Walk Around San Diego



walking on beach


If you think you are going to get around San Diego by walking, think again! This city is structured around a series of highways and, in order to get anywhere, you need a vehicle beyond the power of your feet. [Photo: Strolling along Del Mar beach.]



That being said, some of San Diego's best place can only be seen on foot:
  • beaches and hiking trails: walk
  • Seaport Village, shopping malls and GasLamp Quarter: walk, wheelchair and stroller accessible. Roller blades, skateboards and bicycles allowed but generally frowned upon.
  • SeaWorld, Legoland, Zoo, Wild Animal Park: much walking! wheelchair and stroller accessible. Roller blades, skate boards, bicycles not allowed.
  • Old Town, Balboa Park, Belmont Park: walk, wheelchair, stroller, bike, roller blade, skate board allowed.


hiking in San Diego Although you won't be able to get to San Diego's major attractions by foot, you will need to walk once you get there. In particular, places like the Zoo, Sea World, Legoland, and the Wild Animal park require much walking (unless you are on a wheelchair or a baby stroller). So prepare yourself by wearing sensible walking shoes, a hat for sun protection, apply sunscreen as needed, and remember to drink fluids so you don't dehydrate. [Hiking in Mission Trails Regional Park.]

Of the local population, it is estimated that only 5% of San Diegans commute to work by walking and/or biking. All is not lost though, according to this 2010 article, San Diego ranks #12 on the "Best Walking Cities" survey.

San Diego trolley