Activities in San Diego, CA

Activities in San Diego, CA
San Diego is a fantastic place to take a vacation, with its warm Southern California weather and coastal location. Active visitors find themselves in a fun-filled playground with the variety of things to do, such as sport fishing, surfing, hiking, rock climbing and visiting the zoo, that you won't be able to fit them all into just one trip. Even if you eventually have to go home, there will always be great activities waiting for your return trip.

Whale Watching

Mid-December through early April is the ideal season for whale watching. San Diego is just one of the many locations where people can witness the migration of gray whales, who travel from the Arctic Sea to the Baja Coast to breed in the warmer water.

There is a fleet of tour guides waiting to take eager nature lovers out on the water, but one that stands out is Sail San Diego. This operation tries to be as eco-friendly as possible by not using microphones or loud engines to disrupt the sea life. You will travel on sailboats in small groups with trained naturalists who are able to answer any questions you may have and tell you exactly what you are seeing. If you happened to forget your jacket, or the weather suddenly changes, all of the necessary gear is already on board for such an occasion.

Sail San Diego
2051 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is home to many fun attractions, and you are sure to find at least one that everyone can enjoy. Families find that this is one of the most ideal spots to bring children, with the San Diego Zoo housing over 4,000 rare and endangered animals, 15 museums, a carousel and a miniature railroad, which takes a half-mile ride inside the park.

If you are traveling alone, or you just want a change of pace, then you will appreciate any one of the gardens on the 1,200 acres of the park. From the Australian Garden's Eucalyptus to the Japanese Friendship Garden with its early 1900s tea house and Koi ponds, you can experience different parts of the world without leaving the area. Many of the garden areas are free to roam, and they are definitely worth checking out.

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-0512


This area is huge on golf, and according to Golf Digest, it is one of the top 50 golf destinations in the world. With such great weather allowing for year-round play, golfers couldn't find themselves in a better location.

You will find over 90 courses in and around San Diego, including the famed Torrey Pines in nearby La Jolla, Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course and Mission Bay Golf Course, which is just next door to the Sea World theme park. Each course is in a unique setting from coastal to desert, with its own challenges and highlights. No matter where you stay, there is a course waiting for you nearby.

Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course
2600 Golf Course Drive
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 239-1660

Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center
2702 North Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 581-7880

Article Written By Katee Dyd

Katee Dyd has had a life long passion for writing and transformed that enthusiasm into a professional career in early 2008. Dyd's work appears on eHow, Trails, Golflink, and Answerbag along with other clients.

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