesque San Diego Bay or take in the sights from one of the many bay-view eateries.
Stroll through Balboa Park and marvel at its beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. While there, take advantage of the park’s variety of offerings, including 15 museums (select museums free on Tuesdays for San Diego residents), free daily park tours, public organ concerts (Sundays), and spectacular gardens (seven are free daily). Stargaze outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on the first Wednesday of every month. The San Diego Astronomy Association sets up huge telescopes to offer guests a great view of all the stars in the night sky.
For a walk back in time, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park awaits on the right with shopping bazaars, cantinas, adobes and museums. This historic park represents San Diego’s Hispanic heritage and merging of cultures from 1821 to 1872, when this area was the center of San Diego. Free walking tours are offered daily at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM from the park headquarters. You can also visit charming Heritage Park Row, where a number of Victorian buildings scheduled for demolition were relocated.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is home to approximately 3,000 of our nation’s rarest pine tree—Pinus torreyana, which only grows here and on Santa Rosa Island off the coast near Santa Barbara. The park preserves not only the trees, but also one of the last great salt marshes and waterfowl refuges in Southern California.
Eight miles of trails offer a variety of distances and different experiences. Here are a few popular trails:
Guy Fleming Trail: This 0.7 mile loop is the easiest trail in the park and affords stunning ocean views. Two overlooks offer differing experiences: On the North Overlook you can inspect the Torrey pines up close and view the Peñasquitos Marsh, while the South Overlook features views of La Jolla to the south, San Clemente to the north and perhaps as far out to sea as the Santa Catalina Islands. Spring rains bring abundant wildflowers, and in winter, views of gray whales migrating up and down the coastline.
Razor Point Trail: Although there are fewer Torrey pines along this 1.4 mile round-trip trail, you’ll see dramatic views of ravines and badlands and the path ends at a spectacular ocean lookout. The trail meets up with other trails along the way so an alternate path back is possible.
Beach Trail: As the name implies, this 3/4 mile trail takes you down to Torrey Pines State Beach. While steep and less scenic than the others, it can be a great workout or adventure as you can hike and then picnic and sunbathe on a wide, flat beach.