Best activities in San Diego

Check out the top activities in San Diego, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. San Diego Zoo
1. San Diego Zoo
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356 local reviews
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 619-231-1515
ZooPoint of interestEstablishment
Gina
The roar of a lion from the Panama-California International Exposition in 1915 inspired Dr. Harry Wegeforth to…
Ahouva
Amazing interactive exhibits and array of animals and lots of kids activities. Children's zoo and animal shows…
Karen
World Famous!
1. San Diego Zoo
1. San Diego Zoo
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356 local reviews
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 619-231-1515
Gina
Gina
The roar of a lion from the Panama-California International Exposition in 1915 inspired Dr. Harry Wegeforth to start a zoo in San Diego. Now…
Ahouva
Ahouva
Amazing interactive exhibits and array of animals and lots of kids activities. Children's zoo and animal shows.
Karen
Karen
World Famous!
2. Torrey Pines State Reserve
2. Torrey Pines State Reserve
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200 local reviews
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
+1 858-755-2063
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Gina
North San Diego County (where The Guest House is located) offers some of the best local running, paddling, fis…
Brian
We consider it to be one of the best spots for walking, sightseeing, ocean activities...AND 5 minutes from the…
Alina
A popular round-trip family hike with sweeping views and beach access.
2. Torrey Pines State Reserve
2. Torrey Pines State Reserve
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200 local reviews
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
+1 858-755-2063
Gina
Gina
North San Diego County (where The Guest House is located) offers some of the best local running, paddling, fishing, and diving in the area. …
Brian
Brian
We consider it to be one of the best spots for walking, sightseeing, ocean activities...AND 5 minutes from the house.
Alina
Alina
A popular round-trip family hike with sweeping views and beach access.
3. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
3. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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49 local reviews
2300 Expedition Way, San Diego
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 858-534-3474
AquariumPoint of interestEstablishment
Sylvia
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography offers fun and family-friendly educational programs an…
Ray
19 mins, 15.6 miles | More than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats. Spectacular panoramic ocean views, get hands on wi…
Jomo & Meredith
Their World Awaits! See more than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats plus a museum featuring cutting edge research fr…
3. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
3. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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49 local reviews
2300 Expedition Way, San Diego
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 858-534-3474
Sylvia
Sylvia
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography offers fun and family-friendly educational programs and activities overlooking the P…
Ray
Ray
19 mins, 15.6 miles | More than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats. Spectacular panoramic ocean views, get hands on with interactive activities, see…
Jomo & Meredith
Jomo & Meredith
Their World Awaits! See more than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats plus a museum featuring cutting edge research from Scripps Institution of Ocea…
4. Mission Trails Regional Park
4. Mission Trails Regional Park
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29 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
+1 619-668-3281
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Susan
With over 40 miles of hiking trails, there is something for every type of hiker or nature lover. If you're fee…
Victoria
The visitor's center is a great place to take kids. Lots of activities, and a beautiful view from the deck out…
Rick And Marilyn
Hiking, family activities. Check website calendar of events
4. Mission Trails Regional Park
4. Mission Trails Regional Park
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29 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
+1 619-668-3281
Susan
Susan
With over 40 miles of hiking trails, there is something for every type of hiker or nature lover. If you're feeling extra adventurous, look u…
Victoria
Victoria
The visitor's center is a great place to take kids. Lots of activities, and a beautiful view from the deck outside. There is a 1.5 mile loop…
Rick And Marilyn
Rick And Marilyn
Hiking, family activities. Check website calendar of events
5. Balboa Park
5. Balboa Park
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523 local reviews
Balboa Park, San Diego
+1 619-239-0512
ParkMuseumPoint of interest
Gina
As one traveler put it: "This is the green and leafy heart of the city where a multitude of activities and nea…
Bob
The nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautifu…
Christine
This park has it all! Lots of parking throughout the sprawling property, usually near a museum or attraction. …
5. Balboa Park
5. Balboa Park
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523 local reviews
Balboa Park, San Diego
+1 619-239-0512
Gina
Gina
As one traveler put it: "This is the green and leafy heart of the city where a multitude of activities and nearby attractions await. But if …
Bob
Bob
The nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zo…
Christine
Christine
This park has it all! Lots of parking throughout the sprawling property, usually near a museum or attraction. An outdoor stage where they pu…
6. Mission Bay
6. Mission Bay
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54 local reviews
Mission Bay, San Diego
NeighborhoodPolitical
David
This 4,600-acre aquatic playground is surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline, with a variety of waterw…
Nicolas
Great Views, with beaches and lots of activity rentals
Violet And Bill
Great place to do water sport activities and walks with wonderful sunset views
6. Mission Bay
6. Mission Bay
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54 local reviews
Mission Bay, San Diego
David
David
This 4,600-acre aquatic playground is surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to expl…
Nicolas
Nicolas
Great Views, with beaches and lots of activity rentals
Violet And Bill
Violet And Bill
Great place to do water sport activities and walks with wonderful sunset views
7. La Jolla
7. La Jolla
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48 local reviews
La Jolla, San Diego
NeighborhoodPolitical
Belinda
Consistently voted one of the top beach destinations in the world, La Jolla offers a wide range of museums and…
Gabrielle
Downtown La Jolla – San Diego’s European-inspired, North coastal town – offers a plethora of activities for lo…
Zipora
Great art galleries, restaurants, bars, shopping and an amazing view of the sunset.
7. La Jolla
7. La Jolla
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48 local reviews
La Jolla, San Diego
Belinda
Belinda
Consistently voted one of the top beach destinations in the world, La Jolla offers a wide range of museums and art galleries, one-of-a-kind …
Gabrielle
Gabrielle
Downtown La Jolla – San Diego’s European-inspired, North coastal town – offers a plethora of activities for locals and visitors alike. From …
Zipora
Zipora
Great art galleries, restaurants, bars, shopping and an amazing view of the sunset.
8. The New Children’s Museum
8. The New Children’s Museum
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17 local reviews
200 W Island Ave, San Diego
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 619-233-8792
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Shawn And Rachel
If you're looking for something to do with the kids, this place is AMAZING (we have an annual membership). Cr…
Susan
Fun hands-on activities for kids and adults alike. My kids love the clay area, where they can sculpt whatever …
Melvin And Nina
Have some young ones who love to explore and learn? This is the place you want to take them too. Many activiti…
8. The New Children’s Museum
8. The New Children’s Museum
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17 local reviews
200 W Island Ave, San Diego
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 619-233-8792
Shawn And Rachel
Shawn And Rachel
If you're looking for something to do with the kids, this place is AMAZING (we have an annual membership). Creative play, two extensive for…
Susan
Susan
Fun hands-on activities for kids and adults alike. My kids love the clay area, where they can sculpt whatever they like and leave it out to …
Melvin And Nina
Melvin And Nina
Have some young ones who love to explore and learn? This is the place you want to take them too. Many activities to keep them busy & educate…
9. SeaWorld San Diego
9. SeaWorld San Diego
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203 local reviews
500 Sea World Dr, San Diego
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 619-222-4732
AquariumZooAmusement park
Miriam And Dennis
All the aquatic animals and fun activities for a family on vacation.
Manijeh And Ken
Fun activities for the whole family
Pamela
If time permits it's a good leisurely activity! This is about 15 minutes from the house.
9. SeaWorld San Diego
9. SeaWorld San Diego
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203 local reviews
500 Sea World Dr, San Diego
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 619-222-4732
Miriam And Dennis
Miriam And Dennis
All the aquatic animals and fun activities for a family on vacation.
Manijeh And Ken
Manijeh And Ken
Fun activities for the whole family
Pamela
Pamela
If time permits it's a good leisurely activity! This is about 15 minutes from the house.
10. Mission Bay Aquatic Center
10. Mission Bay Aquatic Center
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16 local reviews
1001 Santa Clara Pl, San Diego
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 858-488-1000
SchoolPoint of interestEstablishment
Donna
Rent sail boats water activities.
Carl & Vicki
Everything you might wish to rent for family water sport activities. Jet skis, paddle boards and boats, power…
Donna
Rent sail boats water activities.
10. Mission Bay Aquatic Center
10. Mission Bay Aquatic Center
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16 local reviews
1001 Santa Clara Pl, San Diego
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 858-488-1000
Donna
Donna
Rent sail boats water activities.
Carl & Vicki
Carl & Vicki
Everything you might wish to rent for family water sport activities. Jet skis, paddle boards and boats, power boats, and my favorite with t…
Donna
Donna
Rent sail boats water activities.