5 Fun Places in San Diego That Are Off the Beaten Path

The Most Memorable Adventures are Taken on Roads Less Traveled

While well-favored vacation destinations like San Diego are ripe with entertaining tourist attractions and activities, there’s something to be said for having experiences that are less traditional and more unique during your stay. There are tons of fun places in San Diego that are a totally obvious draws to the region, but there are also a bunch of fun places in San Diego that are off the beaten path a bit, either literally or just on the outskirts of the city.

On that note, we’ve put together a brief list of just a handful of the many wonderful places that San Diego has to offer that are off the beaten path!

5 Fun and Exciting Places to Check Out in San Diego

      1. Wreck Alley

artificial reef-minWe recently wrote about scuba diving in San Diego, and in particular the fun of diving our incredible Wreck Alley. Wreck Alley is definitely one of the most fun things to do in San Diego that’s so far off the beaten path, it’s in the ocean. A veritable underwater playground for those passionate about scuba diving, Wreck Alley is an artificial reef located about a mile off of the coast near Mission Bay.

With its graveyard of sunken ships ranging from foreign navy ships to kelp harvesting boats, Wreck Alley is primarily used to train professional wreck divers. The most popular sites here are buoyed, so divers have descent and ascent lines to easily find the wrecks. It’s the best training ground for wreck divers in the U.S., and you can experience it too, with some of the country’s most skilled instructors.

      2. The Living Coast Discovery Center

Just six miles south of downtown San Diego, the Living Coast Discovery Center sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll get an incredible experience of coastal animals, plants and habitats native to Southern California, including roadrunners and eagles.

The Living Coast Discovery Center is open every day of the year between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm, with the exception of being closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission prices range from $11 for children ages three to twelve to $16 for adults (including children ages thirteen and above). Children under the age of three are admitted for free. You can also purchase a membership for discounts, unlimited yearly admission, and more.

     3. Coronado Island

If you want to totally leave the path altogether again, you should consider a short boat ride to Coronado Island. A small island located off of the coast of San Diego, Coronado Island is the epitome of a San Diego-area destination that’s outside of the normal scope of tourist zones.

Coronado has some of the most fun things to do in San Diego, with the benefit of that island vibe. The island serves as a key military training point, but there’s plenty for civilians to do, too, including hanging out and partaking in activities at the famous Hotel del Coronado. Enjoy pristine coastlines, old-fashioned architecture at the Hotel del Coronado, and an array of galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants from which you can soak up views of the San Diego skyline. Take a scenic cruise to and from Coronado Island on the Coronado Ferry and you won’t regret it! You can hop on the Coronado Ferry to go out and back, as it runs daily from 10:00am until 7:00pm.

      4. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Just about everyone knows the San Diego Zoo is a major attraction for visitors. But many people don’t realize you can take your animal experience a step further with the incredible San Diego Zoo Safari Park. You can literally take safaris, off-the-beaten-path voyages, through multiple landscapes and encounter animals you’d have to travel across the world to see otherwise.

If you want a truly unique experience at this popular tourist attraction, be sure to check out the Safari Park for up-close animal encounters with the zoo’s residents in their homes! Feed giraffes, meet cheetahs, play on an obstacle course, ride the zip line, and see how and where the zookeepers take care of these awesome creatures.

     5. La Jolla Cove

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One of the most fun things in San Diego, according to sea lions, is lounging on a rock in La Jolla Cove

One of the most peaceful and colorful places you can visit around San Diego is La Jolla Cove. Tucked away between sandstone cliffs, it’s a spot where swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are popular pastimes and sea lions can be seen lounging on the rocks that make up its coast.

Even though it’s a small beach, it’s one of the most photographed in California–it’s that beautiful. Swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers will benefit from the summertime’s small surf…sometimes the water is so clear, you can see 30 feet.

La Jolla Cove lies within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which is definitely off the beaten path, but well worth the visit.

710 Beach Rentals – Where All Great San Diego Stories Begin

Whichever San Diego adventures capture your imagination, 710 Beach Rentals has properties all over the region to keep you close to the action. Don’t forget to check out our free area vacation guide to help you plan your trip.

Contact our reservation specialists to learn more details about the unique locales and exhilarating activities that are waiting for you in San Diego when you book your trip accommodations in one of the picturesque vacation rental properties that are available for your stay through 710 Beach Rentals today!