San Diego is filled with great places to visit and fun activities to enjoy. So much so that sometimes it can be hard to choose just one or two things. Below is a list of the top ten things to do in San Diego to help you get out and enjoy your next day off.
Spend Time in Balboa Park
Balboa Park is in many ways the jewel of San Diego, built for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915, the park covers 1,200 acres filled with hiking and running trails, museums, botanical gardens, disc golf courses, lawn bowling, and large grass spaces for picnicking, soccer, lawn bowling, and more.
Visit the San Diego Zoo
The World Famous San Diego Zoo is world famous for a reason. Its unique exhibits feature animals in exhibits similar to their natural habitat, and the Skyfari offers breathtaking views of the zoo, Balboa Park, and downtown San Diego.
Explore La Jolla Cove
Enjoy pristine views of the rugged La Jolla coastline and close-up sighting of harbor seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove. Swimmers flock to the cove to do open water swimming in the calm waters, and snorkelers and scuba divers enjoy renting gear from Everyday California and observing the marine life in the underwater kelp forests.
Visit Mission Beach
Rent some rollerblades or a bike from Mission Beach Surf Rentals and explore San Diego’s most popular boardwalk. Zoom down the beach passing beachfront shops, restaurants, and bars, or head to Belmont Park to ride the roller coaster and play arcade games.
Hike Torrey Pines State Reserve
Hike along the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Reserve, one of the top things to do in San Diego, where you can visit the nature center, watch hang gliders take off, and look down at the ocean below where you might catch a glimpse of whales or dolphins off towards the horizon.
Hit the Beach at La Jolla Shores
Relax on the sand or take a dip in the calm waters of La Jolla Shores. Get some snorkel gear from Surf You to the Moon and go swim with leopard sharks who are abundant in the area behind the Marine Room.
Walk around Coronado
Take a walking tour of Coronado with Bite San Diego that shows you everything from the shops and restaurants near the Ferry Landing to the incredible beach and the iconic Hotel del Coronado.
Club hop in the Gaslamp Quarter
Many of San Diego’s best bars and restaurants can be found in the Gaslamp Quarter and you can get VIP access to all of them on a Club Crawl San Diego club hopper tour.
Catch a game at Petco Park
Petco Park is regarded as one of the top ballparks in the country and seeing a game there is one of the best things to do in San Diego. Even when it’s not baseball season there are concerts and other sporting events taking place throughout the year.
Visit Old Town
Old Town and its centerpiece Fiesta de Reyes feature amazing food, quaint shops, and historic locations that are perfect to explore by foot.
Catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs
Rent a bike from OB Surf and Skate and ride through town before heading over to catch a breath-taking sunset at Sunset Cliffs which overlooks the Pacific between OB and Point Loma.