Summer Activities in San Diego


Sydney Torres, Staff Writer

The end of the school year is approaching, and that means the start of summer is almost here. With all those days off of school, it could get a little boring. So, we at The Fling have you covered with 10 must-dos in San Diego.

1: The San Diego Zoo/ San Diego Safari Park

Lions and tigers and bears! Plus giraffes, lizards, kangaroos, and zebras. See all the amazing animals that the zoo has to offer. The San Diego Zoo is 

140 acres of adventure with 3,500 animals with over 650 different species represented, including the California Condor, Giant Panda Bear, and African Elephants. A one-day ticket can cost between 44 and 54 dollars depending on age. The zoo even hosts special events including summer camps, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. Even without participating in a special event, there are so many things you can do. There are many different animals, from mammals to reptiles to arthropods. You can also view a variety of shows, and tours, or go shopping. To see more options, go to the San Diego Zoo website by clicking here.


Another option is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Located in Escondido, this 2.819 square mile park hosts over 45 different kinds of animals, as well as many events. Tours include cart and caravan safaris, cheetah and jungle safaris, flight line safaris, and more. Prices for day tickets also range from 44 to 54 dollars. To view the San Diego Safari Parks website, click here.

2: Balboa Park

Balboa Park has an assortment of activities. From gardens to historical buildings. Museums include:

  • Museum of Man
  • Museum of Art
  • Air and Space Museum
  • And more. To see them all click here.

There are also many performing arts attractions like:

  • The Old Globe Theatre
  • San Diego Youth Symphony
  • San Diego Junior Theatre
  • To see more click here.

The park has many more attractions that are not listed, like the Botanical Garden or the Cabrillo Bridge, both free of charge, As well as many places to shop and dine. You can easily spend an entire day there for almost no cost at all. See all the attractions at the website here.


3: Sea World

Have a blast at this ocean-themed amusement park. Sea World has many attractions from animal viewings to roller coasters. Starting at $59.99 for a day ticket (tickets are cheaper if you buy them online here), or just $9.99 per month for annual passes, you can enjoy rides including Manta, Atlantis, and the new Electric eel that will be opening May 10th. You can also see shows like Dolphin Days, or Sea Lions Live, and see Sea World’s iconic orca whales in the Orca Encounter. The park also includes many animal exhibits. From an Aquaria Touch Pool to an Underwater Orca Viewing. See all the ocean has to offer. Visit their website here.

4: Old Town State Historic Park

Explore the history of San Diego, and learn about your ancestors. Spend a day experiencing what it was like to live back in the 19th century. Learn about how San Diego was founded and how it evolved. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, delicious Mexican food, and unique attractions including the schoolhouse museum, the first San Diego courthouse, and the Mormon Battalion. Visit the website here.

5: Hotel Del Coronado

Not just for staying in, the hotel has many activities for visitors, and many shops to explore. Locals are invited to share the experiences. From summer surf camps, bonfires, and their many assortments of shops, the hotel welcomes you to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy yourself. See all the activities and more here.

6: Belmont Park

With its exciting games and thrilling rides, this beachfront amusement park has it all. With free beach-side parking, you can decide what activities to indulge in, from laser tag to the iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster, the amusement park is for all ages. You can play, eat, and shop, or take a break and go enjoy the beautiful Mission Beach. Belmont park website.

7: Potato Chip Rock

No, it’s not a real potato chip, but it definitely looks like it. This beautiful hike ends in a unique mountain that looks like a salty snack. This is an 8-mile round trip hike that lets you experience the wonders of nature. However, don’t try to experience it on a hot day, because there is no shade along the hike. The hike wraps around Lake Poway with a 1700 ft elevation gain. You can hike for free, however, there is an $8 parking fee.


8: The Beaches

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Incoming tide reflects the sunset at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, CA

Of course, you can’t live in San Diego and not make it to our amazing beaches. Located all along the coast, each beach is unique and different from the others. And, they are all free! The beaches include Mission Beach, La Jolla Cove, Torrey Pines and more. See all of your options at San Diego’s website here.



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9: Legoland, California

Awesome awaits in Carlsbad! The park is filled with 128 acres of Lego-themed attractions including Coastersaurus, Lost Kingdom Adventure, and The Dragon. Prices start at $89 online for the day. You can visit their website here.

10: Maritime Museum of San Diego


Learn about pirates and how to sail a ship, as well as the history behind the boats. Experience what its like to be a pirate, with over 10 ship museum, including the oldest sailing ship in the world, The Star of India, as well as three other pirate ships and two submarines. Admission tickets start at $7 for children under 13 and $11 for adults. You can view their website at the link here.


Now, go make your summer bucket list happen! See you in August, Scotties!