San Diego

We’ve compiled the best of the best in San Diego - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • Ballooning

    Enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains, and the coastline south to Mexico and north to San Clemente from a hot-air balloon at sunrise...

  • Baseball

    Long a favorite spectator sport in San Diego, where games are rarely rained out, baseball gained even more popularity in 2004 with the opening...

  • Bicycling

    San Diego offers bountiful opportunities for bikers, from casual boardwalk cruises to strenuous rides into the hills. The mild climate makes...

  • Diving and Snorkeling

    The kelp forests and protected marine areas off the San Diego coast are easily accessible and offer divers ample opportunities to explore. Classes...

  • Fishing

    Pier fishing doesn’t offer as much excitement, but it’s the cheapest ocean fishing option available. No license is required to fish from a public...

  • Frisbee Golf

    Brengle Terrace Park Disc Golf Course. Just inland from Oceanside, the city of Vista has an 18 "hole" disc golf course that's free of charge...

  • Golf

    San Diego’s climate—generally sunny, without a lot of wind—is perfect for golf, and there are some 90 courses in the area, appealing to every...

  • Hang Gliding and Paragliding

    Torrey Pines Gliderport. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the ocean north of La Jolla, this is one of the most spectacular spots to hang...

  • Hiking and Nature Trails

    A day hike through the canyons and hills of Mission Trails Park is a great way to escape to nature without leaving the city. Hiking Bayside...

  • Horse Racing

    Del Mar Racetrack. The racetrack attracts the best horses and jockeys in the country—Seabiscuit even won a much-talked-about race here in...

  • Jet Skiing

    Jet Skis can be launched from most ocean beaches, although you must ride beyond surf lines, and some beaches have special regulations governing...

  • Jogging

    Running is a very popular San Diego pastime and organized races like the Rock’n’Roll Marathon ( www.runrocknroll.com ) and La Jolla Half ( www...

  • Kayaking

    There are several places to kayak throughout San Diego. You can spend an especially memorable afternoon exploring the Seven Caves off La Jolla...

  • Sailing and Boating

    The city’s history is full of seafarers, from the ships of the 1542 Cabrillo expedition to the America’s Cup that once had a home here. Winds...

  • Skateboard Parks and Skating

    Skateboarding culture has always thrived in San Diego, especially after the 2001 documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys about the SoCal history of...

  • Surfing

    If you’re a beginner, consider paddling in the waves off Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and Tourmaline Surfing Park. Several outfitters offer...

  • Swimming Pools

    Sometimes the ocean can be a little too vast and a little too cold. If you prefer pools, there are several noteworthy options to choose from. ...

  • Tennis

    Most of the more than 1,300 courts around the county are in private clubs, but a few are public. Several San Diego resorts have top-notch tennis...

  • Waterskiing

    Mission Bay is popular for waterskiing, although the bay is often polluted, especially after a heavy rain. As a general rule, it’s best to get...

  • Whale-Watching Cruises

    Whale-watching season peaks in January and February, when thousands of gray whales migrate south to the warm weather, where they give birth...

  • Windsurfing

    Also known as sailboarding, windsurfing is a sport best practiced on smooth waters, such as Mission Bay. More experienced windsurfers will enjoy...