If you are looking for some incredible things to do in San Diego this weekend and would like to get outdoors and enjoy the great San Diego weather, the first two things you think of are probably going to the beach or hiking. At Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve you get the best of both worlds: beautiful exhilarating hikes, and one of the best beaches in the county to relax on and cool off in the Pacific.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a protected area of 1,500 acres of land including rugged ocean cliffs, pristine beaches, a lagoon, and unique flora including the Torrey pine and maritime chaparral. Torrey Pines isn’t just special because of its great views, it is also one of only 16 Natural Reserves in California. After hiking up the hill from the parking lot at Torrey Pines, you can stop by the Visitor Center/Museum which has exhibits on the area’s natural and cultural history and features taxidermies of animals native to the area. Friendly docents are on hand to answer any questions and provide further insight into the park. During the right time of year you may even be able to see whales or dolphins breaking the surface of the water as you gaze down from the cliffs. If you find yourself wondering what to do in San Diego this weekend, consider visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
There is no cost to hike or go to the beach at Torrey Pines, but parking costs anywhere from $6 for one hour to $12 for 4 hours or $15 for the whole day. If you’d like to save on parking you can try to find a free spot along the road near the parking lot if there are any available. If you decide to hike up the cliffs at Torrey Pines be sure to pack a bathing suit and towel so you can head back down to the beach and cool off and relax after your hike. At little to no cost, a visit to Torrey Pines stands as one of the best cheap things to do in San Diego.
Funbassadors can pick up some extra spending cash by guiding a tour along the cliffs and then packing some snacks and refreshments to be enjoyed on the beach afterwards. Just remember, food and drinks except water aren’t allowed on the trails. Funseekers can hike with a knowledgeable local who can acknowledge points of interest and guide them along a scenic route.