There is no shortage of things to do in San Diego, and here are our favorite 20 San Diego Bucket List items. Whether you are in SD for a visit or call it home, you don’t want to miss these experiences!
- Surfs Up. Catch a few waves at any number of the beaches along the San Diego Coast. Can’t surf? Take a lesson, or at least take a dip in the ocean. So totally awesome dude!
- Beach Bonfire. Don’t forget the s’more fixins when you head to the beach so you can take advantage of the large bonfire pits. And some wood would be good too!
- Bike the Boardwalk. Biking, walking, running, or rollerblading down the Mission Beach boardwalk is a must. So many people to watch, big houses to see, and bars to visit!
- Hike Potato Chip Rock. The uphill climb will be well worth your time once you post an clever photo of you and your pals on your Social Media Pages. Click here for more details.
- Balboa Park. With 15 major museums, performing arts centers, restaurants, gardens, the Zoo, and more, strolling through Balboa Park is the perfect way to spend your time.
- San Diego Zoo. There is a reason the San Diego Zoo was voted the #1 Zoo in the World by TripAdvisor. Go see it for yourself.
- USS Midway Museum. Walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors as you experience life at sea.
- Tidepools. Have you ever seen a sea-cucumber? Check out all the organisms that dwell in the shallow pools along the coastline. The ocean views aren’t bad either. Check out this list of tidepools in San Diego.
- Sea Lions and Seals. Did you know that Sea Lions have ear flaps and seals do not? Remember that as you check out these pinnipeds hanging out at La Jolla Cove and the Children’s Pool (don’t be fooled, you do not want your children to swim at this beach!)
- Sunsets at Sunset Cliffs. Unlike the Children’s Pool, the name of this destination actually fits with this activity. Sunsets over the Pacific are a site you do not want to miss.
- Coronado Bridge. Taking the drive over the bridge is an experience on its own, but you won’t be disappointed when he find yourself on the other side exploring the Crown Jewel.
- Hotel Del Coronado. You don’t have to book a room at this iconic resort to be able to feel the majestic ambiance of this National Historic Landmark. Have a cocktail on the patio or listen to live music while sipping some Pinot in the bar.
- Torrey Pines. Golf anyone? Even if you don’t want to embrace your inner Happy Gilmore, there are plenty of trails to hike and beachfront to explore at beautiful Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
- Whale Watching. Take advantage of being so close to the ocean and all its inhabitants. Several different species of whales travel through San Diego throughout the year, and seeing one of these giant creatures will give you a whole new appreciation for marine mammals. Be on the lookout for dolphins too!
- Craft Beer Tour. There is more than just a Starbucks on every corner in San Diego. Breweries and tasting rooms are popping up all over the city as the craft beer community continues to grow. Check out this guide to all the breweries or go with a tour group to check out a few. Pace yourselves!
- Old Town. Take a trip back in history as you explore the Birthplace of California.
- Eat a California Burrito. There is no shortage of Mexican food establishments in San Diego, and you must try a California Burrito. How can you go wrong when you put french fries, carne asada, cheese, sour cream in a burrito…hungry yet?!
- Gaslamp Quarter. Check out the Gaslamp to find a plethora of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shopping.
- Farmers’ Markets. On every day of the week you can buy local, fresh produce in open-air markets. Check out this list to pick your favorite.
- Seaport Village. This coastal area is home to several restaurants and shops, and it is a fun place to explore for the afternoon.
Exploring America’s Finest City is more fun with friends. Don’t have a lot of those yet? That’s what we are here for. Check out your Connections, and find some people that fit the bill. Either message them individually or click to “Invite to a MeetnGreet” (you won’t actually be sending them anything by just clicking these buttons). When creating your invite, keep it casual. How about, “Anyone want to grab dinner in Old Town on Tuesday?” That seems pretty easy, right? Put yourself out there. Plenty of people are just waiting for you to make the first move.
What’s on your San Diego Bucket List? Let us know about your favorite things to do in San Diego.