If you’ve decided that 2018 will be about more sun, more activities, and more exercise in the great outdoors, then San Diego is the perfect place to be. There is so much to do here that even locals might not have done everything on this list. Whether you are lucky enough to call San Diego home or have been meaning to come visit, here are the best places in San Diego to get outdoors.
If you hike, Torrey Pines is probably a place you have checked of your list. With tons of trails and beautiful views, Torrey Pines offers hikers some of the perfect scenery. You get the chilly winds off the Pacific Coast and the lush greenery and gorgeous cliffs for a picture perfect day. Torrey Pines is a great option for families and beginning hikers. And if hiking doesn’t get your adrenaline going, try hang gliding or paragliding at Torrey Pines Gliderport.
Balboa Park has always been a must-see tourist destination for San Diego visitors. With more museums than you could count, beautiful gardens and outdoor venues and restaurants – Balboa is an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors. You can walk the grounds, plan a picnic, rent a buggy or bike. There are always events, shows, plays to catch so bring your friends and family and make a day of it.
Local tip: Get free entry to museums every Tuesday – check their website for the rotating schedule.
San Diego Zoo
While you’d have to pay admission to get into the zoo, many locals and other Southern California residents invest in annual passes in order to take full advantage of the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Get your steps in while hanging with gorillas, giraffes, and polar bears. And bring a hat because although it may be one of the best places in San Diego to get outdoors, it can get pretty warm and sunny!
La Jolla Shores
Hang ten at La Jolla Shores for some fun in the sun and some great waves. If surfing isn’t your thing, you can always kayak or snorkel. There are some amazing sea caves nearby full of marine life including sea lions and leopard sharks.
San Diego’s Mission Bay is a great place to get outdoors and offers some alternative water-related activities like stand-up paddle boarding and even jetpacking that will let you fly over the water. The bay offers some great paths for walking, biking, and plenty of areas for picnics and parties.