Things To Do
America’s Finest City offers plenty of activities to help you stay cultured,
entertained, and exploring the outdoors—FREE!
Old Town State Historic Park
1.Explore historical sites and buildings, shops, restaurants, and museums at
Old Town State Historic Park. A free
“Living History” tour departs twice daily.
2.Scope out the Stuart Collection of contemporary sculptures throughout
the UCSD Campus in La Jolla.
3.Stroll through downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and see how many of the 94
historic buildings you can spot.
4.Take a walking tour of Julian, a centuries-old mining town in the
5.Head to one of San Diego’s 33 beaches for body surfing, boogie boarding,
building sandcastles, collecting seashells,
and basking in the sun.
6.Step out onto the breakwater and say hi to the seals and sea lions at the
Children’s Pool in La Jolla, then head to La
Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove for swimming
and snorkeling around the protected underwater preserve, or poke around the tide pools
at low tide, when they’re teeming with life.
7.Explore the art galleries of Little Italy during Kettner Nights on the second
Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ray at Night, a similar event in North Park
where you can explore 15 galleries, takes place
the second Saturday of each month.
8.Visit Seaport Village on weekends for free entertainment and hours of strolling, then take a rest at Embarcadero Marina
Park and watch the ships go by.
9.Take the kids to The New Children’s Museum on the second Sunday of
each month and enjoy special performances
10.Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla for breathtaking
360-degree views of the region.
11. Walk through Balboa Park and marvel at the Spanish Colonial-Revival architecture and gardens. Free ranger-led tours are available Tuesdays and Sundays.
12.Fly a kite on the grassy shores of Tecolote Shores Park in
13.Soak up some culture at the International Cottages in Balboa
Park. A different country is celebrated each
Sunday during the summer with ethnic foods,
songs, and dance.