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Everybody loves to visit San Diego!

And everybody always asks: "What is there to do there?"


Beside some of the most obvious such as the Zoo, Safarai Park, Sea World or LegoLand, there is a LARGE variety of activities, the list is almost endless.


Below is perhaps the most comprehenvise list of activities you will find anywhere.


It's a work in progress and we are adding activities on a regular basis.

59 Mile Scenic Drive

Activity

A great way to see San Diego in a day is to take a self-guided tour.  This is a 59-mile route clearly marked by blue and white signs with a seagull.

USA Today Article

Cost

Free to drive a self-guided tour.  Entrance to National Parks will require a fee.

Location

The greater San Diego area.  


Purchase a map at the International Visitor Information Center

996 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 737-2999

Seasonal

This is a year-round activity.

Hours

You can drive the route 24 hours a day, but why would you?  

Keywords

San Diego, Tour, Self Guided

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1935 (Old) Cactus Garden

Activity

The 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden is a historic garden that was developed under the direction of Kate Sessions for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. It contains some of the largest cactus and succulent specimens in the Park and has also been developed to include the exotic African and Australian Protea plants.

Cost

Free

Location

 Behind the Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan American Road W, San Diego CA 92101 

Seasonal

Open year round.

Hours

Balboa Park is open 24 hours a day.

Keywords

San Diego, Balboa Park, Garden, Cactus, Succulent.

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Alcazar Garden

Activity

Alcazar Garden, named because its design is patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain, lies adjacent to the Art Institute and Mingei Museum. It is known for its ornate fountains, exquisite turquoise blue, yellow, and green Moorish tiles and shady pergola. This formal garden, bordered by boxwood hedges, is planted with 7,000 annuals for a vibrant display of color throughout the year. The garden has been reconstructed to replicate the 1935 design by San Diego architect Richard Requa. 

Cost

Free

Location

Just west of the Mingei International Museum.

Seasonal

Open year round.

Hours

Balboa Park is open 24 hours a day.

Keywords

San Diego, Balboa Park, Garden.

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Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Activity

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, a non-profit corporation, collects, preserves and displays examples of mechanical ingenuity and crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and rural community. The Museum offers educational and recreational opportunities to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, activities and programs displaying the art of invention fulfilling necessity. Acknowledging the past provides direction for the future. 

Cost

Non Event Day Admission:
(for a listing of event dates click here)
     Adults: $5.00
     Seniors 65 and older: $4.00
     Youth 6-12 years old: $3.00
     Children 5 & under: Free 

Seasonal

Year round.

Hours

Open daily 

10:00 AM. - 4:00 PM 

Keywords

Vista, Steam, Engine, Train, Museum, Antique, Gas, Tractor.

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Australian Garden

Activity

Located in Gold Gulch Canyon, many of the plants in the Australian Garden were a gift to the City of San Diego by the country of Australian for the United States Bicentennial in 1976. 

Australian native plants grow well in San Diego because our climates have similar wet and dry seasons. Plants include Grevellia, Acacia, Callistemon, Banksia, Hakea, Stenocarpus, Leptospermum, Melaleuca, and Eucalyptus.

Cost

Activity 2 Description

Location

At the end of Gold Gulch Trail 

Seasonal

Year round.

Hours

Open daily.

Keywords

San Diego, Balboa Park, Garden.

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Balboa Park

Activity

Balboa Park offers a large variety of activities (many are free) for all ages.  There are 17 museums and several gardens as well as a variety of seasonal activities.

Cost

Free, paid and donations (depending on the activity).


Each Tuesday, Balboa Park offers free admission to select museums to San Diego County residence.

Seasonal

Balboa Park offers year round and seasonal activities.

Hours

Balboa Park is open 24 hours a day.


The visitor center is open daily from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


The museum hours vary by institution.

Keywords

Balboa, Park, Museum, San Diego, Walking, Hiking, Cycling, Biking, Trail, Zoo, Mountain Bike, Garden, Restaurant.

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Mingei International Museum

Activity

Dedicated to ‘art of the people’ (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world, Mingei International Museum shares arts of daily life through dynamic, changing exhibitions of historical and contemporary folk art, craft and design. Mingei’s superb collections and stunning exhibitions showcase the finest examples of creative expression from unknown craftsmen to renowned contemporary designers. Mingei celebrates the “every-day-ness” of art—the belief that everyday objects and materials that often serve a useful purpose can also be objects of great beauty. The museum nurtures the belief that art can happen anywhere, in any culture, in any place, created by any person. Art of the World. Art of the People. 

Seasonal

Mingei International Museum will be closed as of September 4, 2018 for a year-long renovation. 

Hours

Tuesday - Sunday 

10:00am - 5:00pm

Keywords

San Diego, Balboa Park, Museum

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