Free San Diego Attractions



There are plenty of free fun things you can do in San Diego:

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Beaches: There is over 70 miles of shoreline in the San Diego area and most of it is free for you to enjoy. You can take a stroll along the soft sand or walk along a boardwalk. You can play in the Pacific Ocean or in Mission Bay. You can sun bathe or have a picnic. Fun for the whole family! Read more...

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Shopping: San Diego offers great shopping. Most malls are outdoor which allows you to enjoy the sun and people-watch while you window shop. Even if you don't buy anything, a stroll along some of San Diego's shopping mall is a carefree and fun experience. Read more...

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Balboa Park: Hailed as the cultural center of San Diego, Balboa park is 1200 acres in size and filled with gardens (free), museums (sometimes free), and cultural events (usually free). Just a walk along the main pedestrian walkway, El Prado, will give you a taste of the amazing Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Read more...

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Museums: Speaking of museums, there's plenty of those in San Diego: some specialize in fine arts while others address cultural crafts. Still some are devoted to natural sciences, sports, or music. Selected museums in Balboa park are free on designated Tuesdays (more info). Children's Museum is free on the second Tuesday of the month (more info). Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is free on the third Wednesday of each month; and always free for those under 25 years of age (more info).



Old Town: Come see the "birthplace of California". About six city-blocks in size this state park is reconstructed to show elements of early California history. Most of the preserved houses are open to the public for free viewing. It's both a historic site and a place for shopping & dining. Read more...

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Spreckels Organ Pavilion: Have you ever seen an outdoor organ? If not, take a trip to Balboa Park on Sundays at 2 pm where free concerts are given at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. With 4500 pipes, this San Diego landmark can make profound music impossible to ignore. Read more...

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Stargazing in Balboa: Weather permitting, the San Diego Astronomy Association hosts free stargazing sessions every first Wednesday of the month. SDAA members will help you look through the 5 to 10 large telescopes and give you information on the sky tonight. Read more...

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Hiking in Torrey Pines: Did you know that the Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana) occurs naturally in only 2 places - one of them being the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve? Head on over to the Reserve and enjoy a day of easy walking/hiking. This 2000-acres reserve includes beach, lagoon, sandstone cliffs, wandering paths, and a Visitor Center. Read more...

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Biking around Miramar Lake: Miramar Lake serves as a water reservoir for San Diegans, but it's also a great place for a family outing. Load up your bicycles and pack a picnic lunch for a great day at the lake! Can't bike yet? Still a great place for walking and fishing. Read more...

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Flowers in Anza Borrego: In spring, the desert is alive with colors. Head towards California's largest state park (600,000 acres) and check out the flowers. You might even go for a hike or camp overnight. Be careful though, the desert is too hot in the summer. Read more...

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Family Fun at Mission Bay: Mission Bay is the largest man-made aquatic recreation area in the USA. Here you will find paths suitable for walking, jogging, biking, and roller blading. There are fire rings for BBQ-ing; expansive green space for flying kites; and public restrooms/showers and picnic tables for family gatherings. If you have your own kayak or boat, you can enjoy water sports and fishing for free. Read more...

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Bird Watching: With the varied habitats in the San Diego area (coastal, desert, marshland) and year-long mild weather, you're bound to see more than a few feathered friends. In fact, there are 480 species of birds in San Diego county; how many can you see in an hour? Read more...



Enjoy the View at Mission Trails: Mission Trails Regional Park has over 40 miles of hiking trails and the summit of Mt Cowles is the highest point of San Diego city. From here, you get a 360 degree panoramic view of the region. Warning: it's not an easy hike, but it is a free hike. Read more...



Ships, Sculptures & Shopping at the Embarcadero: The Embarcadero is a strip of boardwalk along the harbor of San Diego Bay. Here you will find restaurants, shops, street art, naval monuments, and decommissioned historic ships. Read more...

Tide Pools in Point Loma

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