30 Fun Outdoor Activities in San Diego for Locals & Visitors

Thanks to a year-round mild climate and seaside location, the outdoor activities San Diego has to offer top most lists of best things to do anyway.

I do have my favorites, though, since I’m lucky to live here. My ideas on this list suit all ages, abilities, and budgets — some are even free.

If you live here, I would encourage you to try something new at the beach. Organize a picnic, watch the sunset, maybe even learn how to surf, or choose a new-to-you beach that you’re a little less familiar with.

Go to the Beach

Home to the rare Torrey pine tree, this seaside state park is an excellent place for leisurely hikes (even for kids) and spectacular ocean views.

Hike Torrey Pines State Reserve

The Mount Woodson hike leading to potato chip rock isn’t exactly for beginners. Part of the 8-mile trail is rocky and uphill, but the epic photo of you on top of Potato Chip Rock is one to frame.

Hike to Potato Chip Rock

A variety of kayaking tours take you out to the caves (and inside depending on conditions). The guides tell stories about how they were used during prohibition to smuggle booze into town.

Kayak to the La Jolla Sea Caves

Most are pregnant, and they come to incubate in the warm waters while feasting on sea life provided by the underwater park.

Snorkel with Leopard Sharks (Summer)

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