With beaches, a famous Zoo and near-perfect sunny, warm weather, San Diego, California offers no shortage of things to do. Learn how you can save some money and enjoy some of the best free things to do that this seaside city has to offer.
1. Visit the Old Town State Historic Park, located at San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street. Check out several restored historic buildings including a schoolhouse and a large home and learn about San Diego history. The area also includes other things to do, such as shops and restaurants.
2. Check out the Hotel Del Coronado. The “Hotel Del” is in Coronado, CA on 1500 Orange Ave., a short drive or ferry ride from San Diego. Built in 1888, the large, wooden, Victorian-style hotel sits on the beach. While booking a room here will cost you a pretty penny, taking a walk around the property and looking at the lobby is free.
3. While you’re on Coronado Island be sure to take a dip or a seaside stroll at Silver Strand State Beach. The beautiful, white sandy beach is right behind the Hotel Del Coronado and stretches in both directions. It’s free and open to the public.
4. Take a walk through Balboa Park, a large park a few minutes from downtown featuring gardens, museums and interesting architecture. The park grounds, botanical building and outdoor gardens are free, however some museums and other attractions in the park do have an admission charge. Click here for a map of the park’s location.
5. Watch sea lions swim and sun themselves from a walkway atop a seawall at Children’s Pool, located at 850 Coast Boulevard in La Jolla. The beach, originally designed as a swimming area for kids, is still technically open to the public, but animal rights activists often gather here and discourage anyone from leaving the walkway.