San Diego is the place to enjoy all of the best outdoor activities. With sunny skies and temperate climates almost all year round, you’ll be itching to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether you’re a local or tourist, this list applies to you! I’ve put together a list of all of San Diego’s best outdoor activities, so what are you waiting for, get outside and enjoy. 🙂
San Diego’s Top 12 Best Outdoor Activities
There are so many great hikes around the San Diego area. If you don’t have all day to devote to a hike, I would definitely recommend the trails at the Torrey Pines State Park to be at the top of your list.
Great San Diego hikes:
- Torrey Pines State Park – Multiple trails (easy/moderate)
- Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson – 7.5-mile roundtrip (moderate)
- Cowles Mountain – 3 miles roundtrip to San Diego’s highest point (moderate)
- Three Sisters Falls – 3.5 miles roundtrip, best April-October (hard)
There are many locations to paddle board, but I would recommend Mission Bay as a favorite. If you don’t have your own paddleboard, renting and lessons are available through companies such as The SUP Connection and OEX Point Loma.
It seems like just about everyone surfs in San Diego. The surf school, PB Surf Shop, along Mission Beach and Pacific Beach is great for lessons and rentals. Just be sure to wear a wetsuit, the water’s freezing!
4. Free Outdoor Yoga
I love doing outdoor yoga! Especially when it’s overlooking San Diego’s gorgeous beaches.
There are 2 free yoga classes you can join:
- Pacific Beach Yoga – This class meets at Palisades Park every Saturday and Sunday at 10am. The yoga class is “free”, however I’d recommend making a $5 donation.
- Sunset Cliffs Yoga – is also amazing! This class meets every Wednesday at 5:30pm and Friday at 11am. It’s a great workout with a spectacular view!
5. Bike the Pacific Beach Boardwalk
Head to Pacific Beach for a beautiful coastal bike ride! Between Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, there are 3 miles of lively boardwalk available to go bike riding.
6. Harbor Cruise
7. Trail Running
Forget about the treadmill, in San Diego there’s no excuse not to enjoy the scenic trails. San Diego has temperate climates nearly all year round and breathtaking running trails. Going for an afternoon jog has never been easier. 🙂
Some of my favorite trail running spots in San Diego are:
- Sunset Cliffs – There are paths to jog right along the cliffs
- Torrey Pines – Many people not only hike but jog along the trails
- Tecolote Canyon – A bit more difficult and steeper, this is a great trail running path
- Penasquitos Canyon Trail – If wanting to get in some long miles, this path is great!
8. Hang Gliding/ Paragliding
At the Torrey Pines Gliderport, paragliding and hang gliding has never been more scenic. You can fly tandem, or even earn your wings and get certified.
9. Sea Kayaking
At La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks you can take a tour around the beautiful La Jolla Shores. You’re likely to see the sea lions, leopard sharks, and of course, the caves!
Sun, sea, and sailing. I ask you, is there anything better? Set sail on the Pacific Ocean with the many sailing tours available. The options are endless! You can book a full day, half day, 2 hour, sunset, private or group tour. If you get seasick, its best to bring some ginger pills along for the ride. 🙂
11. Temecula Hot Air Balloon Ride
Who wouldn’t want a hot air balloon ride over Temecula wine country? I would highly recommend California Dreamin’ as a great company to go with. I tried to go a few times, but unfortunately wasn’t able to set sail with them due to weather. But if you do go, just remember to bundle up; those sunrise tours can be chilly!
12. The Parks
There are so many beautiful parks in San Diego! Come to relax and enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun. 🙂
My favorite San Diego Parks:
- Mission Bay Park is one of the most popular spots to just be outside and enjoy the gorgeous San Diego sun. The options are endless here! What do you want to do? Have a picnic, create a bonfire, bike along the pathway, go paddle boarding, play volleyball, or you can even sail. Mission Bay Park has it all!
- Balboa Park is another gorgeous area to explore! Here there are a plethora of museums, parks, gardens, and beautiful Spanish architecture.
- La Jolla Cove parks also can’t go without mentioning. There’s a large park for picnicking and here you can get up close and personal to the seals and sea lions that sunbath on the rocky shores.
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Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.