Aquarium - Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a nice aquarium in San Diego CA, or try Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland in Carlsbad.
Balboa Park - Visit lovely San Diego Balboa Park, with its beautiful landscaping and architecture, and home to the San Diego Zoo and many interesting museums. This is one of the most popular San Diego things to do as rated by the locals. Any vacation to San Diego should include a trip to Balboa Park. It's free to walk around and enjoy this treasure, or you can visit one of the San Diego Museums in Balboa Park, such as the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. On Tuesdays several San Diego museums are free on a rotating schedule to San Diego city and county residents, and active military and their families. If you are looking for free activities in San Diego, spend a day in Balboa Park in 2014.
Beaches Visit the San Diego beaches. Explore some of the pages about San Diego Beaches, and North County San Diego Beaches. For some free things to do in San Diego, check out some of the 101 things to do at the beach.
Belly Up Tavern - Visit the Belly Up in Solana Beach for live music and fun. Must be 21 or older. Buy your tickets in advance. Next door is the Wild Note Cafe, a bistro-style restaurant.
Bike riding - San Diego Pacific Coast Highway biking is fun along the historic 101 through Del Mar and Torrey Pines. For family biking, try the trails at Mission Bay Park, or the cement boardwalk at Mission Beach CA. If you our visiting North San Diego County Beaches, bring your bicycle to Tamarack Carlsbad State beach to ride on their boardwalk.
Biplane ride - Enjoy the view of San Diego and the Pacific Coast from a biplane, warbird, or other barnstorming airplane.
Birthday Parties There are so many fun things to do in San Diego for kids birthday parties. Many of the activities on this website like a day at the beach make a great birthday celebration. Also check out some of these Birthday Party Ideas for Kids.
Botanic gardens - Visit the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas (formerly called Quail botanical Gardens) for a delightful stroll through varied beautiful gardens, including waterfalls and a rain forest in San Diego! My favorite is the bamboo gardens. A new Hamilton Children's garden is fun for the kids. This is another of the best San Diego things to do.
Camping - Go camping at one of the many California State Park campgrounds in San Diego area. Reserve early for the summer season, as the campgrounds fill up within the first 30 minutes. Beach camping is another one of the best San Diego things to do. San Diego Beach Camping
Christmas Activities - Join in the fun festivities during the holiday season with some fun holiday and Christmas activities in San Diego. Ice skating on the beach in Coronado, Grinchmas and holiday fun at your favorite Southern California theme park such as Christmas at Disneyland, holiday parades and more.
Coronado ferry - Ride the Coronado ferry and explore beautiful Coronado on bicycle.
Cruise - Enjoy a San Diego cruise or a dinner cruises in San Diego harbor. A San Diego harbor cruise takes 1-2 hours and gives you a delightful tour and view of San Diego Calif. San Diego Harbor Cruise
Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds - Visit an exciting horse race at the Del Mar Racetrack from mid summer - Labor Day weekend, or the summer San Diego County Fair (early June - July 4th). Many other Del Mar fairgrounds events are held here throughout the year.
Desert - Visit the deserts east of San Diego, such as Palm Springs, Anza Borrego Desert State Park or further north the Joshua Tree National Park. Anza Borrego offers spring wildflowers and hiking trails, while Joshua Tree offers great rock climbing, boulder scrambling, and interesting "Dr. Seuss" type trees. Good camping at both in spring and fall. Another awesome San Diego things to do.
Disneyland - A list of southern California activities wouldn't be complete without Disneyland, and its sister park, Disney California Adventure, just 90 or so miles north of San Diego CA. Disneyland is fun for all ages, and the 2014 World of Color show is a must see. We have tips on how you can get cheap Disneyland tickets.
Farmers Market - Shop at a local San Diego farmers market for fresh fruit and produce. Many offer organic choices, tasty freshly prepared food, plants, arts and crafts and a whole lot of fun.
Flower Fields - Each spring you can enjoy the spectacular 50 acres of Flower Fields overlooking the Carlsbad, California coastline. The fields are seasonal and open early March through Mother's Day. Carlsbad Flower Fields
Fishing - Fishing in San Diego CA is popular from many piers, such as Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. This is great for some San Diego family fun, because a fishing license is not required to fish from a pier. San Diego sport fishing tours are common from Point Loma for an exciting deep sea fishing San Diego trip.
Gas Lamp District - Visit the historic Gas Lamp Quarter in San Diego, for a night out on the town. Great restaurants, events and age 21 and up parties. For a list of popular events and directions see San Diego Gas Lamp District.
Geocaching - What is geocaching? San Diego has meetups for geo caching, a modern-day treasure hunt using a GPS device. You can join a group hunting trip, or create your own private geocaching adventure.
GoCar GPS Guided Tour - Take a GPS guided tour in a fun story telling car, the GoCar. Tour the sites of Old Town, Balboa Park and the historic San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at your own pace.
Golf - San Diego is famous for its Mediterranean climate, which makes it perfect all year around for golf. There are many San Diego golf courses, including the world-famous Torrey Pines golf course on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Hang-glide - Hang-glide or paraglide above Black's Beach Torrey Pines cliffs at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. You can fly solo or tandem, or just watch and enjoy the awesome sport. Stop by on a weekend to just watch and enjoy the beautiful views. Even as a spectator sport, this is one of the best San Diego things to do.
Hiking - There are many great Hiking Trails in San Diego in the parks and beaches and along the lagoons. We like Torrey Pines Preserve and Elfin Forest for some nice elevation gain. This is one of the best free things to do in San Diego - outdoors and great exercise!
Horseback riding - Are you a horse lover looking for San Diego things to do? Try horseback riding at Imperial Beach or Fiesta Island, and enjoy riding a horse on the beach.
IMAX Film - For a movie treat, try a 360 degree IMAX movie at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. See a list of IMAX theaters in SD at San Diego Movie Theaters
K1 Speed Go Kart Racing - Test your driving skills at K1 Speed in Carlsbad, an indoor kart racing track. Great activity for when you are looking for San Diego things to do on a rainy day.
Kite Flying - On a windy day fly a kite at the one of the San Diego beaches or parks for some San Diego family fun. Choose a beach or park that is not too crowded but has good wind.
La Jolla Coast Walk - Walk the coastline of scenic La Jolla, and see the famous sites including the La Jolla Seals at Children's Pool, La Jolla Cove, the La Jolla Sea Caves, and views of La Jolla Bay, La Jolla Shores and the bluffs of Torrey Pines, all in San Diego, California.
Laser Tag - What a blast! Visit Ultrazone Laser Tag for a fog filled, dark, indoor laser tag adventure. Always fun, especially with a group of friends. One of the best San Diego family attractions.
Legoland - Legoland California is here in Carlsbad, in north San Diego county. Great San Diego kids activity for ages 3 - 10, and lego builders of all ages.
Maritime Museum - Explore the historic ships in the Maritime Museum of San Diego in the harbor. The Star of India and more.
Movies - Visit one of the San Diego Movie Theaters for a fun date night. Try a traditional theater, 3-D movie, IMAX, luxury theater, foreign or independent film - they are all here in SD.
Museums - Visit one of the San Diego Museums in Balboa Park, such as the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. On Tuesdays several San Diego museums are free on a rotating schedule to San Diego city and county residents, and active military and their families. If you are looking for free activities in San Diego, this is a great way to spend a Tuesday.
Mystery Cafe Dinner Theatre - Enjoy a dinner theater and murder mystery at one of the San Diego Mystery Cafe Dinner Theatres. One of the exciting things to do in San Diego.
Old Town - Take the trolley to Old Town San Diego for a fun day in this historic district. Old Town San Diego
Paintball - Try your luck and skill on the battlefield, getting shot with colorful paint balls. Younger paint ball enthusiasts will prefer Mr. Paintball USA, but if you want to compete with the hard core marines, try Camp Pendleton Paintball Park.