Best nature in San Diego

Check out the top nature in San Diego, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Torrey Pines State Reserve
1. Torrey Pines State Reserve
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200 local reviews
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
+1 858-755-2063
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Paul
About 2.5 miles away this Park has a nature hike from the bluffs to the beach. Also, just Just 5 or 6 houses …
John
A beautiful state park on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Stroll along the beach, take a guided nature tou…
Melvin And Nina
Best hiking trails in San Diego right by the ocean for some of the best scenic views you can get in nature. Wh…
1. Torrey Pines State Reserve
1. Torrey Pines State Reserve
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200 local reviews
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
+1 858-755-2063
Paul
Paul
About 2.5 miles away this Park has a nature hike from the bluffs to the beach. Also, just Just 5 or 6 houses down from the unit is entrance…
John
John
A beautiful state park on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Stroll along the beach, take a guided nature tour, or just enjoy the views fro…
Melvin And Nina
Melvin And Nina
Best hiking trails in San Diego right by the ocean for some of the best scenic views you can get in nature. What better backdrop to the bird…
2. Mission Trails Regional Park
2. Mission Trails Regional Park
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29 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
+1 619-668-3281
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Marisa
My favorite place, closeby, to take the dogs and get out in nature! Especially if you can find the hike next t…
Jessica
Stop at the Visitor's Center and learn about the wonders of nature and the people who once lived on the land. …
Susan
With over 40 miles of hiking trails, there is something for every type of hiker or nature lover. If you're fee…
2. Mission Trails Regional Park
2. Mission Trails Regional Park
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29 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
+1 619-668-3281
Marisa
Marisa
My favorite place, closeby, to take the dogs and get out in nature! Especially if you can find the hike next to the river, BEAUTIFUL :)
Jessica
Jessica
Stop at the Visitor's Center and learn about the wonders of nature and the people who once lived on the land. Or, roam through the park's 40…
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…
3. Balboa Park
3. Balboa Park
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523 local reviews
Balboa Park, San Diego
+1 619-239-0512
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Nicole
Balboa Park San Diego offers lots to do in a single area. If you're interested in learning about science, art …
Holly
Balboa Park is where culture and nature meet. Lush grounds, from gardens to forests, fountains to playgrounds…
Dan
Museums / Architecture / SD Zoo / Trains: miniature to see & mini to ride / Arts & Crafts / Street Performers …
3. Balboa Park
3. Balboa Park
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523 local reviews
Balboa Park, San Diego
+1 619-239-0512
Nicole
Nicole
Balboa Park San Diego offers lots to do in a single area. If you're interested in learning about science, art and history, you can check out…
Holly
Holly
Balboa Park is where culture and nature meet. Lush grounds, from gardens to forests, fountains to playgrounds, and sweeping architecture fr…
Dan
Dan
Museums / Architecture / SD Zoo / Trains: miniature to see & mini to ride / Arts & Crafts / Street Performers / Music/ Carousel / Nature Tra…
4. La Jolla Cove
4. La Jolla Cove
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175 local reviews
La Jolla Cove, San Diego
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Julie
Another must visit nature spot. There's even an area gated off, available to the public to view seals in thei…
Josh
La Jolla Cove is a great place to swim with lots of nature. You will see plenty of seals and all sorts of fis…
Shoghi
Amazing cave and nature area, fun for all ages.
4. La Jolla Cove
4. La Jolla Cove
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175 local reviews
La Jolla Cove, San Diego
Julie
Julie
Another must visit nature spot. There's even an area gated off, available to the public to view seals in their natural environment.
Josh
Josh
La Jolla Cove is a great place to swim with lots of nature. You will see plenty of seals and all sorts of fish swimming around this beach. …
Shoghi
Shoghi
Amazing cave and nature area, fun for all ages.
5. JRDN Restaurant
5. JRDN Restaurant
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35 local reviews
723 Felspar St, San Diego
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 858-270-2323
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Sandra
JRDN Dining has the most memorable meals prepared by Chef DJ Tangalin who is dedicated to his craft of quality…
Tammy
“JRDN Dining has the most memorable meals prepared by Chef DJ Tangalin who is dedicated to his craft of qual…
Ganesa
Another spot to have an ocean-view meal or cocktail.. "LA-esque" boutique hotel with modern white decor and cl…
5. JRDN Restaurant
5. JRDN Restaurant
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35 local reviews
723 Felspar St, San Diego
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 858-270-2323
Sandra
Sandra
JRDN Dining has the most memorable meals prepared by Chef DJ Tangalin who is dedicated to his craft of quality & passion for providing natur…
Tammy
Tammy
“JRDN Dining has the most memorable meals prepared by Chef DJ Tangalin who is dedicated to his craft of quality & passion for providing na…
Ganesa
Ganesa
Another spot to have an ocean-view meal or cocktail.. "LA-esque" boutique hotel with modern white decor and clean lines. Good food and a hap…
6. Torrey Pines
6. Torrey Pines
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45 local reviews
Torrey Pines, San Diego
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Hilary
If you're a nature lover, check out Torrey Pines. It's a state beach, and a state park rolled up into one. You…
Patricia
If you're into walking and being out in nature, this is the place to visit. You can either drive or walk up th…
Devon
Gorgeous views! It's not so much a "hike" as a very nice nature trail with ocean views and occasional dolphin …
6. Torrey Pines
6. Torrey Pines
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45 local reviews
Torrey Pines, San Diego
Hilary
Hilary
If you're a nature lover, check out Torrey Pines. It's a state beach, and a state park rolled up into one. You can either park on the beach …
Patricia
Patricia
If you're into walking and being out in nature, this is the place to visit. You can either drive or walk up the hill to a great view and nic…
Devon
Devon
Gorgeous views! It's not so much a "hike" as a very nice nature trail with ocean views and occasional dolphin spotting.
7. Children's Pool Beach
7. Children's Pool Beach
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17 local reviews
Children's Pool Beach
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Lijuan
Nature at its best with wild seal playing in what used to be Children's pool.
Pamela
See wildlife up close. Sea lions and seals, nature & beautiful views.
Brian
Great for walking - seal colony - La Jolla Cove a must see!
7. Children's Pool Beach
7. Children's Pool Beach
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17 local reviews
Children's Pool Beach
Lijuan
Lijuan
Nature at its best with wild seal playing in what used to be Children's pool.
Pamela
Pamela
See wildlife up close. Sea lions and seals, nature & beautiful views.
Brian
Brian
Great for walking - seal colony - La Jolla Cove a must see!
8. Cabrillo National Monument
8. Cabrillo National Monument
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163 local reviews
Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
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Jeffrey
Great slice of nature out on the end of point loma...
Kim
Hiking, get close to nature, tide pools, historical site.
William
Located six miles from the cottage, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set …
8. Cabrillo National Monument
8. Cabrillo National Monument
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163 local reviews
Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
Jeffrey
Jeffrey
Great slice of nature out on the end of point loma...
Kim
Kim
Hiking, get close to nature, tide pools, historical site.
William
William
Located six miles from the cottage, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West C…
9. Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center
9. Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center
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7 local reviews
5180 Tecolote Rd, San Diego
+1 858-581-9944
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Emily & Kris
Head to the end of the block and enter Tecolote Canyon Nature Park. Turn left to enjoy a hike, run, or mount…
Tammy
Nice place to walk on nature trails
Violet And Bill
Nice place to walk on nature trails
9. Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center
9. Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center
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7 local reviews
5180 Tecolote Rd, San Diego
+1 858-581-9944
Emily & Kris
Emily & Kris
Head to the end of the block and enter Tecolote Canyon Nature Park. Turn left to enjoy a hike, run, or mountain bike. Turn right to enjoy…
Tammy
Tammy
Nice place to walk on nature trails
Violet And Bill
Violet And Bill
Nice place to walk on nature trails
10. Torrey Pines State Beach
10. Torrey Pines State Beach
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23 local reviews
Torrey Pines State Beach
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Ely
Great nature trails, beautiful tall cliffs and long beaches.
Julie
This beach isn't as populated as the other beaches around - perfect for intimate nature get aways. Features a…
Cameron
A 3 minute walk to one of the best beaches in San Diego. I've been coming here since I was a baby!
10. Torrey Pines State Beach
10. Torrey Pines State Beach
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23 local reviews
Torrey Pines State Beach
Ely
Ely
Great nature trails, beautiful tall cliffs and long beaches.
Julie
Julie
This beach isn't as populated as the other beaches around - perfect for intimate nature get aways. Features an easy hike with an epic cliff…
Cameron
Cameron
A 3 minute walk to one of the best beaches in San Diego. I've been coming here since I was a baby!
11. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
11. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
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15 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 619-668-3281
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Barbora
So many countless trails! Great way to experience the local nature! Also, great rock climbing spot!
Laura
Lots of hike options, nature walks and more.
Diane
So close when you need a nature 'fix'. The Visitor center is gorgeous (new) and very kid friendly - so much to…
11. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
11. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
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15 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 619-668-3281
Barbora
Barbora
So many countless trails! Great way to experience the local nature! Also, great rock climbing spot!
Laura
Laura
Lots of hike options, nature walks and more.
Diane
Diane
So close when you need a nature 'fix'. The Visitor center is gorgeous (new) and very kid friendly - so much to see and do.
12. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
12. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
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46 local reviews
Ladera St, San Diego
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 619-525-8213
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Jan
For the Sunsets of course! Nature walking and general ah moments
Lisa
Beaches, hiking and nature trails...a few blocks down the street to the south and you are there!
Chuck & Helen
Hike, walk, ride bikes along beautiful coastline known for beautiful sunsets over cliffs.
12. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
12. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
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46 local reviews
Ladera St, San Diego
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 619-525-8213
Jan
Jan
For the Sunsets of course! Nature walking and general ah moments
Lisa
Lisa
Beaches, hiking and nature trails...a few blocks down the street to the south and you are there!
Chuck & Helen
Chuck & Helen
Hike, walk, ride bikes along beautiful coastline known for beautiful sunsets over cliffs.