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Things You Haven't Done in the San Diego Area

17 Dec 2006  Born here and return often...
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 11 votes

Things for all ages to do in the greater San Diego Area with an emphasis on the arts, outdoors, and kids. Note that the obvious choices of Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are left out of this list.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: San Diego, Carlsbad, Oceanside, La Jolla, Borrego Springs
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Sports buffs, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Balboa Park
    Balboa Park, San Diego, California

    Over 2100 acres packed with science, art, cultural, and industrial museums. It's landscaped with more than 8 kinds of gardens and offers a world famous zoo, a carousel with handcarved animals and handpainted murals, and a ride on a miniature train. Sports buffs can get physical using the gymnasiums, sports complexes, lawn bowling, play areas, and trails. While art fanatics can visit craftsman's workshops, indoor/outdoor/in the round theater performances, puppet shows, and symphonic/dance performances.

  • 2. Scripps' Birch Aquarium- La Jolla
    http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/

    Feedings, tidepools, and educational exhibits of marine life from 9-5pm daily at a world renowned aquarium.

  • 3. Museum of Making Music- Carlsbad
    Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, California

    The Museum of Making Music is a journey through a century of musical instrument innovations that helped shape American Popular Music from the 1890s to now. It includes over 500 vintage instruments on display, hundreds of audio and video examples at the push of a button and an interactive area where visitors can play on a variety of hands-on instruments.

  • 4. La Jolla Area- The Upscale Choice
    http://www.sandiego.org/article_set/Visitors/8/113

    Get in the water for scuba lessons, tidepooling at Hospital Reef, snorkeling in the Cove, nude sunbathing at Black's Beach, and surfing at Windansea/Bird Rock. Otherwise take in the views from Scripps Park, dine at some posh restaurants, browse the fine art galleries, and shope the upscale boutiques/malls.

  • 5. Legoland California- Kiddie's Choice
    LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad, California

    It's like a toned down adult's amusement park with over 50 attractions in 7 themed areas. Attractions include water rides, coasters, free play areas, and interactive or themed rides abound. It's mostly designed for kids 11 and under and is much more than just Lego constructions of real world things.

  • 6. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach- The Collegiate's Choice
    http://www.a-zsandiegobeaches.com/missionbeach.htm

    5 miles of beach and boardwalk where you can get stoopid with the students and dropouts of SDSU. The scene for booty dropping, beer drinking, and eyeball popping collegiates. Go and get you some.

  • 7. California Wolf Center- Julian (40 miles from Escondido)
    http://www.californiawolfcenter.org/programs.htm

    A wolf slideshow and a visit with their resident wolf packs.

  • 8. The Pier at Oceanside
    Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, California

    West Coast's longest pier with a Ruby's on the end and North San Diego's longest stretches of beach and boardwalk for rolling on the wheels of your choice.

  • 9. Nature Center
    http://www.bvaudubon.org/NatureCenter.htm

    Lots of up-close and realistic displays of wildlife that were donated by local taxidermists.

  • 10. Quail Botanical Gardens
    http://www.qbgardens.org/

    Check out the Garden of Lights from 5-6pm in December. Great varied family activities too.

  • 11. Surf Museum
    http://surfmuseum.org/

    Display of surfing equipment, photographs, and special exhibitions.

  • 12. Torrey Pines Golf Course
    Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, San Diego

    This premier seaside golfcourse is the site for the PGA's Buick Invitational and 4,000 square foot pro shop.

  • 13. Rent surfboards for San Onofre- 20 miles from Escondido
    http://www.stewartsurfboards.com/index.html

    Shop is in San Clemente and it costs $20 a day.

  • 14. Mt. Woodson- 15 miles from Escondido
    http://members.cox.net/sandiegorock/climbing_areas/mt_woodson.html

    One of the more popular for bouldering and toprope. Links to other areas in SD too.

  • 15. Agua Caliente Hot Springs- 68 miles from Escondido
    http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks/camping/agua_caliente.html

    Closed at 5pm on weekdays but it is the least crowded time to go. Cost is $5 day use to park.

  • 16. Borrego Springs- 68 miles from Escondido
    Borrego Springs, California

    Hiking, stargazing, camping, wildflowers

  • 17. San Diego MTB Rides
    http://members.cox.net/garyfox/index.htm

    A good index of San Diego MTB rides with trail descriptions and ride profiles for paid group rides or rides on your own.

  • 18. Hang-Paragliding at Torrey Pines for $150-175
    http://www.flytorrey.com/students/tandems.php

    Flight lasts from 20-30 minutes during the early afternoons.

  • 19. Kit Carson Park
    http://www.ci.escondido.ca.us/glance/parks/kitcarson/index.html

    Walking trails, 22,000 sq. ft. skatepark, and hockey/soccer arenas. Also gotta check out the sculpture garden too.

  • 20. Horse rides- Julian (40 miles from Escondido)
    http://www.julianactive.com/julian_stables.htm

    Hand-led for $29, trail rides for $45 an hour, and miniature horse led cart rides for those 3+ years old.