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Things To Do in San Diego

San Diego Activities Overview

San Diego

Fun things to do in San Diego include renting a kayak to explore the many sea caves in La Jolla, biking the shoreline of Coronado Island in a 2-person surrey bike, watching the sunset on a dinner cruise in San Diego Harbor, playing a round of golf at the world-renowned Torrey Pines Resort, joining a llama trek in the quaint mountain community of Julian and more fun activities. Whether it be a tour of a Julian goldmine or a helicopter tour of Mission Bay, there are plenty of fun things to do.

Things To Do in Oceanside

Boats 4 Rent, Oceanside

Boats 4 Rent is located off Interstate 5 in Oceanside Harbor. Boats 4 Rent is situated in Oceanside Harbor Village and rents kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), paddle boats, Duffy boats, sailboats, SeaDoos, power boats and fishing boats. Whether navigating the calm protected waters of the harbor or venturing out into the open sea, Boats 4 Rent has what you need for a good time on the water. Boating is among the popular things to do in San Diego.

Boats 4 Rent
256 Harbor Drive South
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 722-0028

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Harbor Boat Rentals operates out of Newport Harbor, Dana Point Harbor and Oceanside Harbor. They rent center-console fishing boats and large party boats. Head for open water on your own or hire a captain to do all the driving. Additional services available include a stocked cooler, live bait tank, Bluetooth speaker, custom seats and fishing tackle. Boating is among the popular things to do in San Diego.

Harbor Boat Rentals
Oceanside Harbor
Oceanside, CA 92054
(949) 498-4285

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Things To Do in Carlsbad

K1 Speed is found off Interstate 5 from Palomar Airport Road. K1 Speed offers electric indoor kart racing in high speed go karts. The combination of tight, technical corners, a wide straight, smooth asphalt track and karts approaching speeds of 40 mph make this a thrilling adventure. K1 Speed can accommodate groups for special events and parties. Also offered are a snack bar and arcade games. Kart racing is one of the fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

K1 Speed Carlsbad
6212 Corte Del Abeto
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 929-2225

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Carlsbad IceTown is situated off Interstate 5 from Palomar Airport Road. Carlsbad IceTown is a full-size ice skating rink that offers public ice skating, private parties, skating lessons, figure skating, skate rentals and team sports like hockey, broom ball and curling. Public skating times are available 7 days a week. Ice skating is one of the fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

Carlsbad IceTown
2283 Cosmos Court
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 893-8219

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Things To Do in La Jolla

Kayak some of Southern California's most beautiful waters. Choose to venture out over kelp beds teaming with sea bass and Garibaldi, or the more adventurous sea cave exploration among several sea caves lining the shore. Sea cave exploration is best at low tide. Kayaking in La Jolla is one of the top things to do in San Diego.

La Jolla Kayak
2199 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, California 92037
(858) 459-1114

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San Diego Fly Rides offers rentals and guided tours of La Jolla and downtown San Diego on electric bikes. Forget about pedaling those dreaded hills and let your electric bike to the work. Tour choices include several La Jolla waterfront options and Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Monument and downtown San Diego waterfront. Located off Interstate 5 in La Jolla.

San Diego Fly Rides
1237 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(619) 888-3878

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Things To Do in Mission Beach

Mission Bay Aquatic Center is located where Interstates 5 and 8 intersect and on the north side of Sea World. This huge protected bay is a playground by the sea. Popular activities include picnicking, sunbathing, volleyball, swimming, sailing, kayaking, water skiing and much more. Equipment & boat rentals are available at various locations surrounding the park as well as hotels, restaurants and entertainment. Spending a day at Mission Bay is one of the top things to do in San Diego.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center
1001 Santa Clara Place
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-1000
(619) 276-8200

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Ray's Rentals has several locations throughout San Diego including Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Coronado Island. Ray's rents everything you need for fun in the sun. Rent surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), kayaks, bikes, surrey bikes, skateboards, beach chairs, sun umbrellas and more. Rent by the hour, half-day, full-day, 24-hour or weekly. Choose to reserve in advance or pick out that day. Ray's Rentals has everything you need for fun things to do in San Diego.

Ray's Rentals
3221 Mission Blvd
Mission Beach, CA 92109
(858) 488-7297

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Things To Do in San Diego Harbor

photo courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events

Hornblower Cruises operates out of two locations in San Diego Harbor. They offer dinner and Sunday brunch cruises aboard luxury vessels. Cruise the harbor in style while sipping champagne. Menu choices may include Baked Atlantic Salmon, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, Grilled Ciabatta Crostini and much more. Whale watching is also offered during migration season from December to March. They even have a 'Bow Wow Lunch' where dogs are welcome. Hornblower Cruises are among the many fun things to do in San Diego.

Hornblower Cruises & Events Harbor North
1800 N. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
(888) 467-6256

Hornblower Cruises & Events Harbor South
1066 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 90802
(888) 467-6256

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Venture out on a harbor cruise including brunch, dinner, whale watching and more with Flagship Cruises. Ferries also run to Coronado Island and back. Cruise the harbor in style aboard luxurious yachts. They are located in the San Diego Harbor along N. Harbor Drive, just south of the airport. Flagship Cruises is one of the classy things to do in San Diego.

Flagship Cruises & Events
990 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-4111

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Seaforth Boat Rentals features three locations along the coast. They offer powerboat, sailboat, Waverunner, peddle boat, party boat, kayak and other boat rentals. Lessons and classes are available. All three locations launch from waters protected from the currents and waves of the Pacific Ocean. Boating is among the more popular things to do in San Diego.

Seaforth Mission Bay
1641 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109
(888) 834-2628

Seaforth Downtown
333 West Harbor Drive, Gate 1
Marriott Hotel and Marina
San Diego, CA 92101

Seaforth Coronado
1715 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118

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2-person surrey bike

Wheel Fun Rentals has several locations throughout the region. They rent unique bicycles including 2 to 6-person Surrey bikes, beach cruisers, road bikes, kids bikes and more. Look for them along bike paths in touristy locations. San Diego locations include Oceanside, Balboa Park and two in the San Diego Marina and Coronado Island.

Coronado Harbor at the Marriott
32000 Second Street
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 342-7244

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Join a guided Segway tour through Balboa Park, Downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter and waterfront. Zoom past the zoo, museums and magnificent buildings along El Prado. Smell the aroma of trattorias and ristorantes in Little Italy. See Victorian-era buildings filled with restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter. Zip along the waterfront past historic ships from a modern-day aircraft carrier to cruise ships and tall ships. Full instruction is provided. San Diego Segway is located off Interstate 5 in downtown San Diego at the waterfront.

San Diego Segway Tours
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 342-7244

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Delight in a sailing cruise of San Diego Harbor and the outer waters of the Pacific. Tours range from 2 to 4 hours and are a great choice for a romantic outing, spending time with friends or whale watching. Tours include a captain and first mate aboard beautiful vessels that were made to cross oceans. San Diego Sailing Tours is found at the north end of the San Diego Harbor along N. Harbor Drive near the airport. Sailing is one of the more unique San Diego tours.

San Diego Sailing Tours
1450 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 786-0173

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Cruise the San Diego Harbor in a comfortable Duffy boat from Bay Dreamin' Cruises. See historic tall ships, cruise ships, an aircraft carrier and maybe even a submarine on your harbor cruise. Get a terrific view of the downtown San Diego skyline and an up close view of harbor wildlife like sea lions and pelicans. Bay Dreamin' Cruises is found at the north end of the San Diego Harbor along N. Harbor Drive near the airport. Pickup and drop off is at the Sunroad Resort Marina dock. Bring your own food and beverages. Duffy boat cruises are relaxing San Diego tours.

Bay Dreamin' Cruises
Sunroad Resort Marina
955 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 701-3766

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Head out into the open ocean aboard a large seaworthy catamaran. Enjoy the California sun and cool ocean breezes as you watch for whales and dolphins. Combine your sail with a kayak tour launched right off the catamaran. Guests are encouraged to help sail or just relax under the shade of the sails. Fun Cat Sailing Adventures is situated at the north end of the San Diego Harbor along N. Harbor Drive near the airport. Pickup and drop off is at the Sunroad Resort Marina dock. Sailing is among the more unique San Diego tours.

Fun Cat Sailing Adventures
Sunroad Resort Marina
955 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 866-7245

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Take to the air and see more of city with Corporate Helicopters. Choose from several tours that parallel the coast, visit a local winery and pass by popular tourist attractions, or choose your own destination. Some tours combine limousine rides, sailing excursions and overnight stays. Corporate Helicopters is found off Interstate 5 at the San Diego Airport. Helicopter tours are among the more adventurous San Diego tours.

Corporate Helicopters of San Diego
3753 John J Montgomery Drive
Suite 2
San Diego, California 92123
(858) 505-5650

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Board a sailboat for a tour of the open ocean. Choose your destination or let the captain and crew show you points of interest. They provide everything from hats, jackets and blankets to snacks, sodas, beer and wine. Whether it be a day in the sun or to spot dolphins and whales, Sail San Diego is sure to please. Sail San Diego is located on Treasure Island at the north end of San Diego Harbor. Sailing is one of the more unique San Diego tours.

Sail San Diego
Best Western Palms Hotel
2051 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, Ca 92106
(619) 297-7426

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San Diego Bay Adventures specializes in Jet Ski Tours of San Diego Harbor. Hop on a Jet Ski for 2 hours of sightseeing and fun. Get an up-close view of the enormous U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier. Visit up to 10 points of interest and have lunch on a beach. Also available are stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tours including a nighttime lighted tour. Life jackets, wetsuits, showers and refreshments are provided. San Diego Bay Adventures is found at the north end of the San Diego Harbor along N. Harbor Drive near the airport. Jet Ski tours are fun things to do in San Diego.

San Diego Bay Adventures
1880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 889-4294

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Tour local San Diego breweries with Brew Hop. In recent years San Diego has become a hub for craft beers with 60+ nearby microbreweries. Brew Hop will pick you up and drop you off from your hotel, home, trolley stop or train station. Choose from a 1.5 to 5 hour tour that visits up to 4 breweries. Breweries are chosen according to your taste and can include Stone, Coronado Brewing Company, La Jolla Brewhouse, Mission Brewery and many more. Brewery tours are quickly becoming one of the more popular things to do in San Diego.

Brew Hop
2330 1st Avenue
Suite 411
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 361-8457

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Whether you're a wine aficionado or dabbler, La Jolla Wine Tours is a perfect choice. Choose from several tour options including a chauffeured tour, train tour, wine & food tour or walking tour. Enjoy wine, cheese and chocolate pairings, games, prizes and more on the train or at family-owned wineries. Also offered are beer tours to local San Diego breweries. Winery & brewery tours are always fun things to do in San Diego.

San Diego Beer & Wine Tours
La Jolla Wine Tours
330 A Street
Suite 143
San Diego, California 92101
(858) 551-5115

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Navigate the channels of the Coronado Cays in an authentic Venetian Gondola. Your Gondolier will take you under bridges and through the waterways amidst multi-million dollar homes & yachts. Blankets are provided for cool evenings and guests are welcome to bring their own refreshments and appetizers. The Gondola Company is situated off Silver Strand Boulevard south of Coronado. Gondola tours are one of the romantic things to do in San Diego.

The Gondola Company
503 Grand Caribe Causeway
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 429-6317

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Things To Do in Julian

Llama Treks are available from Wikiup Bed & Breakfast in Julian. Julian is a quaint, historic town situated in the eastern, mountainous region of the county. Wikiup provides guided llama treks to a local winery, gold mine, apple orchards and several scenic locations of the region. Llamas carry gear and picnicking supplies for every trek. Llama treks are one of the unique things to do in San Diego.

LeeLin Llama Treks
Julian, California 92036
(800) 526-2725

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Smith Ranch Goldmine

Smith Ranch & Julian Railroad is located off Highway 78 just outside of Julian. Smith Ranch offers several tour options that let you experience the lifestyle and skills of early American pioneers. Tour options include the Julian Train & Goldmine Tour, Pioneerways Adventure, American Revolution Adventure and several holiday-themed events. All tours include a train ride aboard their 18" gauge mining train. Visitors are encouraged to tour an actual 1870 goldmine on foot or by mine car. After heading West for gold, try your hand at gold panning. This is one of the fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

Smith Ranch & Julian Railroad
2353 Ethelwyn Lane
Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-2288

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Fun Things To Do Inland San Diego

Barnstorming Adventures is found between Interstates 15 and 805 off Aero Drive at the Montgomery Field Airport. Barnstorming Adventures offers biplane rides over the entire region. One or two people can fit in the front of a 1920's biplane for anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Get a low flying glimpse of San Diego beaches or head inland over golf courses, lakes and vineyards. Combine a sunset flight with dinner at a local Italian restaurant. Also offered is air combat and warbird flights. Biplane rides are among the fun things to do in San Diego for the adventurous.

Montgomery Field Airport
3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, Suite D
San Diego, CA 92123
(800) 759-5667

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Poway-Midland Railroad is located off Interstate 15 from Camino Del Norte. Situated in Old Poway Park at the Poway Depot, the Poway-Midland Railroad is dedicated to the restoration, operation and maintenance of antique railroad and trolley equipment. Rail cars on display date back to the late 1800's and include a steam locomotive, Los Angeles trolley car, San Francisco cable car, caboose, boxcar and more. Many are fully operational and offer rides around the park on weekends. The depot store sells train-related items. The Poway Railroad is one of the fun things to do in San Diego with kids.

Poway-Midland Railroad
14134 Midland Road
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 486-4063

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Skydive San Diego is found east of the city near Otay Lake. They offer solo dives, tandem dives, instruction, certification and advanced training in skydiving. Skydive San Diego has several of the newest and safest planes in the industry and take offs and landings are done from the same location without need for a shuttle. Their instructors are sky dive certified and assures that all sky dives are done safely so you can enjoy the exhilarating thrill of sky diving without having to worry. Skydiving is among the fun things to do in San Diego for the adventurous.

Skydive San Diego
13531 Otay Lakes Road
Jamul, CA 91935
(619) 216-8416

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All Regions

Horse racing is held seasonally at the Del Mar Racetrack. Enjoy a day in the sun while watching beautiful race horses compete. Horse wagering can be among the more lucrative things to do in San Diego.  MORE DETAILS


Horseback riding stables are available from the pine trees of the Cleveland National Forest to the sands of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you're looking to a ride through the quaint mountain community of Julian or on the sand at Imperial Beach, there's a stable to suit your interest. MORE DETAILS


Lakes with boating, fishing, water-skiing and more can be found throughout the county. A few of these lakes also offer camping. Boating and fishing are popular things to do in San Diego. MORE DETAILS


Kayak rentals, kayak tours and kayak lessons are offered in San Diego from Oceanside to Coronado and inland to Julian. In addition to kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular activity. We also provide info for stand-up paddleboard rentals, paddleboard tours and paddleboard lessons. Explore lakes, harbors and secluded coastline. MORE DETAILS


Golf courses are abundant throughout the region from Oceanside to Coronado Island to Lakeside. In addition to the world-class Torrey Pines Resort, there's everything from executive courses to several challenging championship courses. Spending a day on a golf course is among the fun things to do in San Diego. MORE DETAILS


Whale watching is a quickly growing activity as whale populations have significantly increased in recent years. Whale watching expeditions are offered from every harbor along the California coast. Catch a close-up glimpse of these majestic giants as they migrate between Alaska and Baja Mexico. Whale watching has become one of the popular things to do in San Diego. MORE DETAILS


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