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7 Exciting Things to Do Near San Diego CA

Author 12-04-2015

San Diego takes the spotlight for the region, but there are a lot of things to do near San Diego CA outside the city limits. Check out these ideas for fun things to do near San Diego CA that take you around the region without having to travel far.


Coronado Island is well-known for it’s military training facilities, but there’s plenty to enjoy for civilian visitors, too.

things to do near San Diego CA

Coronado Ferry Landing

Open daily 10am-7pm

Aside from offering the best skyline view of the city, Coronado Ferry Landing is one of the family-friendly things to do near San Deigo CA that can fill a whole day or more. Here’s what the Coronado Ferry Landing website says you can expect:

Whether you come by car, boat or aboard the San Diego Bay Ferry, Coronado Ferry Landing is the perfect place for your day trip! Located in the City of Coronado, you’ll discover a charming collection of shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and casual eateries surrounded by swaying palms and waterfalls.

Hotel del Coronado activities 

The famous Hotel del Coronado, a 125-year-old historic destination, offers loads of things to do near San Diego CA, even for day-trippers rather than overnight guests. Here’s a sampling of the activities listed for visitors:

Beach S’mores Roast
Cozy up to your private beach bonfire, tuck your toes in the sand and toast marshmallows for an evening of sweet treats. Our “Classic Roast” includes graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate and jumbo marshmallows. You may also upgrade your experience with enhanced ingredients such as Ghirardelli chocolate, fresh fruit, candy toppings, flavored marshmallows, bacon and more!

Beach Activities
Our golden sand beach was named “America’s #1 Beach,” and it’s the perfect place to build a castle, search for seashells or swim in the sea. Grab a boogie board or sign up for a surf lesson and learn how to hang ten. Or get a great core workout during a paddleboarding lesson from our resident experts.

Bike Rentals
Seven speeds, tandems, kids’ bikes or even a four-person surrey are available to rent at PeDels. Navigate a six-mile trail for a scenic coastal ride around Coronado Island or cruise south along the Silver Strand. Open daily from 9am until sunset.


There’s so much to see and do in Baja California, visiting there is definitely one of the most worthwhile things to do near San Diego CA. You can learn more at the DiscoverBajaCalifornia website to plan your own visit, or you can book an excursion through the website as well.


You can be an international traveler when you visit San Diego by taking a short trip to Tijuana, just across the border. Check out the Baja website’s section on Tijuana attractions here.


Chula Vista


Another one of the family fun things to do near San Diego CA is SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterpark in nearby Chula Vista.

Aquatica San Diego is a lushly landscaped, 3-year-old waterpark with up-close animal experiences, high-speed thrills and the amenities of a beachside resort. Among dozens of slides and rides at this whimsical, South Seas-themed waterpark is Big Surf Shores, one of the largest wave pools in Southern California.

The LIving Coast Discovery Center

Located just six miles south of downtown San Diego, the Center sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires care and exploration of the living Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats. We showcase the unique animals and plants of Southern California.

The Living Coast is not a natural history museum. Rescued birds thrive at exhibits like Raptor Row and Eagle Mesa. Owls, roadrunners and eagles are just a few of our resident native birds.

Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

See up-close how U.S. Olympians train at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, one of the most unique things to do near San Diego CA.

Guided Tours are on Saturdays at 11am (walk-in only). The tour includes an overview of the history, purpose and general facts about the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.

Self-Guided Tours are possible daily, 9am–5pm. Visitors are welcome to take a walk down the mile-long Olympic Path. Maps with points of interest are available at the Visitor’s Center.


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