6 free things to do on your trip to San Diego
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San Diego is a beautiful city surrounded by equally magnificent views. Looking to visit, but don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of money? We have what you need! Here are 6 memorable and free things to do in this Southern California city!
1. Explore Balboa Park
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is one of the city’s most beloved neighborhoods – and for good reason! The park is home to a variety of museums, gardens and more. While some attractions and museums are not free, there is still plenty to do in Balboa Park without paying a dime! Stroll through the many gardens, such as the Botanical Building. Balboa Park is also home to several trails perfect for a short hike or a nature walk, such as the Palm Canyon Trail. The park’s beautiful gardens and memorable architecture also make it a great place to take some great photos!
2. Hang out at La Jolla Cove
Head to La Jolla Cove to explore sea caves, see seals and enjoy a beautiful beach! The largest easily accessible cave is the Sunny Jim Sea Cave, which has an entrance fee, however, a small one to the left of the beach is walkable and free. Plus, if you’re keen on kayaking or snorkeling, you can head to some of the other sea caves further offshore. The rocks near the cove are also a great place to see the seals up close. Finally, there are two wonderful beaches in the area. The first is La Jolla Cove, which is a small but beautiful sandy cove. If you’re looking for a bigger beach, La Jolla Shores is just a short drive away. It has picnic tables and showers in addition to a magnificent view of the ocean!
3. Fly a kite in Mission Bay Park
If you are looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon, why not try your hand at kite flying? Or even just watch kites – Mission Bay Park is a popular place for kite flying, and you’ll often see all kinds of colorful and creative kites hovering in the sky. Kite flying isn’t all the park has to offer either. It is also home to several nature trails. Although they are not very long, they are perfect for a day hike, a run, or just a nature walk. The park is also a great place for picnics, and kids will love exploring the area.
4. Stay warm with a bonfire at the beach
Since it’s colder outside – well, colder for San Diego, anyway – a bonfire can be the perfect evening activity! It’s a great way to relax, stay warm, and have a great time with friends and family. Best of all, there are several beaches in San Diego that allow bonfires – the perfect combination of winter fun and ocean views! Here are some remarkable beaches that allow bonfires. Fiesta Island offers beautiful views of the nearby city lights and is also pet-friendly. Coronado Beach, on the other hand, is close to attractions such as the Del Hotel’s oceanfront ice rink and also offers fire pits.
5. Consider a day trip to Anza Borrego State Park.
If you feel like getting out of the city a bit, consider a day trip to Anza Borrego State Park. This beautiful park has several features that are worth seeing. First, keep an eye out for the various metal sculptures dotting the nearby landscape – it’s also a great roadside attraction if you’re driving around the area. Then, head deeper into the park to take hiking trails. A particularly interesting trail is the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail, which includes an oasis of palm trees.
6. See the green flash
For our final suggestion of free things to do in San Diego, watch the sunset – with a twist! Sunsets sometimes feature the legendary “green lightning” – an optical phenomenon that sometimes occurs at sunset.
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