Zoo and Balboa Park-Plan for a minimum of one day and 3 full days if you’re interested in seeing the entire zoo.
Legoland-If you have kids this is the place to go!
Build a sand castle! Located on both the Del Mar and Coronado Beaches. Great for the whole family (or just a couple, like us) and a perfect way to enjoy the sun in sunny, magical San Diego!
La Jolla Cove-Watch the sea lions in their natural environment as you stroll along the coast of one of the most beautiful areas of San Diego.
Mount Soledad– Free views! Drive up to Mt Soledad for some spectacular views of La Jolla. Of note, porta potties are the only bathroom option.
Torrey Pines– This is a fantastic hike with beautiful overlooks! If you don’t want to hike up the hill to get there plan to arrive early. (Note: parking at the top comes with a fee).
If you arrive in the afternoon and would prefer not to hike uphill you can always walk the beach instead. Remember to bring tennis shoes as the sand is very rocky for the first 1/4 of a mile. The cliffs and ocean views of Torrey Pines is breathtaking along with the paragliders flying in the skies above you.
Are you a runner? Looking for a great beach with solid sand? Black’s Beach is a hidden gem that has the perfect sand for a quiet run. Of note, this beach does attract locals who prefer to tan in the nude. Although this hasn’t ever been an issue for me (since I’m typically in my own little world when I’m out for a run) if nudity bothers you it may be best to pick one of the many other beaches in the area for your run.
Wineries– Whether you’re interested in visiting one winery or going on a tour of several wineries your options are limitless in San Diego and surrounding communities (i.e. Temecula)!