100 Free Things to Do in San Diego

Some of the best activities in America’s Finest City won’t cost a dime once you arrive.

This list of free things to do in San Diego is long but categorized under museums, attractions, beaches, parks, public art, walks, events, and more.

On various Tuesdays each month, the museums in Balboa Park offer free general admission to residents of the County of San Diego and active military (and their dependents).

BALBOA PARK MUSEUMS: RESIDENT FREE TUESDAYS

Photo: Hotel Del Coronado

La Jolla’s most popular attractions are the La Jolla seals and sea lions that entertain visitors and residents along the coastal boardwalk from The Cave Store to Children’s Pool Beach.

CHILDREN’S POOL LA JOLLA

The most popular thing to do in La Jolla is to visit La Jolla Cove. It’s one of the most photographed places in all of San Diego and home to our chatty sea lions.

LA JOLLA COVE

Maybe you can try to capture that famous sunset photo that catches the sun exactly between the pylons—an event that occurs just twice a year.

PHOTOS AT SCRIPPS PIER

While most visitors to Balboa Park likely come to see the San Diego Zoo or its well-regarded museums, the park is also known for its signature California Mission Revival-style architecture.

BALBOA PARK

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