Whether you’re a resident or vacationing, San Diego offers endless outdoor opportunities for fun in the sun. Summer is quickly coming to an end so don’t miss the chance to experience these fun activities!

Petco Park

1. Attend a Padres game at Petco Park

You don’t even have to be a baseball fan to enjoy Petco Park. It’s a one-of-a-kind ballpark and a very popular spot with San Diego locals. Not only is the ballpark a wonder to see in person, but the food and drink choices are endless. You will find the classic hot dogs and popcorn, but they’ve gathered local favorite eateries from around San Diego. It’s the ultimate San Diego culinary experience…disguised as a baseball stadium.

San Diego Zoo

2. Spend the day at the San Diego Zoo

Located near downtown, the San Diego Zoo has been attracting visitors for over 100 years. An over 100-acre urban oasis, the zoo offers educational fun for the whole family. It’s a must-visit for parents with toddlers, school-age kids, and even teens.

Be advised, the zoo is quite large and there are a lot of hills to climb. Be sure to grab a map at the gate and try to come up with a plan so you don’t miss a thing!

The botanical garden in Balboa Park

3. Check out Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a cultural heart of San Diego that includes 17 museums, gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. At 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is one of North America’s most iconic urban parks and a must see on any visit to San Diego. Located just blocks from downtown San Diego hotels, the park has a rich history reflected through its stunning architecture, exhibits installations, and cultural events throughout the year. Be sure to check out this article on 15 free things to do in Balboa Park.

Giant Dipper rollercoaster at Belmont Park

4. Enjoy the rides at Belmont Park

Located in Mission Beach, Belmont Park is San Diego’s only beachfront amusement and entertainment center! From the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster to the dynamic oceanfront restaurants, Belmont Park is the ideal Southern California beach experience and parking and admission are free!

The Emperor rollercoaster

5. SeaWorld

For some all-day family fun, check out SeaWorld! Spend the day riding thrilling coasters, come face to face with real-life sharks, dolphins, and check out the amazing animal shows at Sea World.

New to SeaWorld is Sesame Place featuring seven Sesame Street-themed dry rides, an interactive musical play area, and eleven water attractions including a 500,000 gallon wave pool – one of the largest in Southern California.

Emperor, the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in all of California, is now open. Plunge 90 degrees and soar up to 60 miles per hour through exhilarating loops on this exciting Emperor penguin-inspired thrill ride, feeling your feet dangle above the track on the state’s only floorless dive coaster!

6. Make it a beach day

Beach activities are so diverse, and beaches aren’t just for laying out or surfing. Discover the best beaches in San Diego whether you’re looking for families and off-leash dogs and the best spots for bonfires, bike rides, tide pooling and more.  

7. Legoland in Carlsbad

LEGOLAND California, located in Carlsbad is specially designed for families with children ages 12 and under, this amusement park offers mellow roller coasters, interactive rides, colorful play areas, hands-on LEGO pits, and other interactive park experiences. Check out our Local’s Guide on how to make the most out of your day at Legoland!

Seascape Sur in Solana Beach

Book you end of summer stay

Haustay offers plenty of vacation rental properties in San Diego that provide all the comforts and amenities of home, while providing access and insight to the ideal local lifestyle San Diegans enjoy every day. Check out what we have that will accommodate your family.

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