Top 10 Things To Do in San Diego This Summer

10 things to do in San Diego this summer

Summer in San Diego is here, which means San Diegans can finally enjoy some sunshine and warm days…okay,  maybe I should say “even more” sunshine and warm days! But there is nothing quite like the summertime to get you out and about enjoying our beautiful city! When you want to take a break from the beach, we have put together of list of fun things to do in San Diego this summer!

And why not do something fun WITH someone fun?? Remember that MeetnGreet can help you find people to join you for these summer adventures. Check out the list below then head to the MeetnGreet mobile app to search for people that can help you make this the most epic summer yet! 

Concerts & Movies in the Park

10 Things to do in San Diego this summer

Photo: Summer Movies in the Park Facebook Page

San Diego is loaded with free concerts in parks located throughout the county all summer long. Bring a picnic and some chairs, and enjoy free live music under the stars almost every night of the week. Check out this full list of summer concerts.

Music isn’t the only thing happening in San Diego’s parks this summer. Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie events sponsored by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, the Cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos, Vista, and the USS Midway Museum. You can use this schedule to find a free movie playing at a park near you.

Adventurous Boating Excursions

10 Things to do in San Diego this summer

Photo: San Diego Speed Boat Adventures Facebook Page

There are a some companies in San Diego that are ready to give you a thrill on the water this summer!

Speed Boat Adventures: a guided and narrated San Diego Harbor Tour with a twist. You are able to navigate and captain your own speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following a trained and knowledgeable guide to experience the best of both worlds – the THRILL of driving your own speedboat, and the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the beauty of San Diego Harbor.

Adventure R.I.B. Rides: step aboard a R.I.B., rigid inflatable boat used by Navy SEAL teams, and pick from a number of adventurous excursions including whale watching, ocean excursions, and  “adventure picnics.”

Patriot Jet Boat: a high-speed tour on an open-air jet boat complete with spins, tricks, and turns. This is like a roller coaster on the water. Oh, and you might get wet!

Balboa Park After Dark

10 Things to do in San Diego this Summer


This Summer Balboa Park Comes Alive After 5! On Fridays enjoy extended evening hours at nine museums, as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park on select dates.  

La Jolla Zip Zoom

10 things to do in San Diego this summer


Zip lining has become a hot, must-do trend, and La Jolla Zip Zoom offers a great setting to try this exciting way to fly through the air. Riders will enjoy the spectacular views of mountain peaks, lush green canyons and rustic steep slopes of the La Jolla Reservation.

Paddle Boarding

10 things to do in San Diego this summer


Speaking of hot trends, paddle boarding has basically become a rite of passage in San Diego. There are dozens of companies that offer paddleboard rentals with or without lessons. Sounds like a great summertime activity to do with your friends!

Beach Yoga

10 things to do in San Diego this summer

Photo: San Diego Beach Yoga Facebook Page

Surfing and suntanning aren’t the only things you can do on the beautiful beaches of San Diego this summer. This fit city is host to yoga on the beach every day of the week. No gym membership required; these classes are all donation based. Here is your guide to perfecting your Downward Dog on the beach.

Sand Castle Lessons

10 things to do in san diego this summer

Photo: San Diego San Castles Facebook Page

Forget about making a castle out of a turned over baby bucket. These lessons will teach you to build legit, professional castles using some hard-core tools, equipment and techniques. Check out San Diego Sand Castles to get the details on this unique and super fun experience.

Hot Tub Cruisin

10 things to do in San Diego this summer


There’s nothing that says summer like cruisin around Mission Bay in a hot tub on a boat. No seriously, this is a thing…brought to you by the company Hot Tub Cruisin. Get up to 10 of your besties together for a fun day on the water. The boat is stocked with a bumpin sound system, large coolers, and optional propane grills. Yes please!

Fly Above the Water

10 things to do in San Diego this summer

Photo: Aquatic Aviation Facebook Page

Ever wanted to fly? Who hasn’t? There are three different options for you to take flight, or at least hover, over the bay in SD this summer.

Aquatic Aviation: channel your inner Marty McFly and try out a Hoverboard. The Hoverboard is similar in shape and mechanics to a snowboard, surfboard, wakeboard, or longboard and can reach speeds up to 25 MPH and heights of 30 ft.

Fly Guys Watersports: flyboarding is another option for thrill seekers. Flyboarding uses jet propulsion technology to allow the participant to fly above the water at safe heights or swim in the water like a dolphin.

Jetpack America: Jetpacking is like skydiving, jet skiing, parasailing and scuba diving all rolled into one and it provides a fun and unique alternative to the same old summer day.

Full Moon Pier Walks

10 things to do in san diego this summer


The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, is used by scientists, students, and aquarium staff for a variety of research projects. During the summer, exclusive moonlit tours will be offered giving you the chance to walk along the pier. You can also collect plankton, learn about bioluminescent organisms, and explore current research while engaging in hands-on activities.


Are we missing anything? Feel free to let us know about your favorite San Diego summer activities in the comments below!

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